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Maine is an amazing state. Like the rest of New England, it is especially lovely in the fall. This season brings with it spectacular foliage, gorgeous weather, and a bevy of fun activities for locals and visitors alike.
One of my favorite things to do in New England in the fall is apple picking. Maine boasts many farms and orchards where you can pick your own apples. So put on a cozy sweater, grab the family, and head to one of these great spots to do some good-old-fashioned apple picking in Maine.
Randall Orchards & Cider Mill – Standish, ME
Located in Standish, this could be a great choice for apple picking near Portland—it’s just 15 minutes from the city.
Randall Orchards has been producing apples and cider for more than 110 years! They grow 20 varieties of apples as well as other fruit and vegetables. They are open 7 days a week from late August through November.
Check out their Facebook page for the most up-to-date news and events.
McDougal Orchards – Springvale, ME
This family farm is in its 7th generation in Southern Maine. At McDougal Orchards, you’ll feel like you stepped into the past with a classic New England experience. First stop has to be Captain Jack’s Donut Shack, known for making some of the best apple cider donuts in all of Maine.
Next, go pick apples, choosing among dozens and dozens of varieties. After that, it’s time to enjoy all the traditional fall fun: a corn maze, farm store, wagon rides, and even a fairy village. This sounds like a wonderful place!
Ricker Hill Orchards – Turner, ME
Ricker Hill Orchards are located in the foothills of Maine, where they have grown apples since 1803. Today, they grow many different produce as well, including cranberries. They are especially known for their McIntosh apples. In 2014, they started producing hard cider and wine (so many amazing cider flavors!)
U-Pick apples is available in season, and that’s not all. The orchards offer all the fall fun you could ask for, like corn and hay mazes, a bouncy house, tractors to check out, and delicious fresh donuts. You can also take tours in the fall to see exactly how the cider is made.
Brackett’s Orchards – Limington, ME
First of all, if you want to have a total feeling of excitement about fall, check out the website for Brackett’s Orchards. It’s very lovely and full of fall inspiration that has me anticipating the season a little extra today. There is also a rich history here: Brackett’s is thought to be the oldest family owned and operated orchard in Maine
This is a pleasant and spacious orchard where families will love picking their own apples. Rounding out the experience are hot mulled cider, fresh donuts, and a farm stand. Coming with kids? They will be THRILLED to take a ride on the colorful apple train!
Apple Acres Farm – Hiram, ME
A fun playground for the kids and a beautiful farm store for the adults: this is a place that will satisfy the entire family. The donuts are hot off the fryer and the apples practically fall of the trees into your outstretched hands.
Apple Acres Farm has their own onsite restaurant, too, something that is a bit unique among apple orchards in New England. The menu is super enticing, but you’ll want to be sure to save room for dessert (cider donuts and other treats!).
Libby & Son U-PICKS – Limerick, ME
Libby & Son is currently nominated for the top 10 apple orchards in the USA! That’s a pretty big honor, and it’s no surprise, then, that it’s one of the best apple orchards in Maine, too.
This place is all about the pickin; not just apples but berries, plums, and peaches, too. It’s a “fruity family fun experience!”
As you stroll through the picking fields, you can often hear the sounds of live music! Afterwards, enjoy some of their delicious homemade donuts. They don’t just have apple cider donuts but also blueberry, strawberry, and Red Velvet! Plus fresh smoothies and hot kettle corn. Who’s hungry?
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Amy is the founder of New England with love. A proud Vermonter, she hopes to share her love of New England and help you find the best adventures in the region. Amy is also blogger/founder at Two Drifters, where she blogs alongside her husband about romantic and couples travel, relationships, honeymoons, and more. When not working on websites, Amy is probably reading, cuddling with her husband and cat, & drinking a maple latte.