Climbing the haystack — Photo courtesy of Jessica PolizzottiLess than 20 miles outside of Boston you'll find yourself in Natick, MA, home to one of the most fun-filled, family-friendly farms in the area: Belkin Lookout Farm. Belkin Family Lookout Farm has endless entertainment for families looking to get a taste of "country" living. At Lookout Farm you pay one price to enter (a family of four should expect to pay over $30 on a weekday and over $50 on holidays and weekends).
Once inside you are whisked away by train through the orchards, where you can disembark to pick your own (PYO) fruit (picking your own fruit is an additional, per-bag cost), or to the the children's play area, then back again when you've completed your Lookout Farm day of family fun.
Indulging in an apple on the pig — Photo courtesy of Jessica Polizzotti
You'll start your adventure at Lookout on a train ride to your destination. Meandering through the orchards, you'll get a glimpse of the in-season fruit selection as you make your way to you the children's play area. With your kids in tow, you'll want to explore all the play area has to offer. Expend a bit of energy by having your little ones climb the hay pyramid, or jump around in the moon bounce, let them run wild on the playground structures, send your older kids on an adventure through the the burlap maze, and spend time with everyone in the family while you visit with the farm animals.
For those ages 2 - 8 years old, Lookout Farm's caterpillar ride which loops around the play area, is a hoot. And if you happen to be there on a weekend, you'll be treated to cool additions like face painting and live children's entertainment. Top off your time with a picnic at one of the many shaded tables placed in the play area for your enjoyment.