In Harvard, Royal Oak Farm Orchard transforms into an apple bonanza each fall. The family farm, which is home to four generations, features a variety of apple-themed bites and activities throughout autumn.
Visitors can try numerous apple-centric tasty treats, including apple cider donuts, apple cider slushies, caramel apples, apple pie, applesauce, caramel apple fudge, apple pie coffee, apple butters, apple barbecue sauces, apple salsa, cinnamon apple French toast, and more.
There’s also the Amaze 'N Apples apple tree maze – the only maze of it’s kind in the country. The maze covers five acres and 1.5 miles of winding trails, where guests can roam, participate in activities and pluck ripe apples.
“We wanted a more permanent maze and decided we should do what we do best and plant an apple tree maze,” says manager and co-owner Sarah Bell. “It was unique because no one had done it before.”
Besides the maze, there are three orchards that feature more than 17,000 trees and 30 varieties, including classics like Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, Snow Sweet, Empire, and Granny Smith. The farm annually attracts up to 75,000 visitors.
“Apple picking is a long-time fall family tradition,” says Bell. “It gets you out in the peace and beauty of the orchard and allows guests to really spend quality time together. There’s also nothing like the crunch and juiciness of a freshly picked apple.”