We took my 6-year-old apple-picking at Gould Hill Orchards this fall. Our surroundings were beautiful, and the experience was all you could expect of a nice fall day in New England. I’d definitely go just for this part again.
However, it’s a terrific place for kids, too. Free apples for the kids when you walk into the farm stand part is only the start. There are also all kinds of things from “the way they used to do it a long time ago” to impress or puzzle a child.
And then there’s The Little Nature Museum! To quote their site: The Little Nature Museum is located in the 220-year-old historic barn at Gould Hill Orchards. The Museum’s collections include Fossils, rocks, minerals, shells; mounted birds, insects wildlife; interpretive and changing exhibits. Guided nature trail walks wind in and out the the orchards, forests, fields, and streams." In an amazingly small area, there are an amazing number of activities and things to look at.
Kids can earn small prizes by doing activities, some of which are tactile or manipulative and some of which involve reading and finding out answers from the displays. We really enjoyed it, and our son (a nature buff) was thrilled to get his pin and mini-poster. We’ll definitely go back, because there’s more there than we were able to do! (For example, we didn’t even do a nature hike, which is very unlike us!)over 6 years ago