RECOMMENDED: Full guide to where to pick your own fruits and vegetables near NYC
Time to go apple picking near NYC! It’s officially harvest season, which is the perfect excuse to head outdoors with your little ones and enjoy the crisp fall weather. What better way to ring in autumn and truly experience nature than by visiting an apple orchard? Not to mention apple picking makes for perfect mini family vacation from NYC—here, there are options for apple picking in CT, apple picking in NJ, apple picking in PA and the best apple picking NY has to offer.
The apples are ripe and ready at these great orchards and cider mills in the tristate area, plus some have pumpkin patches, hay rides, petting zoos and other fun activities. Besides your obvious apple picking, many farms also offer other options to pick your own fruits and vegetables at well. Types of fruits available for picking and apple varieties available vary by time of season, so be sure to call ahead to confirm what fruits are currently on offer (or you may...well...find yourself up a tree). For additional info on apple picking in the area, visit nyapplecountry.com or pickyourown.org. P.S.—some of our picks even have their own cider mills!
Apple picking NY
Apple Ridge Orchards
Get in on the best apple picking NY has to offer! Apple Ridge Orchards is the farm to visit with the kiddos: they have more than 20 types of apples including SunCrisp, Liberty, Cameo, Fuji and more (apple types vary by month). One of the coolest things about Apple Ridge is that they feature dwarf apple trees, so little ones will have no problem reaching and picking their own apples! You'll still probably get stuck carrying them, though! ;) There’s a pumpkin patch at the orchard where you can pick your own future jack-'o-lanterns ($9 for a pumpkin of any size), or you can explore the orchard by going on a hayride, pet farm animals and let kids can play in rows of cornstalks in their cornfield. There’s also a honeybee observation area too, where kids can learn about pollination while they check out bees building their hive. Stop by the farm stand to get fresh apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple butter, preserves and other delicious treats. 101 Jessup Rd, Warwick, NY (845-987-7717, appleridgeorchards.com). $28/half bushel. Thur–Fri, Sat–Sun, 9am–6pm.
Applewood Orchards & Winery
Choose from ten kinds of apples—Macintosh, Cortland, Rome Beauty, Red Delicious, Empire, Macoun, Honeycrisp, Gala, Fuji, Jonagold and Golden Delicious—at this upstate farm, which also sports a lush pumpkin patch, herb and rose gardens, and a general store stocked with myriad jams and jellies. While the kids enjoy weekend hayrides, puppet shows and visiting with live chickens, bunnies and sheep, parents can savor the on-site winery (just be sure to pick a designated driver!). The town of Warwick is also home to Applefest (warwickapplefest.com), which takes place on Sunday, October 2, 2016 and features live music, crafts and a highly competitive apple-pie-baking contest. 82 Four Corners Rd, Warwick (845-986-1684, applewoodorchards.com). Daily 9am–5pm September 5 through late October. Approx $30 for a half bushel, no admission or parking fees.
An over 220-year-old white oak marks the center of this 122-acre farm filled with 25 apple varieties—everything from Cortland to Macintosh. Even if your kids aren't big on pommes, they can still enjoy a petting zoo, weekend hayrides, a haunted house (in October) and a five-acre corn maze on Saturday August 5th (this year's theme is The Bad Apple). 63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag (845-227-2306, bartonorchards.com). Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat, Sun 9am-6pm through Nov 2. General admission $5, children under 2 free (includes petting zoo, hayrides, kids' special events); Fun Pass $9.50, (includes admission, corn maze, haunted house and family theme park). Apples: 10lbs $15, 20lbs $24.
Dr. Davies Farm
Though it's home to more than 4,000 apple trees spread across 35 acres, this Hudson Valley farm—originally built by Dr. Lucy Virginia Davies and her husband, Arthur, in 1891—is less than a half hour from the George Washington Bridge. Picking poles are available, but young ones should be able to manage with the orchard's low-hanging fruit. In September and October, weekend trailer rides ($5) stop at the farm's faux pumpkin patch, where kids can pick small sugar pumpkins ($3 each) that were placed there but grown elsewhere. 306 Rte 304, Congers (845-268-7020, drdaviesfarm.com). Daily 10am–4pm from Labor Day. $37 for 25 pounds. Pole rental $3 (you get $1 back once it's returned). Cash only.
With its stunning views of the Catskill Mountains, the Greig Farm is an elegant spread. Greig's has opportunities for pick-your-own apples in September and October, grabbing seedlings and plants at the greenhouse plus fall raspberries and pumpkins. For lunch, head to the market (under renovation this year), where the menu showcases Hudson Valley produce, cheeses and meats, and kid-friendly offerings like seasonal flatbread "Skizzas." 223 Pitcher Ln, Red Hook (845-758-1234, greigfarm.com). Daily 9am–7pm through the end of October. $25 for a half bushel.
Hurds Family Farm
This farm caters to the season. In fall, expect plenty of apple-picking opportunities, and on select weekends leading up to the Christmas holiday, your brood can choose a tree from its crop of evergreens. In addition to a 2 acre corn maze in autumn, Hurds offers petting and hand feeding farm animals, a playground,apple launcher, an "eco-discovery trail" hiking trails and a cow-train ride (Holstein-painted go-karts rigged up to a tractor). At the Kids Corral, tykes can try the big apple bounce (air pillow), slide down sand mountain, pedal trikes, meet farm animals, feed fish off a dock and take on a giant slide. Don't forget to grab a pumpkin out of their patch before you head home. 2187 Rte 32, Modena (845-883-7825, hurdsfamilyfarm.com). Season begins in late August. Mon-Sun 9am–5pm. $15, children under 3 free. PYO apples $7 for a half peck, $12/full peck, $20/half bushel, pumpkins 60c per lb.
*2016 note* - Kelders has a limited apple crop this year, but there are still plenty of other activities to enjoy at the farm.
An impressively large garden gnome, Chomsky, stands sentry at the entrance to Kelder's Farm. The spot offers all the classic fall farm amusements: a petting zoo, hayrides and a corn maze. Kids also love their giant jumping pillow, but the biggest draw is a mini-golf course ($3.75) designed by artist Maria Reidelbach, coauthor of Miniature Golf (said to be the first book ever bound in artificial turf). The whimsical course is constructed from recycled tractor wheels and other repurposed farm implements. Along with the standard pick-your-own apples, the space is lined with plenty of vegetables, herbs, flowers and other types of fruit—including pumpkins—that kids can pick along the way. 5755 Rte 209, Kerhonkson (845-626-7137, kelderfarm.com). Daily 10am–6pm through October. $1.50 per lb.
Lawrence Farms Orchards
In addition to over a dozen types of apples including Empire, Cortland, Macintosh, Macoun, Jonagold, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Red and Golden Delicious apples, this Newburgh farm cultivates a cornucopia of other fruits and vegetables. From late September through October, pears, yellow peaches, grapes, sweet corn, tomatoes, pumpkins and other natural bounty are in season. 306 Frozen Ridge Rd, Newburgh (845-562-4268, lawrencefarmsorchards.com). Daily 9am–4pm through end of Oct. $3 per person, children under 2 free. Call ahead for produce pricing.
Its name is no lie; tending to more than 15,000 fruit trees is proof enough that this farm hearts its harvest. Along with fall faves like a market and a petting zoo, kids can enjoy weekend pony rides, the farm's minipig, Ellie May, an adorable white mini horse Morgan the llama, ducks, bunnies and a Mexican cantina with kid-friendly fare. There's also an old-fashioned ice cream shop, which serves homemade cones and sundaes made from their own fruit. 1421 Rte 9H, Ghent (518-828-5048, loveapplefarm.com). Mon–Tues 9am–5pm, Wed-Thur 10am–5pm, Fri–Sun 9am–6pm. Apple prices subject to change.
Perennial pickers swear by this 200-acre orchard with 20,000-plus trees, the first fruit farm in the state to switch to pick-your-own (back in 1972). Visitors can drive right up and enjoy a picnic lunch under the tree of their choice. Don't be afraid to sample the goods: Here, unlike in Oz, snacking on apples while you pick is encouraged! Wagon rides, a haunted house, barnyard animals and pony rides add to the atmosphere on weekends, along with a corn maze that's open daily. The town of Warwick is also home to Applefest (warwickapplefest.com), which features live music, crafts and a highly competitive apple-pie-baking contest. 45 Ball Rd, Warwick (845-986-1058, maskers.com). Opens Sept 5. Daily 9am–5pm through early November. $28.95 per bagfor a half bushel. Cider $3.95/jug. Free admission and parking. Some attraction fees may apply.
Milk Pail Farm and Orchard
At this 44-year-old homestead (which started out as a dairy farm), even smaller kids can pluck more than 30 different varieties of apples that grow on dwarf apple trees. Also available: wagon-led farm tours, fresh cider at the Milk Pail country store and a pumpkin patch with over 60 varieties of gourds weighing up to 150 pounds. And for the first time, RubyFrost, a newer type of apple released by Cornell University will be available for picking—just be sure to check their website for weekly updates on its availability. 1346 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill (631-537-2565, milk-pail.com). Fri–Sun 10am–5:30pm Sept 8 through end of October. Free admission. $47 for a half bushel.
Construction executive Derrick Doubrava purchased this Hudson Valley farm in 2003, but it's been a family-owned orchard for more than century. Visitors take a hay-wagon ride to more than 100 acres of easy-to-reach apples and—as the season allows—areas devoted to peaches, nectarines, Asian pears, strawberries, pumpkins and other veggies available for purchase at the farm stand. Doubrava's wife, Debbie, a former banker, is something of a local legend for her homemade apple-cider doughnuts, available at the farm market. There’s also a ton of activities for the kiddos including a 2.5 acre corn maze, giant bounce pillows and a kid-sized spider web. 250 Hurds Rd, Clintondale (866-632-7753, minardsfamilyfarms.com). Sat, Sun 9am–6pm through Nov 1. $22 for a half bushel. Apple prices subject to change. Cash only.
The Orchards of Concklin
If your kids still have energy to spare after apple-picking at this venerable orchard (it's been around since 1712!), they can bounce the buzz away in the haunted blow-up house or on the giant slide (open from noon to 5pm). From April through the end of the year, each month boasts a special offering; expect plenty of apple-and pumpkin–picking in October (plus their annual Harvest Festival), and in November freshly baked Thanksgiving pies are up for sale. Sample a homemade quiche or pick out a pumpkin to take home. 2 South Mountain Rd, Pomona (845-354-0369, theorchardsofconcklin.com). Season begins September 18.Pick your own Sundays 11am-5pm.Sat, Sun 10am–5pm for five weekends (call for availability). Store hours Mon-Sun 8am-6pm. $9 per person includes 1/2 peck bag, children under 3 free. Pole rentals for $2 with $5 deposit.
Its name may not inspire hunger pangs, but Outhouse's mouthwatering selection of homemade doughnuts, fudge, pies and other goodies will. No sweet tooth? Then gnaw on a smoked turkey leg, one of the other savory options available here. Our favorite part of the farm is its selection of PYO apples, including Red Delicious, Cortland, McIntosh, Empire, McCoun and more. After filling up on food, kids can pay a visit to the farm animals, and saunter over to the pony rides and hayrides on weekends. 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem (914-277-3188, outhouseorchardsny.com). Daily 9am–5pm. $25 per half bushel.
Create some unforgettable family memories at Pennings Orchard, located on over 100 acres of beautiful farmland. The orchard has been in operation for more than 50 years. They offer over 15 varieties of apples for picking (varieties available change by the time of season) featuring Ginger Golds, Braeburns, Mutsu, Empires, HoneyCrisp, Golden Delicious and more. Families can also visit their farmstand and pick up all kinds of goods from over 30 local vendors including fresh produce, apple cider, pies, apple cider donuts, free-range eggs, honey, handmade soaps and more. Satisfy that sweet tooth at their ice cream stand, which features over 24 flavors of hard ice cream and old fashioned custards. Nearby the ice cream stand, kids can see a variety of barnyard pals while they enjoy their dessert. Cuties like chickens and goats are outside for display in the warm months. 169 NY-94, Warwick, NY (845-986-7080, penningsorchard.com). Daily 9am–5pm. Half bushel $30/bag, 20–22lbs is approx. $1.50/lb. Cash only.
Stone Ridge Orchard
There have been fruit-bearing trees here for more than 200 years, but the farm's approach to sustainability is very 21st-century. Eco-friendly practices like minimal pesticide use and substituting mulch for synthetic fertilizers helped the orchard get certified by Eco Apple, a program of the organic/fair trade nonprofit Red Tomato. You'll find kid-oriented activities here, including a pumpkin house to visit. But Stone Ridge is, primarily, apple-crazy: There are more than a dozen kinds of organic apples for visitors to pick—including classics like McIntosh, Cortland and Stayman—but much of the land has been given over to newer breeds growing on smaller, more densely planted trees, which manager Elizabeth Ryan says puts less stress on the soil and produces bigger and sweeter fruit. Take a bite and judge for yourselves. 3012 Rte 213, Stone Ridge (845-687-2587, stoneridgeorchard.us). Daily 9am–5pm Labor Day Weekend through late October. $9 for a five-pound bag, $17 for a 10-pound bag, $20 for a 27-pound bag.
Apple picking NJ
When it comes to great apple picking near NYC, families want the best. This Garden State homestead has a lot more than apples to pick from (though it's got plenty of those)! Visitors can load up on peaches, pumpkins, Indian corn, blackberries and raspberries throughout the fall. On Family Fun Days, little ones run wild in a bouncy house, take a pony ride, go on a wagon train ride, hop along at the bunny run and trot along the new goat walk. There's also a cornucopia of corn activities, including a maize maze and a corn kingdom (like a ball pit, but filled with corn and toys). All those ears will probably make folks hungry—so reward the whole family with homemade ice cream, flavored with bounty from the farm. 84 Route 513, Chester, NJ (908-879-7189, alstedefarms.com). Daily 9am–6pm through end of October. Apples $2.00 per pound, pumpkins 65c per lb. Admission Mon–Thurs 9am–12pm free, Mon–Thurs noon–6pm $5, Fri 9am–6pm $5, Sat, Sun 9am–6pm $6.99.
In operation since 1908, this orchard, country farm and bakery has everything you need to start fall off perfectly. At Battleview this year, 14 varieties of apples are ready for picking and feature varieties such as Fuji, Rome Beauty and Granny Smith. Pick your own gourd at their pumpkin patch (open Sept. 19–Oct. 31) or visit on a weekend for a hayride through the countryside (starting Sept 19). Battleview's country store offers fresh pressed apple cider, apple cider donuts, pies, breads and seasonal fruits and vegetables, and it also features specialty gift baskets and boxes that you can customize yourself. 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ 07728 (732)-462-0756, battlevieworchards.com) Country store 9am–6pm daily. Apple picking times vary based on the variety of apples. Please call ahead to confirm hours and supply. Apples $1.40/lb. Cash Only.
Demarest Farms’ PYO won’t disappoint—you can pick your own apples, pears and pumpkins, depending on the season (August through October is prime time for picking). It’s also a great place to cruise through a corn maze, sip freshly pressed apple cider, taste local ice cream, grab a handful of Indian corn to decorate the house and pick up seasonal flowering plants like mums. 244 Wierimus Rd, Hillsdale, NJ (201-666-0472, demarestfarms.com). Mon–Sun, general farm hours 8am-6:30pm. Apple picking begins Sept 3, apple picking hours 10am–4:30pm. $10 entry fee, which includes a hayride, petting zoo and bag for your apples.
Giamarese Farm & Orchards
For over seven decades, this 32-acre farm, which prides itself on being GMO-free, has been serving the East Brunswick community. Giamarese offers tons of seasonal fun, including Fall Harvest Weekends featuring Hayrides, a corn maze, pony rides and lots of cute farm animals. You can also visit their pumpkin patch and pick your own pumpkins. Stock up on goodies at their farm market which has a wide variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, jams and more in stock. Stop by from Thanksgiving to Christmas Eve to choose and cut your own Christmas tree, when various spruces and firs will be available.
155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick, NJ (732) 821-9494, giamaresefarm.com) Pick your own Tue–Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am–3pm through Columbus Day. Free admission, prices vary per individual activity. Call ahead for pricing and seasonal apples.
At this Central Jersey farm, fill your barrel with Cortland, Empire, Fuji and Granny Smith, or sweeten the pot with in-season peaches. Kids love the tractor rides that start in late-September and run through the top of the orchards to picking areas, and in October, families can pick their jack-o'-lanterns and enjoy a bumpy hayride on weekends only for an extra fee. At the nearby roadside market, visitors can load up on fresh produce, and homemade doughnuts, apple cider and pumpkin pies. 223 Meyersville Rd, Gillette, NJ (908-647-0957). Daily 9am–6pm through late Oct. Pricing varies
Sun High Orchard
Fred and Ranghild Bostrom planted the first fruit trees on Sun High's 25 acres back in 1945. Today, kids can pick their own apples (starting in early September) and pumpkins (starting the last weekend of September), then relax playing checkers or Candy Land in front of a refurbished beehive oven, where fresh fruit pies bubble and bake. Weekend hayrides are a popular draw, as are visits with the farm's inhabitants, including sheep, rabbits, ducks (and adorable ducklings in springtime), donkeys, and an alpaca named Jersey Gold. The farm's on-site market sells crafts, fresh produce, baked goods, apple cider and homemade ice cream. 19 Canfield Ave, Randolph, NJ (973-584-4734, sunhigh.com). Daily 9am–6pm until late October. Pricing varies.
Right around the corner from Gary and Pam Mount's main farm, the couple's Van Kirk Orchard is ideal for apple picking, with dwarf trees planted in blocks so that they're easy to find and plunder (no ladders or poles necessary). On Tuesdays starting in August children ages four to eight are invited to the Read and Pick Pumpkins event, where they'll hear stories about the squash, then select their own ($7; includes fruit of season). During Family Fun Weekends ($5 per person), guests can meet farm animals, get lost in a corn maze, take wagon rides, visit the theme story barn—and, naturally, pick plenty of apples and pumpkins. Wooded trails and the barnyard (filled with sheep, goats and ducks) are open year-round. And for mom and dad, new this year is the Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery tasting room, where adults can taste award-winning wines grown on the farm. 330 Cold Soil Rd, Princeton, NJ (609-924-2310, terhuneorchards.com). Opens last week in August, daily 9am–5pm through October. $1.69/lb.
Think your kid has mastered corn mazes? The Wightman family—which started this homestead in 1922—has a plethora of labyrinths, including a crawl maze, giant hay maze, pipe maze and a challenging rope maze (kids under 7 can play in the Kiddie Corn Pit, a giant corn-filled sandbox.) After plucking some peaches and Granny Smiths, swing by the market for healthy produce and not-so-healthy homemade apple-cider doughnuts. 1111 Mt. Kemble Ave (Rte 202), Morristown, NJ (973-425-0840, wightmansfarms.com). Sat, Sun 9am–5pm through October. $15 pick-your-own per family of 5 or .99 per pound.
Apple picking CT
Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard
The Beardsley family has owned this farm since 1849. Honeycrisp, Fuji, Granny Smith and other varieties hang off the more than 5,000 dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees. In the farm store, you'll find homemade pies, cookies, apple-fried dough, cider donuts, pumpkin cheesecake, local honey and more. 278 Leavenworth Rd (Rte 110), Shelton (203-926-1098, beardsleyscidermill.com). PYO weekends only. Opens Sept 10. 10am–5pm. Prices vary, cash or check only.
This 52-acre farm has roots going back to 1871 and has one of the richest agricultural histories in the area. Get ready to fill up your basket with tons of fresh goodies, as Bishop’s Orchards offer a wide variety of fruit crops for picking each summer and fall. Apple picking takes place on weekends at their main orchard in Guilford. You also won’t want to miss their farmers market, located just two miles down the road from their main orchard, which is open year round. Take home fresh made apple cider, cookies, pies and many more homemade seasonal delicacies. The best part? There are a ton of activities for kids to enjoy at their Little Red Barn activity center (free admission). There, kids can make their own scarecrow, go on a donkey ride or wagon ride, get their face painted and try out the annual corn maze. This year’s corn maze is a giant red panda! (corn maze $6 per person, children 2 and under free.) 526 New England Rd, Guilford (203-458-7425, bishopsorchards.com). Sat–Sun 10am–5pm. Free admission, apples $1.69 per pound for 10lbs or more. PYO runs from mid June–end of Oct. • Farm market and Little Red Barn: 1355 Boston Post Rd, Guilford. 8am–7pm, Sun 9am–6pm. Open year-round.
Blue Jay Orchards
At Blue Jay Orchards, families can enjoy a slow-paced 20 minute wagon ride (and, of course, apple picking)! Right now, you can pick apple varieties such as Gala, McIntosh and Cortland. Get ready for Halloween by picking your own pumpkin at their pumpkin patch (opens Sept 24) Kids can get an un-bee-lievable look at nature with the bee hive observation center behind the farm store. There you can sneak a peek at a real beehive in the works (don’t worry, it’s all behind glass!) Stop by the farm store to get fresh apple cider, apple cider donuts, maple syrup, farm fresh honey, maple sugar candy, jams and jellies, apple pies, pastries and more to take home with you. 125 Plumtrees Rd, Bethel (203-748-0119, bluejayorchardsct.com). PYO 9am–5pm, farm stand 9am–6pm. Apples are $12/bag for the half peck size and $20 a bag for a full peck.
Since 1951, this fruit orchard has been growing peaches, Bartlett and Bosc pears, plums and 16 different varieties of apples. But the original trees, which required ladders and poles to harvest, have been replaced with smaller ones grown on trellises, and there are wagon rides to ferry visitors to the picking areas on weekends. At the farm stand, visitors can pick up home-canned preserves, corn, cider and honey (and even get up close to the honeybees during beehive demonstrations). 251 Wallingford Rd, Cheshire (203-272-7985, drazenorchards.com). Daily 9am–6pm. Arrive by 5:15 for pick your own. Pricing is by the lb and varies by apple type.
Buy a bag and pick your favorite apples—or try less-common varieties like Mutsu Crispin, Nittany and Cameo—at this farm founded by owner Irv Silverman's father in the 1920s. The amazing petting zoo also offers more exotic fare, such as buffalo, llamas, emus and longhorn cattle. Get your kids psyched for Halloween early at the farm's decorated pumpkin patch, which goes up in mid-September: It's home to colorful fall squashes, gourds, cornstalks and scarecrows. (If you guess the weight of your pumpkin within two ounces, it's yours for free.) 451 Sport Hill Rd, Easton (203-261-3306, silvermansfarm.com). Daily 9:00am–5:00pm through early October. $10 per person for a 7-pound bag, children under 2 free
Apple picking PA
The 70-acre orchard has amassed a devoted following—not just for its bountiful apples, flowers and pumpkins but also for its legendary cider. Winesap, Braeburn and Fuji apples are up for grabs in the pick-your-own area, or choose pumpkins from the farmers' market. Leave time for a leisurely drive through scenic Bucks County. 3325 Creamery Rd, New Hope, PA (215-297-8079, soleburyorchards.com). Apple picking August 20–Nov 6. Thu–Sun 9am–6pm.
Visit beautiful Weavers Orchard for pick-your-own apples, blackberries, blueberries, cherries, kiwiberries, peaches, pears, plums, pumpkins, raspberries and strawberries. It also has freshly pressed cider in the year-round farm market, alongside a bakery, deli and delicious Nelson’s Ice Cream. On Mondays and Wednesdays throughout picking season, kids can attend Read and Pick Story Time ($5) to hear a story about an in-season fruit and then head out to the orchard to pick it! A final bonus for parents: They even host cooking classes with seasonal fruits and veggies. 40 Fruit Ln, Morgantown, PA (610-856-7300, weaversorchard.com). PYO Mon–Fri 7am–7pm, Sat 7am–5pm. $1.29 per lb for 24 lbs or more, $1.79 per lb for less than 24 lbs.