Looking to get outdoors and snack on delicious sun-ripened fruit? Then head for the hills of New Jersey, where the pick your own farms are bountiful and the strawberries are bursting with flavor from late-May through June.
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If you're new to the PYO scene, its important to know that strawberries are just the start of a season full of fresh fruit. In late June and July you'll find the best summertime cherry picking NY families love, followed by the best blueberry picking in New York and beyond! Plus, there's more to a day of picking at a Jersey farm than fruit alone: Many orchards have additional treats for both kiddos and their guardians, including petting zoos, markets and garden centers. All you need for a day of PYO is closed-toed shoes, sunscreen and a hat - at most farms they provide picking containers for you to fill, though be sure to check their website for other requirements before hitting the road. While most farms require no advance reservations, some are keeping the crowds at bay by having visitors purchase tickets before they arrive.
A PYO adventure is just one option for a summertime of family fun. While you're at it, check out the best beaches for kids in and around NYC, the best hiking trails for NYC families to explore and the best family camping spots near NYC. We're here to help you make the most of this summer!