Summon the harvest season one Granny Smith at a time. We found the best places for apple picking NY families need to explore, so grab a basket and map out the fall activities for kids your brood can't miss.
Locations like Hurds Family Farm and Apple Dave's Orchard are not only great places to score a bushel of fruit; they also offer fun activities such hayrides for the whole fam, petting zoos for kids, corn mazes and more.
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It is never easy for youngsters to admit that summer is in the rearview mirror, but day trips from NYC to nearby farms and orchards will certainly put them in a fall state of mind. We're willing to bet they'll have a new favorite season with each sip of cider and nibble of cinnamon doughnuts.
Once you have a gander at our favorite locales for apple picking in NY and the surrounding area, grab a beanie, don some fashionable flannel and prepare for extra helpings of homemade apple pie!
Apple picking NY
Make sure to pack a hefty basket! Options abound at Apple Ridge Orchard, where visitors can choose from over 20 various types of apples: Macintosh, SunCrisp, Fuji, Gala and so much more. After gathering a bushel for your baking needs, make sure to enjoy the venue's other fun seasonal offerings. Kids will love getting an up-close-and-personal encounter with farm animals, wandering through the corn maze, learning about honeybees and of course, snacking on an apple cider doughnut—fall certainly isn't complete without one of those bad boys. Admission is free and the price is $29 for half a bushel of apples.
Apple Ridge Orchards, Warwick, NY (appleridgeorchards.com). PYO apples: Thu–Sun 9am–6pm from Sept–Nov.
Once Labor Day Weekend rolls around, this Hudson Valley hotspot amps its apple activities into high gear. Take a stroll through Apple Dave’s Walking Trail for a selection of Cortland, Golden Delicious and Jonagold apples, among others (which vary by month). There's no shortage of autumn entertainment for children, including hay rides, puppet shows and musical performances. For the 21+ crowd venturing to Warwick without the tots—or for the parents who need a little "me" time—check out what's brewing at the distillery. Prices vary according to picking bags and the amount of fruit you pick.
Apple Dave’s Orchard, Warwick, NY (applewoodorchards.com). PYO apples: Daily 9am–5pm from Labor Day Weekend–Oct.
The pickings at Barton Orchards are plentiful, and we're not just talking about the apples (though you can snag as many as you'd like from August until November). Between the corn maze, haunted house (Rotten Core Manor), a fun park with a bounce house and kiddie karts (among other offerings) and even a dog park for Fido, this Poughquag attraction is an essential autumn destination that most definitely deserves a spot on your list. PYO enthusiasts are responsible for paying for the fruits that they pick.
Barton Orchards, Poughquag, NY (bartonorchards.com). PYO apples: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat–Sun, 9am–6pm from Aug–Nov.
We certainly hope you and the kids packed a comfortable pair of shoes. Dr. Davies Farm sits on over 55 acres with 4,000 trees and 20+ apple varieties to choose from, so your autumn adventures are going to be extensive if you visit this spot. While you're munching on crisp, tart and sweet fruits, be on the lookout for other exciting fall activities, including a corn maze, a pumpkin patch and hay rides. Though you'll want to pick a large helping of fruits to make your own sweets, we recommend snagging the farm's homemade apple pie, too, for good measure. Prices vary.
Dr. Davies Farm, Congers, NY (drdaviesfarm.com). PYO apples: 10am–4pm beginning Sept 1.
Ginger Gold, Jonagold, Staymen and other types of delicious apples await at Greig Farm. The Hudson Valley farm, which boasts picturesque views of the Catskill Mountains, is more than a PYO destination. Thanks to the farmer's market, art gallery, smokehouse and other cool amenities, families will be able to make the most out of their day trip. If you're looking to carve a pumpkin or two, make sure to head to the grounds in late September.
Greig Farm, Red Hook, NY (greigfarm.com). PYO apples: Daily 8am–8pm from Sept–Oct.
Perhaps one of the earliest starts to the apple picking season is Hurds Family Farm's Aug 24 kick-off date. Families are invited to mosey their way through the grounds for Macoun, SnapDragon, Ginger Gold, Granny Smith and other delectable options. While there, they'd be remiss not to participate in the other awesome activities, including a ride down the giant slide, a visit to the kids' corral and a hike through the nature trails. PYO prices range from $8–$25.
Hurds Family Farm, Modena, NY (hurdsfamilyfarm.com). PYO apples: Daily 9am–5pm (activities run 10am–4pm) beginning Aug 24.
When Harvest Festival Weekends at Fishkill Farms begin, you can guarantee an exciting fall outing complete with apple picking, hayrides, live music, cider and other seasonal goodies. Who can possibly resist that? We're searching for our beanies and plaid shirts as we speak!
Fishkill Farms, Hopewell JCT, NY (fishkillfarms.com). PYO apples: Daily 9am–5pm from Sept–Oct.
Families looking for pick-your-own apples will find fruits and so much more at Kelder’s Farm. Kids can enjoy the petting zoo, hayrides, a corn maze and even a giant jumping pillow to burn off energy. Everyone can practice their swing at a mini golf course when they’re done selecting fruits, veggies, herbs and flowers. Make sure to wave goodbye to the world’s largest garden gnome on your way out.
Kelder’s Farm, Kerhonkson, NY (keldersfarm.com). PYO apples: Daily 10am–6pm from Aug–Oct.
This Newburgh orchard isn’t just teeming with apples—over a dozen varieties including Empire, Cortland and Macintosh are available—but a feast of other delicious offerings are yours for the picking. Visit in late September through October for sweet corn, cabbage, winter squash, gourds and other harvests. Admission for PYO activities is $5, with a $2 credit toward your purchase. Note that children 2 and under are free.
Lawrence Farm Orchards, Newburgh, NY, (lawrencefarmsorchards.com). PYO apples: Daily from 9am–4pm from late Aug–Oct.
A farm with more than 15,000 fruit trees means families can pick to their heart’s delight. Additional activities like a petting zoo with ducks, bunnies and Morgan the llama make for a fun day trip. Sign the kids up for pony rides and grab snacks at the Mexican cantina before tasting homemade ice cream and sundaes made from fruits sourced right from the orchard. Apple season is a $10 minimum UPICK, according to the website.
Love Apple Farm, Ghent, NY (loveapplefarm.com). PYO season: Daily 8:30am–5pm in the orchards through Oct.
For a truly epic autumnal experience, head to this 200-acre orchard with over 20,000 fruit trees! We'd recommend packing a picnic lunch to enjoy on the grounds before enjoying the fall corn maze and wagon rides, pony rides and visits with adorable barnyard critters. Admission and parking are free, apple bags are $29.95.
Masker Orchards, Warwick, NY (maskers.com). PYO apples: Daily 9am–5pm beginning Aug 31.
At this homestead (which started as a dairy farm), even smaller kids can pluck more than 30 different varieties of apples that grow on dwarf apple trees. To make the most out of your visit, check out the wagon-led farm tours, fresh cider at the Milk Pail country store and a pumpkin patch with over 60 varieties of gourds—some weighing up to 150 pounds!
Water Mill, NY (milk-pail.com). PYO season: Mon 9:30am–5:30pm, Wed 9:30am–9pm, Thu–Sat 9:30am–5:30pm, Sun 10am–5:30pm beginning Labor Day Weekend.
Your crew will run wild at Minard’s Family Farms, considering the venue comes equipped with a 2.5-acre corn maze, giant bounce pillow, pumpkin-painting, kid-sized spider web, barnyard football and other fun fall activities. You might have to pull kids away to get some fruit picking in, but once you do, you’ll be treated to more than 100 acres of trees. Be sure to swing by the farm stand for freshly-baked goods, homemade jams and snacks such as hot dogs and fries. A half peck of apples is $10, and a half bushel is $22.
Minard’s Family Farms, Clintondale, NY (minardsfamilyfarms.com). PYO apples: Weekdays noon–9pm; weekends 9am–6pm from early September.
Head to the Orchards of Conklin in October for apples, pumpkins and of course, the annual fall festival. Later in the season, homemade goods like freshly-baked pies and quiche will make for delicious family dinners come Thanksgiving. Note that each person entering the orchard must purchase a 1/2 peck bag for $11.
The Orchards of Concklin, Pomona, NY (orchardsofconcklin.com). PYO season: Weekends from 11am–4:30pm beginning Sept 14.
Though its name might have you do a double take, Outhouse's mouthwatering selection of homemade doughnuts, fudge, pies and other goodies will completely satisfy your sweet tooth. 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.
Out House Orchard, North Salem, NY (outhouseorchardsny.com). PYO apples: Daily 9am–5pm beginning Sept 1.
Create some unforgettable family memories at Pennings Orchard, located on over 100 acres of beautiful farmland. The venue offers over 15 varieties of apples (depending on the season) including 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 doughnuts,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.
Pennings Orchard, Warwick, NY (penningsorchard.com). PYO apples: Daily 9am–5pm beginning Aug 24.
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 spot to get certified by Eco Apple, a program of the organic/fair trade nonprofit Red Tomato. 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.
Stone Ridge Orchard, Stone Ridge, NY (stoneridgeorchard.us). PYO apples: Daily 9am–6pm beginning in Sept.
Apple picking NJ
Leave room in your basket: PYO options abound at this Jersey locale. If you have a hankering for homemade apple goodies, you can catch Lodi, Pristine and Red Free apples as early as the beginning of August (a surefire way to put you in a fall state of mind). Once the festivities get underway in autumn, kids will not only enjoy apple picking, but they'll most likely opt for pony rides, walks through the corn maze and moonlight hayrides. Regardless of the time of year, all Alstede Farms visitors need a cone of homemade ice cream! PYO admission—which includes unlimited tractor-drawn wagon rides and access to the fields and orchards—start at $6.99 during the week and reach $8.99 on weekends and holidays. Visitors must pay for the items that they pick.
Alstede Farms, Chester, NJ (alstedefarms.com). PYO apples: Various times from 9am–5pm, depending on the date.
Considering Battleview Orchards has been around since 1908, the family-owned-and-operated business certainly has a handle on PYO activities. From sour cherries and sweet peaches to apples and pumpkins, this Jersey farm delivers the goods—and then some! While on the grounds, be sure to participate in seasonal activities like hayrides and stop by the country store for tasty snacks. (Apple cider doughtnuts, anyone?) If you're feeling inspired after your PYO outing, be sure to visit the farm's website for recipe ideas: You know you want to try that apple crumb cake.
Battleview Orchards, Freehold, NJ (battlevieworchards.com). PYO apples: Daily 9am–6pm from Late Aug–Oct.
Demarest Farms is a great place to spend weekend afternoons in the fall, especially as we inch closer to Halloween. Vistors big and lil' can search for a variety of apples with the venue's accommodating PYO hours, plus they'll have exciting activities to choose from after they've filled up their baskets. There's a lenghty roster of things to do, including a petting zoo, playground, hay wagon, corn box and, for the brave souls in your brood, a creepy haunted house. The tots will be better suited for a pumpkin picking outing followed by an outdoor movie night with Spookley the Square Pumpkin (which begins Sept 27)! Note that those 3 and up are $7 to visit; it is $12 for a bag of all the apples you can fit!
Demarest Farms, Hillsdale, NJ (demarestfarms.com). PYO apples: Daily 9am–4:30pm beginning Sept 1.
This 32-acre farm, which is GMO-free, is worth a visit during the autumn season. Make a pitstop during the Fall Harvest Weekends for apple picking, a selection of food vendors, pony rides and other exciting offerings. A picking pass is $7, and $5 goes towards the items you select. Be advised that there isn't an ATM on the premises.
Giamarese Farms & Orchards, East Brunswick, NJ (giamaresefarm.com). PYO apples: Tues–Sat 10am–6pm, Sun 10am–3pm from late Aug–Columbus Day.
PYO schedules vary by month, but come September, it’s all-things apples at Hillview Farms. The 53-acre venue is the place to go if you have the craving for something sweet. You'll be inclined to stock up on homemade pie and a cup of cider. No dogs are permitted, so plan accordingly before leaving home.
Hillview Farms, Gillette, NJ (stumpskeet.wixsite.com/hillviewfarms). PYO apples: Daily 9am–6pm (fields close at 5pm) beginning late Aug.
Kids can pick their own apples beginning September and take a breather from their harvesting duties for a scoop of homemade ice cream or a bite of fruit pies. After stocking up on snacks, set up shop for lunch at one of the picnic tables. Note that anyone under 18 must be supervised by an adult.
Sun High Orchard, Randolph, NJ (sunhigh.com). PYO apples: Daily 9am–6pm from Sept–Oct.
Right around the corner from Gary and Pam Mount's main farm, the couple's Van Kirk Road 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). 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, there's the Terhune Orchards Vineyard & Winery tasting room. Note that pets aren't permitted in the PYO area.
Terhune Orchards, Princeton, NJ (terhuneorchards.com). PYO apples: Mon–Fri 9am–7pm, Sat–Sun 9am–6pm from Aug–Dec.
Think your kid has mastered corn mazes? Then a visit to Wightman’s Farms is in order. It has a plethora of labyrinths, including a crawl maze, giant hay maze, pipe maze and a challenging rope maze for the adventurous tots. After plucking some Granny Smiths, swing by the market for healthy produce and not-so-healthy homemade apple cider doughnuts.
Wightman’s Farms, Morristown, NJ (wightmansfarms.com). PYO apples: Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 9am–4:30pm through Oct.
Apple picking CT
Beardsley’s will keep visitors busy thanks to an orchard of more than 10,000 dwarf apple trees. It's next to impossible to go home empty-handed from this Connecticut farm. Speaking of which, don't forget to visit the bakery for pies, cookies, scones and plenty of other sweets that are equally as irresistible as the fruit selections. We bet you won’t be able to say no to the apple-fried dough. Note that PYO apples is $1.75/lb and $1/bag entrance fee. Only cash and checks are accepted.
Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard, Shelton, CT (beardsleyscidermill.com). PYO apples: Weekends 10am–5:30pm beginning Sept 14.
No need to wait until autumn to make a visit to Bishop's. The year-round attraction hosts various PYO offerings that vary based on the season, as well as a farmer's market and winery (for the parents who might want to take a breather). Though visitors have access to the grounds all year, it's especially delightful during the fall thanks to the annual Halloween parade, pumpkin patch, corn maze and other offerings celebrating the harvest season.
Bishop Orchards, Guilford, CT (bishopsorchards.com). PYO: various times from Late Aug–late Oct.
How can you resist a trip to Blue Jay Orchards? It's an autumn necessity to find a ghourd in the pumpkin patch, sample honey at the farmer's market and take home pastries and pies from the bakery. Keep an empty basket on hand for apples. You'll be able to stock up on varieties like Braeburn, Stayman, Granny Smiths and much more.
Blue Jay Orchards, Bethel, CT (bluejayorchardsct.com). PYO apples: Various times beginning Sept 1
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).
Drazen Orchards, Cheshire, CT (drazenorchards.com). PYO season: Daily from 9am–6pm from Aug–Oct.
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 and llamas. When Halloween rolls around, you’ll also want to make a special visit for the pumpkin patch (bring your camera!) and the farm’s gourds, corn stalks, bales of straw, squash and scarecrows.
Silverman's Farm, Easton, CT (silvermansfarm.com). PYO season: Daily 9am–5pm from Aug–Nov.
Apple picking PA
If you're thinking about a fall getaway, venture to Solebury Orchards. Eighty acres of rustic charm awaits, and the breathtaking scenes from the grounds provide a nice respite from the city. Although you'll likely spend a decent amount of time in the orchards, don't forget to venture to the market to get a taste of the popular cider...and grab a doughnut to go with it.
Solebury Orchards, New Hope, PA (soleburyorchards.com). PYO: apples: Aug 22–Nov 3.
Head to the gorgeous Berks County for plenty of PYO options—apples, blueberries, kiwiberries, plums and more. Weavers also has cider in the year-round farm market, alongside a bakery and deli. On Mondays and Wednesdays through the end of August, kids can attend Read and Pick Story Time and then head out to the orchard for their own adventures. Bonus for mom and dad: You can sign up for a cooking class inspired by seasonal fruits and vegetables.
Weavers Orchard, Morgantown, PA, (weaversorchard.com). PYO season: Mon–Fri 8am–6pm, Sat 7am–4pm beginning in Aug.