Apple picking NY
Munch on over 20 varieties of apples while you’re enjoying a tractor hay ride at this rustic autumn destination. Not only are visitors able to pick their own fruits, but they’ll also have the opportunity to find the perfect pumpkin (starting Sept 15), wander around a corn field, meet cute farm animals and take a look at the honey bee observation hives. Don’t forget to finish your trip to Apple Ridge Orchards with a bite of the irresistible apple cider doughnuts. Apple Ridge Orchards, Warwick, NY (appleridgeorchards.com). PYO: Thu–Sun 9am–6pm from Sept–Nov.
This Hudson Valley hotspot offers 11 types of apples for customers to choose from, plus an abundance of family-friendly fall activities such as wagon rides, pumpkin picking and even puppet shows! The bucolic scenery—the pond, the herb and rose garden—is perfect for an afternoon stroll, snack at hand, of course. A stop at the store is a must, especially if you’re looking to take home sweets like jams and pies (but don’t pass up those dried flowers if you’d like to add a fall touch to your home décor). Apple Dave’s Orchard, Warwick, NY (applewoodorchards.com). PYO: Mon–Fri 1–4:30pm, Sat–Sun, 9am–5pm from Labor Day Weekend–Oct.
Barton Orchards is an epic autumn funzone for families. The venue’s offerings far extend its fantastic 120 acres of apple picking. After visitors find their fruits, they can choose from a lengthy list of activities, including a haunted house (October only), corn maze, pedal karts, giant slides a forthcoming obstacle course—the list goes on. Don’t forget to bring Fido—he’ll love the dog park. Barton Orchards, Poughquag, NY (bartonorchards.com). PYO: Mon–Fri 9am–5pm, Sat–Sun, 9am–6pm from July–Nov.
Options abound at Dr. Davies Farm, where apple pickers can find their fruits on over 4,000 different trees that rest on 55 acres of land. After you and your kiddos have made your selections, opt for a trip through the corn maze, a loop on the hay ride or stroll through the pumpkin patch. If there’s a fall birthday in your family, opt for a party at the venue—kids’ celebrations include apple and pumpkin picking, a pizza lunch and hayrides for those ages 4–12. Though the venue’s open daily, note that apple picking for the season kicks off on Sept 3. Dr. Davies Farm, Congers, NY (drdaviesfarm.com). Open daily, 9am–5pm
In the backdrop of the Catskill Mountains, Greig Farm offers a serene escape while families venture to the grounds for apple, pumpkin, blueberry, asparagus and strawberry picking, depending on the month (apple picking is throughout September and October). Make sure to see the goats before you skedaddle. Greig Farm, Red Hook, NY (greigfarm.com). PYO: Daily 8am–8pm from Sept–Oct
This farm caters to the season. In the 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, nature trails, a kids’ corral and a cow-train ride (Holstein-painted go-karts rigged up to a tractor). Don't forget to grab a pumpkin out of the patch before you head home. Hurds Family Farm, Modena, NY (hurdsfamilyfarm.com). PYO: Daily 9am–5pm (activities run 10am–4pm) beginning Aug 18.
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). Daily 10am–6pm.
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. Lawrence Farm Orchards, Newburgh, NY, (lawrencefarmsorchards.com). Daily 9am–4pm from Sept–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. Love Apple Farm, Ghent, NY (loveapplefarm.com). PYO: Daily 10am–5pm 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. Masker Orchards, Warwick, NY (maskers.com). PYO: Daily 9am–5pm beginning in Sept.
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: Mon 9:30am–5:30pm, Wed 9:30am–9pm, Thu–Sat 9:30am–5:30pm, Sun 10am–5:30pm after Labor Day–Oct.
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. Minard’s Family Farms, Clintondale, NY (minardsfamilyfarms.com). PYO: Weekdays noon–9pm; weekends 9am–6pm from Aug 29–Nov 1.
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. The Orchards of Concklin, Pomona, NY (theorchardsofconcklin.com). PYO: Daily 8am–6pm from Sept 16–Oct 28.
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: Daily 9am–5pm beginning in Sept.
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: Daily 9am–5pm beginning Aug 25.
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). Daily 9am–6pm.
Apple picking NJ
There’s a lot to love about Alstede Farms. Visitors can pick their own apples, vegetables, pumpkins and so much more. Kiddies will get a kick out of feeding the farm animals and munching on homemade ice cream. Be sure to visit the website for updates on fun events such as food festivals, tours and live entertainment. Alstede Farms, Chester, NJ (alstedefarms.com). PYO: Daily 9am–6pm (last admission at 5pm).
In operation since 1908, this orchard, country farm and bakery is a quintessential fall go-to that deserves a spot on everyone’s to-do list. Grab your apples and pumpkins and make sure you score a spot on the hayrides. Various seasons offer different picking opportunities. Battleview Orchards, Freehold, NJ (battlevieworchards.com) PYO: Daily 9am–6pm from Sept–Oct.
Demarest Farms is perfect for those who are hungry...and for those in search of a good scare. Visitors can pick a variety of apples, then switch gears into Halloween mode with the spooky activities at the Haunted Orchard attraction (beginning Sept 28), which features hayrides and haunted houses. Join in on the fall festivities...if you dare. Demarest Farms, Hillsdale, NJ (201-666-0472, demarestfarms.com). PYO: Daily 8:30am–6pm beginning in Sept.
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. Giamarese Farms & Orchards, East Brunswick, NJ (giamaresefarm.com) PYO: Wed 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—don’t leave without a homemade pie and a cup of cider. No dogs are permitted, so plan accordingly before leaving home. Hillview Farms, Gillette, NJ (hillviewfarmnj.com). PYO: Daily 9am–6pm in Sept.
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. Sun High Orchard, Randolph, NJ (sunhigh.com). PYO: Daily 9am–6pm until late October.
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. Terhune Orchards, Princeton, NJ (terhuneorchards.com). PYO: 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: Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 9am–4:30pm through Oct.
Apple picking CT
In the event you need a few more treats after traipsing through the 5,000 dwarf and semi-dwarf apple trees of this family establishment, take a gander at the offerings in the store. We bet you won’t be able to say no to the apple-fried dough. Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard, Shelton, CT (beardsleyscidermill.com). PYO: Weekends only. 10am–5:30pm until Christmas Eve.
This year-round spot boasts PYO opportunities, a farmer’s market and winery (should mom and dad have the afternoon to themselves). After you’ve selected your harvests, head to the website for delicious recipes. Bishop Orchards, Guilford, CT (bishopsorchards.com). PYO: various times from Late Aug–late Oct
Grab a basket and grab some fresh apples from Blue Jay Orchards, but stick around for weekend hayrides and visits to the observation beehive. Blue Jay Orchards, Bethel, CT (bluejayorchardsct.com). PYO: 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: 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. TWhen 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, 451 Sport Hill Rd, Easton, CT (silvermansfarm.com). PYO: Daily 9am–5pm from Aug–Nov.
Apple picking PA
Solebury Orchards has gained popularity thanks to its delicious seasonal cider. While you’re sipping on a cup, make sure to pick your own apples, pumpkins and enjoy the rustic scenes. Solebury Orchards, New Hope, PA (soleburyorchards.com). PYO: Thu–Sun various times throughout each season.
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: Mon–Fri 7am–7pm, Sat 7am–5pm beginning in Aug.