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The best summertime cherry picking NY families love

Looking for a delicious day trip? Check out our list of the best cherry picking NY families love!

By Hannah Doolin, Naomi Pallas, Danielle Valente and Oliver Strand
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What better way to escape the city than by spending the day at one of the best cherry-picking spots close to NYC? 

After all, going to a PYO farm is guaranteed summertime fun for the fam. The kids get to be active and snacky, while the grownups can do their best to save enough fruit to make a crumble at home. Remember, cherries are only a part of the PYO scene—you'll also want to go strawberry picking in New York and hit the best blueberry picking in NY and beyond.

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We can all agree that this is the summer to spend time outside. If you're looking for more family adventures, check out the best beaches for kids in and around NYC, or head to one of the best hiking trails for NYC families to explore!

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Rose Hill Farm (Red Hook, NY)

Fraleigh’s Rose Hill Farm is a bio-intensive, holistic orchard situated on a peaceful and picturesque slice of the Hudson River Valley. The fruit you get to pick has been responsibly grown, and this organic farm boasts fruits like cherries, blueberries, peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, and apples. Come to these 100 acres of sprawling farmland, and get ready for a bountiful harvest! 19 Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook, NY (845-758-4215, pickrosehillfarm.com).

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Och's Orchard (Warwick, NY)

It doesn't get much better than a PYO experience with a view: Bring a picnic to munch on during your cherry-picking adventure while savoring the expansive views from the Och’s Orchard gazebo. Note that cherries are around through mid-July. Och's is so much more than PYO! You'll find homemade ice cream, and some furry friends at the petting zoo. 4 Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY (845-986-1591, ochsorchard.net). 

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Wickham's Fruit Farm (Cutchogue, NY)

Every year, Wickham’s Fruit Farm has delicious cherries available for picking in July! Choose the roundest and juiciest fruit with your crew at this PYO destination in Long Island. Not only are the fruits delicious, but the farm has a rich history, too! Wickam’s fruit is grown on some of the oldest continually cultivated land in the country—much of the farm dates back to 1661. With beautiful views of sparkling Peconic Bay, Wickham’s is the perfect place to pop a squat and appreciate nature’s beauty...with a handful of cherries of course! 28700 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY (631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com.

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Prospect Hill Orchards (Milton, NY)

Heading to Prospect Hill Orchards has been a 200-year tradition for New Yorkers. If you're in the mood for tart cherries (which are typically available by mid-June) or want to spice things up with apples, peaches or pears, this family-owned operation has you covered. PYO options are available onsite, but if you can't make it to Milton, head to one of the NYC farmer's markets to get your fruity fix from Prospect Hill; it operates at Tribeca Washington Market Park year-round! 340 Milton Turnpike, Milton, NY (845-795-2383, prospecthillorchards.com).

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Lawrence Farm Orchards (Newburgh, NY)

Since 1892, Lawrence Farm Orchard has offered dozens of farm-fresh items to pick throughout the year, from cherries and raspberries to eggplants and greens. Fill a container with fruit and then head to the Little Play Village, visit the show chickens and goats and cool off with some local ice cream. 306 Frozen Ridge Rd, Newburgh, NY (845-562-4268, lawrencefarmsorchards.com). 

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March Farm (Bethlehem, CT)

This family-owned organic farm is an all-American classic: Acres of rolling hills, sun-kissed fruit trees, a farm store with eggs, milk and produce. The PYO season starts mid-June with cherries, then carries through the summer with blueberries and strawberries. Lucky locals get to subscribe to March Farm's CSA. 160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem, CT (203-266-7721, marchfarm.com).

Belltown Hill Orchards (South Glastonbury, CT)

This family-operated stop not only gives visitors a PYO option, but it also lets them choose from delectable sweets—jams, pies, cookies—if they're looking to take home other snacks besides the fruit. Be sure to check the calendar for seasonal event listings, too! 483 Matson Hill Rd, South Glastonbury, CT (860-633-2789, belltownhillorchards.com). 

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Ellsworth Hill Orchard and Berry Farm (Sharon, CT)

Ellsworth is an area well worth a day trip! After gathering sweet cherries galore and taking in the rolling hills, open pastures and original structures around the farm, check out some of the historic sites around town. The farm’s website offers some useful facts and picking do’s and don’ts for the novice cherry picker. 461 Cornwall Bridge Rd, Rte. 4, Sharon, CT (860-364-0025, ellsworthfarm.com).

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Terhune Orchards (Princeton, NJ)

From asparagus in April to pumpkins in October, Terhune Orchards has all the PYO options you could want—including eight varieties of sweet and sour cherries! The farm provides containers for you to gather your berries in, and when you’re done, be sure to wander down the farm trail to meet sheep, chickens, horses, geese and ducks and peruse all the treats at the farm stand. 330 Cold Soil Rd, Princeton, NJ (609-924-2310, terhuneorchards.com).

Fruitwood Orchards Honey Farm (Monroeville, NJ)

Fruitwood Orchards has offered 110 acres of fruit orchards since 1951. Though they’re known for their yummy honey, you can find apples, peaches, nectarines, pears, and cherries depending on when you go. There are also some less common PYO treasures, like watermelon, cantaloupe, and wine grapes. 419 Elk Rd, Monroeville, NJ (856-881 7748, fruitwoodorchardshoney.com).

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Battleview Orchards (Freehold, NJ)

A taste of New Jersey sour cherries is a must at this PYO hotspot. Sign up for a group picking session and visit the site for delicious recipes once you've gathered your goods. Of course, a trip to the Country Store for home-baked goods is a must! 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ (732-462-0756, battlevieworchards.com).

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