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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!

Written by
Hannah Doolin
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Naomi Pallas
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Danielle Valente
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Oliver Strand
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Are you dreaming of a city escape the whole family will enjoy? How about a day well spent at the best cherry picking spots in New York?

Pick your own (PYO) farms are guaranteed summertime fun for the fam. Not only does it give the kids something active and different to do, it's an amazing opportunity to show them where food really comes from. And if they can't stop popping the sweet, tart cherries along the way, you can take solace in the fact they aren't potato chips. But the adventure isn't for them, alone. A day of rustic, outdoor leisure will do your body good, too. And whatever fruit you and the kiddos don't plow through gets to make a reappearance in pie or crumble form later on.

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Cherries, which are typically available from late June through July, are only a part of the PYO scene. At all of the farms on this list, other fruit including peaches, strawberries and blueberries are available to pick when ripe, and at more than one you'll find other experiences like wagon rides and petting zoos. If you are lukewarm about cherries, try our list of the best strawberry picking in New York and the best blueberry picking in NY and beyond, instead. And 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.

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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 Thursdays from 9am-7pm and Fri-Sun from 9am-5pm, and get ready for a bountiful harvest! 19 Rose Hill Farm, Red Hook, NY (845-758-4215, pickrosehillfarm.com).

It doesn't get much better than a cherry picking experience with a view! Plus, Och's is so much more than PYO! You'll also find homemade ice cream, and some furry friends at the petting zoo. Cherries are around through mid-July and can be picked daily from 9am-5:30pm for $5/person (kids under 4 pick for free). Bring a picnic to munch on during your cherry-picking adventure while savoring the expansive views from the Och’s Orchard gazebo.  4 Ochs Lane, Warwick, NY (845-986-1591, ochsorchard.net). 

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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 is the fruit 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! Pick them Saturdays from 10am-3pm; other PYO fruits available Mon-Sat from 10am-3pm. 28700 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY (631-734-6441, wickhamsfruitfarm.com.

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 late-June) or want to spice things up with apples, peaches or pears, this family-owned operation has you covered. PYO options are available onsite Thur-Sun from 9am-4pm 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, Tucker Square and Abingdon Square year-round! 340 Milton Turnpike, Milton, NY (845-795-2383, prospecthillorchards.com).

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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 or cool off with some local ice cream. Open daily from 9am-4pm, $5/person. 306 Frozen Ridge Rd, Newburgh, NY (845-562-4268, lawrencefarmsorchards.com). 

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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).

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 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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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 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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