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).
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.