The best strawberry picking in New York for families

Strawberry picking in New York? We round up go-to farms that promise to keep your baskets well-stocked and bellies full.

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It's a berry good idea to go strawberry picking in New York. Not only will you have fresh fruit for the kids' lunchboxes, but you'll be more inclined to whip up that delectable cake that the whole family's been dreaming about. (No birthdays required.)  

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When the warm weather settles in, PYO season is in full swing. It's one of the many delightful outdoor activities for kids and families to enjoy during summer day trips from NYC. Venture out to Long Island or the Hudson Valley for a rustic experience that'll make little ones feel like a farmer! (Plus some locales have cool petting zoos nearby, which will be a huge hit.)

For those PYO connoisseurs, be sure to also explore our go-to spots for strawberry picking in NJ and strawberry picking in CT

Strawberry picking in New York

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Fishkill Farms

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car

For over 100 years, the Morgenthau family has been operating the 270-acre Fishkill Farms (Mon–Fri from 9am–6pm). Part apple orchard, part vegetable farm and wholly irresistible, this outdoor destination offers a lot for visitors to love: seasonal events, birthday parties and of course, an extensive pick-your-own season. For $5 per person (12 and up), patrons are welcomed to fill their baskets with a large variety of goods. Strawberry season kicks off in June, followed by blueberries, raspberries, blackberries and other summer fruits. Expect peas, kale and herbs to also make an appearance mid-June. When autumn rolls around, head to Fishkill for your family apple and pumpkin picking soiree. If you're planning on enjoying PYO activities, you must visit the farm before 5pm. 

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Lawrence Farms Orchards

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car

Are you a sucker for strawberries? Lawrence Farms Orchards (open daily from 9am–4pm) offers a berry sweet deal for visitors who plan to make frequent trips this summer: A season pass is just $10 per person and provides farm entry from June to October—and even 10 percent off purchases. If you're thinking about whipping up a few strawberry pies this season, this sounds well worth it! The venue's PYO season begins in June with strawberries, peas, lettuce, spinach and other fruits and veggies. Hitting the farm in July? Make sure to grab sweet and sour cherries in addition to your strawberries! Admission for pick-your-own sessions is $3 per person. 

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Lewin Farms

Travel time: 2 hours by car

From late May onward, Lewin Farms (9am–4:30pm) is open for business, so you better make sure you have a few empty baskets at the ready. Strawberries kickstart the pick-your-own season and pumpkins close out the festivities come autumn. As much as we can't resist the eastern Long Island venue, note that Fido and friends aren't permitted on the grounds. 

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Ochs Orchard

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car 

Looking for ways to spend a summer afternoon? Ochs Orchard (open daily from 9am–5pm) lets you and your family play the role of a farmer with a pick-your-own season starting in June. Strawberries are the first fruit that is up for grabs, followed by cherries (late June–early July), peaches (July–September) and other tasty berries and veggies. When the littles have had enough of PYO activities, switch gears and head to the small petting zoo where your kiddos can interact with goats and donkeys. After your summer day trip, make sure to check the orchard's website for fun recipes that'll put your stash of fruits and veggies to good use.

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Mead Orchards

Travel time: 2 hours by car

When it comes time to pick your own fruits, you're going to want to go with the best of the best. Mead Orchards in Tivoli provides seasonal pick-your-own options and has some of the tastiest berries in the business. If you can't get out to the 100-acre-farm to scour the grounds for your favorite fruits, make sure to catch Mead Orchards at various farmers markets: Rhinebeck, Pleasantville and White Plains. Check out the website before making the trek, as hours are not yet available. 

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Greig Farm

Travel time: 2.5 hours by car

Set in the gorgeous Hudson Valley, Greig Farm welcomes PYO enthusiasts beginning in late May or early June to find the best batch of strawberries on the grounds. But the rustic destination boasts more than just fresh pickin's. Visitors can visit its Saturday seafood market or farmer's market (open daily from 9am–6pm). Those who are looking for a quick bite will want to opt for the venue's Papa’s Best Batch smokehouse and "sammich" shop. There are even two spare bedrooms in the farmhouse that you can rent on Airbnb if the brood doesn't want to make the trip back home.

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Samascott Orchards

Travel time: 2.5 hours by car 

When June arrives, it's go time at Samascott Orchards (PYO ends daily at 4:30pm and the store at 5pm). Kicking off the PYO festivities with strawberries and peas, the charming and rustic spot offers visitors a chance to roam its harvest in search of the juciest berries. There is a $5 minimum for per person (excluding kids 10 and under). Bring your own containers or purchase them onsite!  

 

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Wickham's Fruit Farm

Travel time: 2.5 hours by car 

Roughly 200 of the 300 acres of Wickham's is dedicated specifically to fruit, so you know you're in store for tasty and fresh picks. Employees will provide visitors with containers for collecting and all purchases are made before venturing on the grounds (PYO Mondays–Saturdays from 9am–5pm). Pickers are asked to select only what they plan to purchase. 

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