Summer is over and It’s officially fall. The weather is crisp yet comfortable, colorful foliage begins to peak, and the holidays are on the horizon. Along with the beauty that the seasonal change yields, trees not far from the city will be producing one of autumn’s most fawned-over bounties– apples! Apple picking is upon us and will continue into mid-November, so get ‘em while they’re ripe! Here are the ten best apple picking destinations near ‘the Big Apple.’
Located about an hour away from New York City in Poughquag, New York, Barton Orchards’ idyllic one-hundred and twenty-two acres of farmland feature twenty-five different types of apples ranging in flavor and use. August through November, Barton Orchards encourages its visitors to gallivant around the premise in pursuit of the perfect apple and a good time. This fall destination also offers dozens of activities throughout the fall season such as a petting zoo, hayrides, 5 acre corn maze, an award-winning bakery and a festive haunted house featuring live actors. While the apples get people to come, the entertainment and attractions get them stay– how ‘bout them apples? Click here for more info.
Nestled in the heart of the Hudson Valley, this orchard is the apple of New York’s eye. A trailblazer as far as apple picking goes, Masker Orchard was the first to bring seasonal “pick-your-own” experiences in New York. 20,000 fruit trees across 200 acres of land accommodate large crowds the orchard attracts. Spend a day at Masker Orchards and prepare for a quintessential apple picking experience that embraces the energy of the city while preserving the rustic charm of the country. The best part? Masker Orchards permits unlimited apple sampling throughout your orchard excursion. Sweet! Click here for more info.
A true-blue, no-frills orchard, Fishkill Farms takes this favorite fall activity back to the basics. Trading in seasonal gimmicks for awe-inspiring scenery and classic simplicity, this orchard’s foremost concern is growing sustainable agriculture in harmony with the land. However, Fishkill Farms’ wholesome orientation is a breath of fresh air among the dozens of “agri-tainment” establishments that dominate the apple picking world. If you’re looking for a laid-back experience that prefers to operate using core farm values, look no further than Fishkill Farms. Click here for more info.
If you’re looking for a kid-friendly, low-key orchard this Fall, look no further then Fort Salonga Farm. Children of all ages (and heights) can partake in apple-picking fun thanks to dwarf trees that envelop the land in this quaint Northport, NY farm. Measuring eight to ten feet, dwarf apple trees sway close to the ground, making picking easy for the little ones. Owner, William Cahill praises local farming, light and bees for Fort Salonga Farm’s succulent apples. In fact, rumor has it that their locally extracted honey has healing powers and can cure allergies. Click here for more info.
Just 40 minutes from Midtown Manhattan, this Bergen County farm
Only forty minutes from Midtown Manhattan in Hillsdale, NJ, lies Demarest Farms— a popular Northern Jersey destination for apple-seeking families. At Demarest Farms, the season culminates in the fall with over a dozen of apple varieties and plump pumpkins ripe for the picking. For $9, visitors receive a bag for their apples are are encouraged to stuff it to its brim. After filling your bushel with freshly picked apples, head on over to the pumpkin patch, hay rides, petting zoo, bakery and farm market.
Don’t be shy to Instagram once the world’s largest garden gnome, Chomsky upon entering this apple and pumpkin-picking destination in Kerhonkson, NY. Dynamic as it is whimsical, Kelder’s Farm takes pride in its constant evolution. Starting out as a dairy farm, the orchard now grows strawberries, raspberries, pumpkins and of course, apples. While you’re there, don’t miss out on Kelder’s ‘Homegrown Mini Golf Course’— an unconventional, edible spin on mini-golf. That’s right, visitors can actually eat pieces of the course. Click here for more info.
Owned and operated by the same family since 1712, The Orchards of Conklin attract visitors from all over the tri-state area for its expansive farming acres and noteworthy corn-maze. As far as pick-your-own goes, The Orchards of Conklin offer the most mouth-watering variety of apple Cortland, McIntosh, Red Delicious, Empire and Golden Delicious apples in all of Rockland County. In addition, their farmer’s market features unpasteurized apple cider— a unique yet organic take on the popular autumn beverage. Click here for more info.
Alstede Farms supersedes your fall expectations and locally harvests asian pears, blackberries, elderberries, raspberries, gourds, Indian corn, and potatoes. Beginning on September 23, Alstede offers Harvest Moon hay rides— perfect for a romantic date, family affair or a night out with friends. From wagon train rides, to an intricate corn maze, this orchard is a must on your fall bucket list. Click here for more info.
There’s never a dull moment at this versatile “argi-culture” establishment. For seven generations, the Hurds family has wowed its visitors with its unique offerings and wide variety of delicious apples. In addition to their pick-your-own apple orchard, visitors can rent campfires sites and party tents for events, enjoy apple cider slushies at the Big Apple Cafe as well as bounce on their popular Big Apple Bounce House. Take our word for it—Hurds Family Farm is something you’re going to have to see to believe.