Ready your buckets, don your sweaters and boots and plan a day trip. It’s apple-picking season and spending a few hours wandering through the trees plucking off apples is basically a required fall tradition. Between the apples, beauty of the orchards and cider doughnuts it’s not like apple picking is exactly a chore. Here are 8 can’t miss apple picking spots in the New York City area. Don’t see your favorite? Add it in the comments below.
Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction
A lovely view, apple picking in a nearly 100-year-old orchard, hayrides…it’s no wonder Fishkill Farms in Duchess County is a national favorite. Enjoy the sustainably grown, organic apples during a Harvest Festival Weekend this October. Go there.
How can anyone not want to visit an apple orchard that calls Apple Tree Lane home? This is the ultimate family-friendly orchard with hayrides, a corn maze, barnyard animals and even a pedal kart racetrack to really make a day of it. Go there.
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Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard, Shelton
Leave the kids at home. You’re going to want to savor the hard cider Beardsley’s Cider Mill makes from their small-batch apple press. This beautiful orchard features 5,000 dwarf trees with 26 different kinds of apples. Go there.
Fort Salonga Farm, Northport
You’ll fall in love with this adorable, tiny farm in Northport. There are a variety of dwarf apple trees, a low key vibe and the quaint village of Northport is just miles away, making it a perfect place to spend a Sunday afternoon this fall. Go there.
Harbes Farm, Riverhead
For those who want to cross all their fall activities off in one day, visit Harbes Family Farm. The Riverhead Farm has apple picking every Saturday and Sunday through October and pony and hay rides. Go there
Milk Pail Farm and Orchard, Water Mill
Head East to Milk Pail Farm and Orchard for more than 20 different kinds of apples, a pumpkin patch, fresh cider and a quaint old country store. In case you’re wondering on the name, Milk Pail started out as a dairy farm. Go there.
Stone Ridge Orchard, Stone Ridge
The trip up to Stone Ridge in Ulster County is worth it just to take in the views. For more than 200 years the farm has produced apple trees. You’ll find dozens of the classics, like McIntosh and Cortland but also new varieties. Make a weekend out of it. Go there.
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, North Salem
Yes, there are apple cider doughnuts. They’re some of the best you’ll ever have. There are also apple varieties galore, a corn maze and hay rides. Go there