I’m going to start this post with a fun story…I’m always asking my friends in the city for places to go to eat because first off I’m the worst at making decisions and second I’m SO bad at remembering where restaurants are in the city so I just need someone else to tell me. Well living and growing up in Westchester, the one question I get every Fall is “Where should I go apple picking?”
Let’s just say after 31 seasons of apple picking under my belt (ok maybe I didn’t go apple picking every year of my life) I’ve finally narrowed it down to my favorite apple orchards. I only included apple orchards less than 1 1/2 hours from the city so that if you are traveling from NYC you don’t have to go to far, but if you’re looking for more options that may be further away let me know because I definitely have a few favorites that are farther north! (Scroll down for the whole list)
Plus I really wanted to share the outfit I wore apple picking over the weekend and I definitely couldn’t create a “What the Wear Apple Picking” post because it TOTALLY depends on the month and weather! If you saw my Instagram post from the other day then you’ll know what I’m talking about! I went apple picking twice this year…in September, I went to Barton Orchards, it was about 90 degrees out and was sweating to death in a tank top, hat, jeans and sneakers…then in October it was breezy and a perfect 60 degrees out and I wore long sleeves, a wool cape and boots! So if you ever stumble upon a post about What to Wear Apple Picking…just ignore it!
But if you love this outfit as much as I do you can shop it here:
63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY 12570
70 Miles from NYC
Open Daily 9PM-6PM
Admission is FREE Monday-Friday and $15 on Weekends, Holidays or During Events! Daily activities include a Farm Market, Petting Zoo, Dog Park, Tap Room on top of Apple Picking & Pumpkin Picking. They also host events most weekends during the Fall. I went to Oktoberfest in September and it was a ton of fun!
9 Fishkill Farm Rd., Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
60 Miles from NYC
Open Daily 9AM-6PM (Apple Picking from 9AM-5PM)
Pick your own apples and pumpkins here in the Fall, it’s a $5 admission fee for fruit and vegetable picking. You can also drive right into the apple orchard if you’re only planning on apple picking or you can park in the front where the market is and take a hayride (on the weekends) or walk into the orchard. They also have a Farm Stand, Grill, Cider Garden and much more! I love that they charge you for apples by the pound instead of by the bag, so if you don’t fill up the whole bag they give you, you’re only charged what you take!
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Rd., North Salem, NY 10560
50 Miles from NYC
Open Daily 9AM-6PM (Apple Picking from 9AM-4:30PM)
$10 parking fee on weekends and Holidays. I’m not going to lie, this one isn’t necessarily my favorite because it’s pretty small and it gets crazy packed on the weekends being that it’s one of the closest and easiest to get to from New York City. If you’re headed apple picking on a weekday I say visit here, but on the weekend I’d head to one of the other places I recommended. Also worth noting you can’t bring your dogs here!
Wilkens Fruit & Fit Farm
1335 White Hill Rd., Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
42 Miles from NYC
Open Daily 10AM-5PM (Pick-You-Own from 10AM-4:30PM)
They offer pick-your-own fruit and pumpkins in the Fall and after Thanksgiving you can Choose-n-Cut Christmas Trees here! They also have a Winery that is open on the weekends and the Apple Farm Market, Bakery and Country Shop open daily.
Dr. Davies Farm
306 Rt 304, Congers, NY 10920
35 miles from NYC
Open Daily 8:30AM-6PM (Apple picking 10AM-4PM)
This is a smaller family fun farm so there’s not as many bells and whistles as other orchards. You can rent both picking poles and wagons while you’re there and they have hayrides! Worth noting that it’s cash only!
169 State Road 94S, Warwick, NY 10990
50 miles from NYC
Open Daily 9AM-5PM
Each car is charged $30 for 1/2 bushel bag (approx 22 lbs). They also have a dairy barn, farm animals, kiddie maze and play area. If you have kids this is definitely one of the better options, especially because the encourage you to bring a picnic lunch to eat in the orchard and spend the day.
Not Apple Picking, but equally as fun for the 21+ crowd:
2241 Albany Post Road., Walden, NY 12586
75 Miles from NYC
Open Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 11AM-6PM, Friday & Saturday 11AM-8PM
While you can’t go apple picking at Angry Orchard you can still wander around the orchard and sample various ciders they make there. They have multiple tours you can take while you’re visiting and are able to buy the latest speciality ciders and small batch ciders you can only buy at the orchard.