Where to Go Apple Picking Near NYC This Fall

Published On 09/28/2015 Published On 09/28/2015

Fall is really here, guys, but rather than simply scurrying around the city in a shawl neck, clutching a PSL, and bemoaning the end of summer, take advantage of the season! Pick your own apples at any one of these 11 orchards, all of which are super accessible from NYC. Corn mazes, hayrides, petting zoos, and the potential for 1,000 apple pies are only a few hours away.


Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

North Salem, NY
This family-owned and operated orchard hosts its Fall Festival every weekend of September and October, so after the apple picking, pay $5 and access hayrides, live music, games, farm animals, and BBQ vendors. Be sure to line up your visit with the tasting schedule, just maybe don't mix that with the apple cannons, which are giant, custom-made and mounted potato guns that you load with apples and shoot at targets.

By public transport: One hour, 20 minutes. Start at Grand Central and take the 9659 train towards Southeast. Get off at Purdy’s and take a taxi 2.8 miles!
By car: One hour, eight minutes

Flickr/Nick Ribaudo

Outhouse Orchards

North Salem, NY
Pick as much as you like from the wide selection of apple and pumpkin varieties, then head into the corn maze, which is inexplicably shaped like a US soldier. If you'd rather not be the one navigating, though, opt for a hayride where you'll see gorgeous Hudson Valley farm views. Important to note: "Outhouse" is a family name and in no way a comment on the orchard's sanitation practices/overall appeal. 

By public transport: One hour, 20 minutes. Start at Grand Central and take the 9659 train towards Southeast. Get off at Purdy’s and take a taxi 2.8 miles to your destination.
By car: One hour, nine minutes 


Masker Orchards

Warwick, NY
Inhale that fresh, fresh Hudson Valley air as you pick up to 14 varieties of apples in Masker’s extensive orchards. Its schedule lays out the best times to come for your favorite types, but you can always tune to FM 87.9 for ripening updates, if for some reason you still use the radio. Apples are paid for upon exit, but the farm lets you eat as many as you want while you're picking!

The country store is stocked with fall favorites like freshly made apple cider, pies, and local honey, and on weekends there's live music, a haunted house, and a corn maze.

By public transport: One hour, 50 minutes. From Port Authority Bus Terminal, take the 196 bus to the Warwick Park & Ride. Walk .7 of a mile to your destination.
By car: One hour, 27 minutes


Terhune Orchards

Princeton, NJ
This 200-acre fruit and vegetable farm has a wealth of produce -- eggplant, kale, lettuce, tomatoes, and pumpkins -- that can all be picked whenever they're in season during the year, but now's the time to take advantage of the farm's 34 apple varieties.

Little ones can select apples from dwarf trees without the help of ladders, and everything is pay-by-weight so the price is totally up to how much you pick. There’s a whole lineup of family fun weekends, complete with face painting, farm animals, a corn maze, and hayrides. Plus, there's a winery!

By public transport: Three hours, 35 minutes... really, just don't do this. Bribe a friend with a car.
By car: 1.5 hours

Flickr/Jenna Rose Robbins

Silverman's Farm

Easton, CT
At the petting zoo, interact with interesting animals like buffalo, llamas, fallow deer, long-horned cattle, emus, and, you know, regular goats, too. When the furry fun is over, stick around for hayrides, live music, homemade kettle corn, and the chance to win a free pumpkin if you guess its weight. 

And, of course, there are apples. The website lists when certain varieties are available, so be sure to check lest you miss your favorites.

By car: One hour, 38 minutes

Apple Dave’s Orchards & Applewood Winery

Warwick, NY
Eat an apple cider donut, wander through the rose and herb gardens, choose a pumpkin from the patch, and pluck any of the 10 varieties of apples available throughout the season. Don't forget to stop off at the the orchard's winery, which uses its own apples and vineyards to make limited-edition wines, ciders, and even apple vodka. Its products are only available in the tasting room and online, so you should probably head up there RIGHT NOW.

By public transport: One hour, 20 minutes. From Port Authority Bus Terminal, take the 196 bus to 223' N of Iron Forge Rd then hop in a taxi for the remaining 4.1 miles.
By car: 1.5 hours


Barton Orchards

Poughquag, NY
In addition to the apple picking, Barton Orchards has a live-actor haunted house called Rotten Core Manner (spooky/clever!), plus the Fun Park, which has two 60ft slides, a boulder dash, peddle cart races, live music, and all the games you care to play. If you’ve ever wanted to attend a live performance called The Amish Outlaws Take on the Apple, the time is... ripe!

By public transport: Two hours, 10 minutes. Via Metro North, take the 953 towards Wassaic from Grand Central to Pawling. A cab can take you the remaining eight miles.
By car: 1.5 hours

Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard

Shelton, CT
All the good stuff is right here: pies, small-batch cider, local honey, and dwarf apple trees so you can pick your fruit without tools and ladders.

By car: One hour, 40 minutes

Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

Lawrence Farm’s Orchard

Newburgh, NY
Three generations run this lil' family farm where pick-your-own fruits and vegetables has been an option for over 30 years. Everything from apples to eggplants, broccoli to hot peppers, and pumpkins to Indian corn are available at different times during the year. Horse-drawn carriages are available on weekends for relaxing rides around the farm.

By public transport: 2 hours. Via Metro North, take the 875 towards Poughkeepsie. Get off at Beacon and take a taxi for the remaining 8 miles.
By car: 1.5 hours

Flickr/Shinya Suzuki

DuBois Farms

Highland, NY
The owners are first-generation farmers -- they purchased the 54-acre farm 13 years ago, thus saving it from development. Now, instead of condos, there are fall weekend barbecues, a cafe with apple cider donuts, a corn maze, pony rides, and PYO nectarines, plums, pears, peaches, grapes, tomatoes, eggplant, pumpkins, and apples!

By public transport: Two hours. Via Metro North, take the 849 three stops to Poughkeepsie. Get a taxi for the remaining 4.6 miles.
By car: 1.75 hours


Kelder’s Farm

Kerhonkson, NY
This place has apples to pick (duh), flowers for sale, and a farmers market with more jams than a Grateful Dead live album. The best part, though? The mini golf course, which ironically houses the WORLD’S LARGEST LAWN GNOME, at least according to the 2009 Guinness Book of World Records.

By car: Two hours

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Sarah Anderson is a Production Assistant at Thrillist and, given her height, is hitting up the dwarf trees. Follow her to the orchard on Instagram at @smileforsarah and on Twitter @Sarah_JFA.



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