Highland, New York
From Labor Day weekend through Halloween, this orchard offers apple picking every day from 9am-6pm. Macintosh, Gala, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, and Empire are just a few examples of what you’ll be able to pick. Guests have the option to purchase a large bag for $24 which holds 20-25 pounds, or a smaller bag for $15 that holds 10-15 pounds. The orchard’s road stand sells goodies all from local businesses including baked goods, cheeses, barbecue sauce, and vinegars. There’s also a picnic area on the orchard, so visitors can pack a lunch to enjoy after a hard day’s work of apple picking.
By public transport: 2 hours, 10 minutes. From Grand Central Station, take Metro North’s Hudson line to Poughkeepsie, then take a taxi for remaining 7 miles.
By car: 1 hour, 35 minutes