Poughquag, New York
Start your day picking on the 120 acres of apple trees, where a half-bushel bag costs $26 and holds about 25 pounds of apples. In addition to the farm, Barton Orchards offers a live-actor haunted house called Rotten Core Manner, plus a “Fun Park,” which boasts two 60-foot slides, pedal carts, a bounce house, a 5-acre Corn maze, live music, and more. When you’re tired from picking and playing, relax at the Tap Room with local craft beers and hard ciders.
By public transport: 2 hours and 10 minutes. From Grand Central Station, take the Metro North Harlem Line towards Wassaic to Pawling, then take a taxi for the remaining 8 miles.
By car from Grand Central: 1 hour and 45 minutes