Best Apple Picking Near NYC

Pick Your Own Apple Orchards for NYC Kids and Families

Starting around Labor Day weekend and continuing through October, orchards around the tri-state area offer families the chance to pick their own apples. Many also host cool kids' attractions like hayrides, petting zoos, bouncy houses and corn mazes, and sell home-baked treats.

Although there was a time when apple trees thrived in NYC (ever wonder how Orchard Street got its name?), today city families need to head out of town to pick their own fruit. While there are lots of wonderful apple orchards in upstate New York and New Jersey, most are quite a long drive, and we know nothing derails a fun family outing like a stressful commute. So we've rounded up more than a dozen places to pick your own apples that are an hour (or less!) from Midtown Manhattan by car. A few are even accessible by train.

Be sure to call ahead to confirm hours, attractions, availability and prices, as weather and the fruit conditions can force frequent changes.

Apple Picking Near NYC

Westchester County, New York

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard – North Salem
130 Hardscrabble Road
914-485-1210
Approximately 1 hour by car from midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via Metro-North.
Formerly part of Outhouse Orchards but now its own independent business across the road, this family-run farm allows visitors to pick their own apples beginning Monday, September 7 and continuing daily throughout the season. On weekends from September 12 to October 31 and Columbus Day, additional attractions include hayrides, farm animals, bouncy castles and live music. Be sure to pick up some homemade doughnuts and cider from the store before you leave. This farm is also just a cab ride away from the Metro-North Croton Falls Station.

Outhouse Orchards – North Salem
139 Hardscrabble Road
914-277-3188
Approximately 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via Metro-North.
Outhouse Orchards (nope, not a joke, it's named for the family that owns it) dates back to the late 1800s. Its pick-your-own apples season starts on Saturday, September 5, and there are hayrides and a corn maze, too. Note: There is a fee for parking and, in past seasons, poison ivy, though it's always clearly marked. No car? No problem! You can take Metro-North to the Croton Falls Station and then catch a cab to the farm.

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Stuart's Fruit Farm – Granite Springs
62 Granite Springs Road
914-245-2784
Approximately 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
Beginning Sunday, September 6, this centuries old, family-owned farm offers more than 20 types of apples ripe for the picking every day. Scenic hayrides are also offered on weekends.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights
1335 White Hill Road
914-245-5111
Approximately 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via Metro-North.
An apple picking trip here includes a hayride out to the orchard. There are dozens of varieties and Wilkens is open daily from Saturday, September 5, so check the farm's schedule to see when your favorites will be ripe. If you're already planning your holiday season take note: Wilkens offers pumpkin picking beginning around October 1 and cut-your-own Christmas trees starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving. No car? You can take Metro-North to the Croton-Harmon Station or the Peekskill Station, and then a 15-minute taxi ride to the farm.

Rockland County, New York

The Orchards of Concklin – Pomona
2 South Mountain Road
845-354-0369
Approximately 45 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
This nearby orchard offers family apple picking on Sundays only from September 20 to October 11. Every visitor over age 3 is required to buy a bag for fruit, whether or not you plan to pick. Picking poles are also available to rent. Before you leave, grab a snack from the on-site bakery, like Concklin's popular apple cider doughnuts.

Dr. Davies Farm – Congers
306 Route 304
845-268-7020
Approximately 50 minutes by car from midtown Manhattan
This historic 35-acre orchard is home to 4,000 trees and opens for daily apple picking on Labor Day. Be prepared to battle school groups during the week. On weekends, families can also enjoy tractor-drawn hayrides. Cash only.

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Apple picking near NYC

Orange County, New York

Masker Orchards – Warwick
45 Ball Road
845-986-1058
Approximately 75 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Daily apple picking has already started for the season, and on weekends beginning September 13, the Family Fun Area near the red barns will offer pony rides, a not-too-spooky haunted house and live music. The farm has 14 varieties of apples, so be sure to check its ripening schedule to find out when your favorites will ready to pick.

Read about other places to pick your own apples in upstate New York.

Long Island

Fort Salonga Farm – Northport
30 Meadow Glen Road
631-269-9666
Approximately 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
Although there are several places where you can pick your own apples on Long Island, the majority are in eastern Suffolk County. But this tiny farm in the western part of the county is much closer to NYC. Fort Salonga has a variety of dwarf apple trees, which means even your littlest pickers should be able to pluck fruit off low-hanging branches. Although you won't find any additional kids' activities here, Sunken Meadow State Park is only a few miles away and offers playgrounds, hiking trails and other family attractions. Fort Salonga has no set hours but the owners are good about updating their voicemail message daily with current info.

Read about other places to pick your own apples on Long Island.

Morris, Bergen and Somerset Counties, New Jersey

Alstede Farms

Alstede Farms – Chester
1 Alstede Farms Lane
908-879-7189
Approximately 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via New Jersey Transit.
Talk about agri-tainment! In addition to being open for daily apple picking, the farm offers all of its special attractions (a corn maze, pony rides, hayrides, a bouncy house) every single day, not just on weekends. Even better: You don't need to rent a car to get here. Take New Jersey Transit to the Gladstone Station and then a Village Taxi to the farm. Various admission packages are available.

Demarest Farms – Hillsdale
244 Wierimus Road
201-666-0472
Approximately 40 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Demarest has the distinction of being the closest apple picking place for NYC families. Just across the Hudson River, this popular farm offers apple picking every day beginning Saturday, September 5, plus special attractions on weekends and weekday afternoons. Five bucks gets you a hayride, the corn maze and face time with the farm animals; pay an additional fee for a bag to hold all the apples you can pick.

Riamede Farm – Chester
122 Oakdale Road
908-879-5353
Approximately 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
Choose from more than 30 varieties of apples including heirlooms at this farm, which is open daily. No bouncy castles or petting zoos here; Riamede is all about apples, with the only extra being a complimentary hayride on weekends.

Ripple Hill Farm – Basking Ridge
181 Mountain Road
908-647-1300
Approximately 50 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Despite the name, there are no hills at this farm, which makes it a great place to pick, especially if you're pushing a stroller. It's only open on Sundays from noon to 4pm and offers about a dozen varieties of apples. The owners are good about keeping their Facebook page updated with what's available.

Sun High Orchards – Randolph
19 Canfield Avenue
973-584-4734
Approximately 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
Kids can get up close and personal with the alpaca and donkey, and take a leisurely hayride to the apple trees every day. Apples are sold by the pound here, so only grab what you want to buy and check to see if there are any online coupons. Cap off the day with a trip to the farm stand for homemade ice cream.

Wightman's Farms – Morristown
1111 Mount Kemble Avenue
973-425-9819
Approximately 1 hour by car from midtown Manhattan
Heads up: a membership is required to enter this orchard but $15 buys access for up to five people every day all season long. Privileges include discounts on purchases and weekend attractions like a pumpkin slingshot, hayrides and a corn maze.

Read about other places to pick your own apples in New Jersey.

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Know Before You Go

Make sure you call ahead to confirm hours, apple availability, attractions and prices. Many orchards are small, family-run establishments that close unexpectedly or run out of apples long before the season ends.

Approximate driving times don't include traffic. Sadly, you're probably going to run into some, especially at the entrances to popular farms.

Leave your pets at home. They aren't allowed at most farms.

If you're thinking of packing a picnic, call ahead to make sure the farm allows you to bring your own food.

Apple picking season starts around Labor Day and lasts through October. However, by late September the trees start looking pretty bare so don't wait until Halloween.

You picked the apples, now what? We've got some tasty and easy apple recipes for you to try.

For other fun farm outings, check out our Pick-Your-Own Guide.

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This post, originally published in September 2012, is updated annually.

location: 
Fort Salonga Farm
30 Meadow Glen Road
11768 Northport , NY
Phone: 631-269-9666
40° 53' 50.3952" N, 73° 16' 35.292" W
New York
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard
130 Hardscrabble Road
10560 North Salem , NY
Phone: 914-485-1210
41° 20' 55.068" N, 73° 38' 7.8576" W
New York
Stuart's Farm
62 Granite Springs Road
10527 Granite Springs , NY
Phone: 914-245-2784 ‎
41° 18' 26.6652" N, 73° 45' 56.1492" W
New York
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Road
10598 Yorktown Heights , NY
Phone: 914-245-5111
41° 16' 46.0344" N, 73° 49' 40.6992" W
New York
The Orchards of Concklin
2 South Mountain Road
10970 Pomona , NY
Phone: 845-354-0369
41° 10' 42.9816" N, 74° 1' 55.3656" W
New York
Dr. Davies Farm
306 Route 304
10956 Congers , NY
Phone: 845-268-7020
41° 10' 16.6188" N, 73° 57' 7.4016" W
New York
Alstede Farms
84 County Route 513
07930 Chester , NJ
Phone: 908-879-7189
40° 46' 44.256" N, 74° 43' 0.8544" W
New Jersey
Sun High Orchard
19 Canfield Avenue
07869 Randolph , NJ
Phone: 973-584-4734
40° 51' 0.3528" N, 74° 36' 50.4252" W
New Jersey
Demarest Farm
244 Wierimus Road
07642 Hillsdale , NJ
Phone: 201-666-0472
41° 0' 29.6496" N, 74° 4' 14.3904" W
New Jersey
Outhouse Orchards
139 Hardscrabble Road
10560 North Salem , NY 41° 20' 59.2224" N, 73° 38' 6.1944" W
New York
Riamede Farm
122 Oakdale Road
07930 Chester , NJ
Phone: 908-879-5353
40° 47' 42.7164" N, 74° 41' 37.9356" W
New Jersey
Ripple Hill Farm
181 Mountain Road
07920 Basking Ridge , NJ
Phone: 908-647-1300
40° 37' 53.1984" N, 74° 35' 8.6316" W
New Jersey
Masker Orchards
45 Ball Road
10990 New York , NY 41° 14' 33.9792" N, 74° 20' 50.9136" W
New York
Wightman's Farms
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue
07960 Morristown , NJ 40° 44' 18.9204" N, 74° 32' 25.692" W
New Jersey