Best Apple Picking Orchards and Farms Near NYC

Pick Your Own Apple Orchards for NYC Kids and Families

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

While there was a time when apple trees thrived in NYC (ever wonder how Orchard Street got its name?), city families today need to head out of town to pick their own fruit. While there are plenty of wonderful apple orchards in the Hudson ValleyNew Jersey, Long Island, and Connecticut, many are quite a long drive, and we know nothing derails a fun family outing like a stressful commute. So we've rounded up 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.

Apple picking in the Northeast typically kicks off in early September, though some varieties are ready for picking in August, and lingers into early October, depending on the orchard. However, the popular farms closest to NYC may be picked clean well before then. Be sure to call ahead to confirm hours, attractions, availability, and prices as weather and fruit conditions can force frequent changes.

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

New York

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard – North Salem
130 Hardscrabble Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via Metro-North.
Formerly part of Outhouse Orchards, this family-run farm allows visitors to pick their own apples beginning around Labor Day. The farm hosts a fall festival on weekends in September and October at which families can enjoy the pumpkin patch, pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, and other carnival-like fun in addition to picking armloads of apples. Be sure to grab some homemade doughnuts and cider from the store before you leave. This farm is a cab ride away from the Metro-North Croton Falls station.

Outhouse Orchards – North Salem
139 Hardscrabble Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan. Also accessible via Metro-North.
Outhouse Orchards (nope, it's not a joke; it's named for the family that owns it) dates back to the late 1800s. Its pick-your-own apples season usually starts right after Labor Day, 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 clearly marked. No car? No problem. Take Metro-North to the Croton Falls station and catch a cab to the farm.

Stuart's Fruit Farm – Granite Springs
62 Granite Springs Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
Beginning Sunday, September 4, 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
About one 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 3. 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? Take Metro-North to the Croton-Harmon or Peekskill stations, and then a 15-minute taxi ride to the farm.

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Picking it straight from the source is a thrill for all ages! (Ask before climbing any trees, though.)

Dr. Davies Farm – Congers
306 Route 304
About 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. Note: This location accepts cash only.

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Long Island

Fort Salonga Farm – Northport
30 Meadow Glen Road
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
There are several places to pick your own apples on Long Island, but the majority are in eastern Suffolk County. However, 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 from 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. No car? Take the Long Island Rail Road's Port Jefferson branch to the Northport station and hail a cab to the farm.

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New Jersey

Alstede Farms – Chester
1 Alstede Farms Lane
About one 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 (corn maze, pony rides, hayrides, a bouncy house) every single day, not just on weekends. It has dozens of apple varieties, including several ready for picking in August. Even better: You don't need to rent a car to get here. Take New Jersey Transit to the Gladstone station and then a taxi or FREE courtesy shuttle to the farm. Various admission packages are available.

Demarest Farms – Hillsdale
244 Wierimus Road
About 40 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Demarest has the distinction of being the closest apple-picking destination for NYC families. Just across the Hudson River, this popular farm offers apple picking beginning Saturday, September 3. Five bucks gets you a hayride, time at the playground and face time with the farm animals; pay an additional fee for a bag to hold all the apples you can pick. The farm store offers plenty of lunch fixings, including hot food, salads, soups, donuts, and desserts.

Riamede Farm – Chester
122 Oakdale Road
About one 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
About 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
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
Beginning Monday, September 12, 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, so only grab what you want to buy. Cap off the day with a trip to the farm stand for homemade ice cream.

Wightman's Farms – Morristown
1111 Mount Kemble Avenue
About one hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
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 such as a pumpkin slingshot, hayrides, and a corn maze.

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Know Before You Go

  • Call ahead to confirm hours, apple availability, attractions, and prices. Many orchards are small, family-run establishments that close unexpectedly.
  • 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.
  • By late September trees start looking bare, so don't wait until Halloween to visit.
  • You picked the apples, now what? We've got some tasty and easy apple recipes for you to try.

Photos by Shira Kronzon.

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

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
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
Wightman's Farms
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue
07960 Morristown , NJ 40° 44' 18.9204" N, 74° 32' 25.692" W
New Jersey