Where To Go Apple Picking With Kids in Westchester and the Hudson Valley
Apple picking season is here! I used to look forward to apple picking every year as a child, and now I have just as much fun watching my little ones run through the orchards—not to mention indulging in fresh-pressed apple cider and hot, delicious cider doughnuts! Many Westchester and Hudson Valley farms also have family-friendly entertainment and activities including live music, corn mazes, and hayrides.
This season it's especially important to contact the farms before heading out to check on current COVID-19 prevention protocols. Additionally, many of these spots are family-owned and -operated, and hours may change with little or no notice.
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Where To Go Apple Picking in Westchester County
Pick apples straight from the tree or out of a crate at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard. Photo courtesy of the farm
1. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard – North Salem
2020 update: Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard opens for apple picking on weekends only and reservations are required. There will be no fall festival festivities, and all visits are limited to 2 hours.
This family-run farm allows visitors to pick their own apples daily beginning in September. On weekends, you’ll find fall festivals with lots of entertainment for kids, including farm animals, bouncy castles, hayrides, and more. The farm also offers homemade doughnuts, cider, produce, and fresh eggs. Take note: Dogs are no longer allowed on the premises.
2. Stuart's Fruit Farm – Granite Springs
2020 update: Stuart’s Fruit Farm is open for plant, vegetable, and flower sales and curbside pick-ups. Apple picking, the corn maze, and bakery will be open, but there will be no hayrides this season.
With close to 20 different varieties of apples as well as pumpkins, this family-run farm has lots of fall fun, with apple picking starting in early September. On weekends, take a hayride through the orchards and pumpkin fields to the crest of a hill, offering gorgeous views of the fall foliage. The original barn now serves as a fruit and produce stand. You can also enjoy fresh pies, doughnuts, and more—all made on the farm. Note: The farm only accepts cash or checks.
3. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights
2020 update: All visitors over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask, and social distancing will be enforced. Hand washing and sanitizing stations are available on-site. The farm market and bakery are both open. The corn maze is open by ticket only. Tractor rides are not available this year. The winery is not open, and group and party reservations are postponed for the 2020 season.
Head to the farm to get your bags and rentable picking poles and catch a hayride to the apple orchard. The farm offers more than a dozen varieties of apples available at different times throughout the season—picking starts the last weekend of August or the first weekend of September—so be sure to check the schedule to see when your favorites are ready. Pumpkin picking is available later in the season, and the farm also offers cut-your-own Christmas trees starting November 28, 2020. Its bakeshop and markets offer freshly made pies, cookies, apple cider doughnuts, strudel sticks, and more, as well as snacks, and seasonal crafts and gifts.
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Apples and fall fun awaits at Dr. Davies Farm. Photo by Matt Nighswander
4. Dr. Davies Farm – Congers
2020 update: Dr. Davies Farm opens for apple picking Monday, September 7, from 10am-4pm. Its farmstand on Route 304 is open daily from 8:30am-6pm, and online ordering is now available.
Dr. Davies offers 4,000 trees spread over 55 acres, weekend hayrides drawn by tractor-trailers, a corn maze, as well as homemade doughnuts, pies, and more. Bring cash, as credit cards are not accepted. Apple picking starts on Monday, September 7, 2020.
5. The Orchards of Concklin – Pomona
2020 update: Orchards of Concklin opens for apple picking Sunday, September 20. Its retail store is fully open, and its nursery and garden center are open daily from 8am-5 pm.
This farm offers a variety of apples throughout the season, with picking starting in September. Don’t forget to visit the farm store and bakery, which offers tons of goodies to choose from.
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6. Apple Dave's Orchards – Warwick
2020 update: Apple Dave’s Orchards season begins Saturday, September 5.
Formerly Applewood Orchards, Apple Dave's was renamed for its founder, David Hull, in 2015. In addition to delicious apples and pumpkins, there are wagon rides, puppet shows, live music, and fresh apple cider donuts. Activities are free, and you only pay for what you pick.
7. Lawrence Farm Orchards – Newburgh
2020 update: Lawrence Farm Orchards opens for apple picking Saturday, August 22, and is open daily from 9am-4pm during the picking season. All guests over the age of 2 must wear a mask, and social distancing is required.
Apple picking starts in September at this Newburgh farm, which offers more than 15 varieties to choose from. Along with the picking, kids can have fun in the playhouses that make up the “Little Village.” The entrance fee is $5—but if you plan on heading over often, you can snag a season pass. You’ll also find apple cider donuts, apple cider, and lots of other tasty treats.
8. Masker Fruit Farm – Warwick
2020 update: Masker Orchards is open for apple picking starting Saturday, September 5. It is open daily from 9am-5pm through early November. Most Family Fun activities are not available for the 2020 season, but guests are encouraged to pack a picnic to enjoy on the grounds. Though the Country Store is closed, you can preorder goods for curbside pickup.
Instead of taking a wagon ride out to the orchards, drive your car up to the tree of your choice. On weekends, head to the Family Fun Area for an apple maze, pony rides, a family-friendly haunted house, face painting, live music, a pumpkin patch, and more. The farm offers 14 different types of apples, so be sure to check its ripening schedule to find out when your favorites will ready.
Fall is not just for apple picking—it's also a time to indulge in homemade apple cider doughnuts at Ocs Orchard.
9. Ochs Orchard – Warwick
2020 update: Ochs Orchard plans to open for the pick-your-own season. However, due to a small, hours are limited; visit the website for a current schedule. Its store is open daily from 9am-5:30pm. Masks are required, and social distancing is enforced.
There are lots of different varieties of apples to choose from—from gala in early September to Golden Delicious at the beginning of October. Along with a market, there’s cider made on the premises.
10. Pennings Orchard – Warwick
2020 update: Pennings Orchard opens Saturday, August 29. Pick your own is cash only. The petting zoo is available, and families are encouraged to bring their own lunch and picnic.
Pennings Orchard offers more than a dozen varieties of apples and a pumpkin patch, starting on August 29 this year. Families can enjoy weekend activities including a petting zoo, pumpkin picking, and more.
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11. Barton Orchards – Poughquag
2020 update: Barton Orchards is already open for its pick-your-own season from Tuesday to Sunday, 11am-5pm. The Fun Park is open. Face masks are required for guests over the age of 2, and social distancing is enforced. There are hand-washing and sanitizing stations available on-site.
This 122-acre farm offers extensive pick-your-own options including apples, pumpkins, squash, and more. Barton boasts tons of activities including a corn maze, haunted house, bounce house, slides, and train rides. Read our in-depth profile of Barton Orchard for more details.
Fishkill Farms has a huge variety of apples as well as lots of treats! Photo by Diana Natal for the farm
12. Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction
2020 update: Fishkill Farms is available for pick-your-own season by reservation only. Reservation dates and times can be accessed on its website and are updated regularly. Masks are required. CSA members or those retrieving grocery orders are welcome on the farm without a reservation.
There are lots of different types of apples at this 270-acre Hopewell Junction farm, all of which are either organic or eco-certified. You’ll also find doughnuts, ice cream, free hayrides, and more. It’s $5 to enter for adults and kids 12 and up, and Tuesdays are free.
13. Greig Farm – Red Hook
2020 update: Greig Farm generally opens for apple picking at the end of August. Its farm market is open for senior citizens, while other community members may access its online store for curbside pick up or local delivery. All visitors must wear a mask, and social distancing is enforced.
Apple picking at Greig Farm kicks off in September, with pumpkins available as well. Year-round, check out the Hudson Valley Farmers Market, where you can grab lunch before (or after!) a day of picking.
14. Rose Hill Farm – Red Hook
2020 update: Rose Hill Farm is available for the pick-your-own season. Crops can be found on its website or Facebook page. Face masks are required and social distancing is enforced.
At this 100-plus-acre farm, there are several different varieties of apples ready to be picked. Many events are held throughout the year, so keep an eye on the farm's website or Facebook page.
This post, originally published in September 2013, is updated annually.