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 the fresh-pressed apple cider and hot, delicious cider doughnuts! Many farms also have family-friendly entertainment and activities including live music, bounce houses, and more. Apple picking is also a great farm-to-table teaching opportunity and a wonderful way to ease out of summer.
So get your apple recipes ready and read on for our top picks for apple picking with kids in Westchester and Rockland County. (Remember to contact the farms before heading out. Many are family owned and operated, and hours may change with little or no notice.)
Also see our top picks for apple picking in Dutchess and Orange and our complete Fall Fun Guide.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm - Yorktown Heights
1335 White Hill Road
I have fond childhood memories of this farm! Check in to get your bags and picking poles (available to rent) and catch a hayride to the apple orchard. The farm offers over a dozen varieties of apples available at different times throughout the season (picking started September 3, 2016), so be sure to check the schedule to see when your favorites are ripe and ready for picking. They also offer pumpkin picking starting approximately October 2, and if you're already thinking about the holiday season, the farm also offers Choose-and-Cut Christmas trees starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Its bake shop and markets offer freshly baked goods including pies, cookies, apple cider doughnuts, strudel sticks, snacks, candy and country-themed and seasonal crafts and gifts.
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard - North Salem
130 Hardscrabble Road
Formerly known as Outhouse Orchards, this family-run farm allows visitors to pick their own apples daily beginning after Labor Day. Beginning September 10, 2016, weekends will feature "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. If you have a four-legged friend, bring them along as leashed dogs are welcome on festival grounds and in the orchard.
Stuart's Farm - Granite Springs
62 Granite Springs Road
The oldest apple farm in Westchester County, Stuart's Farm spans over 200 acres and offers nine different varieties of apples as well as pumpkin fields. Apple picking started September 3, 2016. On weekends, enjoy a hayride that passes 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 muffins, scones, pies, doughnuts and apple cider, all baked on the farm.
The Orchards of Concklin - Pomona
2 South Mountain Road
This farm offers a variety of apples throughout the season. In addition to apple picking, it also offers such kid-friendly fun as a haunted house, bounce house and Jurassic Adventure. Check the schedule to find out when your favorite apples will be available for picking, and don't forget the farm store and bakery with tons of goodies to choose from. Apple picking starts September 18, 2016.
Dr. Davies Farm - Congers
306 Route 304
Dr. Davies offers 4,000 trees spread over 35 acres, weekend hayrides drawn by tractor trailers and a market that offers homemade doughnuts and fresh pressed cider, along with pumpkins, veggies and more. Bring cash as credit cards and ATM cards are not accepted. Apple picking started on September 3, 2016.
Looking for more apple-picking in the tri-state area? Check out our Pick-Your-Own Guide for New York, New Jersey, Long Island and Connecticut.
Originally published September 2013 and updated for 2016.
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