Alstede Farm's orchard overflows with juicy, ripe peaches during the late summer months.
Alstede Farm's orchard overflows with juicy, ripe peaches during the late summer months.

13 Spots for Peach Picking Near NYC

Peach picking season is upon us in the Northeast, and it's the perfect excuse for NYC families to plan a sweet summertime day trip. Starting in July or early to mid-August—depending on the farm and the weather—the peaches begin to ripen, and the peach season typically runs into September. Peach picking follows berry picking season and is often a less commercial and more straightforward outing than some of the more popular fruit seasons like apple picking, meaning you're not going to run into as many hayrides, face painters, or crowds, but you will get a more authentic farm experience.

We've rounded up 13 peach orchards, all less than two hours by car from NYC, who are offering peach picking. Several are even accessible by mass transit.

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Be sure to click through to each farm's website or call before heading out for the most up-to-date information.

Where to Go Peach Picking in New York

1. 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
This Westchester County farm is a quick day trip from NYC, making it a favorite place to pick apples and cut your own Christmas trees in season. This summer, peach picking begins on August 21. There are not many bells and whistles here, but visitors find homemade baked goods, hot dogs for a quick lunch, and other snacks and candy. You can bring your own bag or box to collect your harvest or borrow one of its baskets. No car? Take Metro-North to the Croton-Harmon Station or the Peekskill Station, then take a 15-minute taxi ride to the farm.

Peaches at DuBois Farms
Pick delicious ripe peaches at DuBois Farms.

2. DuBois Farms Pick-Your-Own – Highland

209 Perkinsville Road
Just under 2 hours by car from Midtown Manhattan
Though this family-run fruit farm is a popular apple picking destination, there's no need to wait until fall. DuBois' pick-your-own season for peaches, nectarines, and plums starts in early July and runs through late September. Hit the cafe for lunch and special treats like snow cones and cotton candy, or visit the farm animals. Later in the season, enjoy a pony ride, play in its "tiny town," or take a wagon ride.

3. Lawrence Farms Orchards – Newburgh

306 Frozen Ridge Road
845-562-4268
Approximately 80 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
This pick-your-own delight, thanks to the sheer variety of produce, offers everything from strawberries in June to apples and pumpkins in the fall. The months in between offer greens, peas, peppers, corn, and tomatoes along with a variety of berries, sour cherries, and plums for your picking enjoyment. Peaches are expected in early August, but weather can change picking schedules and availability. The farm charges a $5 admission fee (cash preferred) for everyone over age 2. Included in the price is a sweet little play village and access to the goats, chickens, and other animals.

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Signs point to ripe peaches at Fishkill Farms
Follow the signs to find the freshest, most ripe peaches at Fishkill Farms.

4. Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction

9 Fishkill Farm Road
845-897-4377
Approximately 90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Another no-frills farm experience, this low-spray, organic-certified, environmentally friendly farm (complete with free-range rabbits and chickens) provides peaceful picking on its grounds. Mid-July and August mark the harvest of juicy, tree-ripened peaches. Extend your day by packing lunch for a lovely picnic at the farm. Reservations are required and can be made up to a week in advance on its website. The $42 fee includes admission for up to five people and 10 pounds of peaches. Kids under 2 aren't included in the headcount. However many people you have in your party, just be sure to follow the rules: no barbecuing and no booze.

5. Ochs Orchard – Warwick

4 Ochs Lane
845-986-1591
Approximately 80 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
If you're looking for a true country experience, Ochs Orchard is the place to go. It's perched at the top of a hill along a dirt road in Warwick, just over the state line from New Jersey. While there's no cafe or food service at this third-generation family farm, it does allow picnicking, and the orchard has gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley. Admission is $5 per person, and $3 per ticket goes toward what you pick. All produce is charged by the pound. Kids under 3 are free. There's also a small petting zoo with ducks, goats, and other barnyard animals for the kids. Peaches are expected in August. Be sure to check its Facebook page before heading out.

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Peaches on trees at Lewin Farms
These gorgeous peaches are just waiting to be picked at Lewin Farms.

Peach Picking Farms on Long Island

6. Lewin Farms – Calverton

812 Sound Avenue
631-929-4327
Approximately 90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Lewin Farms is my family's go-to pick-your-own spot on the isle and is notable as the first farm on Long Island's North Fork to allow u-pick in its orchards. Each year, families flock here to pluck berries, vegetables, peaches, and other local specialties. Early peaches are ready now, and picking lasts through mid-September. While you're there, stop at the indoor farm stand and sample the delicious, home-grown roasted corn on the cob. The farm is cash-only, and there's an ATM in the farm stand should you need it.

7. Wickham's Fruit Farm – Cutchogue

28700 Main Road (Route 25)
631-734-6441
Approximately 105 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
A bona fide Long Island institution, Wickham's is the largest and oldest farm on the North Shore. In August, you can harvest a few varieties of peaches and, if you time it right, maybe even some blueberries. Pickers pay upfront rather than by the pound, and you must use the containers the farm provides. It's worth noting that strollers are not allowed in the fields, so be prepared to carry infants and tots. The farm is closed Sundays.

8. Hayden's Peach Orchard – Wading River

561 Hulse Landing
631-929-1115
Approximately 105 minutes from Midtown Manhattan
Formerly known as Davis Peach Farm, the new owners have planted thousands of trees in the past year. Hayden's Peach Orchard occupies more than 64 acres and has white and yellow peaches available starting in mid-July. You can pick 10 pounds of peaches for $10.

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Little boy in Alstede's Peach orchard
Peach picking with kids at Alstede Farms is a great summer outing. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

Pick-Your-Own Peach Farms in New Jersey

9. Alstede Farms – Chester

1 Alstede Farms Lane
908-258-6245
Approximately 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan; also accessible via New Jersey Transit
Alstede is the most commercial farm of the lot, with a slew of entertainment extras like pony rides and bounce houses to enhance your visit. The farm charges daily admission fees, and most of the activities require tickets or a wristband. You must book your timed reservations in advance via Alstede's website. Its peaches are up for grabs from mid-July through mid-September. After picking apples and pumpkins here, I can attest to how much fun this farm is for kids (even if your wallet screams for mercy!). The admission price includes the short hayride to the orchard, access to the 4-acre sunflower maze, and a chance for some face time with the barnyard animals. For a more relaxed experience, arrive between 9am and 11am Monday through Thursday. You'll also find seasonal fruit like melons and berries for picking this time of year. Alstede generally celebrates the peach harvest with festivals and other special events in August, so check its calendar for the latest. Best of all, you don't need a car to get here: Take New Jersey Transit to the Gladstone Station and arrange for the FREE shuttle to take you to the farm.

10. Demarest Farms – Hillsdale

244 Wierimus Road
201-666-0472
Approximately 35 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Demarest is the closest peach-picking farm for NYC families. Just across the Hudson River, this popular farm offers 12 varieties of peaches, beginning in mid-July, and is open to the public on weekends. Admission is $5 per person. Timed-entry reservations are required and must be booked online. There is also a $12 flat fee for the bag to hold the peaches you pick.

11. Eastmont Orchards – Colts Neck

181 County Road 537
732-542-5404
Approximately 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan.
The first trees on this farm, formerly known as Delicious Orchards, were planted in 1911, and it has been family-owned since 1923. Eastmont Orchards offers 15 different varieties of peaches available to pick from mid-July through September. There is no admission fee; you just pay for what you pick. Produce prices are by the pound and can fluctuate. The message on its voicemail is updated daily with picking conditions and pricing.

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12. Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery – Guilford, Connecticut

1355 Boston Post Rd
203-453-2338
Approximately 1 hour, 40 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Peaches are anticipated to be available mid-August to mid-September, but check out the Facebook page or call the farm's hotline for timing updates. A bonus: Bishop's is also a winery, so be sure to check out its fruit wines or add a winery tour to your afternoon. It often hosts a sunflower maze in mid-summer, which is always a big hit with the kids.

13. Shady Brook Farm – Waverly, Pennsylvania

931 Stony Hill Road
215-968-1670
Approximately 90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
This historic working farm and garden center in bucolic Bucks County, Pennsylvania, has summer peaches and berries ripe for the picking. Ride a wagon straight to the picking field. Food options include Uncle Dave's homemade ice cream, a full-service deli, and hot items. Admission is $7 per person, and then you pay by the pound for what you pick. Advance tickets are required and can be booked more than a month out on its website. As with most farms, call ahead to ensure the fruit is ready for picking!

A version of this article was first published in 2015; it is updated yearly.

Photos courtesy of the farm

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