Peach picking with kids at Alstede Farms is a great summer outing. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala
Peach picking with kids at Alstede Farms is a great summer outing. Photo by Rose Gordon Sala

11 Spots for Peach Picking Near NYC

Peach picking season is upon us in the Northeast, the perfect excuse for NYC families to plan a sweet summertime day trip before kids head back to school.

Starting in July or early to mid-August, depending on the farm and the weather, the peaches begin to ripen, and peach season typically runs into September. Peach picking, a perfect activity after berry picking season has peaked, 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 painting, or crowds, but you will get a more authentic farm life experience.

We've rounded up 11 peach orchards, all under two hours by car from NYC. Several are accessible by mass transit, so you're really out of excuses! 

Peach Picking in New York

DuBois Farms U-Pick – 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 peach, nectarine, and plum picking starts mid-July and runs through early September, with the “Peach-a-Palooza” Festival August 24 and 25. The farm's agri-tainment ramps up as we head toward Labor Day, but there is plenty to enjoy before then. 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 the "tiny town," or take a wagon ride.

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights
1335 White Hill Road
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 select and cut your own Christmas trees in season. This summer, peach picking begins mid-August. Not a lot of bells and whistles here, but visitors will 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 their 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.

Lawrence Farms Orchards – Newburgh
306 Frozen Ridge Road
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. The farm charges a $5 admission fee for everyone over the age of 2, but included in the price is a sweet little play village and access to their goats, chickens, and other animals. Be sure to bring your own container to hold your haul or be prepared to buy one from the farm.

Ochs Orchard – Warwick
4 Ochs Lane
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 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, they do allow picnicking, and the orchard has gorgeous views of the Hudson Valley. There's also a small petting zoo with ducks, goats, and other barnyard animals for the kids. Peaches are ready mid-July, but call ahead as they may all be snatched up.

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Eat a peach in the orchard at Fishkill Farms. Photo courtesy of the farm

Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction
9 Fishkill Farm Road
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 their grounds. Mid-July and August mark the harvest of juicy, tree-ripened peaches. There is a $5 admission fee for fruit and vegetable picking for adults and children over the age of 12. On Tuesdays, general admission is free. Extend your day by packing lunch for a lovely picnic at the farm. Just be sure to follow the rules: no barbecuing and no booze.

These gorgeous peaches are just waiting to be picked at Lewin Farms. Photo courtesy of the farm

Peach Picking in Long Island

Lewin Farms – Calverton
812 Sound Avenue
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 their orchards. Each year, families flock here to pluck berries, vegetables, peaches, and other local specialties. Early peaches are ready now and picking will go through mid-September. Call before you head out to confirm. While there, stop at the amazing indoor farm stand and sample their delicious, home-grown roasted corn on the cob.

Wickham's Fruit Farm – Cutchogue
28700 Main Road (Route 25)
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 up front, 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 on Sundays.

Peach Picking in New Jersey

Demarest Farms – Hillsdale
244 Wierimus Road
Approximately 35 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Demarest is the closest peach picking place for NYC families. Just across the Hudson River, this popular farm offers 12 varieties of peach picking, beginning mid-July, and is open to the public on weekends. Admission is $5 per person and includes a hayride and entrance to the petting zoo. There is also a $10 flat fee for the bag to hold the peaches you pick.

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Peach picking in Jersey! Photo courtesy Alstede Farms

Alstede Farms – Chester
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Approximately 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan; also accessible via New Jersey Transit
Alstede's 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. Their 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!). Included in the admission price is 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 on Monday through Thursday when admission is waived and most of the attractions are closed. You'll also find seasonal fruit like melons and berries for picking this time of year. Alstede will celebrate 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. 

Peach Picking in Connecticut

Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery – Guilford
1355 Boston Post Rd
Approximately 1 hour and 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. An added 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 also often hosts a sunflower maze mid-summer, which is always a big hit with the kids.

Peach Picking in Pennsylvania

Shady Brook Farm – Waverly
931 Stony Hill Road
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. The farm typically hosts a festival for each fruit's growing season, including Peachy Fun Days on weekends with extra attractions like bouncy houses and wagon rides. Admission is $3 per person, or drop in for regular picking and pay by the pound. 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.

DuBois Farms U-Pick
209 Perkinsville Road
Highland , NY

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Road
Yorktown Heights , NY

Lawrence Farms Orchards
​306 Frozen Ridge Road
Newburgh, NY

Ochs Orchard
4 Ochs Lane
Warwick, NY

Fishkill Farms
9 Fishkill Farm Road
Hopewell Junction , NY

Lewin Farms
812 Sound Avenue
Calverton, NY

Wickham's Fruit Farm
28700 Main Road (Route 25)
Cutchogue, NY

Demarest Farms
244 Wierimus Road
Hillsdale, NJ

Alstede Farms
1 Alstede Farms Lane
Chester , NJ

Bishop's Orchards Farm Market & Winery
234 Long Hill Road
Guilford, CT

Shady Brook Farm
931 Stony Hill Road
Waverly , PA 19067
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