Best Apple Picking Orchards Near Philadelphia for Kids
This article is currently being updated for 2020.
As we anticipate fall's arrival, Philly families look forward to the chill in the air, changing colors of the leaves, harvest festivals, and apple picking season. Pennsylvania is one of the country's top apple producing states, so we are fortunate to have a number of orchards in the area where we can enjoy this favorite autumn tradition. Many of the orchards host activities to extend the fun beyond apple picking - everything from tractor rides and corn mazes to moon bounces and music festivals.
There are several pick-your-own apple orchards and farms listed below, all within an hour or so drive of Philadelphia. Because farm conditions and apple selection can vary throughout the season, it is recommended to call or check the website before visiting. In the era of COVID, remember to mask up and bring along hand sanitizer.
For more ways to spend a fall day, be sure to browse through our Fall Activities Guide for Philadelphia Kids for the latest on where to hike, corn-maze, pumpkin-pick, and hayride.
1. Barnard's Orchard—Kennett Square
This family owned orchard features a variety of pick-your-own apples throughout the fall season.
2. Brecknock Orchard—Mohnton
With a variety of apples to choose from, and fall festivals taking place every weekend from September 28 to October 26, 2019, as well as Columbus Day (October 14, 2019), it is worth the drive to check out this Lancaster farm.
3. Brown's Orchards & Farm Market- Loganville
Due to COVID, Pick Your Own Farm is closed for the remainder of the year.
Located in York County, this spot offer not only apple picking but other fruits as well. Guests should arrive at least one hour prior to closing to allow enough picking time. The area can be muddy so visitors are encouraged to dress appropriately and wear sunscreen and bug spray. This farm is about 2 hours away from Philadelphia.
4. Highland Orchards—West Chester
This spot plans to host PYO apples this season. Any updates are made regularly to its Facebook page.
While in the past you were able to drive your car to the orchard to pick, visitors must now ride shuttles, which run continuously throughout the day, to the fields. Simply stop at the market first to pre-pay. Highland has many varieties of apples, which are sold by the container, not per pound. Apple picking season runs from mid-July to October, and Harvest Festival weekends in the fall include hayrides, face painting, and scarecrow building.
5. Johnson's Farm—Medford, NJ
In nearby Medford, just a quick drive over the Ben Franklin Bridge, enjoy apple picking at Johnson's Farm where the season begins in early September. There are also a ton of family-friendly activities to engage in on the farm including pedal go-karts, a tractor tire sand castle, climbing rocks, and pretend farm.
6. Indian Orchard- Media
Both the farm stand and PYO fruits and veggies are open. Guests are asked to abid by social distancing rules and wear a mask.
This 100 year old family run orchard offer plenty of PYO options including apples! Crops are grown using organic techniques that are both natural and sustainable. Visitors must register at the desk to pay the per person picking fee of $2.50 and to get their baskets. Indian Orchard is open daily 10 AM- 6 PM.
7. Linvilla Orchards—Media
While the playground, animal section, and picnic grove are closed, PYO is open daily from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. No pre-registration is required.
Much more than just an orchard, Linvilla is a huge outdoor destination for families. The Pumpkin Land display alone is worth the visit, along with a large playground, farm animals, a market, and festivals on the weekends. Families can take a hayride out to Linvilla’s 20 acres of orchards with 25 different varieties of apples.
8. The Market at DelVal—Doylestown
PYO is currently closed. Stay update by following social media posts for the latest information.
Pick your own apples and pumpkins via a wagon ride that takes you through the farm and across a giant corn maze. The Market also has a great selection of cheeses and delicious ice cream. Apple picking season kicks off in early September and continues throughout weekends with the market's Fall Harvest Apple Fun.
9. ShadyBrook Farm—Yardley
Timed tickets must be purchased to PYO at ShadyBrook Farms to ensure social distancing.
ShadyBrook Farm is a great Bucks County spot for seasonal outdoor activities. Along with the PumpkinFest, corn maze, inflatables, giant jumping pillows, and playground, the farm also offers visitors a wagon ride to pick-your-own apples. Fields are closed Mondays and Tuesdays.
Everyone loves apple picking! Photo courtesy of C. Mooney
10. Snipes Farm and Education Center—Morrisville
Snipes Farm offers one of the widest selections of apples to pick in the area including Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Stayman Winesap, Jonagold, Empire, Melrose, Ida Red, Keepsake, Royal Court, Crispin, Honey Crisp, and Fuji. Pick your own apples are available during the Fall Weekends.
11. Solebury Orchards—New Hope
Take a wagon ride to the orchards on weekends, where the driver can bring you directly to the best picking spots. With more than 20 different varieties of apples ripening at different times during the season, pick-your-own is available now through November 3, 2019. The 15 acres of orchards are open Thursday through Sunday.
12. Styer Orchard—Langhorne
This orchard with a large variety of pick-your-own fruits and vegetables is located close to the Oxford Valley Mall, with easy access from Route 1, I-95, and the PA Turnpike. Wagon rides to the apple orchards are available. Styer Orchard advises calling first to determine the picking conditions for that day. Starting July 1, the orchard is closed on Mondays until October.
13. Tabora Farm & Orchard—Chalfont
This is one of the smaller farms on our list, with parking directly in front of the apple picking area. It's easy to get in and out, especially if you have little ones with a short attention span. The market has a great selection of bakery items and the feel of an old country general store.
14. Weaver's Orchard—Morgantown
Pick-your-own fruit at Weaver’s is relaxing and kid-friendly. All of the apple trees are dwarf trees, so most of the fruit is easy reach. You can visit the farm Monday-Saturday to pick your own, but check the website as hours vary throughout the season.
When you arrive home with your bounty of freshly picked fruit, be sure to try some of our favorite apple recipes.
Originally published September 2014. Updated August 2018.
Top photo of Solebury Orchards courtesy of Cait Sumner for Mommy Poppins