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The Top 5 Spots for Apple Picking Near NYC

Jenny Powers
Aug. 18, 2017

Whether you want a bushel or a peck, we’ve got an orchard for you!

The Top 5 Spots for Apple Picking Near New York City
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With Labor Day right around the corner, it’s only a matter of time until the air turns crisp and our Facebook feeds are flooded with traditional back-to-school images of adorable little haircuts and first-day smiles.

Most of the year, we pick our fruit from grocery stores and supermarket displays, but in the fall, throngs of New Yorkers leave their urban surroundings and migrate to local orchards and farms to pick their own fruit. In the Northeast, September marks the prime apple-picking season, making it the ideal time to head out of the city, enjoy the fresh air and take advantage of all the family-friendly activities being offered. Apple picking is way more than just apple picking. Many locations offer things like tractor rides, corn mazes, pumpkin patches, live shows and even petting zoos.

We’ve handpicked the top five spots for parents, babysitters, or nannies to venture out with the kids this September. So go have some fun, but don’t forget to save some energy. You’ll need it to haul your sack of apples back home, City Slicker!

 

Demarest Farms

Address: 244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642
Hours: Monday - Friday, 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. | Saturday, Sunday & Holidays, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Apple-picking season begins Sept. 2)
Phone: 201-666-0472
Fees: Ages 2+, $7 (Includes parking, entry, hayride to orchard & access to petting zoo) + $10 for a bag that can hold up to 10 pounds of apples

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Open since 1886, this northern New Jersey farm is quite popular because it’s one of the closest destinations for New Yorkers to go apple picking. It takes about 40 minutes to get here from midtown Manhattan. Upon arrival, you’ll take a tractor-pulled haywagon ride to the orchard, which is home to 14 varieties of pick-your-own apples.

There’s also a playground and two petting zoos, and you can buy food to feed the animals for an extra fee. Enjoy lunch outdoors in their picnic area and a farm store jam-packed with fresh vegetables to take home, along with their homemade seasonal pies.

 

Wightman Farms

Address: 1111 Mt. Kemble Ave., Morristown, NJ 07960
Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Apple-picking starts in September)
Fees: Pick-Your-Own Membership, $15 | Fruit is charged by the pound.

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Less than an hour’s drive from NYC, this pick-your-own farm has a different business model that will appeal to families that want to make unlimited trips through the picking season. A $15 membership for up to five people can be used from June through November and includes orchard entry, two reusable bags, and water bottles. Plus, you’ll receive member discounts on purchases and weekend activities like the corn maze, hayrides, and the pumpkin slingshot.

Plan to pack a lunch to bring, as their farm store’s food offerings are not as robust as some of the other farms.

 

Silverman's Farm

Address: 451 Sport Hill Road, Easton, CT 06612
Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Ginger Gold apples ready for picking Aug. 19)
Phone: 203-261-3306
Fees: Ages 13+, $10 | Ages 4-12, $5 (Includes pre-purchased bags, orchard entry, hayride & a half-peck of apples (about 16) for adults & a quarter-peck of apples (about 8) for kids | Animal Farm entry is $6 per adult and $4 per child.

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Located 60 miles from NYC, this cider mill-turned-pick-your-own farm is not only home to first-rate apple picking, but it also boasts the most exotic petting zoo within driving distance of the city. Kids and grownups alike can get up close to a menagerie of animals, including llamas, buffaloes, and deer. Animal feed is available for purchase in $5 buckets, or get just a handful for 25 cents from one of their coin-operated feed dispensers.

Visitors can take a 25-minute ride on the Orchard Express Train around the expansive, scenic property. There’s never a dull moment at Silverman’s. Every weekend (weather permitting), there are live performances by musicians and a variety of vendors. Kids especially love the vendor who makes homemade kettle corn right in front of them!

 

Masker Orchards

Address: 45 Ball Road, Warwick, NY 10990
Hours: Open daily, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Apple-picking season begins Sept. 2)
Phone: 845-986-1058
Fees: $28.95 per bag of apples | Admission, parking, and bags are free.

picked some apples and lived appley ever after.

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For more than century, families from New York City have taken the 50-mile trip to Masker for some of the best apple picking in the Hudson Valley. Visitors can drive right up to the actual trees and begin picking apples right away inside this 200-acre wonderland. Unlike many orchards, Masker encourages you to eat as many apples as you’d like while you’re there.

They also have a dedicated Family Fun Area, which contains a family-friendly haunted house, face painting, an apple maze and free live musical performances on most weekends. Masker boasts its very own broadcast station, so tune your car radio to 87.9 FM for the most up-to-date apple picking information.

 

Harbes Orchard

Address: 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901  
Hours:

  • September & October: Saturday & Sunday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
  • Also open Sept. 21, 22, Oct. 9 (Apple-picking season begins Sept. 2)

Phone: 631-369-1111
Fees: Ages 13+, $19 | Ages 2-12, $17 (Combo Package) | Click here for more details on pricing.

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Located 80 miles from NYC, this 15-acre orchard is home to 27 varieties of apples, many within reach of tiny hands, making this a family favorite destination. Simply hop aboard their Apple Express to find the ripest apples during your visit.

Once you’re done apple picking, head over to the Robin Hood Corn Maze, where you’ll help Robin Hood conquer the Sheriff’s Champion alongside professional actors through a series of activities that include archery and swordfighting. Bring your own flashlights for the maze, or purchase them at the orchard. For the best value, we recommend the Combo Package, which includes apple picking, the corn maze, and a pumpkin hayride.

 

Did we list all your favorite orchards near the city? Let us know in the comments below!

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