7 Best Orchards for Apple Picking Near NYC

It’s getting to be that time of year again. Time to find the best place to go apple picking near NY. Though it may seem like your stuck in a concrete sea seriously lacking in foliage and grazing sheep, with no hope of eating a cider donut or taking a hayride, turns out there are many farms within an hour’s drive from midtown! No car? No problem! A bunch are even accessible by public transit. Check out the list below for our favorite our favorite farms to go apple picking near NYC. But don’t just limit yourself to apples, many of these farms have delicious food, corn mazes, live music, and more!

Outhouse Orchards

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photo credit: hudsonvalleysojourner.com

The Apples: MacIntosh, Cortland, Rhode Island Greenings, Rome, Baldwin, and Red Delicious.

Other Good Stuff: Besides there being plenty of apples, there are also pumpkins to pick. Plus check out the corn maze, hayrides around the beautiful farm, and a delicious selection of homemade goodies (apple cider donuts!), plus savory turkey legs. Pay a visit to the animal farm and duck pond too.

How to Get There: 1 hour by car from midtown Manhattan (parking is $5). Or take the Metro-North to the Croton Falls Station and catch a cab for a short ride to the farm.

The Hours: Season begins September 5th. Open daily from 9am – 5pm.

139 Hardscrabble Rd

North Salem, NY

outhouseorchardsny.com

Wilkins Fruit and Fir Farm

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photo credit: yelp.com

The Apples: Gala, McIntosh, Baldwin, Courtland, Macoun, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Crispin, Empire, Winesap, Fuji, Ida Red.

Other Good Stuff: Their bakery offers a large selections of treats like apple cider donuts, cookies, brownies, muffins, popcorn, fudge, candy apples, and more. They also have peach picking in the late summer, and cut-your-own Christmas trees during the holidays.

How to Get There: 1 hour by car from midtown Manhattan. Or take the Metro-North to the Croton-Harmon or Peerskill Station and grab a taxi for a 15 minute drive.

The Hours: Open daily from late August through mid-December. 10am – 5pm (apple picking ends at 4:30pm). Apple picking begins September 5th and continues through mid-October. Check out their calendar for more specific info on what to get when.

1335 White Hill Rd

Yorktown Heights, NY

wilkensfarm.com

Masker Orchards

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photo credit: pintrest.com

The Apples: MacIntosh, Prime Red, Granny Smith, Cortland, Empire, Jonagold, McGowan, Red Delicious, Sparta MacIntosh, Ida Red, Mutsu, Golden Delicious, Rome.

Other Good Stuff: Check out the family friendly haunted house and the Apple Maze, or get your face painted. There are also free musical performances from 2pm – 4pm most weekend. The country store sells local honey, maple syrup, jam, jelly, cider, and freshly baked apple pie.

 

How to Get There: 1.5 hours by car from midtown Manhattan. Or take the New Jersey Transit #196 or #197.

The Hours: Apple picking season begins August 29th. Open daily from 9am – 5pm. Check out their calendar to see which apples are ripe during your visit. Plus, Maskers offers free admission, free parking, and they let you eat all the apples your want while visiting the orchard, for free!

45 Ball Rd

Warwick, NY

maskers.com

Alstede Farms

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photo credit: sweetpleasureconfections.blogspot.com

The Apples: Fuji, Gala, Jonamac, Zestar, HoneyCrisp, MacIntosh.

Other Good Stuff: Alstede has pick-your-own everything! From blackberries, to peas, to sweet corn, to honeydew, this place grows most anything you can think of. They even have cut-your-own flowers. Check out their site for a list of everything available to pick during your visit. In addition they have an extensive general store, corn maze, cider mill tours, hayrides, pony ride, bouncy house, and live music on the weekends.

How to Get There: 1.5 hours by car from midtown Manhattan. Or take the New Jersey Transit to the Gladstone Station and hop a quick 10 minute cab ride from there.

The Hours: Open daily from 9am – 8pm (pick-your-own ends at 6pm). Check out their site for pricing and ticket options

1 Alstede Farms Lane

Chester, NJ

alstedefarms.com

Sun High Orchards

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photo credit: photo.net

The Apples: Cortlansd, Galas, MacIntosh, Macouns, HoneyCrisp, Delicious, Fugi, Empire, Winesap.

Other Good Stuff: Check out the store for homemade pies, plus produce, apple cider, and crafts. There are also hayrides and and animals to make friends with, including an alpaca named Jersey Gold.

How to Get There: Under an hour drive from midtown Manhattan (though plan on 1.5 hours, traffic can be a bit rough during peak apple season).

The Hours: Farm open daily from 9am – 6:30pm. Apple season begins the first week of September, pumpkins will be ready for picking the last week of September.

19 Canfield Ave

Randolph, NJ

sunhigh.com

Wightman’s Farm

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photo credit: thesinglenester.com

The Apples: Gravenstein, Zester, Ginger Gold, Paula Red, Gala, Mollie Delicious, MacIntosh, Greening, Cortland, Empire, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Jonagold, Mutsu, Ida Red, Stayman Winesap, Braeburne, Fuji, Granny Smith, and Pink Lady.

Other Good Stuff: They also have pick-your-own peaches and nectarines! They also sell produce, fairy, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, and local honey and wine in their large country store. There’s plenty of activities too –a corn maze, hayrides, farm tours, and a pumpkin slingshot. Yes, that is exactly what it sounds like. A pumpkin slingshot. And I thought fall couldn’t get any better!

How to Get There: 1 hour drive from midtown Manhattan. Or catch the 78 bus from the Port Authority, get off at the Mine Brook Road stop and take a 6 minute taxi ride to the farm.

The Hours: Open daily. Fall hours are 8am – 6pm.

1111 Mt. Kemble Ave

Morristown, NJ

wightmansfarms.com

Silverman’s Farm

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photo credit: georgiecakes.com

The Apples: Ginger Gold, Gala Red, McIntosh, Cortland, Empire, Macoun, HoneyCrisp, Shizuka, Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Mutsu, Jonagold, Autumn Gala, Camio, Sun Crisp, as well as a number of heirloom varieties.

Other Good Stuff: Be sure to try at least one of their 16 different varieties of homemade pies. There’s also a petting zoo filled with cute and fuzzy animals for you to check out –like emus, alpacas, deer, ostriches, and more. Plus, new this year is something called Bunnytown. Suffice it to say, I desperately want it to be exactly what the name suggests it is.

How to Get There: 1 hour and 15 minutes from midtown Manhattan. It’s not the easiest to reach via public transit, but you can take the Metro-North to the Bridgeport Station and catch a cab to the farm (about 20 minutes).

The Hours: The farm is open year round, but their apple picking season lasts from early August until mid-October. Open daily from 9am – 4:30pm

451 Sport Hill Rd

Easton, CT

silvermansfarm.com

Which farm is your go-t0 apple picking destination? Or, is one of these your new favs? Let us know in the comments below!

Lauren is a New York based actor/singer/writer. She is a graduate of the American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University as well as the College of the Holy Cross. She's a fan of beer, pasta, and academic establishments with unnecessarily long titles. Find her on stage, or online-- she's there often.