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The Best Apple-Picking Orchards for Families Near New York City in 2020

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Apple Picking 2020

Summer is coming to a close and apple picking will soon be in full gear for 2020. With school starting any day now and many kids reverting back to being at home for remote learning, what better way to get out of the house than by heading to one of these farms to pick juicy apples? Pick fresh apples and make classic apple cider, pie, and more! Although apple picking is a fall-favorite activity for many families, we are still in the middle of COVID and things will look a little different this year. Many farms are requiring face masks, reservations, and some are not allowing strollers. Make sure to check the farm’s website before visiting and review its safety guidelines.

*Visit websites for COVID updates and guidelines before visiting**

Psst…Take a look at our Peach Picking post while this stone fruit is still in season!

One Hour and Under

Demarest Farms

244 Wiermus Road, Hillsdale, NJ 07642
201-666-0472
(40 min from Midtown)

Starting September 5th (approximate date), you’ll be able to taste the first of fall’s harvest! Step foot in the orchards and start picking delicious apples for your seasonal pies, ciders and more. Some of their tasty apples include Cameo, Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Golden Delicious, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Mutsu (Crispin), Red Delicious, Snap Dragon and Zestar. $7 per person (age 2 and over), which includes free parking and entrance to the apple orchard. You must make a reservation for a date and time to visit the farm. Strollers must me left at home.

Hillview Farms

223 Meyersville Road, Gillette, NJ
908-647-0957
(50 min from Midtown)
Make the trip to Hillview Farms to pick seasonal apples starting September 1st. You can’t go wrong with the classic red apple, but make sure to take home a few other delicious options, such as Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious, Jonagold, Jonathan, Macoun, McIntosh and Stayman/Winesap. Open 9 am – 6 pm (field closed to the public at 5 pm), daily.

One Hour to One Hour and a Half

Dr. Davies Farm

306 NY-304, Congers, NY 10920
845-268-7020
(1 hr & 10 min from Midtown)
Warm apple pie days are here! Visit Dr. Davies Farm starting September 7th to pick apples for all your delicious fall desserts. You will be able to pick from 4,000 trees, with 20 different varieties of apples, spanning over 55 acres. Bring the whole family, even the dog, for a great outing that everyone will enjoy for the fall season. Guests are required to wear masks at all times and maintain social distancing. Open 10 am – 4 pm, daily.

Riamede Farm

122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930
908-879-5353
(1 hr & 20 min from Midtown)
With 40 types of apples, Riamede Farm is opening its apple-picking gates on September 3rd. Get a taste of their first batch of ripening apples, or check out their other varieties as they begin to ripen over the course of the fall season. Face coverings are required for entry. Open 9 am – 4:30 pm, daily.

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560
914-485-1210
(1 hr & 20 min from Midtown)
Be part of the excitement at Harvest Moon for their biggest time of the year. This family-owned and operated apple orchard will be welcoming their main harvest with a variety of delicious apples available for picking beginning September 5th. Bring the family to visit the orchards as well as their farm store that has farm-raised meats and dairy products. Store and orchard open Friday – Sunday for apple picking by reservation only from 9 am – 5 pm. Store will be open Monday-Thursday from 9 am – 6 pm.

Stuart’s Fruit Farm

62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY 10527
914-245-2784
(1 hr & 20 min from Midtown)
Since 1828, Stuart’s Fruit Farm has been a proud family-operated farm. This fall season, bring your family along for the beginning of the apple-picking season where there will be an array of apples to choose from! Apple picking begins September 5. Open 10 am – 5 pm, daily.

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930
908-879-7189
(1 hr & 20 min from Midtown)
Alstede Farms invites your family to pick their crisp, seasonal apples for the fall season. Kids will be thrilled to see and learn how food grows as they pick their own for a healthy snack. Bring home this delicious fruit for making traditional homemade apple pie, cider and delightful pastries. Choose from over 50 different varieties. Don’t forget to check out the other fun activities offered on the farm, such as the tractor-drawn wagon ride, seeing the sunflower field and more! Tickets must be purchased online, in advance, utilizing time slots. Ticket become available 24 hours in advance.

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Apple Ridge Orchards

101 Jessup Road, Warwick, NY 10990
845-987-7717
(1 hr & 30 min from Midtown)
Kick off the fall season by visiting the most scenic and rustic pick-your-own farm. Just 60 miles from New York City, you can pick from a variety of 20 different apples throughout the Hudson and Warwick Valley. Have a fun and educational experience as you spend time at the orchards picking. They even have dwarf trees that little ones can reach! Face coverings are required and strollers are not allowed. Open to the public from 9 am – 6 pm on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday and all holidays.

Lawrence Farms Orchards

306 Frozen Ridge Road, Newburgh, NY 12550
845-562-4268
(1 hr & 30 min from Midtown)
Take a drive to Lawrence Farms Orchards and make it a family day out! Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the farm and have a blast picking a variety of apples such as Ginger Gold, Zestar, Ozark Gold and Gala available now. Face coverings are required. Open 9 am- 4 pm, daily. Admission is $5 per person, children under 2 years old are free. Season passes available.

Barton Orchards

63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY 12570
845-227-2306
(1 hr & 30 min from Midtown)

Switch up your typical weekend plans and take a family car ride to Barton Orchards. These apples are known for being the best in the area with over 120 acres of apple trees to pick from. Apple picking starts here from the middle of August through November. As we move through the fall season, a variety of different apples will be available for picking, such as Early Golds in August, Jona macs in September, and Ida Reds in October. And, to make sure that you have the freshest apples, Barton’s Orchards rotates picking areas around the farm! In order to pick apples, you must purchase a Barton apple bag that day. Open 11 am – 6 pm on Sundays to Wednesdays and 11 am – 8 pm on Thursdays to Saturdays, from August-November.

Masker Orchards

45 Ball Road, Warwick, NY 10990
845-986-1058
(1 hr & 30 min from Midtown)

Masker Orchards is a go-to for family-friendly apple picking in the Hudson Valley region (you can even bring the dog). Drive right to the trees with your family and then get lost in the massive orchard picking a variety of apples (picking poles are also available) and taking in the views and foliage. With 14 varieties of apples ripening throughout the season at Masker Orchards, you’re sure to find all of your family’s favorites; and to help make sure of this, they put together an approximate ripening guide. Admission, parking and bags are free and apples are $29.95 per bag (but you can eat all the apples you wish as you pick for free). With COVID-19 changing many things, most of the Family Fun Area activities will be closed. Pony rides, the maze, live music, haunted house and food stands will also not be available, so the farm encourages you to bring your own picnic lunch. Opening day for the apple picking season is September 5 and goes into early November. Open 9 am-5 pm, daily.

Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533
845-897-4377
(1 hr & 30 min from Midtown)

Fishkill Farms has been part of the Morgenthau family for over 100 years and invites your family for the apple picking season. This 270-acre apple orchard offers a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year that you can pick. Socially distant picking is available by reservation only, so be sure to check their website before visiting. Stop by for their apple season in the months of September and October. Open 9 am – 4:45 pm on Tuesdays to Sundays, by reservation only.  

Over an Hour and a Half

Apple Dave’s Orchards

82 4 Corners Road, Warwick, NY 10990
845-772-1242
(1 hr and 40 min from Midtown)

Opening Labor Day weekend, start your picking at Apple Dave’s Orchards and take home a variety of apples like McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, Gala, Empire, Jonagold, Rome Beauty, Red Delicious, Macoun, Fuji and Golden Delicious apples. You can also visit their farm store where they have fresh-pressed apple cider, apple donuts, pies, flowers and seasonal items. Apple picking starts Labor Day Weekend on September 5 and has acres upon acres perfect for social distanced picking.

Harbes Family Farm

715 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY 11952
631-298-0800
(2 hrs from Midtown)

The star attraction at the 78-acre Harbes Family Farm is the breathtakingly beautiful apple orchard. Featuring 27 different varieties, the orchard uses an innovative trellis system to grow apples that are within reach of even the smallest of hands. Prices vary from $10 per person for the Early Bird Special (three lb bag) to the $22 per person Apple Lovers Big Bag Special (12 lb bag). On weekends and holidays they offer pig races, singing hayride tours, and hosted interactive activities. Plus, Harbes Barnyard Adventure (a paid admission area of Harbes Family Farm) has eight acres of family-friendly attractions where you can discover farm animals and chicken and bee observatories as well as enjoy the Gnome Hedge Maze, trike track, Jumbo Jumpers, sports zone and so much more. Reopening on Saturday, September 5, the farm reminds you to bring face coverings and observe social distancing when visiting.

Bishop’s Orchards

1355 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT 06437
203-453-2338
(2 hrs from Midtown)

Bishop’s Orchards takes pride in growing the highest quality fruits to enjoy year after year from their family to yours. They grow over 20 varieties of apples that suit all your needs for cooking, gifts, or a quick snack on the go. At their pick-your-own locations, bags are free and you pay for what you pick by the pound. Bishop’s Orchards also recently opened their new ice cream stand, featuring delicious flavors, sundaes, ice cream sandwiches and their specialty, the Bishop’s Blitz! The farms will be following the pick your procedures which goes more into detail on their website. It ensures proper distancing, sanitation and safety.

Hank’s PumpkinTown

240 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill, NY 11976
631-726-4667
(2 hrs from Midtown)

Hank’s PumpkinTown in Water Mill, NY is well-known to families for its amazing apple picking and over 30 acres of fall family fun! It costs $25 to pick one peck (about 10 pounds of apples), after you’ve had your fill of picking, wander over to the wooden playground, maze park, face painting, and gem mining. The Market has yummy, freshly baked pies, cookies, cupcakes, candy apples and ever-popular cider donuts. The farm will be open in September 2020, be sure to check their website for more updates.