There’s no better activity to ring in the fall season than apple picking! Here we list some of the most scenic and Instagram-worthy apple orchards right outside NYC.
Apple Ridge Orchards
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Located in the Warwick Valley in upstate New York, Apple Ridge Orchards is home to over 20 varieties of apples trees, along with peaches and pumpkins. Visitors can explore the beautiful orchards and pick their own bundles of fruit.
From September to November, visitors can not only take in the beautiful scenery, but enjoy hay wagon rides that are pulled by a tractor, pet and feed the farm animals, run through a corn maze, and enjoy delicious treats at the farm, such as fresh apple cider and honey.
Apple Picking: $29 for a ½ bushel of apples. Admission and parking are free, and you will receive a complimentary apple bag.
Dr. Davies Farm
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Dr. Davies Farm is located in Congers, New York, and features over 4,000 apple trees and 15 varieties over their 55 acres. This cute and quaint farm offers the traditional small town atmosphere that city-dwellers long for, and has plenty of spots that are perfect for snapping your next Instagram post. In September and October, the farm runs hay rides for $5 (those 3 and younger are free).
On top of all this, Dr. Davies Farm is pet friendly! You can bring your furry friend along for the festivities, as long as you leash and clean up after them. Please call Dr. Davies Farm for pricing at 845-268-7020.
Enjoy apple and pumpkin picking at Grieg Farm in Red Hook in upstate New York. The farm is open every single day for apple picking (they offer McIntosh, Gala, Jonamac, Jonagold, Red Delicious, Empire, and Macoun) and also offers pumpkins and gourds. The farm has been open to the public for picking fruits and vegetables for over 60 years, and focuses on planting varieties that come with the best flavors.
Aside from the fruit picking, guests can also visit and feed the farm’s pygmy goats, watch the Koi fish in the pond, and take in the stunning views of the Catskill Mountains.
Apple Picking: $25 for half of a bushel.
If you want to escape New York entirely, head over to Bishop’s Orchards in Guilford, Connecticut. This quaint, 52-acre New England farm allows guests to pick their own apples and raspberries. On weekends, a tractor trailer will bring guests from the parking area to the orchard where they can choose from over 20 varieties of apples.
After picking your apples, head two miles down the road to the orchard’s farmer’s market, where you can bring home fresh apple cider, pies, and other tasty treats. There are also a ton of games and activities here for young children, including a corn maze and face painting.
Located in Easton, Connecticut, and a favorite of many (every year the line of cars clogs the entire street), Silverman’s Farm has been up and running since the 1920s. Aside from a massive apple orchard, the farm also boasts an impressive petting zoo, featuring all types of animals including goats, buffalo, and rabbits that guests can feed and take photos with.
The apple picking is some of the best, as the rows of trees are located on top of a huge hill that overlooks a large piece of this country Connecticut town.