CULTURE: Escape The City - Apple Picking (9.6.17)
Nothing screams “FALL!” more than picking apples and gorgeous foliage (ok and pumplin spice anything, cider donuts and red wine...let’s be honest...). Apple picking is a great activity for the young and ‘young at heart’ alike. We’ve rounded up the best spots for apple picking (+ donut eating, wine drinking, petting cute animals, and more!) within 2 hours of Downtown NYC. All of these spots are easily accessible via ZipCar, LIRR, NJ Transit or Metro North. For more information on apple picking in New York and the surrounding area, you can visit nyapplecountry.com or pickyourown.org.
101 Jessup Rd, Warwick, NY (845-987-7717)
Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from downtown, Apple Ridge has 20 types of apples and even has dwarf apple trees, making them family friendly for pickers of all ages. There’s also a pick your own pumpkin as well as enjoy a hayride and farm animals. There’s also fresh apple cider, apple cider donuts, apple butter, and more. Thur–Sun, 9am–6pm.
130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem NY (914 485-1210)
Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes from downtown, this farm is a quick cab ride from the Metro-North Croton Falls station. The farm offers pick your own apples, a fall festival on weekends (September and October) with a pumpkin patch, pony rides, face painting, bouncy houses, and more. They also have homemade donuts and cider. Picking hours are 9-4:30pm.
1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights NY (914-245-5111)
Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes from downtown, apple-picking at Wilkens includes a hayride out to the orchard. They have dozens of varieties of apples and pumpkin picking beginning around October 1. You can take the Metro-North to the Croton-Harmon or Peekskill stations, and it’s a 15-minute taxi ride to the farm. Open daily from Saturday, September 3.
2 Four Corners Rd, Warwick NY (845-986-1684)
Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from downtown, Applewood is home to 11 kinds of apples, a pumpkin patch, herb and rose gardens, and a general store. There are weekend hayrides for kids, puppet shows and chickens, bunnies and sheep to see. While the kids enjoy all that, parents will enjoy the on-site winery. The town of Warwick is also home to Applefest (warwickapplefest.com), which takes place on Sunday, October 1, 2016 and features live music, crafts and an apple pie-baking contest. Daily 9am–5pm September 5 through late October.
63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag NY (845-471-2879)
Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes from downtown, Barton Orchards has 25 apple varieties, a petting zoo, weekend hayrides, a haunted house (in October) and a five-acre corn maze. Mon-Fri 9am–5pm, Sat, Sun 9am-6pm.
306 Rte 304, Congers NY (845-268-7020)
Approximately 1 hour from downtown, Dr. Davies Farm has 4,000 apple trees on 55 acres. The farm features weekend hay rides and a small sugar pumpkin patch. Friendly dogs on leashes are welcome as well. Daily 10am–4pm from Labor Day.
1 Alstede Farms, Lane Chester NJ (908-258-6245)
Approximately 1 hour from downtown at Alstede you will find apple picking, a corn maze, pony rides, hayrides, a bouncy house and more every day (not just weekends like many other farms). There are dozens of apple varieties and picking starts in August. Even better: You can New Jersey Transit to the Gladstone station and then a taxi or FREE courtesy shuttle to the farm. Open daily 9am - 8pm.
2187 Rte 32, Modena, NY (845-883-7825)
Approximately 1 hour and forty minutes from downtown, Hurds farm features apple picking, 2-acre corn maze in autumn, petting and hand feeding farm animals, a playground, apple launcher, nature trails, a cow-train ride (Holstein-painted go-karts rigged up to a tractor) and pumpkin picking. They also have a Kids Corral with the “big apple bounce” (air pillow), a sand mountain slide, pedal trikes, feed fish and enjoy a giant slide. Starting late August Mon-Sun 9am–5pm.