It's officially pumpkin-spice-flannel-apple-picking-scarves-booties season! Every year I look up apple-picking around NYC, I get overwhelmed by the number of options. Every website suggests 15 different places and I really have no idea where to start. I've put together a short list of places that I've found that seem to be the best options based on personal experience, excessive googling, and recommendations from friends.
Try to make a trip early in the fall, as the later it gets, the fewer apples there are to pick! If you go later in the season, you may have beautiful foliage but no apples. (Don't worry, you can still buy bags of apples, desserts, and cider, just without the experience of picking them yourself.)
OUTHOUSE ORCHARDS An excellent selection of apples, as well as smoked turkey legs, a corn maze, petting zoo, pony rides and hayrides. The orchards are beautiful and their apple cider donuts have been said to be magical. This place is also perfect for families. Try to go early in the day as this place is pretty popular and can get crowded.
MEADOWBROOK FARM This place not only has awesome apple-picking, it also has great apple cider, apple cider donuts, pumpkins, and a cute petting zoo. It is on the smaller side but is not too crowded and have a great price (other places can get really pricey!) Make sure to stop by the VANDERBILT MANSION and and the FDR ESTATE, which is only a 30-minute drive away.
PENNINGS ORCHARD This massive farm offers more than 15 types of apples. The PENNINGS FARM MARKET that hosts more than 30 vendors, including apple cider, apple cider donuts, cage-free eggs and other produce. People rave about their amazing ice cream stand and fun beer garden. They also have a petting zoo and live music.
FISHKILLS FARMS This environmentally friendly farm features over 50 varieties of organic apples across 60 acres. There is a free hayride in select fall weekends that you can tour their picturesque orchards. They also have food stands, live music, yoga on the farm, flower workshops, and line dancing depending on the weekend. Beware, the food stands can have long lines on a crowded weekend. They offer U-Pick all year round so you can visit in other seasons to pick strawberries, cherries, peaches, etc. (just check their FACEBOOK page or call ahead to know what's available!)
WARWICK VALLEY WINERY This is a beautiful winery close to New York that also happens to have apple picking. Pick some apples, taste some wine, scroll through the orchards with sangria in hand, dine at the restaurants...there's no way you won't have a good time here. (It looks like their crop has decreased 70% in their 2016 season due to frost damage, remember to call ahead to understand their situation.)
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