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Apple Picking in Rockland, Westchester, Ulster, Orange, and Dutchess Counties

Apple Picking in Rockland, Westchester, Ulster, Orange, and Dutchess Counties

These New York orchards offer apple picking for families

UPDATED AUGUST 2019: Apple picking makes for a quintessential family weekend getaway or day trip that brings fruitful rewards far after you've left the orchard. Whether your children are  just learning about healthy eating, or whether they're at that age where they're obsessed with getting the perfect Instagram picture, apple picking is an ideal family activity for everyone. Here, we've put together a list of pick-your-own apple farms throughout New York state, including Rockland, Westchester, Ulster, Orange, Dutchess, Columbia, Saratoga, Albany, and Oswego counties.

Apple Picking in Rockland County

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Orchards of Concklin
2 S. Mountain Road (off Route 45), Pomona (For GPS use 1010 Route 45, Pomona)
Open September and October on weekends and Columbus Day, 10am-5pm. Picking poles available; $5 refundable deposit and $2 rental fee. Farm store with baked goods, apple cider, and donuts open 8am-6pm. Pick-your-own group tours are available by appointment. No parking fee.

Apple Picking in Westchester County

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Harvest Moon Farm and Orchards
130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem
Apple picking begins Sept. 7 (call for availability). Harvest Moon’s fall festival begins on Sept. 7 and runs on Saturdays and Sundays, Columbus Day, and Jewish holidays. Fresh pies, donuts, produce, and local honey, local dairy products, flowers, mums, gourds, pumpkins, pumpkin cheesecake, beef, and maple syrup for sale, as well as New York State wines and spirits and their own hard cider. Open 8am-6pm daily. Picking from 8am-4:30pm daily.

Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm
1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights
Apple picking through mid-October, 10am-4:30pm daily. Farm market with apple cider, baked goods, pre-picked produce, and gifts.

Outhouse Orchards
139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem
Apple picking begins Aug. 31 with peaches and possibly early Macintosh apples and goes through Nov. 1, 9am-5pm daily while supplies last. Hay rides and corn maze on site, and a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.

Apple Picking in Ulster County

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Dressel Farms
271 State Route 208, New Paltz
U-pick apples (17 varieties) in September and October, weekends only 10am-4:30pm. Homemade apple cider and donuts for sale. Homemade ice cream sold by the pint and quarter pint. Families can take hayrides and the farmer’s market is open weekdays 9am-5:30pm.

Hurds Family Farm
2187 State Route 32, Modena
Huge pick-your-own apple and pumpkin orchard just minutes from the NYS thruway, and 1.5 hours from NYC. Many activities to keep kids engaged including a hayride, wild apple obstacle course, bounce pillow, corn maze, petting zoo, giant slide, playground, and so much more. Farm-to-table cafe with fresh made cider donuts. Local and homemade farm-to-table goodies in a historic barn market. Hurds is also a destination for school field trips and birthday parties. Open 9am-5pm daily through November 3.

Jenkins-Lueken Orchards
Route 299 W., and 69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz
Apple picking begins around Labor Day through October, 9am-5pm daily. Fresh peanut butter, fresh cider, and hard cider also available. Bakery and pumpkin picking on site.

Minard Farms 
250 Hurds Road, Gardiner
Apple picking from Labor Day through the first weekend in November, weekends 10am-6pm. Farm market with apple cider, donuts, homemade pies, jams, and jellies. Hayrides, bouncy tables, a Haymaze, apple cannon, pony hop, barnyard football and baseball, pumpkin picking, pumpkin bowling, fresh ice cream, ad more.  

Prospect Hill Orchards
73 Clark's Lane, Milton
Apples are available starting Sept. 14-Oct. 20. Open from 9am-4pm, weekends only and Columbus day. U-pick pears, Asian pears, and pumpkins also available. Low-hanging branches for small children. Two free family festivals including Kids’ Days (Sept. 28-39) which will have face painting, and Johnny Appleseed Cider Festival (Oct. 19-20) which will have cider pressing and tractor-pulled hayrides stop at the cider-pressing tent. Both festivals will have make-your-own scarecrows, gourd crafts, a corn maze, pumpkin patches, a picnic area, and market. Free parking available at 73 Clarkes Lane.

Tantillo’s Farm Market
730 State Route 208, Gardiner
Between early September and Columbus Day weekend, 9am-4:30pm daily for picking. Farm stand and bakery open 9am-6pm. Soft-serve ice cream shop open until 9pm Monday-Friday and until 10pm on Saturday and Sunday. These hours change with apple picking season. Farm stand and bakery have a variety of fresh products. Donuts and pies are available on site and large orders can be placed ahead of time.

Wright’s Farm
699 State Highway 208, Gardiner
September and October, 8am-4:30pm daily. Pets allowed. Picnic areas and a fruit stand on site with baked goods and flowers. Farm store open 8am-7pm Monday-Sunday. Recently opened a beer brewery and tasting room.

Apple Picking in Orange County

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Apple Dave's Orchards
82 Four Corners Road, Warwick
Apple picking Labor Day through October, pumpkin picking in October; 9am-5pm daily until October 27. Farm store and distillery on site. Distillery open Saturday-Sunday from 11am- 5pm all year. Free live music performances on the weekends and free parking.

Apple Ridge Orchards
101 Jessup Road, Warwick
Pick your own apples starting Aug. 31, Thursday-Sunday and holidays from 9am-6pm. School groups by reservations only (call or visit the website), Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Pumpkin picking begins Sep. 14. Dwarf apple trees make picking easy for kids. Hay wagon rides, farm animals for petting, glass observation honey beehive, cornfields to explore, and farm store with fresh-pressed cider and homemade cider donuts.

Lawrence Farms Orchards
39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh
Apple picking starts in late August and pumpkin picking starts in late September and carries on through October, plus pick-your-own grapes, peppers, cabbage, and other vegetables. Kids can check out the quaint “Little Village,” pet farm animals, and go through the hay bale maze. Country store with cider, ice cream, and homemade donuts. Open 9am-4pm daily.

Masker Orchards
45 Ball Road, Warwick
Apple picking Labor Day through early November, 9am-5pm daily. Bags provided. Free admission and parking. Country store with honey, preserves, and country gifts on site. Picnic areas available. Pony rides, haunted house, and maze for children on weekends (call for starting dates). Free admission, pay by the bag, $29.95 per bag.

Ochs Orchard
4 Ochs Lane (off Route 94), Warwick
Apple picking in September and October; U-pick pumpkins, tomatoes, and other vegetables through October, Monday-Sunday 9am-5pm. Sundays are most likely to close early. Farm stand with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, apple cider, preserves, maple syrup, jams and jellies, and honey. Pies and donuts available on weekends. Homemade ice cream for sale. Small petting zoo. Store open until 6pm.

Pennings Farm Market
169 Route 94 S., Warwick
Apple picking Labor Day weekend through the second week of November, 9am-5pm daily. Pumpkins on sale from second week of September through October. Petting zoo every weekend; hayrides select weekends. Ice cream stand, pub, and café with full menu. For apple picking info, call 845-986-7080.

Soons Orchard & Farm Market
23 Soons Circle, New Hampton
Apple picking Labor Day weekend through October, 10am-4pm on weekends and Monday holidays if there are still apples left. Pumpkin picking late September through early October. Dwarf trees ideal for kids. Store with pre-picked fruit and vegetables, fresh-pressed apple cider and donuts, fudge, and baked goods open 9am-6pm. Tasting room with hard cider and wine, open Thursday-Sunday from 12-6pm.

Apple Picking in Dutchess County

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Barton Orchards
63 Apple Tree Lane (off Beekman Road), Poughquag
U-pick apples through October, 9am-6pm daily. Pumpkin picking from late September through October. Weekends feature festivals, petting zoo, a corn maze, food and music, and live entertainment. Farm market and tap room on site. Barton is dog-friendly!

Cedar Heights Orchard
8 Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck
Apple picking September through October, or when the apples run out, 9am-dusk daily.

Fishkill Farms
9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction
Apple picking Labor Day through November, 9am-5pm daily. One-third of apples are grown certified organically. Farm market on site open from 9am-6pm. Weekends through October enjoy live music and wagon rides, and on select weekends there will be a food truck and children’s face painting.

Green Horizons Organic Farm
6 South Dingle Road, Pawling
Apple and pumpkin picking by appointment only; call ahead to schedule a visit.

Greig Farm
227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
Apple picking early September through October, pumpkins from late September to early November, 8am-8pm daily. Hudson Valley farmers market open Saturdays 9am-7pm, serving breakfast and lunch with dinner options available to-go. Seafood market open Saturdays from 10am-3pm. Pygmy goats to feed on site.

Mead Orchards
15 Scism Road off Route 9, Tivoli
Pick-your-own apples beginning late August. Call ahead to confirm picking dates. Open weekends and Monday holidays (Labor Day and Columbus Day) 10am-6pm. Farm stand on site.

Meadowbrook Farms
29 Old Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls
Apple picking 10am-5pm weekends, beginning early September (end date depends on availability). Farm market with apple cider, apple cider donuts, baked goods, homegrown vegetables, local honey, and more open 9am-6pm daily.

Apple Picking in Columbia County

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Samascott Orchards 
5 Sunset Ave., Kinderhook
Apple picking 2nd week of August through Oct. 31(call to confirm season end date). Pick-your-own raspberries, tomatoes, peppers, beans and grapes through September; pumpkins and winter squash through October. Farm stand with fruits, vegetables, and preserves. Open 8am-5pm Wednesday-Monday.

Apple Picking in Saratoga County

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Bowman Orchards
141 Sugar Hill Road, Rexford
Pick-your-own apples September through October (weather dependent), 9am-5pm daily. U-pick pumpkins in season. On-site bakery and farm store. Pony rides, hayrides, and food booth on weekends.

Riverview Orchards
660 Riverview Road, Rexford
Pick-your-own apples through mid-October (weather dependent), 10am-5pm daily. Store with fresh produce, baked goods, gourmet foods, and crafts. Also on premises: donut robot, observation beehive, animal observation, and hayrides on weekends. Available for birthday parties and school trips.

Saratoga Apple
1174 Route 29, Schuylerville
Pick-your-own apples September through Columbus Day, 9am-7pm daily. Roadside store with fruits and vegetables, honey, maple syrup, jams, and jellies. Wagon rides on weekends. Tasting room for local and artisan hard ciders and beer. Live entertainment on weekends including music and a farmer's market.

Apple Picking in Albany County

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Indian Ladder Farms
342 Altamont Road, Altamont
518-765-2956 or 866-640-7425 (apple picking hotline)
Apple and pumpkin picking through October (weather dependent), 9am-6pm daily. Farm market and cider house. Café open for lunch. Group tours available.

Apple Picking in Oswego County

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Ontario Orchards Farm
15273 Center Road, Sterling
Pick-your-own apples mid-September through early October, weekends 9am-5pm. Corn maze, hayrides, and U-pick pumpkins available from September 21-Columbus Day. Farmers market (located 7 miles away) with baked goods, cider, caramel apples, fresh produce, jams, jellies, preserves, and plants. Fall Jamboree is Sept. 21-22.


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