Apple Picking for NYC Kids

Enjoy pick your own apple season with these great farms and orchards close to the city. 

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Lucky for us living in the New York City area, the options for U-Pick farms are plentiful. You can head upstate or out to Long Island depending on the amenities you’re looking for and how far you’re willing to travel. While the act of searching for, plucking down, and of course tasting the apples provides tons of fun for all ages, many farms offer such activities as bounce houses, corn mazes, pony rides, petting zoos, and food stands.

I didn’t grow up in the northeast, so apple picking was not on my radar until recently. From the moment my family set foot in the orchards last fall, I knew it was a tradition I would carry on with my daughter for as long as possible. Every member of the family can be involved in this healthy outdoor activity that makes eating your fruits SO much more fun! Here are some places you may want to check out:

Upstate New York

Maskers Orchard
This Hudson Valley farm offers a variety of family entertainment such as pony rides, a haunted house, and clown visits along with a country store. Be sure to check out their website for a schedule of events.
(845) 986-1058 45 Ball Road Warwick, NY 10990

Applewood Orchards
Also in Warwick, Applewood features live music and puppet shows for the kids. Wagon rides are available and adults will enjoy the on-site winery and tasting room.
82 Four Corners Road, Warwick NY 10990
Pennings Farms

Perhaps the best of the one-stop-shops, Pennings has apples, pumpkins, a hay ride, animals, a children’s play area, a store, an ice cream shop, and a grill and brew pub. Last weekend there were eight varieties available for picking.
Route 94 & Warwick Turnpike, Warwick, New York

Dr. Davies Farm
If you’d like to make a quick trip, Dr. Davies Farm is less than an hour from Queens in Rockland County. They have hayrides in addition to apple and pumpkin picking.
306 Route 304 Congers, NY 10920 

Long Island

Fort Salonga Farm
Located less than an hour from Queens on the North Shore, the dwarf trees at this farm are great for your littlest pickers.
30 Meadow Glen Rd, Northport

Milk Pail Farm and Orchard
Milk Pail is the orchard to visit if you’d like to try a wide variety of apples. They grow more than twenty different types!!
1346 Montauk Hwy, Water Mill  

Hank’s Pumpkin Farm
Hank’s is the Long Island orchard you’ll want to choose if you’re looking for a full day of family fun. They have hay rides, mazes, cows, slides, a sand box and much more.
240 Montauk Hwy, Watermill 

Seven Ponds Orchard
Seven Ponds is another great place to make your apple picking into a full day affair. You can bring your own picnic lunch or enjoy the homemade fare sold on-site. A hayride and a corn maze will add thrills for your adventure seekers.
Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill 

With all orchards, be sure to call on the day you plan to visit to be sure picking is open and fruit is ripe! Bring back plenty to share and remember, an apple a day…

By Katy Osborne Chiu