The Best Apple Picking Orchards for Families

As we head into fall in the time of coronavirus, we have learned by now that our kids need to get out. Luckily there are plenty of fun family adventures that are part of living in this beautiful state. For really, there is nothing like New York in the fall.

Apple picking is definitely one of those early fall days out that we all look forward to every season. And yes, with COVID-19 outdoor activities this year will be different and have guidelines. The good news is we have a roundup of the farms that will be open.

Things to keep in mind :

• Some are open only on weekends

• Most if not all are masks requires past the age of two

• Bring your own bag

• Some farms are reservation only

• Some farms will close once they reach 50 % capacity

• Most stores seem to be open on the farms but at half capacity with social distancing enforced

• Many extras such as hayrides and annual festivals are canceled.

We strongly encourage you to look up the website or call the farm you plan to visit as many farms have to change their hours and how they run their farms according to health guidelines. The farms have worked hard to accommodate visitors and are happy to be open for apple picking for fall 2020!

Westchester County, N.Y.

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem

914-485-1210. Harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com

Stuart’s Farm

62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs

914-245-2784. Stuartsfarm.com

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights

914-245-5111. Wilkensfarm.com

Dutchess County, N.Y.

Barton Orchards

63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag

845-227-2306. bartonorchards.com

Cedar Heights Orchard

Crosby Lane, Rhinebeck

845-876-3231. rhinebeckapples.com

Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction

845-897-4377. Fishkillfarms.com

Fraleigh’s Rose Hill Farm

19 Rose Hill Farm, off Rte. 9, Red Hook

845-758-4215. Pickrosehillfarm.com

Greig Farm

223 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook

845-758-1234. Greigfarm.com

Lawrence Farms Orchard

39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh

845-562-4268. lawrencefarms​orchards.com

Mead Orchards

15 Scism Road, off Rte. 9, Tivoli

845-756-5641. mead​orchards.​com

Meadowbrook Farms

29 Old Myers Corners Road, Wappingers Falls

845-297-3002. meadowbrookfarm​market.com

Fairfield County, Conn.

Blue Jay Orchards

125 Plumtrees Road, Bethel

203-748-0119. bluejayorchardsct.com

Silverman’s Farm

451 Sport Hill Road, Easton

203-261-3306. silvermansfarm.com

Long Island, N.Y.

Seven Ponds Orchards

65 Seven Ponds Road, Water Mill


Wickham’s Fruit Farm

U-Pick yearly membership required, purchase on arrival at the farm, $20/family

28700 Main Road (Rte. 25), Cutchogue

631-734-6441. wickhamsfruitfarm.com

Orange County, N.Y.

Applewood Orchard & Winery

82 Four Corners Road, Warwick

845-986-1684. applewoodorchards.com

Masker Orchards

45 Ball Road, off Rte. 17A, Warwick

845-986-1058. maskers.com

Ochs Orchard

4 Ochs Lane, off Rte. 94, Warwick

845-986-1591. ochsorchard.net

Pennings Orchard

169 State Rte. 94 South, Warwick

845-986-7080. penningsorchard.com

Warwick Valley Winery and Distillery

114 Little York Road, Warwick

845-258-4858. wvwinery.com

Rockland County, N.Y.

The Orchards of Concklin

Rte. 45 and S. Mountain Road, Pomona

845-354-0369. theorchardsofconcklin.com

Ulster County, N.Y.

Apple Hill Farm

124 Rte. 32 South, New Paltz

845-255-1605. applehillfarm.com

Dressel Farms

271 Rte. 208, New Paltz

845-255-0693. dresselfarms.com

Hurd’s Family Farm

2187 Rte. 32, Modena

845-883-7825. hurdsfamilyfarm.com

Jenkins-Lueken Orchards

69 Yankee Folly Road, New Paltz

845-255-0999. jlorchards.com

Locust Grove Fruit Farm

199 North Road, Milton

845-795-5194. locustgrovefruitfarm.com

Prospect Hill Orchards

40 Clarkes Lane, Milton

845-795-2383. prospecthillorchards.com

Weed Orchards

Hayrides, farm animals, cafe and bakery

43 Mt. Zion Road, Marlboro

845-236-2684. weedorchards.com

Wilklow Orchards

341 Pancake Hollow Road, Highland

845-691-2339. wilkloworchards.com