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The Best Apple Orchards Near Upstate New York

There’s more than just apple picking at these fun and photogenic farms.

Apple Dave’s is a family friendly orchard in Warwick, NY. In addition to U-Pick apples daily from 9-5, there’s a distillery with inventive seasonal cocktails, a spooky Halloween shop, cider donuts, and live music every weekend.@appledavesorchards
Outhouse Orchards in North Salem, NY is just over an hour from NYC. In addition to apples, there are pumpkins, a hay ride, and a fun corn maze. Just note if you have your heart set on a specific apple, check the ripening schedule as the varieties change on Oct. 9.@outhouse_orchards
Apple picking doesn’t take all that long and so it makes sense to go to a place like Kelder’s Farm in Kerhonkson, NY where you can do a day or weekend full of activities (it’s two or so hours from NYC). Don’t skip the mini golf and donuts.@keldersfarm
Silverman’s Farm in Easton, CT is well-known for both their uncommon apple varieties and their awesome petting zoo. After a day of picking, go see (and pet and feed) llamas, alpacas, sheep, buffalo, and more.@silvermansfarm
Trees are kept low (known as dwarf varieties) at Terhune Orchards in Mercer County, NJ so kids can easily reach the apples and your back will be spared. There are also farm animals, a scenic walking trail for getting steps in, and pedal tractors kids will love.@terhuneorchards
Demarest Farm in Hillsdale, NJ is a popular spot for apple picking so you’ll have to book in advance. It’s definitely worth staying for the Halloween light show while you’re there.@demarestfarms
One thing that sets Masker Orchard in Warwick, NY apart is that it’s drive-thru, meaning you’ll actually drive to the trees; this is great for kids who get tired the minute it’s time to do an outdoor activity. Don’t skip the snack barn for seasonal treats.Masker Orchard
Once they’ve had enough apples, kids will love the bounce house and pony rides at Alstede Farms in Chester, NJ. Save room for homemade ice cream (or a wine and cider tasting) daily at the farm store. @alstedefarms
Not only will the family have a blast apple picking at Wightman Farms in Morristown, NJ, but it’s also home to a seriously challenging but fun corn maze and other labyrinths. Pack a picnic and enjoy a game of cornhole and a hay ride.@wightmanfarms
Just an hour north of NYC you’ll find Wilken’s Farm, great for a spontaneous trip as no reservations are required. There are several varieties of apples, a corn maze, and if you love it, come back in December to cut down your own Christmas tree.Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm
For sprawling views of the Catskill mountains (and all that gorgeous foliage) visit Fishkill Farms. They offer U-Pick eco-certified and organic apples and pears, and on the weekends there are hay rides, cider, baked goods, and music.Fishkill Farms

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