Nothing says fall like spending a day at the apple orchard or pumpkin patch. It’s a Westchester County fall family tradition to go apple picking and pumpkin picking. Luckily, Westchester and the Hudson Valley area has lots of fantastic farms and places to pick-your-own fruit and enjoy a day of fall family fun!
Apple Picking: Westchester
Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard: 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560 – Orchard/Picking hours 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard hosts a Fall Festival every weekend from Labor Day through Halloween, and offers pick your own apples. Fall Festival is fun for the whole family, with apple picking, pumpkin picking, bouncy houses, hayrides, face painting, pony rides, and apple cannons. Everything is cash only, but there is an ATM onsite.
Hilltop Hanover Pick Your Own: 1271 Hanover Street, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598
Hilltop Hanover is open on Saturdays and Sundays (weather permitting) for U-Pick, and they suggest you bring your own bag. There is also a farm stand, 3.5 miles of trails to hike, picnic tables, and farm animals. Hilltop Hanover also has a weekly farm playgroup on Fridays into October for kids 2-5 and their caregivers.
Outhouse Orchards: 139 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem, NY 10560 – O pen 7 days/week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Enjoy apple picking, pumpkin picking, hay rides, a pirate ship themed corn maze, cider and donuts. There’s lot to do for the whole family, so plan to spend some extra time so the kids can get through the corn maze. Parking is $10 on the weekends (weekday parking is free) and a bag for apple picking is $25.
Stuart’s Fruit Farm: 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs, NY 10527 – Open 7 days/week, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., apple picking daily from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Stuart’s has apple picking, pumpkin picking, hayrides, fresh produce for sale, and a bakery that bakes pies and apple cider donuts fresh every day. There are also picnic areas where you can enjoy a packed lunch or snack from the farm stand. Come Christmas time, they also have Cut Your Own trees.
Wilken’s Fruit and Fir Farm: 1335 White Hill Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598 – Open 7 days/week, 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
You can pick apples and pumpkins at Wilken’s, or visit one of the three stores on site, including the bakery, the apple farm market (featuring apples, cider, snacks, jellies, jams, syrup, and other baking needs), and the Country Market (which features local crafts and gifts). There is no fee for admission, parking, or hay ride, but the picnic tables are strictly for consumption of foods purchased at the bakery. As a bonus, FDR State Park is less than a 1/4 mile away, and has picnic areas, playgrounds, grills, and trails.
Over the County Line
Applewood Orchards: 82 Four Corners Road, Warwick, NY 10990 – Open 7 days/week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
While Warwick is a bit of a hike from Westchester, Applewood Orchards has enough to make it a whole day excursion. Between apple and pumpkin picking, hayrides, puppet shows, ponds and picnic areas, and the county stores, there’s something for everyone. Applewood is also a winery and distillery, so there’s a little something extra for mom and dad to enjoy. The only cost is for the apples and pumpkins you pick. There is no cost for admission, parking or entertainment.
Barton Orchards: 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag, NY 12570 – Open weekends and holidays, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., and weekdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
In addition to picking your own apples and pumpkins, you can also pick seasonal vegetables, such as eggplant, beans, and squash. There is a hay ride, petting zoo, pirate ship playground, shooting gallery, gemstone mining, duck races, lots of food, and stores. There’s also a tap room for guests 21+ to enjoy.
Dr. Davies’ Farm: 306 Route 304, Congers, NY 10920 – Open 7 days/week, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
There’s apple picking, pumpkin picking, and trailer rides to keep you busy at Dr. Davies’ Farm. Hay rides are $5 per person, with an additional $3 fee per person to pick your own pumpkins. The farm is cash only.
Fishkill Farms: 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 – Open 7 days/week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Fishkill Farms has apple and pumpkin picking, farm animals, hayrides, food, and on select weekends, and a Fall Harvest Festival Weekend with other family friendly activities. Admission to the farm is $5, plus the cost of apples. Fishkill Farms just received organic certification.
Hurd’s Family Farm: 2185 State Route 32, Modena, NY 12548 – Open 7 days/week, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., activities 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hurd’s Family Farm is truly a fall family fun destination. In addition to apple and pumpkin picking, you’ll find a new wild apple obstacle course, Big Apple Bounce, an apple launcher, cow train, hayride, pedal karts, rubber ducky derby, playground, giant slide, fish feeding, and hiking trails, prospecting for gems and fossils, and pony rides. There’s also a cafe on site. VIP activity wristbands are $15/weekend and $8/weekday, and Express wristbands are $7 on weekends. Other activities run $6-7 each.
Lawrence Farm: 306 Frozen Ridge Road, Newburgh, NY 12550 – Open 7 days/week, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
At Lawrence Farm, you can pick more than just apples and pumpkins. In September and October, expect to find raspberries, pears, peaches, grapes, sweet corn, tomatoes, peppers, beets, eggplant, broccoli, and cabbage. Admission to the farm is $3 per person.
Secor Farm: 85 Airmont Avenue, Mahwah, NJ 07430 – Open 7 days/weeks, 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
This New Jersey farm is less than a half hour over the Tappan Zee Bridge, and offers apple picking, pumpkin picking, hayrides, two corn mazes, a petting zoo, and picnic areas. The farm store sells snacks, flowers, produce, and seasonal decor.