It should go without saying that apple-picking is the quintessential fall activity in this area. Just ask the hordes of people trekking north from the city in search of the perfect fall photo. Before you write it off as being too cliche, there is so much more than just frolicking through an orchard. More and more farms are turning into full-on tourist destinations. With hay rides, delicious local food and drink offerings, farmers markets, corn mazes, petting zoos, and did we mention apples?! – it is impossible to be bored.
Please don’t just do it for the Instagram.
Do it because apples are freaking delicious. Do it because there is nothing better than fresh-made cider and donuts…and apple cider donuts – the greatest invention ever! Do it so you can feel like a kid again (corn maze, anyone?) Do it to support awesome local seasonal family-run businesses. Do it because even science says it’s good for you.
Click through for some of our favorite spots!
Worth the Trip:
While driving north up Route 9 or 9W to any of the incredible destinations like Rhinebeck, Hudson, or Woodstock, you will be pleasantly surprised by the orchards lining each side of the road. It’s hard to decide which one to choose, but there are a few that make it worth spending an afternoon, or even making a pit stop on your way home!
This place has something for everyone. Situated on 40 acres, this orchard features tons of pick-your-own fruit, hayrides and a playground for the kids, and a tasting room featuring homemade wine, hard cider, and local craft beers. They even have live music and food! The winery is only open on weekends but pick-your-own is open all week.
Located outside of Rhinebeck, NY this orchard has tons of apple varieties and a new cider operation. This spot is open daily!
This huge orchard and farmers market is just 12 miles south of Hudson and Catskill, right off the Taconic Parkway. You can’t miss it. If you must, their sign is super insta-worthy!
Closer to Home:
This is our favorite pick for fall activities. In addition to apple picking and hayrides, this orchard has a fall festival each weekend featuring live music, games, food and craft vendors, farm animals, pony rides, and more. The best part of this place is their year-round cider garden on location featuring Hardscrabble Cider and local craft beers on tap, as well as live music and pizza every Saturday! This is a must-do!
This Westchester farm with a rich family history is one of the most popular orchards for city-dwellers and is right down the street from Harvest Moon. This place is the spot to get a quick fall fix complete with a farm stand, corn maze and hay rides.
Apples aren’t only native to New York, so we had to give Connecticut some love too. This orchard in Bethel has all of your typical offerings – tons of apples, an extensive farmers market with their famous apple cider donuts, weekend wagon rides, and a pumpkin patch.
We love eating apples right from the tree and warm apple cider donuts. What are your favorite things about apple-picking? Tag us on your fall adventures #gonorthward and be sure to follow us on instagram for more @gonorthward