Now that autumn is in full, crisp swing, it’s time to celebrate these welcome weeks of perfect NYC weather. There’s no better way to enjoy the most visibly transformative of all seasons than with an old-fashioned apple-picking adventure. While New York City limits might lack apple orchards, there are plenty of expansive, beautiful farms outside of the city where you can get your apple-picking fix. Here are a few of our favorites, all of which are accessible via NYC transportation:
45 Ball Road at Ridgefield Road
Warwick, NY 10990
Come explore the 200 acres of open orchards where you’ll be sure to encounter horned goats and pigs as you choose from the plentiful variety of apples including Macintosh, Cortland, Jonagold, and Red and Golden Delicious. The on-site Maskers Country Store is a wonderland of treats like fresh, handmade jams, and apple butter. Before visiting, check their handy chart that tells you which apples are in their prime on any given week.
Getting There: From Port Authority Bus Terminal, take the 196 bus to Warwick Park & Ride, which is just 0.9 miles from the orchards.
Travel time: 1 hour and 50 minutes
Hours: Open daily, 9AM-5PM
69 Yankee Folly Road
New Paltz, NY 12561
This family-owned and operated Hudson Valley orchard has been a go-to for apple pickers for over 50 years, and is a goldmine with 500 apple trees ripe for picking. Featuring almost a dozen different kinds of apples as well as pumpkins, raspberries, blueberries, and blackberries, Jenkins-Lueken also offers equally beautiful views of the Mohonk Tower and the Shawangunk Escarpment. Their seasonal farmstand features apple cider, warm apple pie, and apple cider donuts, as well as decorative gourds.
Getting there: From Port Authority Bus Terminal, take a Trailways bus to New Paltz Park & Ride. At the station, grab a cab for the remaining 5.3 miles.
Travel time: 1 hour and 50 minutes.
Hours: Open daily, Monday – Thursday, 9AM-6PM; Friday – Sunday, 9AM-7PM
341 Pancake Hollow Rd
Highland NY, 12528
For six generations, this family-run farm has been producing delicious apple specimens. Open for apple-picking from Labor Day weekend through Halloween, Wilklow Orchards is a wonderland of breeds like Gala, Empire, Macintosh, and more. All that fun will cost you: $24 for a large bag (20-25 pounds) or $15 for a smaller bag (10-15 pounds). The orchard has a picnic area perfect for relaxing and noshing on your spoils. Your little ones will enjoy a weekend trip when the farm busts out a blow-up fun house and a hay jump.
Getting there: From Grand Central Station, ride the Metro-North Hudson line up to Poughkeepsie. From the station, grab a cab for the remaining 7 miles.
Travel time: 2 hours and 10 minutes.
Hours: Open daily starting Labor Day weekend, 9AM – 6PM
9 Fishkill Farm Road
Hopewell JCT, NY 12533
Run by the same family for nearly 100 years, Fishkill Farms has a reputation for its innovative, earth-friendly farming practices. The 270-acre apple orchard and vegetable farm is open for apple-picking and also offers a slew of seasonal fruits and vegetables ranging from nectarines to eggplants. The season really comes to life in mid-October, when Fishkill hosts a weekend Harvest Festival, featuring hayrides and live musical performances as well as Fishkill’s famous apple donuts and cider. The grownups will enjoy a trip to the Treasury Cider Garden, which offers a panoramic view of the orchard, framed by the Catskill mountains.
Getting there: From Grand Central Station, take Metro-North’s Hudson Line towards Poughkeepsie. Get off at Beacon and grab a cab for the remaining 12 miles.
Travel time: 2 hours.
Hours: Open daily, 9AM – 6PM
82 Four Corners Road
Warwick, NY 10990
Apple Dave’s is more than an apple orchard: It is a bonafide autumnal experience, featuring rose and herb gardens, a flourishing pumpkin patch, and famous apple cider donuts. You can, of course, get your apple-picking fix, choosing from 10 seasonal varieties. Anyone over 21 will appreciate a pitstop at the orchard’s winery, which produces limited-edition wine, cider, and their prized apple vodka.
Getting there: From Port Authority Bus Terminal, ride the 196 bus to 223 N of Iron Forge Road. Grab a taxi for the remaining 4.1 miles.
Travel time: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Hours: Open daily, 9AM-5PM, gates close at 4:30PM