While many of our favorite activities have been postponed or downright canceled this year, one Westchester tradition is still alive and well, albeit with a few modifications here and there. No matter if you’re looking for a fun day trip to one of the Hudson Valley’s premier family fun destinations or just to pop down the street for a few Granny Smiths and some cider, we’ve got you covered!
63 Apple Tree Ln, Poughquag
Barton Orchards of Poughquag, New York is open for business. Apple picking is available to the public, with live music and events available throughout the season. The “Bark Park” for dogs is open daily, as well as the petting zoo. Additional activities like hay rides, the corn maze, and a “Fun Park” for family entertainment are also available during festival weekends. (2021 haunted house is TBD.) Ticketing is not necessary on weekdays, but is required on festival weekends. Check social media for the latest on weekly events, pricing, and hours/fruit and vegetable variety availability.
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9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction
Pick-your-own at Fishkill Farms is open by reservation for apples, plus Asian pears, berries, flowers, pumpkins, tomatoes, and more, depending on when you go in the season. The farm even offers outdoor yoga, plus its annual Fall Harvest Festivals with wagon rides, music, hard cider sips, and more throughout September and October.
130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem
Harvest Moon’s apple picking season starts on Saturday, September 11, but tickets go on sale starting August 25, and peach picking is still available through the end of the late-summer season. Picking will be available by appointment only on weekends. Guests can also enjoy hay rides, pony rides, live music, and other children’s activities while adults hit up the cider bar, Hardscrabble Cider.
139 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem
Just down the street, Outhouse Orchards opens for peach, pear, and apple picking on Labor Day, but the new fall season of apples and pumpkins kicks off Saturday, September 11. Tickets go on sale starting Friday, August 27, so be sure to grab your weekend reservation before they’re gone! Activities such as hayrides, the corn maze, and the farm stand will also be available to guests.
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169 NY-94, Warwick
Pennings Orchard opens for daily apple picking from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. beginning Saturday, August 28. No reservations are required (unless a large party is bussing in). During this fall season, hay rides, mazes, dairy barn tours, and shooting galleries are just some of the fun you can expect.
23 Soons Cir, New Hampton
At Soons Orchards, apple picking will be available for the fall season starting Labor Day weekend, with pumpkin picking soon to follow. Be sure to check out the orchard store, Scotty’s Country Kitchen, the Cider Mill Tap Room, or reserve a seat at one of the orchard’s famous farm dinners.
62 Granite Springs Rd, Granite Springs
Stuart’s Farm in Granite Springs opens for the apple picking season, starting on September 6 this year. Amenities include a bakery where donuts, pies, and other treats can be purchased, as well as a farm stand that is open for fresh produce. Hayrides and corn mazes are also available again this season. Be sure to come back closer to the holidays to pick out your very own Christmas tree.
335 Blinn Rd, Croton-On-Hudson
An honorary mention, Thompson’s Cider Mill in Croton-on-Hudson opens for the fall season on September 18 and, while public apple picking isn’t available, its farm stand cidery will be open with all the delicious varieties the Best of Westchester orchard grows, along with other delectable farm-fresh products.
1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights
Wilkens Fruit & Fir opened for its 105th annual harvest on August 21.The farm is open Wednesday through Monday through mid-December, and apple picking begins Saturday, September 4. (Pumpkin season is expected to start around October 1, with Christmas trees becoming available in late November.) The bakery and corn maze are also open.