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 through online reservations. Live music will be available throughout the season. Their “Bark Park” for dogs is open daily as well as their petting zoo. Amenities like hayrides, corn mazes, and a “Fun Park” for family entertainment and adventure all will remain open only during festival weekends. The only attraction that is not open this year is the haunted house. Ticketing is not necessary on weekdays, but is required on festival weekends.
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9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction
Following social distancing rules, Fishkill Farms is only allowing a limited amount of guests by reservation only and requiring guests to wear a mask at all times. The farm’s other amenities, like hayrides and cider bar, remain open. They are also offering outdoor yoga classes every Saturday through the month of October. The farm is not hosting live music in order to better follow CDC guidelines on large gatherings.
130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem
Harvest Moon will continue apple picking for the 2020 season solely on weekends through reservations only. The annual Fall Festival will be canceled this year, which means that they are not allowing hayrides, pony rides, live music, or children’s activities. The cider bar, Hardscrabble Cider, will be open for tastings Monday through Thursday, following CDC guidelines for alcohol consumption.
139 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem
Outhouse Orchards is open for apple and pumpkin picking for the fall 2020 season. Reservations are required on weekends and holidays due to high demand; weekdays do not require reservations. Activities such as hayrides and corn mazes will also be available to guests, though CDC procedures and social distancing rules are enforced.
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169 NY-94, Warwick
Pennings Orchard is offering apple picking from 9 p.m. to 5 p.m. every day. No reservations are required (unless a large party is bussing in) but social distancing and masks will be enforced. During this fall season, hayrides, mazes, dairy barn tours, and shooting galleries will not be open at the orchard.
23 Soons Cir, New Hampton
At Soons Orchards, apple and pumpkin picking will be available for the fall season under timed reservations only. Curbside pickup for any products is offered, with outdoor sales and sampling available soon. The orchard’s store is open all year round from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. all year, with limited capacity.
62 Granite Springs Rd, Granite Springs
Stuart’s Farm in Granite Springs, New York is open for the apple picking season, starting on September 5th. Amenities include a bakery, which is open, 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 will not be available this season. Masks are required at all times, indoor and outdoor, as social distancing guidelines are enforced as well.
335 Blinn Rd, Croton-On-Hudson
At Thompson’s Cider Mill in Croton-on-Hudson, apple picking will not be available to the public during this fall season, although apples, apple cider, and donuts are available for purchase at Fable Farm in Ossining. The Cider Mill will be open on Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 5:30 p.m. for hard cider tastings. Masks and social distancing guidelines will be required when visiting the area.
1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights
Wilkens Fruit & Fir will be opening their orchard for apple picking under social distancing guidelines. The farm has changed their daily hours of operation to Wednesday through Monday and is closed on Tuesdays. The bakery, corn maze, and farmers’ market will remain open for the 2020 season under limited capacity. The only attraction that is not open for this season is the winery.