Apple picking is one of the best fall activities for families and friends to enjoy together. The days might be getting a little shorter and the warm sunshine of summer has started to fade away, but apple picking proves that there’s a lot of outdoor fun to be had in the fall. Dozens of different varieties of apples are grown all around the United States to be used in a million different recipes, from apples pies and donuts to sauces, ciders, jams, and more. CDC information for travelers. Hours/availability may have changed.



New York State is a very popular apple picking destination. Apples are the official fruits of New York and the state has hundreds of different orchards and farms, with some of them being just short drives outside of New York City itself. Offering U-Pick from late summer through to fall, as well as other fun activities and attractions like mazes, hay rides, farm stores, petting zoos, bakeries, and more, these locations are a super way to spend a weekend.

Best Apple Orchards Near NYC

NYC itself isn’t known for apple picking, but New York State is one of the best apple orchard locations in all of North America and lots of great locations can be found just short drives outside of the Big Apple. Here are some important contact details and overviews of the top apple orchards near NYC.

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2.Lawrence Farms Orchards

Lawrence Farms Orchards
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Situated in Newburgh, this little family-run farm has been offering U-Pick on various fruits and vegetables for more than three generations in total. Apple picking season starts in early September and runs through to November, with strawberries, peas, cherries, rhubarb, peaches, and pears among the other options at this location. Great-tasting treats are also available on site including apple cider donuts, apple pies, muffins, ice cream, cider, and more, and Lawrence Farm Orchards also has its own hay bale maze, duck pond, and other cool attractions for younger visitors to enjoy. This location is about a 90 minute drive from NYC.

39 Colandrea Rd, Newburgh, NY 12550, Phone: 845-562-4268

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3.Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

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Another family-owned and operated orchard in New York State, Harvest Moon runs U-Pick apples through September and October, along with annual fall festivals and activities. Prices are very low at this location compared to other NY orchards, and the festivals offer all sorts of activities including live music, apple cannons, hay rides, and more. You can reach Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard from downtown NYC in a little over an hour. This location also raises a lot of livestock and sells plenty of fresh produce in the country store, including scrumptious apple cider donuts and local maple syrup. If you choose to visit Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard, you’ll definitely be heading home with a few bags of delicious treats to see you through fall.

130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY 10560, Phone: 914-485-1210

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4.Apple Dave’s Orchards & Applewood Winery

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Previously known as Applewood Orchards, this location was renamed in honor of David 'Apple Dave' Hill, who founded the orchard many years ago and passed away in 2014. This is a really friendly, welcoming apple orchard that can be reached in around 90 minutes from NYC. Ten different varieties of apples can be picked at this location including McIntosh, Cortland, Honeycrisp, and Empire, and Apple Dave's has the unique distinction of being one of the few orchards in New York State to offer unique alcoholic drinks like apple vodka. Additional activities at Apple Dave's include wagon rides, puppet shows, live music, and more.

82 4 Corners Rd, Warwick, NY 10990, Phone: 845-986-1684

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5.Masker Orchards

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Head out to the Hudson Valley and witness the beauty of this stunning part of New York State as you roam among the apple trees of Masker Orchards. One of the top-rated apple picking sites near NYC, Masker is less than two hours away from the Big Apple and offers over a dozen different apple varieties. One of the cool features of this farm is that you're allowed to eat as many apples as you like, fully free of charge! So if you get a little hungry while wandering around, you can simply pluck an apple and give it a bite. Attractions at Masker Orchards include a country store, pony rides, music shows, and even a haunted house for Halloween. Special events are held throughout the year and an ATM is situated on site for your convenience.

45 Ball Rd, Warwick, NY 10990, Phone: 845-986-1058

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More Ideas: The Morgan Library & Museum

The Morgan Library and Museum is located on Madison Avenue in New York City, originally the private library of financial giant Pierpont Morgan (1837–1913). Now occupying a campus of five buildings, the collection’s foundation was established in the late 1800’s, with early printed books, manuscripts and old master prints and drawings forming its core.

The Morgan’s collection today is focused on rare books, manuscripts, music, drawings and ancient artworks of America and Europe. The Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts collection is among the greatest in the world, and has doubled in size since Mr. Morgan’s death in 1913. The collection focuses primarily on the history of illuminated manuscripts, but includes some very significant textual pieces. Literary and Historical manuscripts include drafts of pose, poetry, and personal correspondence from historical figures such as Elizabeth I, Napoleon, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte, Abraham Lincoln and Henry David Thoreau. A collection of music manuscripts and printed music includes hand-written works by Chopin, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert.

Nearly 12,000 drawings in the collection span the 14th through 21st centuries. Highlights include sketches by Renaissance Peter Paul Rubens, Michelangelo and Leonardo da Vinci as well as impressionists Degas, Cezanne and Matisse. The museum houses the United States’ largest collection of Rembrandt etchings. Paintings and objects of art in the collection were mostly acquired by Mr. Morgan himself. Ancient objects include Egyptian statuettes, and a classical Greek sculpture of Eros. A collection of medieval objects and Renaissance era paintings reflects Mr. Morgan’s love affair with the time period in which many of the museum’s manuscripts are from.

Among the oldest items in the collection are the ancient seals and tablets. One of the world’s best-known collection of seals, the tiny one inch sculptures in the Morgan’s collection date back as far as the 4th century BC. Some are carved on semi-precious stones, reflecting remarkable detail in the 3,000-year old works of art.

More recent acquisitions include a photography collection, and a collection of modern and contemporary drawings. Highlights from these collections include drawings by Robert Rauschenberg, Richard Diebenkorn, Egon Schiele and Keith Haring, and photographs by Edouard Baldus, Lewis Carroll, and Eugène Atget.

History: Mr. Morgan’s original private library was built in the Italian Renaissance-style by the architect Charles McKim between 1902 and 1906. The palazzo-style building consisted of three rooms that reflect the grandeur of America's Age of Elegance. McKim sought to house Morgan’s early collection in an intimate space that would honor and reflect the components of the collection itself, which was largely based on renaissance-era illuminated manuscripts, drawings and prints. McKim died three years after the completion of the building, which is said to be the masterpiece of his life’s work.

In 1924, Morgan’s son, J. P. Morgan, Jr. (1867–1943), honored his father’s wishes by donating the library and its collections to the public. The collection has grown through generous gifts and acquisitions over the years, and the facilities have grown to reflect this expansion. An annex building replaced the original Pierpont Morgan residence in 1928, and is connected through a gallery to the original library. Morgan Jr’s personal residence was adjoined to the campus in 1988, and in 1991, a garden court was added to unite all three structures.

In 2006, an additional 75,000 square feet of space was added to the campus, and includes a new visitor entrance, auditorium, gift shop and visitor facilities, as well as collections storage. The addition, designed by famed architect Renzo Piano, makes use of three modern steel and glass pavilions to connect the existing historical structures.

Ongoing Programs and Education: Gallery tours are available daily with a focus on current exhibits, or highlights of the permanent collection. Programs at the Morgan Library and Museum range from musical performances, to lectures and discussions, gallery talks, adult and family workshops, and films. Regularly scheduled workshops include letter writing and sketching. Family friendly activities include the family drop-in experience, offered the second Sunday of each month. The non-profit organization’s mission includes special services to assist scholars and researchers with items in the collection.

Past and Future Exhibits: Temporary exhibits include highlights of the permanent collection as well as visiting works of art. Past exhibits have included original drawings from Antoine Saint-Exupery’s classic children’s book, The Little Prince, the Life and Poetry of Emily Dickinson, and a celebration of the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland.

225 Madison Avenue New York, NY 10016, Phone: 212-685-0008

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More Ideas: Central Park Zoo

Located in Manhattan, New York City, inside Central Park, the Central Park Zoo is a 6.5-acre zoo featuring a variety of animal habitats, a cafe, and a 4D theater. The zoo’s origins can be traced back to the early days of Central Park, although it was not planned as an integrated part of Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux’s park design.


Early gifts of animals to the park by philanthropists and citizens prompted the creation of a menagerie in 1859, located at the park’s edge near Fifth Avenue and East 64th Street. The original menagerie display included a bear, several swans, and a collection of exotic pets. The facility was given a formal zoo charter in 1864, making it the second publicly owned zoo in the country, after the 1859 establishment of the Philadelphia Zoo.

In 1934, several permanent additions were created by architect Aymar Embury II as a series of neo-Georgian-style limestone and brick structures arranged in a quadrangle around a central sea lion pool designed by Charles Schmieder. This era of the zoo’s history is now commonly referred to as the “1934 Zoo,” as the zoo underwent major renovations in 1988, replacing many of the original cages and structures with natural habitat spaces.

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Today, the zoo is part of the city’s Wildlife Conservation Society network, which also manages the Bronx Zoo, Queens Zoo, Prospect Park Zoo, and New York Aquarium. Seven major exhibit areas house animals from temperate, tropic, and polar climates.

The Central Garden & Sea Lion Pool remains the centerpiece of the zoo, featuring a new pool redesign from the 1988 renovations. The glass-encased pool allows visitors to view the sea lions from both above and below the water level. In the indoor Tropic Zone exhibit, rainforest animals such as black-and-white ruffed lemurs, emerald tree boas, and poison dart frogs are on display. The Temperate Territory is home to a variety of Asian species, including cranes, snow monkeys, and red pandas. A chilled penguin house featuring gentoo, chinstrap, king, and macaroni penguins anchors the Polar Circle, which also contains harbor seals and puffins.

The park’s children’s zoo originally opened in 1961 and was renamed the Tisch Children’s Zoo in 1997 after a $4.5 million grant and renovation. The new children’s zoo retains its original gates, designed by Paul Manship. Young visitors can interact with potbelly pigs, goats, sheep, and Manhattan’s only cow. Interactive playspaces, such as a spiderweb-themed trampoline area, allow children to climb and explore.

Recent additions to the zoo include the Allison Maher Stern Snow Leopard exhibit, opened in 2009, and the Grizzly Bear and Treena’s Overlook, featuring animals transplanted from the Bronx Zoo. In addition to the exhibits, a 4D theater shows family-friendly films with built-in sensory effects. The Dancing Crane Cafe, accessible from inside Central Park without zoo admission, offers light American fare, and the Zootique gift shop sells plush animals, children’s books, and animal-themed toys.

Ongoing Programs and Education

Daily programming at the Central Park Zoo includes penguin and sea otter feedings, with times varying depending on animal conditions. Central Park Zoo Quests are led periodically by park employees throughout the facility, featuring family-friendly activities and educating visitors about the zoo’s animals. Draw Like a Scientist sessions recall techniques used in the early days of the New York Zoological Society to guide visitors through sketch and study activities.

The zoo offers a wide variety of educational programming for all ages. Guided and self-guided tours are available for grades K-12. The Wildlife Theater outreach program also brings animal education directly to the classroom with a variety of themed performance programming, using costumes and puppetry to educate students about natural habitats and species.

Themed toddler playtime groups are held for the zoo’s youngest visitors, including an Exploring the Wild program, which offers live animal encounters. The Little Zoo Vets program is an after-school class that gives children ages 8-12 the opportunity to work with zoo veterinarians to learn about animal health care in a hands-on environment. A Junior Keepers program allows children to take a look behind the scenes at the daily tasks of animal caregivers. Summer camps and school break day camps are offered on a variety of topics, featuring animal investigations and encounters. Adult programming includes a breakfast with the zookeepers series themed around the zoo’s grizzly bear, primate, and penguin habitats, and a seasonal morning photography program, which gives wildlife photography buffs an opportunity to enter the zoo before it opens and take exclusive photos of the park’s animals.

Conservation efforts by zoo staff include breeding programs for endangered species, such as Wyoming toads, tamarin monkeys, and thick-billed parrots.

E 64th St & 5th Ave, New York, NY 10021, Phone: 212-439-6500

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More Ideas: Roosevelt Island

Located in the East River in New York City, nestled between Manhattan Island, Queens, and Long Island, lies small yet amazing Roosevelt Island. The island is only 2 miles long but it is jam-packed with history, culture, and residents.


Originally, the island was purchased in 1637 by a Dutch settler named Wouter van Twiller, and was known as Hog Island. Dutch possession of the island did not last long, and in 1666 Captain John Manning gained control of the island for the next 20 years. After Mannings' death, what was known as Manning Island passed to his son-in-law, Robert Blackwell, who changed the name yet again to Blackwell Island. The island was used mainly as a prison, and many hospitals were also opened here during the 19th century. The island was purchased by the city of New York in 1828, thus making it officially part of the state of New York. During 1921–1971, Roosevelt Island was called Welfare Island due to the increasing number of hospitals and penitentiaries built there. Finally, in 1971 Welfare Island officially became known as Roosevelt Island in honor of the late president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. In 2010 the island had a population of less than 12,000 people and today operates like any other small borough in the state of New York. A former resident of this amazingly charming island is Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker. Although Roosevelt Island is considered a small borough of New York City, it is rich with history and culture.


One of the oldest buildings on the island is Blackwell House, which was constructed by Jacob Blackwell, the great-grandson of Robert Blackwell. The house, now just another residential home in the area, is the sixth oldest house in New York City. Octagon Tower, now a residential building, was once the New York Lunatic Asylum, which opened in 1839. Roosevelt Island has been the location for many hospitals, including the now abandoned Smallpox Hospital. This hospital had 100 patient beds when it opened in 1856 but was closed down in 1956 due to worsening conditions. Another hospital, built in 1832, was originally named the Penitentiary Hospital and was intended for prisoners who stayed on the island’s Blackwell Prison. The prison closed in 1935 and the hospital followed in 1957. In 1872, the Blackwell Island Light lighthouse was built on the tip of Roosevelt Island by James Renwick, Jr. and was operated by the City of New York instead of the Lighthouse Board. The Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park is a park named after the Four Freedoms speech given by the late president in 1941, officially becoming a National State Park in 2012. Another great landmark on Roosevelt Island is the Chapel of the Good Shepherd, a historic church built in 1888 by architect Frederick Clarke Withers and recently restored in 2003. The bridge linking Roosevelt Island to Manhattan is the Queensboro Bridge, which was designed by Gustav Lindenthal and Henry Hornbostel and completed in 1909.

What's Nearby

Roosevelt Island is located close to Manhattan and New York City, therefore can be accessed by different modes of transportation. There are train stations on the island, as are bus stops and trams.

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