The leaves are turning red and there’s finally a chill in the air! After months of heat, it’s now time to enjoy fall. While our little ones are already jumping in leaf piles on every corner, there’s so much fall fun to be discovered outside of the city, too! 

Whether you’re looking for the crispest apples or the roundest pumpkins, the team at Sawyer has got you covered with great spots to check out. The best part? Depending on which city you're in, each place is within an hour and a half from New York, Chicago, and Washington DC. All locations are perfect for all ages, making them ideal spots for a day trip with your family.

New York

Alstede Farms

The Alstedes are farmers. It’s what they do. But maybe it’s more accurate to say that they’re stewards. Head to their farm and pick delicious apples, shop at their fully stocked farm store, and explore a giant corn maze!  

1.5 hours from NYC - 1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester Township, NJ 07930

Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

Think your little ones can fill a 25lbs bag of apples? If so, look no further than Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard. Enjoy hayrides, live music, games, farm animals, and apple cannons! What’s an apple cannon, you ask? We guess you’ll have to go to find out! 

1.5 hours from NYC - 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY 10560

Apple Dave’s Orchards

Come visit Apple Dave in the heart of the Hudson Valley! You’ll enjoy apple picking, wagon rides, and puppet shows for your little ones! After you fill that apple bag, make a pit stop at their distillery (don’t worry, there’s apple juice for the kids)! 

1.5 hours from NYC - 82 4 Corners Rd, Warwick, NY 10990

Wightman Farms

When you visit Wightman Farms, plan on picking apples until you bag overflows, then head over to the hay maze. If you're bringing your little ones you're in luck! Children under the age of 3 attend for free. 

Roughly 1 hour away from NYC - 1111 Mt Kemble Ave


Elmwood Pumpkin Farm 

For one of the most authentic pumpkin picking experience, make sure you head to Elmwood Pumpkin Farm. All of their pumpkins are grown in the field! Enjoy picking them off the vine (opposed to merely grabbing them from a bin).

Roughly 1.5 hours from NYC - 1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, New York, 11743

Hacklebarney Farm 

After you and your family pick the biggest pumpkin you can find, get lost in the corn maze at Hacklebarney Farm while you eat one of their signature cider hot dogs! I mean, can you think of a better way to spend a day?

Roughly 1 hour from NYC - 104 State Park Road, Chester, NJ, 07930

Schmitt’s Family Farm 

Hayrides? Check. Pick your own pumpkin? Check. Those are really our only prerequisites. Head down to Schmitt’s Family Farm to get those essentials off your fall bucket list.

Roughly 1.5 hours from NYC - 26 Pinelawn Rd, Melville, NY 11747 

Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm  

A one-stop-shop for all your apple and pumpkin picking needs! If you feel like you need more fresh produce, stop at one of their three farm stands on the way out.

Roughly 1.5 hours from NYC - 1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598

Stuart’s Farm

20 different types of apples, a full pumpkin patch, and hayrides! Come hang at Stuart’s Farm if you want to relish in all of the activities fall has to offer! 

Roughly 1.5 hours from NYC - 62 Granite Springs Road, Granite Springs NY, 10527

Terhune Orchards

Apple picking, pumpkin picking, cider, pies, farm animals…need we say more? All of those goodies can be found at the Mount Family’s orchard. 

1.5 hours from NYC - 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540



Stade’s Apple Orchard

Looking to pick your own apples and pumpkins (as well as a variety of other crops)? Look no further than Stade’s! Only 50 miles from Chicago, come here with your family to enjoy a petting zoo, corn maze, hay rides, and more! Essentially all of your fall desires in one spot.

Roughly 1 hour from Chicago - 3709 Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60051

All Season Orchard

Their apples are delicious. Their pumpkins are big. Their corn maze will challenge you! All of these reasons are why All Seasons Orchard is a family favorite in the Chicago area!

Roughly 1 hour from Chicago - 14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock, IL 60098

Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard

Goebbert’s is a staple if you’re looking for apples and pumpkins near Chicago, but did you know they offer magic shows on the weekends, too? There are tons of family activities available here for a perfect day trip!

Roughly 1 hour from Chicago - 42W813 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove, IL 60140 

Royal Oak Farm Orchard

Turns out this orchard could also double down as a theme park. With train rides, a carousel, hay rides, and orchard tour rides all available, there’s no chance you or your little ones get bored!

Roughly 1 hour from Chicago - 15908 Hebron Road,Harvard, IL 60033

Bengston’s Pumpkin Fest

Fall is one of the best times of the year to go on adventures with your family. If you haven’t experienced all of the attractions at Bengtson’s Pumpkin Fest yet then make this the year all that changes! Their pumpkin farm is chock-full of fun fall activities, rides, and carnival food.

Roughly 1 hour from Chicago - 13341 W 151st St Homer Glen, Illinois 60491

Country Line Orchard

Head to Country Line to make great memories with your family! From apple picking to delicious cider donuts, you’ll enjoy every second of your time here. We hope you’re ready for high quality apples!

Roughly 1 hour from Chicago - 200 S. County Line RD, Hobart, IN, 46342


Washington DC

Homestead Farm 

Come to Homestead Farm for one of the most authentic apple and pumpkin picking experiences around DC. When you’ve collected all you can, enjoy scenic hayrides and free admission to see what’s going on with their farm animals!

Roughly 1 hour from DC - 15604 Sugarland Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837

Butler’s Orchard

Hayrides, cider and pumpkins, oh my! All of that and more is included at Butler’s Orchard during the “Pumpkinland” festival, a display of fairy tale characters built out of pumpkins, with more added every year.

Roughly 1 hour from DC - Butler's Orchard, 22222 Davis Mill Rd, Germantown, MD 20876

Larriland Farm 

At Larriland’s, they strive to grow top quality fruits and vegetables for you to pick your own or purchase in their farm market. They consider the soil and the plant material to be their most valuable resources. 

Roughly 1 hour from DC - 2415 Woodbine Road, Woodbine, MD 21797

Rock Hill Orchard

Head to Rock Hill to enjoy tons of fall activities like corn mazes, pumpkin patches, hayrides, and more! After you pick your own apples, swing by the one of the food trucks on site offering delicious seasonal snacks!

Roughly 1 hour from DC - 28600 Ridge Rd, Mt. Airy, MD 21771

Weber’s Farm

Pick your own apples at Weber’s! Once your bag is full, head to their bakery and treat yourself to some of their delicious fudge and ice cream. And of course, what day trip is complete without hayrides, a giant hillside slide, a mini maze (for your little ones!), and more!

Roughly 1 hour from DC - 2526 Proctor Ln, Parkville, MD 21234

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to get planning! There’s plenty of fall left to enjoy some of our favorite past-times. Wondering how you'll cook all of your new found fall goodies? Explore virtual cooking classes here to learn how!