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. 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, updated for 2021! All locations are perfect for all ages, making them ideal spots for a day trip with your family.

Apple and pumpkin picking for kids!

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


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!

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