It’s officially the season of cozy sweaters, boots, and crisp fall air. It’s also a season where most of us spend more time inside when there’s so much to do out in nature. I encourage you to head a couple hours out of NYC to enjoy some fresh apples, cider/wine, donuts and quality time with loved ones. Apple picking season ends around mid-November so make sure to plan your trip sooner than later! My boyfriend and I ventured out to Apple Dave’s Orchards and had a blast, so I decided to share 7 of the best orchards to go apple picking near NYC.

1. Apple Dave’s Orchards & Applewood Winery

Located in Warwick, New York, Apple Dave’s is open 7 days a week from  9am-4:30pm. This orchard has a wide variety of apple trees, rose and herb gardens, a pumpkin patch and assorted treats such as apple cider donuts. They have lovely views of the mountains and a fun walking trail. The orchards distillery is only open on weekends but the Applewood Winery is open 7 days a week. This winery uses its own apples to make wines, ciders, apple vodka and apple jack. We did the wine testing when we were there and we ate a bunch of apples and donuts. Everything was delicious!

There are no admission, parking or entertainment fees either. When you enter the orchard you purchase picking bags.  The bags cost $1 for a peck bag and $2 for a half bushel bag. When you finish picking you pay for the apples that you have picked as you leave the orchard.  The charges are $16.00 for a full peck bag and $30 for a full half bushel bag. The charge is prorated, thus if you don’t fill the bag, you only pay for what you picked.

2. Fishkill Farms

Located in East Fishkill, New York, this farm and orchard is open from 9am- 5pm. In addition to apples, assorted fruits, and pumpkin picking, Fishkill hosts a Fall Harvest Festival on weekends through October with live music, hayrides, donuts, and hard cider. Enjoy gorgeous views of the 270-acre orchard and the Catskill mountains.They charge $5 admission fee for fruit and vegetable picking for adults and children over the age of 12 every day except Tuesday, when admission is free.

3. Seven Ponds Orchard

Located in Montauk, Long Island, this orchard offers apples, assorted berries and vegetables available to pick. It is open daily from 9am-6pm and has plenty of activities for kids such as hayrides, a cow train, and corn maze. It’s $22 for a 10 pound bag of apples. There’s also plenty of apple cider donuts and other apple inspired treats to snack on.

4. Pennings Orchards

Located in Warwick, New York this orchard/family owned 150-acre farm is picturique. Open daily from 9am-5pm, Pennings offers over 20 types of apples. They charge $30 for a 1/2 bushel bag, which is plenty of apples. They also have a dairy barn, farm animals, hayrides, play area, and raw milk available for purchase.

5. Sun High Orchard

Located in New Jersey and open from 9am-6pm. This orchard caters to a more animal-centric apple picking experience.  Kids can enjoy petting some of Sun High’s farm animals including sheep, rabbits, a donkey, and an alpaca. They have fields to pick apples, pumpkins, peaches, flowers, zucchini, and tomatoes. They also have plenty of fresh cider, apple cider donuts,  fruit pies, and cookies in their market. There’s a $2 admission fee, picking bags are provided for free and you pay for what you pick, $1.99 per pound.

6. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Located in Yorktown Heights, NY, this farm is open daily starting late August through mid-December. One cool thing about this farm is they offer peach picking and pumpkin picking in the fall from 10am-4:30pm, and a Cut-Your-Own Christmas tree farm starting the Saturday after Thanksgiving from 10am-4pm. Additionally, they have three farm markets where they sell everything from their own pressed apple cider to freshly baked pies, apple cider donuts, wine, and gift items.

7. Alstede Farms 

Located in Chester, New Jersey, this farm is open daily from 9am-5pm. At Alstede visitors can pick apples,  pumpkins, beans, peppers, raspberries, and sunflowers. They offer a guide that details what produce is available and how much each costs. This farm also has hayrides, a petting zoo, farmer’s market, and fresh homemade desserts, such as ice cream and pies.