The fall season is almost here and that means more than just grabbing a pumpkin spice latte or watching the leaves turn orange. It’s time for apple picking. Get the family together and take a trip to an apple orchard.
Long Island has many apple orchards that supply their guests with a family-friendly experience that includes more than just picking apples. There’s fun for the whole family with dwarf trees, hay rides and corn mazes. After a long day of fun, the family can enjoy fresh apple cider or roasted corn to unwind.
Here are some of the best apple picking orchards Long Island has to offer:
The Milk Pail Farm
Located at 50 Horsemill Lane, Watermill, The Milk Pail Farm offers 20 varieties of apples. The farm offers dwarf trees at heights perfect for all ages, ensuring a day of family fun from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
2018 season begins Labor Day. Apple and pumpkin picking is open Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays through the end of October.
Visit www.milk-pail.com or call 631-537-2565 for more.
With two locations, 729 Main Rd., in Aquebogue and 116 Manor Lane in Riverhead, Woodside Orchards is fun for the whole family with 10 varieties of apples on semi-dwarf trees. This orchard boasts of cider slushies, hard cider, wineries and a corn maze.
Apple picking begins mid-September 2018.
Visit www.woodsideorchards.com or call 631-722-5770 for more information.
Seven Ponds Orchard
Open every day 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at 65 Seven Ponds Rd., Water Mill, Seven Pond Orchard specializes in more than 14 varieties of dwarf trees. Kids will never be bored at this orchard with its corn maze, hayrides and farmer’s market.
Call 631-726-8015 for details or visit their Facebook page Seven Ponds Orchard.
If the family wants unlimited fun, Hank’s Pumpkintown at 240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, is the place to go. Along with apple picking, visitors can enjoy unlimited wagon rides, tractor train rides, giant maze mountain slide rides and more.
Opening day is Sept. 8 through Oct. 28, 2018.
Visit www.hankspumpkintown.com or call 631-726-4667 for details.
As the first pick-your-own farm, Lewin Farms is located at 812 Sound Ave., Calverton. From 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day, except for Tuesday, one can pick apples, eggplant, peppers, tomatoes and pumpkins. The farm stand is open for those who want to have their produce picked for them.
Apple picking begins late August 2018. Call ahead to confirm.
Visit www.lewinfarm.com or call 631-929-4327 for information.
Harbes Family Farm
Take a trip on the Apple Express to the 15-acre apple orchard located at 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead. Every weekend from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., one can pick from over 24 varieties of apples with the purchase of an $8 admission ticket. The ticket price includes the amount of apples one can fit into the Harbes bag given.
Apple picking is open weekends and holidays through Oct. 28, 2018.
Visit www.harbesfamilyfarm.com or call 631-369-1111 for details.
Wickham’s Fruit Farm
This 300-acre farm, dating back to 1661, offers not only apple picking, but strawberries, raspberries, cherries, blueberries and peaches ready to pick and take home. Pears, pumpkins, apricots and much more are also available for purchase, along with donuts and cider. Visit the fruit farm, open Monday through Saturday, located at 28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue.
For details, call 631-734-6441 or visit www.wickhamsfruitfarm.com.
—Additional information by Allison Eichler
Editor’s note: This article has been updated for the 2018 season.
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