The 5 Best Apple Picking Orchards & Farms In The Tri-State

When the weather starts to cool, there is no better weekend activity than apple picking. The orchards are the perfect place to enjoy the last of the summer sunshine and take in the best of what fall has to offer. After you and your kids have roamed the apple orchards and selected the best apples, you can bring them home and make tasty pies, cobblers, breads and cakes. Here are the four best apple picking farms in the Tri-State. By Holly Rosen Fink.

Masker Orchards

Masker Orchard

45 Ball Rd.
Warwick, NY 10990
(845) 986-1058

The folks at Masker Orchards in Warwick are getting ready to go into overdrive for the fall season. The orchard has been around for over 100 years, and George Vurno and Victor Ludmerer took over the business more than 40 years ago after working as a lawyer and a family court judge, respectively. Opened for the season just after Labor Day, experts suggest getting there early to beat the crowds. The orchard also sells a great amount of honey, quite popular during the Rosh Hashanah holiday.

Outhouse Orchards

cbs apples1 The 5 Best Apple Picking Orchards & Farms In The Tri State

(credit: Holly Rosen Fink)

130 Hardscrabble Road
North Salem, NY 10560
(914) 277-3188

Outhouse Orchards is a family-operated apple farm that happens to be open all year. But a visit to the orchard in the autumn is very special. Aside from perfect apple picking (they have a great selection), they also have an animal farm, a bouncy pumpkin, a duck pond, a playground and hayrides. They also feature amazing vendors offering everything from turkey legs to ice cream and donuts.

Stuart's Farm

apple picking2 The 5 Best Apple Picking Orchards & Farms In The Tri State

(credit:STR/AFP/Getty Images)

62 Granite Springs Road
Granite Springs, NY 10527
(914) 245-2784

Stuart's Farm in Granite Springs is another good choice for family apple-picking outings. They have smaller trees so the kids can pick the apples themselves, or you can take a hayride around the orchard, pick a few pumpkins or have a picnic. If there's any corn left in their store, be sure to get some.

Silverman's Farm

girl apple picking The 5 Best Apple Picking Orchards & Farms In The Tri State

(file photo credit: MICHAEL URBAN/AFP/Getty Images)

451 Sport Hill Rd
Easton, CT 06612
(203) 261-3306

Founded in 1920, Silverman's Farm has a hayride that takes you up the hill to an orchard where you can find a wide variety of apples, a gourmet food market and a petting zoo.

Wightman's Farms

apple picking1 The 5 Best Apple Picking Orchards & Farms In The Tri State

(credit: Miguel Villagran/Getty Images)

1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue
Morristown, NJ 07960
(973) 425-9819

If you're not interested in long lines and crowds, Wightman's Farms is a good choice. You and your kids can pick apples and pumpkins, ride hayrides and run around a corn field maze. Kids have a ball here.

For the latest on family activities and all of the Tri-State's events and happenings, follow us on Twitter!

Holly Rosen Fink is the founder and managing editor of The Culture Mom.