With apple and pumpkin picking season approaching full swing - there's nothing like packing the family and friends into the car (and powering off your smartphone) for a mind-clearing road-trip day full of unplugged autumn mindfulness.
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Take a day off from the television and enjoy a picturesque ride beneath canopies of vibrant fall colors on Long Island roads. Let the oranges and reds fill your soul with smiles as sun breaks through the fiery foliage and you catch the faint whisper of wood smoke on the falling-leave breezes.
Head for nostalgic destinations where bushels of apples, sincere pumpkin patches, scarecrows, and the comforting aromas of hot mulled cider and freshly-baked spiced breads evoke cherished memories of autumns past.
Challenge your sense of direction in a harvest-season corn maze. Let the children laugh, and experience nature firsthand, as they interact with the farm animals. Enjoy the slow-going of a tractor-drawn hay ride. Don't forget to taste the apple cider donuts (and the hard cider, itself)!
Before you leave, be certain to procure some maple syrup, jams, and jellies to take home with you. They'll remind you of this amazing day during breakfasts well into the winter months.
Here's a list of some of our Favorite Long Island Daytrip Destinations to Pick Apples and Pumpkins Near Huntington, NY:
Fort Salonga Farm (9 Miles from Huntington)
30 Meadow Glen Rd, Northport
Fort Salonga Farm is a small pick-your-own apple destination in Northport. Their dwarf apple trees are the perfect size for young children who want to play an active role participating in the fruit picking process. This farm is also well known for their local honey. NOTE: Fort Salonga Farm is a small orchard and does close temporarily when there is no ripe fruit available. So, it's best to check the website and/or call first.
Hank’s Pumpkintown (61 Miles from Huntington)
240 Montauk Hwy, Watermill, NY
It's like an autumn theme park! Hank's Pumpkintown in Water Mill, NY has pumpkin picking, apple picking, corn mazes, wagon rides, tractor train rides, giant slides, games, playgrounds and more. Their market has freshly baked pies, cookies, cupcakes, candy apples, and cider donuts. AND, trust us, you haven't REALLY lived until you've fired their BAD APPLE BLASTERS (NEW FOR 2017)!!!
Harbes Family Farm and Orchard (52 Miles from Huntington)
5698 Sound Ave, Riverhead, NY
Harbes Orchard in Riverhead is the only Harbes location that offers apple picking! Their 15-acre apple orchard has over 27 different apple varieties that ripen throughout the season - and are within reach of the smallest of hands! They also offer pumpkin picking, corn mazes and much more!
Milk Pail U-Pick Farm (65 Miles from Huntington)
50 Horsemill Lane, Water Mill, NY
Bring your family and friends to Milk Pail U-Pick Farm and enjoy a day picking your own apples from their trees (and pumpkins from the vine). They grow over twenty apple varieties throughout the months of September and October. Their dwarf apples trees are the perfect height for all ages. Select your own great Halloween pumpkins from their patch filled with all sizes, shapes and colors. They grow pumpkins from Minis to 150 pounds plus! They have over 60 different varieties of pumpkins, squash and gourds all grown on site. They also serve coffee, hot cider and other treats from their Fresh Market.
Seven Ponds Orchard (61 Miles from Huntington)
65 Seven Ponds Rd, Water Mill, NY
Seven Ponds Orchard in Water Mill offers U-Pick apples and pumpkins. There's also a farmers market, their Toyland playground, hayrides, and a corn maze - all adding up to tons of autumn fun!
Wickham’s Fruit Farm (59 Miles from Huntington)
28700 Main Rd, Cutchogue, NY
Wickham’s Fruit Farm is an historic, bi-centennial farm that offers apple and pumpkin picking for families during the peak of the autumn months. It is one of the largest farms on the North Fork, approximately 300 acres, of which 200 acres are in fruit, all of which is retailed at the farm. They also press and sell apple cider utilizing the oldest Cider Press on Long Island (circa 1902).
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Woodside Orchards (50 Miles from Huntington)
729 Main Rd, Aquebogue, NY AND 116 Manor Lane, Jamesport, NY
Woodside Orchards has twenty-eight different types of apples available for picking across their 2 locations. The trees are semi-dwarf trees, ideal for families with young children. They are in close vicinity to corn-mazes and pick-your-own pumpkins. One MAJOR distinguishing factor here is the fact that Woodside Orchard makes and sells multiple varieties of hard cider from their own apples. Enjoy a flight of four flavors at the orchard, or buy a growler and take some home!
Writing by Eric Taubert