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.
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:
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.
*PLEASE NOTE:We are still going to try to be your favorite place to have some Fall Family Fun this year! That being said, things are going to be different as we are committed to providing a safe outdoor space for your family to enjoy. All guests are required by NY State to wear a face covering. Kids two and under and those with special needs are exempt. Prior to Visiting Please View All of our Added Safety Measures, BY CLICKING HERE.
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!
NOTE: This season we'll be open EVERY DAY Sept. 5th-Nov. 1st. Our hours will be 9-6 Saturdays, Sundays & Holidays, and 10-5 non-holiday weekdays. We strongly recommend visiting on weekdays. Please remember to bring face coverings for family members and observe social distancing while on the farm. Other than that, plan to have a great day of apple picking! We are operating at reduced capacity on weekends and holidays. We highly recommend visiting on a non-holiday weekday. OPEN WEATHER PERMITTING! Always check our website, social media, or message before visiting in inclement weather. PLEASE NOTE: All guests are required by NY State to wear a face covering. Kids two and under and those with special needs are exempt.* Credit cards preferred at this time. CLICK HERE TO LEARN 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.
U-Pick Apples & Pumpkins 2020: Please be advised: Due to COVID 19 we may be required to limit capacity. Please check the website, Facebook, and Instagram for up to date information. We will do our best to provide a safe and fun activity for everyone. Please read up on the COVID Rules before you arrive. Last apple bags will be sold at 5pm. Please remain positively "negative," and Happily Applely 6 feet apart! :)CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
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).
U-Pick: Apples: SATURDAY ONLY - Due to the Heat and the Hurricane, Apples are on the light side this year. OPEN Mon-Sat. U-Pick Hours: 10 am to 3 pm. Pls Call ahead! 631-734-6441
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: PLEASE NOTE: MASKS ARE REQUIRED! AND PLEASE MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING THANK YOU!
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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!
IMPORTANT: U-pick will open on weekends in Jamesport starting the 12th, and during the week in Aquebogue starting the 21st. Fresh cider and pies will come back when the apples do (probably end of September). Dogs are allowed in the picnic areas as long as they are on a leash, well behaved and cleaned up after. They are not allowed in the orchard for u-pick. Masks must be worn at all times unless seated at a table. (This means we can’t do sips at the bar just full flights or pints for your table). ood (cookie or doughnut) must be served with the initial purchase of alcohol. (Yes even if you brought your own snacks. CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE!
Writing by Eric Taubert