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Cooler temperatures are coming soon which means sweater weather, big cups of hot cocoa, back-to-school, and of course APPLE SEASON! Here is a list of the best family friendly recommendations in CT and two in New York in case you want a convenient place to meet out of town friends!

In addition to apple picking, many of these wonderful farms also offer things like petting zoos, photo op areas, cider mills, corn mazes, hayrides and even pumpkin patches later in the season.

*Apple varieties vary depending on the month, so be sure to call ahead to confirm what fruits each farm currently has to offer.

 

Averill Farm
A tenth generation family farm on a gorgeous hilltop offering fall fruits: apples & pears, along with goodies from many area farms as well, including ice cream, squash, and pumpkins. Open 9:30-5:30 every day

Address: 250 Calhoun Street, Washington Depot, CT 06794 – Just over 1 hour

 

Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard
Their farm store is OPEN every day from 10am-5:30pm. They have lots of fresh peaches, nectarines, and apples available, as well as apple cider, pies, donuts, cookies, honey, and MORE! They do accept debit/credit cards inside the farm store (except American Express). Pick-Your-Own is WEEKENDS ONLY (Saturdays and Sundays) from 10am-5pm, weather permitting. Cash or check only for Pick-Your-Own. Pricing is $1.60 per pound + $1.00 per bag entrance fee.

Address: 278 Leavenworth Road, Route 110 in the White Hills section of Shelton, CT 06484 – Approx. 40 minutes

 

Belinsky Farm
On their small, yet beautiful farm, they have a wide assortment of products. They especially pride themselves on their Christmas Trees!  Open from 9am- 5pm on weekends; call for weekday hours.

Address: 124 Moose Hill Road, Oxford, CT. – Approx 45 min

 

Bishops Orchard
Bishop’s Orchards is an agricultural operation in Guilford, Connecticut, that serves as a farm, retail market, tourist attraction and winery. Bishop’s Orchards began operating as a family farm in 1871. Open 10am-5pm everyday

Address: 1355 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 06437 – Just under 1 hour

 

Blue Jay Orchards
Blue Jay Orchards is a picturesque 140 acre farm nestled in the quaint New England town of Bethel, Connecticut.  It is one of the very few remaining commercial orchards in Fairfield County. They offer apple picking, a pumpkin patch and wagon rides. Open everyday from 9am-6pm

Address: 125 Plumtrees Rd. Bethel CT,  06801 – Approx 40 minutes

 

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm
Located in the scenic Litchfield Hills, this family-owned and operated farm lets you pick your own strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, plum, sweet corn, pears, apples, pumpkins and gourds. They also have hay rides, an amazing corn maze and a vintage train set for the kiddies to play with. Open Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm and Sunday 8am-4pm

Address: 461 Cornwall Bridge Rd. Rte.4, Sharon CT – Approx 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard (NY)
This orchard is situated on 200 plus acres located in the Croton Falls section of North Salem. Attractions include barnyard animals, a greenhouse, apple picking, hay rides, a small shop that stocks mostly vintage and antique kitchen items, and an overflowing farm stand of myriad produce, much of it grown on the property: apples, plums, peaches, squash, tomatoes, corn, pumpkins, and more. There’s also honey, maple syrup, fudge, preserves, and baked goods–the warm doughnuts and cider are a store favorite. Open daily 9am-430pm

Address: 130 Hardscrabble Rd, Croton Falls, NY – 35 minutes

 

Horse Listeners Orchard
Horse Listener’s Orchard is a beautiful 153 Acre Orchard with apples, peaches, tomatoes, vegetables and blueberries asking to be picked and bought. As well as Pony rides on weekends, special tours and festivals throughout the season. We have a store filled with candy, seeds, flowers, mustards, syrups, jams, jellies, “high” pies, wool blankets made from our very own sheep and fresh eggs from the chickens we keep. Open 10am-4pm Monday-Friday and 9am-6pm Saturday and Sunday

Address: 317 Bebbington Rd, Ashford, CT – Approx 1 hour 45 minutes

 

Jones Family Farm
Established in 1848, this 400-acre farm offers pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries and pumpkins with hay ride, as well as Christmas trees and a farm winery with Tasting Room. Pumpkin season is located at Pumpkinseed Hill at 120 Beardsley Road in Shelton. The farm’s preview weekend is the last weekend in September and the season runs daily through Halloween. Open from 10 am to 5:30 pm. 

Address: 120 Beardsley Road Shelton, CT 06484 – Approx. 45 minutes

 

Lyman Orchards
Established in 1741, the farm is located on 1,100 acres in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. You’ll find apples, pears, pumpkins and more. The Apple Barrel offers fresh baked pies, apple cider donuts, muffins, cookies, breads, pastries and more desserts. Apple barrel is open 9am-7pm daily.

Address: 32 Reeds Gap Rd. Middlefield, CT 06455 – Just over 1 hour

 

March Farm
March Farm is a fourth generation family farm destination offering seasonal Pick Your Own apples & pumpkins along with family friendly activities. The Farm Store & Bakery is stocked with farm grown produce, regional food specialties and fresh baked goods – everything you need to compliment your next meal or desert. Enjoy family friendly activities including: (Hill Top Corn Maze, Pond Side Animal Yard, Hayloft Playscape & Pavillion) Open Everyday 10am – 6pm

Address: 160 Munger Lane Bethlehem, CT 06751 – Approx. 1 hour 15 min

 

Outhouse Orchards (NY)
Their one of a kind farm is a must see during the Fall season. Take a trip up to scenic Croton Falls and walk through their Apple orchard as the leaves change color around you. Their farm stand is currently open until Thanksgiving specializing in apples, produce from their gardens (especially leafy greens), local honey and maple syrup. They also offer hay rides and have an awesome corn maze. Open daily 9am-5pm

Address: 139 Hardscrabble Road , North Salem, NY 10560 – Approx. 35 minutes

 

Rogers Orchards
Established in 1809, Rogers Orchards represents eight generations of family fruit growing in Southington, CT. A bicentennial farm, Rogers Orchards is a Connecticut landmark and a proud testament to Connecticut’s farming heritage. Their stores feature some of the best fruit our region has to offer, as well as seasonal CT grown vegetables, including vine-ripened tomatoes and sweet corn.  Apple picking season has begun and continues until mid-October. Pick Your Own Hours: Friday, Saturday & Sunday 10am – 5pm

Address: Sunnymount Salesroom, 2876 Meriden-Waterbury Tpke, Southington, CT OR Home Farm Salesroom, 336 Long Bottom Road, Southington, CT – Approx. 1 hour from

 

Scotts Orchard & Nursery
Almost fifty acres of apples and pears are ripening in the Glastonbury sun. Scott’s Orchard is located on Glastonbury’s famous “Apple Hill,” a prime location on New London Turnpike. Besides the pretty fruit trees, nice views from miles around can be seen from the orchard. Open daily – Monday-Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 8am-5pm

Address: 1838 New London Tpk. Glastonbury, CT 06033 – Approx. 1 hour 15 minutes

 

Silverman’s Farm
Go enjoy their five-acre Animal Farm, visit our Country Market and pick your own fruit and berries from late June – September/October. Conditions change daily, so please call before coming for picking conditions!
APPLES – now picking, though kinds change daily! Currently available at their farm market – daily-fresh baked pies, cider donuts and baked goods, local honey, syrups and more! Animal farm will be open daily till Christmas (weather permitting) Open daily 9am-5pm.

Address: 451 Sport Hill Rd, Easton, CT 06612 – Approx 25 min

Know Before You Go

  • Call ahead to check on conditions and the types of apples available for picking.
  • Dress appropriately for the outdoors and for potentially changing weather conditions. Terrain in orchards is usually grassy and bumpy with hills to climb/come down.
  • If you want to bring your dog, check ahead of time. Some orchards do not allow pets.
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera!
  • Definitely bring snacks… many of the orchards are a bit of a drive from Stamford.

How To Pick The Best Apples

  • Apples ripen from the outside of the tree towards the center, so the apples out the outside of the tree will ripen first.
    Once they’re picked, apples stop ripening.
  • To pick apples directly from a tree, roll the apple upwards off the branch and give a little twist.
  • Don’t throw apples into your basket or bag after picking. Handle them gently to prevent bruising and spoiling.
  • Don’t wash apples until right before using them to keep from spoiling.
  • Keep apples cool after they’re picked to increase their shelf life.
Pumpkins

Costumes are ordered, mums are out, and now we need pumpkins to decorate! Here is your Fall PUMPKIN PICKING GUIDE to the best family friendly recommendations in CT!

In addition to pumpkins, many of these wonderful farms also offer things like petting zoos, photo op areas, cider mills, corn mazes & hayrides.

 

Bishops Orchard
Bishop’s Orchards is an agricultural operation in Guilford, Connecticut, that serves as a farm, retail market, tourist attraction and winery. Bishop’s Orchards began operating as a family farm in 1871. Kids can enjoy a Corn Maze now through the end of October (weekends, 10-5pm). Open 10am-5pm everyday

Address: 1355 Boston Post Rd, Guilford, CT 06437 – Just under 1 hour

 

Blue Jay Orchards
Blue Jay Orchards is a picturesque 140 acre farm nestled in the quaint New England town of Bethel, Connecticut.  It is one of the very few remaining commercial orchards in Fairfield County. They offer apple picking, a pumpkin patch and wagon rides. Open everyday from 9am-6pm

Address: 125 Plumtrees Rd. Bethel, CT 06801 – Approx 40 minutes

 

Castle Hill Farm

Visit Castle Hill Farm this fall and take a walk through their patch! They have over 40 different varieties of pumpkins and gourds to look through! Hayrides and an epic 7-acre corn maze (don’t worry, you get a map!). Open Saturday & Sunday 11am-5pm

Address: 25 Sugar Lane, Newtown, CT 06470 – Approx 40 minutes

 

Ellsworth Hill Orchard & Berry Farm
Located in the scenic Litchfield Hills, this family-owned and operated farm lets you pick your own strawberries, cherries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches, plum, sweet corn, pears, apples, pumpkins and gourds. They also have hay rides, an amazing corn maze and a vintage train set for the kiddies to play with. Open Monday-Saturday: 9am-6pm and Sunday 8am-4pm

Address: 461 Cornwall Bridge Rd. Rte.4, Sharon CT – Approx 1 hour 30 minutes

 

Harris Hill Farm

Harris Hill Farm has been the area’s premier pumpkin grower for more than 20 years.  On weekends during the month of October, they open their farm to the community and offer a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.  They also invite their guests to enjoy corn trivia, a ride on their hay wagon and to meet the farm animals in their barns. They specialize in large, high quality, jack-o-latern style pumpkins. Open from 10 am to 5:00 pm Saturdays & Sundays

Address: 106 Ridge Road, New Milford CT 06776 – Just over an hour

 

Jones Family Farm
newcanaandarienmoms.com favorite! Established in 1848, this 400-acre farm offers pick-your-own strawberries, blueberries and pumpkins with farm animals, hayrides, corn maze, fall flowers, fresh apples and piles of autumn squash. Pumpkin season is located at Pumpkinseed Hill at 120 Beardsley Road in Shelton. Open from 10 am to 5:30 pm. 

Address: 120 Beardsley Road Shelton, CT 06484 – Approx. 45 minutes

 

Lyman Orchards
Established in 1741, the farm is located on 1,100 acres in the beautiful Connecticut River Valley. You’ll find apples, pears, pumpkins and more. The Apple Barrel offers fresh baked pies, apple cider donuts, muffins, cookies, breads, pastries and more desserts. Apple barrel is open 9am-7pm daily.

Address: 32 Reeds Gap Rd. Middlefield, CT 06455 – Just over 1 hour

 

March Farm
March Farm is a fourth generation family farm destination offering seasonal Pick Your Own apples & pumpkins along with family friendly activities. The Farm Store & Bakery is stocked with farm grown produce, regional food specialties and fresh baked goods – everything you need to compliment your next meal or desert. Enjoy family friendly activities including: (Hill Top Corn Maze, Pond Side Animal Yard, Hayloft Playscape & Pavillion) Open Everyday 10am – 6pm

Address: 160 Munger Lane Bethlehem, CT 06751 – Approx. 1 hour 15 min

 

Silverman’s Farm
Go enjoy their five-acre Animal Farm, visit their Country Market and pick your own pumpkins. Conditions change daily, so please call before coming for picking conditions! Currently available at their farm market – daily-fresh baked pies, cider donuts and baked goods, local honey, syrups and more! Animal farm will be open daily till Christmas (weather permitting) Open daily 9am-5pm.

Address: 451 Sport Hill Rd, Easton, CT 06612 – Approx 25 min

 

Warrup’s Farm
Located in Redding Connecticut, Warrup’s Farm is a small family operation. Join them each year as we make maple syrup, grow fall vegetables, celebrate the pumpkin season, host school groups, and sell Christmas trees.

Address: 11 John Read Road, Redding, CT 06896 – Approx 30 min

September marks the start of falling leaves, crisp cool days, wearing your favorite dark denim washed jeans and cozying up with some warm and savory fall dishes. Whether you plan to pick your own apples and pumpkins for fall dinner recipes & pies OR you’re looking to find a perfect variation of fall favorites at your local specialty store, we’ve got you covered! 

The Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze (Late September through Sat. after Thanksgiving)
The tri-state area’s biggest, most electrifying fall event returns with more pumpkin power than ever before! Meander through an historic, 18th century riverside landscape and discover a breathtaking display – all made of jack o’ lanterns!

Wander along our main street Pumpkin Promenade and stroll across the Pumpkin Zee Bridge. Around the next corner, discover an awe-inspiring jack o’lantern Statue of Liberty rising to the sky! Twirl with excitement as you witness a fully functioning, 20-foot diameter Pumpkin Carousel. Gaze in wonder at swimming aquatic creatures and a giant Sea Serpent surfacing next to the Croton River. Get mesmerized by a color-changing star show in the Pumpkin Planetarium.

Feel the earth shake as you approach Jurassic Park, where a brand-new herd of pint-sized dinosaurs mingles with an enormous T-Rex, brontosaurus, triceratops, and flying pterodactyl. Squeal with joy as the Circus Train rolls into town with a cast of colorful clowns and awesome animals. Don’t miss Sleepy Hollow Country’s most iconic inhabitant, the Headless Horseman…yes, all made entirely of jack o’lanterns!

Brand new gourd-filled Jack-in-the-boxes spring to life while a giant spider web spins a great #pumpkinblaze photo op.

Come gawk at more jack o’lanterns than ever before. Tens of thousands of visitors experienced last year’s Blaze®, which was SOLD OUT every night! Complete with sound effects, elaborate synchronized lighting and an all-original soundtrack by recording artist Richard Christy, this not-to-be-missed spectacle is the area’s most innovative Halloween happening.

Recommended for all ages.

Online Tickets

Purchase tickets here
FREE for children under 3 + members
Children under 3 do not need a ticket.

Groups of 25 or more: email lorourke@hudsonvalley.org

Accessibility

Blaze is handicapped accessible, as there are no stairs to negotiate through the installation. However, there are some narrow and slightly sloped brick paths and it is a walk-through experience along uneven, unpaved, soft-surface terrain. Handicapped parking is available, but your car must display a handicapped placard or plate.

North Pole Express at the Essex Steam Train (Early November thru end of December)

Board the North Pole Express locomotive-powered sleigh…for a magical nighttime journey to the North Pole. Every coach becomes a stage for a LIVE, musical performance of The Night Before Christmas. Celebrate the spirit of the season with Santa and Mrs. Claus, sing-a-longs, hot chocolate and sugar cookies.

Each child will receive a small gift from Santa. Children are invited to wear their favorite PAJAMAS. Make sure those PJs are warm and cozy…it’s cold up at the North Pole!

Ride length is approximately 90 minutes. Departures are at 5:00 pm / 5:30 pm / 7:00 pm / 7:30 pm (all operating dates) plus  3:00 pm & 3:30 pm (Saturdays & Sundays and Friday November 24). Tickets go on sale September 5th at 9am. Click here for more information.

 

Santa Special and Reindeer Breakfast

 

Dream, Believe, Discover…All aboard the Santa Special for a one-of-a-kind, daytime holiday experience. Make sure you’re camera-ready for that “special moment” when Santa and Mrs. Claus visit each child! Enjoy the spirit of the season as you relax with family and friends aboard festive railway cars adorned with vintage decorations. Rudolph and Pablo the Penguin will be on board to spread holiday cheer. Plus, each child will receive a small holiday gift from Santa’s Elves! Tickets will be available the week of Sept. 19th. Click here for more information.

 

Reindeer Breakfast is available to First Class passengers at an additional cost. Relax and enjoy a festive family meal in River Valley Junction before your 10:30 am Santa Special departure, prepared by the team that brings you the Essex Clipper Dinner Train and caters our Events and Functions.

On the Menu:  Scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage, toast, biscuits & gravy, bagels, muffins, cut fruit, cereal, coffee, tea, and juice.

Serving Time:  9:00 – 10:00 am, 10:15 am boarding

 

Holiday Train Show at NY Botanical Gardens (Mid November thru Mid January)

New York City’s Favorite Holiday Tradition!

Enchanting model trains zip through a display of more than 175 New York landmarks, each re-created with bark, leaves, and other natural materials—all under the twinkling glow of the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory.

Marvel at G-scale locomotives humming past familiar sights such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Rockefeller Center on nearly a half-mile of track. This year’s exhibition showcases Lower Manhattan—the birthplace of New York City—featuring the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and iconic skyscrapers sharing the spotlight among old and new favorites. Making their debut this year are One World Trade Center and the historic Battery Maritime Building along with two vintage ferry boats.

Advance reservations are strongly recommended as tickets do sell out. Purchase tickets here.

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