The Best Spots for Apple Picking & Fall Foliage Near NYC

Not in the mood for overcrowded day-trip destinations for autumnal activities? You’re not alone. But as it turns out, there are a variety of lesser-known spots outside of New York City where you can still celebrate the season. While some take reservations, all offer plenty of space for safe social distancing. Here, we highlight the best spots to go apple picking and check out Fall foliage near NYC.

Fall Foliage

Take a short trip outside the city limits to Stamford, Connecticut where you can see some beautiful Autumn colors.

Surrounded by an enchanting forest, the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens has gorgeous foliage views “everywhere you look” on its astounding 93 acres. In addition, there are a number of trails that lead past spectacular trees, wetlands, and even lush gardens.

The grounds are free and open to the public year-round, from dawn until dusk. While no o reservations are needed, visitors must stay distant from others and have masks.


Apple Picking

Nestled in Kinderhook, NY, Samascott Orchards is nearly 190 miles away from the city. But trust us: The trek is worth it.

Once you arrive (via car), you can drive to any point of the 200-acre farm to pick the orchard’s 100-plus varieties of apples, including everything from Fuji and Golden Delicious to Pink Lady. The grounds also include pick-your-own pumpkins (40 cents per pound) and winter squash (60 cents per pound).

Meanwhile, 65 miles north of the city rests Fishkill Farms — a premier destination for apple-picking that has implemented a reservation system of $45 for a weekend group of up to five people. Since weekends can get packed, it’s recommended to visit on a weekday for $40 for up to five people.

For both farms, masks must be worn when distancing isn’t possible.

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