While it’s always a priority of mine to try a handful of new experiences every season, it’s equally as important to keep a handful of traditions running strong. Enter: pumpkin and apple picking, our favorite fall activity (this is where we went last year!) This year we headed to Demarest Farms because it came highly recommended from a friend AND because it’s only a 45 minute drive out of the city (even considering normal traffic!) So we were able to be there and back to the city before lunchtime!
I really loved this farm–they had a great store, with lots of homemade goodies to take home (think: apple cider donuts, fresh honey made from onsite bees, beautiful fall blooms, autumn fruits and veggies, and even a great grilling station to have some lunch!), as well as a farm themed playground area for littles, petting zoo, hayride, and large open pumpkin patches and apple orchards, all ripe for the picking!
The farm is open from 9am to 4:30pm on Saturday and Sunday. Word of warning: get there early! We arrived at 9:30 (just 30 minutes after the doors open) and the farm’s onsite parking lot was already completely full! No worries, however, because if you check their website ahead of time they tell you an off-site parking lot to park at, which has round the clock school buses there to shuttle you to and from the farm–and the ride is only about 5 minutes! (I swear, I think riding the school bus was Augusten’s very favorite part of the trip, because he got to yell “BUS! BUS!” the entire time!;-)
Oh, and case you need a little more motivation to check it out, Huffington Post calls it one of the “10 best places to go apple picking in America!” How’s that for a little fall fun outside the city?!
What’s an autumn activity you always look forward to? Share below!
p.s. don’t have a car? no worries! here’s our top picks to go pumpkin picking in NYC!