Apple Picking on Long Island: The 7 Best Orchards and Farms

Bunch of red apples (binomial name: Malus pumila) ripening on tree in apple orchard, for themes of nutrition and freshness
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Written by Alanna Davis

Published: October 1, 2023

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Are you spending some time on Long Island this autumn? Whether you’re someone who’s looking to escape the city for a while or just a local in need of a new spot to discover, Long Island has a wealth of fall activities to keep your itinerary full. The east end is home to pumpkin patches, haunted houses, corn mazes, cider houses, and everything in between. However, nothing embodies fall on Long Island quite as well as spending time in an apple orchard. Today we’ll be discussing the top seven spots for apple picking on Long Island, in no particular ranked order.

1. Harbes Orchard

Ripe red honeycrisp apples on an apple tree in an orchard in Nova Scotia.

There are more than 7500 varieties of apples grown globally.

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Harbes Orchard’s tagline is “Apple picking at its best,” and it’s hard not to agree! This iconic orchard has everything you could ever ask for from a family farm. There are farm animals, hay rides, wine tastings, corn mazes, pony rides, and over 25 different varieties of apples available to pick. Harbe’s Family Farm has several locations, but the orchard itself is located in Riverhead. Be sure to check out their Jamesport and Mattituck locations too after you’ve secured your apples.

2. Lewin Farms

Apple tree

Apple picking season starts in late August and ends in late October.

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Lewin Farms was the first pick-your-own farm to open on Long Island, making it a piece of local history as well as a wonderful orchard. Apple picking is available in early fall, but Lewin Farms also offers a variety of fruits and vegetables available to purchase throughout the year, such as “blackberries, sweet corn, potatoes, peaches, nectarines, cauliflower, broccoli,” and much more. It is recommended to call in advance to get the most accurate information about the orchard’s hours of operation.

3. Windy Acres Farms

Apples are grown in every state in America.

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Windy Acres Farm is a great place to fill up on some warm apple cider donuts before heading out to the apple-picking fields. Some of the varieties of apples they offer are “Cortland, Crimson Crisp, Snow Sweet, Gala, Fuji, Macintosh, Macoun, Crimson Gold, Autumn Crisp, Empire, Melrose, and Sansa.” Nestled in the adorable town of Calverton, this orchard is located right off a major road. Its convenient location makes it an easy and quick stop to add to your trip out east.

4. Woodside Orchard

Bunch of red apples (binomial name: Malus pumila) ripening on tree in apple orchard, for themes of nutrition and freshness

From the time they are planted, it takes apple trees about four or five years to bear fruit.

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Unlike some of our other entries, apple picking at this orchard is split between two locations. In Aquebogue, you’re able to pick apples on all weekdays excluding Wednesdays. However, that doesn’t mean that it isn’t worth making the trip out there on Saturday or Sunday. On the weekends, the Aquebogue location offers a variety of baked goods and hard ciders to sample. In Jamesport, apple picking takes place on weekends only. Be sure to bring some cash, as this location does not accept credit.

5. Seven Ponds Orchard

Apple farm. Blue crates filled with picked fruits for export. Harvest in an orchard. Red apples hanging from tree branches on a sunny day

National Apple Day takes place on October 21st.

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The Seven Ponds Orchard in Water Mill is a hidden gem among all the farms on Long Island that offer apple picking. This small and quaint farm is perfect for families with young children, as they offer activities specifically geared towards kids. Their main attraction (outside of the orchard, of course) is a large wooden playground. There are eight varieties of apples to pick, including their newest addition, the Lucy Glo apple. This apple may appear normal on the outside, but once you bite into it, the flesh of the fruit is a pinkish-red tone!

6. Hank’s Pumpkintown

Sweet ripe braeburn apples ready to harvest in sunny orchard

Red Delicious is the most popular kind of apple in the United States, and over 50 million are eaten each year.

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Located in the beautiful and scenic Water Mill, Hank’s Pumpkintown offers much more than just apple picking. This is a great family farm that offers activities for all age groups. According to their website, this apple orchard offers “pumpkin picking, apple picking, corn mazes, wagon rides, tractor train rides, giant slides, games, playgrounds, and more.” In addition, they also have a bakery full of goodies made with the fruit grown on-site. Hank’s Pumpkintown just reopened for the season on September 16th, so there are plenty of apples ready to be picked!

7. Wickham’s Fruit Farm

Row of trees in apple orchard

Apples are rich in antioxidants, which makes them incredibly healthy.

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It’s no secret that Wickham’s Fruit Farm is a local favorite. Open from May to December each year, they rotate what crops are available to pick based on what’s in season. In the early summer, this farm offers strawberry, raspberry, and blueberry picking. As the weather cools down, apple, peach, and pumpkin picking become available in the fall. Luckily, their sprawling apple orchard is likely the most impressive U-pick experience of all. Just be aware that this farm is closed on Sundays if you are planning to make a weekend trip.

Final Thoughts

Long Island boasts a wide variety of places to go apple picking. It’s no easy choice to pick just one of these wonderful orchards, but luckily, most of our entries are within a 30-minute driving distance of one another. You can stock up on apples at one, have your children play on the playgrounds at a second, and end the day with a hard cider at another! Regardless if you choose to spend your day at a one-stop family farm or enjoy the boutique charm of a smaller orchard, any of the farms listed here will leave you satisfied.

FeaturesOrchard Name
Great for families, lots of activitiesHank’s Pumpkintown, Seven Ponds Orchard, Harbes Orchard
Orchard, farm stand, and bakeryWindy Acres Farms, Lewin Farms, Woodside Orchard
Educational experienceWickham’s Fruit Farm


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Alanna is a writer at A-Z Animals primarily covering insects, animals, and travel. In addition to writing, she spends her time tutoring English and exploring the east end of Long Island. Prior to receiving her Bachelor's in Economics from Stony Brook University, Alanna spent much of her time studying entomology and insect biology.

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