Go Apple Picking at Capital Region Orchards
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Find out where you can go apple picking in the Capital Region!
Many of the local apple orchards listed here offer u-pick options, but it's always best to call ahead and confirm before going, especially if you're looking for a particular type of apple. Depending on each orchard's rules, and how the season has been, different apples will be available at different times this fall.
Choosing the Right Apples
How do you know which type of apple is right for you? It depends on if you'll be using them for baking, applesauce, cider, or just snacking on. Also, do you prefer sweet, tart, or a combination? See our basic chart of apple seasons and flavors to gauge which apple variety you should go for.
In addition to apple picking, most orchards offer other fall treats and activities: apple cider, cider doughnuts, in-season produce, pumpkin patches, corn mazes, gift shops, and more. Discover local orchards in the Albany area and have fun apple picking!
Where to Go Apple Picking Near Albany
Hicks Orchard is the oldest U-pick orchard in New York State, having been established in 1905. In addition to apples and pumpkins, Hicks also offers cherries and blueberries. The property features an apple barn, a farm winery, and more.
Choose from more than a dozen varieties of apples and plenty of other fruits & vegetables at Bellinger's Orchard. While you're there, enjoy a hayride, and a corn maze!
Pick your own apples at Riverview Orchards, located in Rexford, NY. In addition to the orchard, the property features a well-stocked country store.
DeVoe's Rainbow Orchards
DeVoe's Rainbow Orchards is an apple orchard and country store offering u-pick apples, fresh produce, baked goods, gift baskets, and during the summer, incredible ice cream at Rainbow Delights! Create lifelong memories at this local family farm.
Samascott Orchards & Garden Market
Drive right into Samascott Orchards in Kinderhook, NY to find pumpkins, apples, grapes, peppers, greens, berries, squash, tomatoes & more (seasonally). Come grab a harvest map - find what's open for picking, prices, rules & where to find what!
A family operated u-pick farm for over 40 years in the Capital Region, Altamont Orchards is a great place to go for fresh fruit. They also have a farm market with cider doughnuts, pies, breads, pastries, plants, and in-season produce.
Billy Bob's Orchard
Putnam Station, NY
Pick your own fresh apples at Billy Bob's Orchard in Putnam Station, NY, or pick up a bag of apples that have been pre-picked for you. The orchard also offers pumpkin picking later in the fall season.
Sand Flats Orchard LLC
Sand Flats Orchard in Fonda, NY, offers u-pick and picked apples, cider, pumpkins, squash, cider doughnuts, pies, fudge, and more. Take a tractor ride, go through an educational corn maze, meet farm animals, and have fun with the whole family.
Terrace Mountain Orchard
Terrace Mountain Orchard in Schoharie, NY features a 50-acre apple orchard for you to explore, plus a fully stocked Apple Barn and free wagon rides that are fun for all ages.
Saratoga Apple, Inc.
Open year round, Saratoga Apple is the place to go to pick your own apples or buy a variety of other farm products. The Darrows have been growing apples for five generations, using low-spray techniques and micronutrient fertilization.
Best Berry Farm
East Greenbush, NY
This family-owned farm was established in 1979, with a farm stand in addition to u-pick apples and berries when in season, and more.
Pick your own apples, berries, and pumpkins at Kristy's Barn in Schodack, or choose from a variety of freshly grown and baked goods. Kristy's Barn only sprays cops when it is absolutely necessary. Plan a fall visit for even more fun like hayrides!
Sharon Springs, NY
Plan a visit to Sharon Orchards in Sharon Springs, NY! The orchard features apples, fruit sales, fresh sweet cider and doughnuts, and other farm products.
Indian Ladder Farms
Enjoy a day at Indian Ladder Farms! They offer seasonal PYO berries, apples, and pumpkins, and host special events, field trips, and programs. The farm is also available as a birthday party or wedding venue.
We invite you to enjoy nature's beauty on ninety-eight tree-filled acres. Over 46 varieties of apples are grown with new ones each year. Most are available for your family to enjoy picking. We also have strawberries, pumpkins, peaches & more.