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9 Gorgeous Orchards for Apple Picking Within an Hour Drive of Philadelphia

The perks of apple picking are twofold: 1. All of the apple-y baked goods 2. The unbeatable Instagram content.

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Bucks County’s Shady Brook Farm boasts trees ready for apple picking. (Photo via Flickr user Wally Gobetz).

Fall is about to make its big debut around Philadelphia, and we are so here for it. For one thing, it is an utterly refreshing break from the extreme heat that we were gifted with this summer. For another: there’s so much seasonal fun ahead of us, like pumpkin spice-everything, changing leaves, and — wait for it — apple picking.

Below, we’ve collected a list of orchards and farms that offer apple picking in the autumnal months. Avoid fall FOMO by planning a day trip to one (or a few) of these bad boys, and get ready to fill your Instagram feed with some seriously gorgeous orchard shots while you’re at it. Read on for nine Instagram-worthy apple-picking spots within an hour of Philadelphia.

Where to Go Apple Picking Near Philadelphia

Highland Orchards


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Open dates: September 15 through the end of October, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Special activities run from noon to 5 p.m. on the weekends.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester)

If weekends are your preferred time to get lost in a gorgeous orchard, this might be your apple-picking farm of choice. You can pick throughout the week, but the weekends offer free shuttle rides, hayrides, and food. Nearly 20 apple varieties are available to pick between mid-September and late October, and the farm offers ample kid-friendly activities and adult-friendly workshops on the books for the fall season.

Indian Orchards Farm


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When: Now through November, daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 35 minutes (29 Copes Lane, Media)

Weave your way through 100-plus-year-old heritage apple trees — a variety of tree that has producing the same apples for a very long time — at this historical family-run farm. Plus, this farm uses organic growing techniques so you can rest assured that these delicious apples aren’t coated in chemicals.

Linvilla Orchards


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When: Produce-picking is 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., seven days a week.
Drive from Philly: 35 minutes (137 Knowlton Road, Media)

With over 25 apple varieties grown on the farm, Linvilla is a one-stop apple shop between their orchard rows and farm market, which sells all sorts of apple-centric goodies from apple cider to apple pie. You can also think of Linvilla as the Disney World of local farms (with crowds to match). But there’s good reason: There’s a lot for kids at this Delco farm, like a playground, ride-on train, pony rides, and more.

Johnson’s Corner Farm


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When: Now through October 14, daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: 40 minutes (133 Church Road, Medford)

Hop on for a fall-themed hayride that will take you to the apple-picking field where you can peruse over 10 varieties of apple priced per pound at this fun New Jersey farm.

Shady Brook Farm


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When: Now through the end of October; the schedule varies so check it out here before you head to the farm.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (931 Stony Hill Road, Morrisville)

At this 100-plus-year-old Bucks County farm, admission is $10 on weekdays and $17 on weekends (including Friday night), and gets you a wagon ride to the apple field, entry to the corn maze, live entertainment, a farm-animal petting area and more. Right now, gala and honey crisp apples are ripe for the picking, but check for an updated picking list here.

Snipes Farm and Education Center


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When: September 24 through the end of October, 9 a.m to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (890 West Bridge Street, Morrisville)

Snipes Farm is a nonprofit organization that teaches and practices sustainable farming while passing along the knowledge to the next generation. Meaning: Your apples won’t be grown with the use of pesticides or chemical sprays. Pricing varies depending on which activities  — they offer hayrides, corn maze adventures, and more. Check here for more activities information.

Solebury Orchards


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When: Now through November 4, rom 9 a.m to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (3325 Creamery Road, New Hope)

This picturesque farm is great about updating its website with what’s ready for harvest, so be sure to check it before heading out. There are tons of different apple varieties available for picking throughout the year, and quite a few ready right now. Rain or shine, there are wagon rides to take you through the orchards for picking. Pricing is determined by weight (with no additional charges).

Terhune Orchards


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When: Now through late October with picking available daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 50 minutes (13 Van Kirk Road, Princeton)

This gorgeous New Jersey farm seemingly offers it all — boasting a farm store, vineyard and tasting room, and plenty of pick-your-own produce experiences. With about 20 varieties to choose from, your day of apple picking will surely be fruitful here.

Weaver’s Orchard


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When: Now through early November, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown)

Weaver’s Orchard offers more than 20 different apple varieties alone and dozens of different picking options throughout the year. Before you hit the fields, take advantage of the farm’s apple descriptions, which you can find here to have a good idea of what the fruits of your labor will taste like.

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