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 and 2. The unbeatable Instagram content.

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Bucks County’s Shady Brook Farm boasts trees ready for apple picking. / Photograph by Wally Gobetz/courtesy of Flickr

Fall is making its big debut around Philadelphia in just a few weeks, 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, of course, 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: Through the end of October, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (last shuttle leaves at 1:30 p.m.) and Friday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (last shuttle leaves at 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 feature hayrides, plus beer, wine, and food trucks. Eighteen apple varieties are available to pick between early 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 been producing the same apples for a very long time — at this historical family-run farm. Plus, the 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 from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m., seven days a week, excluding holidays, and apple season ends around mid-November. The last wagon to head out to the fields leaves at 6 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 35 minutes (137 West Knowlton Road, Media)

Between its orchard rows and farm market, which sells all sorts of apple-centric goodies from apple cider to apple pie, Linvilla is a one-stop apple shop 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 barnyard full of animals, a playground, a train, pony rides, and more. (Most of these activities are available during the Pumpkinland festival on the weekends, starting September 14th, but weekdays start to see more events in late September.)

Johnson’s Corner Farm

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When: September 8th through October 12th, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m daily. Hayrides leave on the hour Monday through Friday and more frequently on the weekends.
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 10 varieties of apple priced at $1.89 per pound (plus $4.50 per person to take the hayride) at this fun New Jersey farm.

Shady Brook Farm

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When: Apple-picking hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends starting September 14th. Additional days will be added the last week of September before the full daily schedule starts October 4th. Check the calendar for specifics here.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley). Note: On Google Maps, the town shows up as Morrisville.

At this 100-plus-year-old Bucks County farm, admission is $10 on weekdays and $18 on weekends (including Fridays after 5 p.m.), and gets you a wagon ride to the apple field, entry to the five-acre corn maze, live entertainment on the weekends, a petting zoo area, and more. Right now, honey crisp apples are ripe for the picking, but check this list to see what’s in season before you go.

Snipes Farm and Education Center

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When: September 21st 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 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 you choose; the farm offers hayrides, corn maze adventures, and more. Check here for more activities information.

Solebury Orchards

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When: Now through November 4, from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (3325 Creamery Road, New Hope)

This picturesque farm diligently updates its website with whatever’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; right now, gala and honey crisp are ready for plucking. Wagon rides are available to take you through the orchards for picking on the weekends. 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 (330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton)

This gorgeous New Jersey farm seemingly offers it all, boasting a farm store, a vineyard and tasting room, and plenty of pick-your-own produce experiences. With more than 10 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, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Make sure you get there at least half an hour before closing time.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown)

Weaver’s Orchard offers almost 30 different apple varieties alone and many different picking options throughout the year. Entry costs $2 for those 13 and older on Saturdays; during the week, it’s free. 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.

Additional research by Mary Clare Fischer.