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

Apple picking is a must-do for your fall bucket list.

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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, and we are so here for it. For one thing, it’s a 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, hikes where we can witness changing leaves, and, of course, apple picking — plus baking a delicious pie at home afterwards.

Below, we’ve collected a list of orchards and farms that offer apple picking in the autumnal months. Plan a day trip to one of these locations and get ready to see some seriously gorgeous orchards — while following safety measures and maintaining social distancing, of course. Many of these orchards are requiring time-slot reservations in advance this year to ensure everyone’s safety — so plan ahead! Read on for nine picturesque 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, Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., by driving yourself to a picking spot. You’ll be able to drive yourself to an appropriate area on the field. Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Shuttle rides are operating at 50% capacity. 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 must have reservations prior to entering the field; reservations should be made one to two days in advance, and there must be no more than two children per adult. They are also offering online orders for curbside pickup. Eighteen apple varieties are available to pick between early September and late October.

Linvilla Orchards

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When: Produce-picking is from 9 a.m. to 6:00 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 — often 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, pumpkin patches and hay bales, and more. Face masks and social distancing are required upon arrival, and they are introducing timed tickets for their Autumn Moon, Harvest and Witch’s Hayrides to ensure proper distancing.

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 ten varieties of apple at this fun New Jersey farm, or explore the corn maze. You must reserve your picking time in advance to ensure proper social distancing, all customers are required to wear masks, and hand-washing stations are offered throughout the location.

Shady Brook Farm

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When: Check the calendar for specifics here. Wednesday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.(Last wagon leaves at 4 p.m.); Fri to Sun from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Last wagon leaves at 7 p.m.); Children under 24 months are free, all other guests need a ticket for admission. 
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 $12 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. Pre-purchasing tickets are require for wagon rides, and social distancing and mask-wearing will be in effect.

Snipes Farm and Education Center

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When: Only open weekends in October: October 3rd to 4th, October 10th to 11th, October 17th to 18th, October 24th to 25th, on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. 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 and social distancing information.

Solebury Orchards

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When: 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. Face mask required at all times on the premises, and orders are available online.

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. The option to order crops online is also available.

Weaver’s Orchard

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When: Now through early November, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Closed Sundays. 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. They also offers online orders for all available items.

Indian Orchards Farm

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. They’ve noted that their apples are all picked out as of September 20th (according to their website — check for the latest updates!) but they are offering other fruits and vegetables for picking.

Additional research by Mary Clare Fischer and Isabella DiAmore. 

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