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

Grab your flannel and pick all the apples at these nearby orchards.

Pick in-season apples at these nine local orchards and farms, including Linvilla Orchards in Media. / Photograph courtesy of Linvilla Orchards.

Fall has officially made its debut, 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, peaceful hikes in cooler temps, and, of course, apple picking — plus baking a delicious pie at home afterwards.

Below, we’ve collected a list of local orchards and farms that offer apple picking in the autumnal months so you can plan a day trip and explore some seriously gorgeous orchards. Below, find nine picturesque apple-picking spots within an hour of Philadelphia.

Highland Orchards


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When: Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (drive yourself), and Saturday through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (on-site shuttle available).
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (1000 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, West Chester)
Reservations: Not required during the week. Weekend reservations are required and can be made here.
Cost: $2 entrance fee for anyone over the age of five, plus cost of apple container ($12 to $38)

This gorgeous orchard in West Chester has it all: a pick-your-own area with 18 apple varieties, a farmer’s market with local produce, dairy, and pantry items, and the can’t-miss bakery featuring delicious apple cider donuts and freshly baked pies. On weekends in September and October, Highland Orchards runs 15-minute hay rides through the orchards — a fun activity for kiddos and adults alike.

Linvilla Orchards


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When: Produce-picking is from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, with a one-hour extension on Saturday and Sunday.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (137 West Knowlton Road, Media)
Reservations: Not required, but highly recommended. You can purchase your tickets in advance here.
Cost: Ranges from $7 to $43 depending on box size and whether you’ve purchased tickets online or in advance. Children 11 and younger get in for free.

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. They also run Autumn Moon and Witch’s hayrides in the evenings.

Johnson’s Corner Farm


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When: Wagon rides to the fields and orchards run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (133 Church Road, Medford)
Reservations: Highly recommended. Walk-ins are only made available if pre-made reservations aren’t sold out.
Cost: Online reservations are $5 per person on weekdays and $6.50 per person on weekends. Walk-in pricing is $6 on weekdays and $7.50 on weekends. Apples cost $1.99 per pound.

Hop on for a fall-themed hayride that will take you to Johnson’s apple-picking field, where you can peruse 10 varieties of apples at this fun New Jersey farm. You can also enjoy the corn maze, barnyard, pumpkin area, and sunflower stroll, plus light fare and sweet treats from the bakery and farmhouse.

Shady Brook Farm


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When: Wednesday through Sunday starting at 10 a.m. Closing times vary by date.
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley)
Reservations: Recommended via online FallFest ticket purchase.
Cost: Weekdays cost $12 with online purchase or $15 onsite, while weekends cost $20 online or $25 onsite. (Free for children 24 months and younger.) Apples cost $1.49 per pound.

At this 105-year-old Bucks County farm, admission 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. They’ve also got a haunted barn, a sports zone, and a Halloween-themed light show — all of which are included in your ticket, too.

Snipes Farm and Education Center


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When: Their farm market is open every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. until November. Their harvest picking and family-friendly activities are only available in October on Saturdays (9 a.m. to 6 p.m.) and Sundays (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
Drive from Philly: 40 minutes (890 West Bridge Street, Morrisville)
Reservations: Not required.
Cost: $8 for anyone ages three and older. You can purchase tickets in advance here.

Snipes Farm is a nonprofit that teaches and practices sustainable farming while passing along the knowledge to the next generation. And since it’s an organic farm, 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. During the month of October, they’ll be hosting drive-in Halloween movies — peep the schedule here.

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)
Reservations: Required on the weekends. Reserve here.
Cost: $2.50 per person, plus $1.50 per pound of apples. Children ages four and under enter for free.

This picturesque farm diligently updates its website with whatever’s ready for harvest, so be sure to check it before heading out. You can check out a list of all the apple varieties they grow here, though the seasons listed are approximates. Plus, wagon rides are available to take you through the orchards for picking on the weekends.

Terhune Orchards


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When: Daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (13 Van Kirk Road, Lawrence Township)
Reservations: Not required.
Cost: Priced by bag — small ($8), medium/five-pound ($13), or large/11-pound ($26

This farm near Princeton 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. They run “fall family fun” on the weekends until Halloween, which features live music, pony rides, an adventure barn (themed “all about apples” this year!), and more. Find out more and purchase tickets for here.

Weaver’s Orchard

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When: Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Drive from Philly: 1 hour (40 Fruit Lane, Morgantown)
Reservations: Not required.
Cost: Prices vary depending on day and container size.

Weaver’s Orchard offers almost 30 different apple varieties alone and many 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.

Indian Orchards Farm


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When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
Drive from Philly: 35 minutes (29 Copes Lane, Media)
Reservations: Not required.
Cost: $3.50 admission fee, plus picked apples by the pound.

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. Don’t feel like picking your own? Check out their farm stand for already-picked fruits and veggies.

Additional research by Mary Clare Fischer and Isabella DiAmore.