One of our favorite things to do during fall is go apple picking (look how much the girls have grown since the last time we went!). There are so many amazing orchards just a quick Zipcar ride out of the city and it’s perfect excuse to get out and explore what else our state has to offer.
This year we went to Apple Ridge Orchards in Warwick, NY. It’s about 1.5 hours from Manhattan and we picked it because they happened to have a little bit of everything – pumpkin patch, petting zoo, hayrides, general store, and apple picking.
We lucked out as I heard most orchards closer to the city were already picked through but Apple Ridge still had a really decent number of apples lower on the tree which made it easier for the girls to pick on their own.
Of course their Daddy did swoop in a few times to get the super ripe ones that were hanging out on the tops of the trees. They also had so many different varieties. We picked up our favorites Golden Delicious, Fuji, and Macintosh.
Perhaps the girls favorite part was seeing the farm animals. Apple Ridge had cows, goats, bunnies, sheep, and even a llama that you could feed! Edith and Lilah were a little shy at first but by the end I think they both would have jumped in the animals’ pen and stayed there all day. Edith especially has the biggest heart when it comes to animals. At one point she was feeding the baby cow and a bigger one came and head-butted it away. I swear to you, Edith broke out in tears. She was so concerned that the baby cow was hurt and wasn’t going to get enough to eat. I was so proud and moved by her empathy.
I had every intention of shooting this whole trip for our YouTube but I forgot the camera and was actually happy about it in the end. I spent the whole day soaking up the goodness of the four of us being together. And besides, no one wanted to see the epic meltdown that happened for the entire two hour car trip home (#reallife!).
The only downside was that there was an astonishing number of bees. I’m talking there were at least 5 swarming around me and the girls at any given moment all over the entire farm. I saw one woman get stung and they said they have about 10 stings on average. But other than that, we had the perfect day.
Have you gone apple picking with your family? Any other favorite fall activities? Be sure to check out my ultimate fall bucket list for more family fun activities this season!