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APPLE PICKING

Fresh air, pretty trees, apple cider doughnuts, hay rides and some bungee trampolines - that's autumn apple picking in New York. Some farms are rustic with just the fruit, others are carnival.

General tips:

* Go early. Most of the orchards are packed by mid-day. Weekdays are less crowded but the hay rides, music etc. won't be happening.

* If your child must have the bounce house etc, hit Harvest Moon Orchards before 10 am then walk across the street to Outhouse Orchards for a corn maze and smaller crowds.

* Be prepared for lots of walking in uneven, possibly muddy terrain. Boots, layers and baby carriers instead of strollers.

* Bring cash, lots of it. Most farms don't take credit cards and all the food and activities add up quickly. If you're just there for the apples, make sure your kids know that in advance.

*Watch this video before you go (without the kids) and start gathering apple recipes - here are some creative uses.

Outhouse Orchards

This family owned and operated orchard in northern Westchester has lots of apples to pick, gorgeous views, a hay ride, a cute farm shop and a large corn maze. Use the map to find the hidden clues among the stalks to solve a puzzle and learn facts about apples (tip: use the bathroom before you enter the maze). Pick from a wide selection of pumpkins and gourds in the (vine-free) pumpkin patch and pose by fun Halloween decorations and sunflower patches. Walk down a small hill to nearby Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard for more of a festival atmosphere (on weekends) with live music, bungee trampolines, and more food options. Approx. 1 hour drive or or 1 hour 20 minute train ride from mid-Manhattan Two mile taxi ride from the Metro North Harlem Line Croton Falls stop. See train schedules.
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Alstede Farms Pick Your Own & Fall Farm Actvities

This spacious family farm features scenic tractor drawn wagon rides, pick your own apples & pumpkins, brilliant sunflowers, a giant “Adventures in Chester” corn maze, pony rides, moon bounce and so much more. Visit with friendly farm animals, navigate the maze nighttime by flashlight at a harvest moon hayride, enjoy live entertainment, freshly baked pies and cider donuts, fresh pressed apple cider and homemade seasonal ice cream. Plus wine tasting provided by Tomasello Winery. Pet-friendly.

Approx. 1 hour drive or 2 hours train ride (with transfer) from mid-Manhattan. Free Alstede Farms Courtesy Coach from train station.
See train schedules (select NY Penn Station to Gladstone Station)

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Barton Orchards Fall Festival

On October 12th, 13th and 14th, Barton Orchards will be having its Harvest Fair. General Admission is $15.00 per person (children 3 and under are free) and includes access and entry to all of the farm’s activities (see below for complete list)
Visit this 175 acre working family farm for apple picking, a corn maze, hay rides, fun park, haunted house, live music, petting zoo, hayrides, pig races and more fall fun. Unlike most orchards, dogs welcome. Also treetop robe climbing courses for ages 7+ ($49.95).

Approx. 1 hour 45 minute drive from mid-Manhattan.

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Liberty Science Center Fall Fest

Autumn adventures at Liberty Science Center include an outdoor 4,000-sq-ft webby Spider Maze, an 8-foot-tall haystack, hay maze, petting zoo, indoor pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting ($2) and science experiments, ballistic apple picking with bows and arrows and more fall fun. Enjoy seasonal treats, like apple cider and pumpkin spice and check out new exhibitions: Dinosaur Train: The Traveling Exhibit and Angry Birds Universe: The Art & Science Behind a Global Phenomenon.

Approx. 20-50 minute drive (traffic varies) or 50 minute train ride (with transfer) from mid-Manhattan. Or take a ferry from World Trade Center to Liberty State Park then walk 20 minutes.
See train schedules (select33rd Street PATH Station to Liberty State Park Light Rail Station)

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Fishkill Farms

Pick sustainably-grown apples, including some organic varieties straight from the trees, enjoy wagon rides throughout the large orchard, get free sunflowers, choose a pumpkin, enjoy live music, wander through a corn maze ($3), get your face painted and more fall fun on a spacious farm. Food for purchase includes fresh-pressed cider, cinnamon-sugar donuts, homemade pies traditional Jamaican Jerk Chicken, grass-fed burgers, seasonal farm-fresh veggie meals and our homemade mac & cheese.

 

Approx. 1 hour 20 minute drive from midtown Manhattan.

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Harvest Moon Fall Festival

It’s about so much more than the apples (though there are plenty to pick) at this farm festival – hayrides, apple cannons, bouncy castles, bungee trampolines, live music, hardscrabble cider, donuts, pumpkin picking, face painting and pony rides and food including BBQ, brick oven pizza, kettle corn plus hard cider for adults.

Tons of activities but each one costs $5-$10, cash only, so bring lots of bills and/or let your kids know their limit beforehand.  ATMs available in the farm store. Crowds get huge as the day goes on so get there early – orchards open at 9 am for peaceful pre-festival picking. Or escape the crowds at nearby Outhouse Orchards, a short walk up a small hill with the same apples, a hay ride, a cute farm shop and corn maze.

Approx. 1 hour drive or or 1 hour 20 minute train ride from mid-Manhattan Two mile taxi ride from the Metro North Harlem Line Croton Falls stop. See train schedules.

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Stuart’s Fruit Farm

Pick a variety of apples among pretty farm foliage at this friendly, family-run farm with a great view. Hay rides available on weekends. Visit the farm stand for picked pumpkin, gourds, Indian corn and corn stalks plus produce and freshly baked farm-made pies and doughnuts. Lots of walking and can get quite muddy so wear boots.

Approx.  1 hour drive from midtown Manhattan.

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Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Pick-Your-Own apples and pumpkins at this peaceful farm. Pick up bags, baskets, and picking poles then ride the hay wagon (or walk) to this week’s picking orchard. Also get a pumpkin from the patch, check out a corn maze and three farm markets with  pressed apple cider, freshly baked pies, apple cider donuts and gift items. Come dressed for country orchards (closed-toed shoes & tall socks).

Fewer activities than other farms but usually less crowded and less $$.

Approx. 1 hour drive or train ride from mid-Manhattan. 15 minute taxi ride from the Metro-North (Hudson Line) Croton-Harmon or Peekskill stations. See train schedules.

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Pumpkin Picking Weekend

Pick a pumpkin from Muscoot Farm’s patch, take a hayride, enjoy live music, attend an art show and glitter a pumpkin, enjoy music, drink cider, eat doughnuts, watch a live pumpkin carver and more autumnal activities.

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Harvest Weekends, The Amazing Maize Maze, Pumpkin Patch &Haunted Farmhouse

Celebrate autumn at the farm. Explore the grounds and buy a variety of Hudson Valley apples, donuts, fresh cider and apple pie plus mums for gardens, locally-made jams, farm-fresh produce from the fields (not pick-your-own) and more. Also get lost in The Amazing Maize Maze, a 3-acre challenge of finding clues, solving puzzles and making your way out NYC’s only corn maze. Wander through a patch to find the perfect pumpkin at the longest continually farmed site in New York State. Look out for goats, steer and alpacas. From 1-7 pm, be scared inside the haunted farmhouse ($4/in advance, recommend for ages 6–12).

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SERRA D’AUTUNNO by Birreria at Eataly

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Eataly Flatiron
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Dine ats Eataly's “autumn greenhouse” with a lush, colorful atmosphere, an extensive fall cocktail menu (think: apple cider all'italiana), and vibrant seasonal plates infused with traditional flavors of Italian autumn and featuring top local produce. Online reservations recommended; eat at the bar if there's a wait at the tables. Open rain or shine - the roof is retractable.

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Etazin Sculpture Chair

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The Buchanan
160 East 48th Street at Third Avenue+ Google Map

Sit/lie/play on an interactive outdoor lounge chair, designed by a local mom,  with steel rings that turn for multiple views of this bus city block.    

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Staten Island Ferry

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Take a free ferry ride from Whitehall Terminal in Lower Manhattan to Staten Island and back for great views of The Statue of Liberty and the Mnahattan & Brooklyn skylines. 25 minutes long trips (1 hour round trip) depart every half hour (every fifteen minutes during rush hour).

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10th Annual Welling Court Mural Project

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Walk though multiple blocks of 100+ murals by artists from around the corner and around the world, providing new arrays of visual experiences that change how people interact with their environment. Mural map available online.

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Uptown GRANDSCALE Mural Project

October 13
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Harlem Metro-North Station
101 East 125th Street at Park Avenue+ Google Map

Uptown artists transformed three blocks of fencing located adjacent to the 125th Street Metro-North station into a canvas for murals that support and uplift the community.

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Nicolas Holiber: Birds on Broadway, the Audubon Sculpture Project

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Broadway Malls
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Ten oversized sculptures of New York City birds in danger of extinction roost on the UWS Broadway malls. Brookyln-based artist Nicolas Holiber painted but did not weatherproof reclaimed lumber, allowing for the city’s natural forces to affect it, highlighting the environmental challenges faced by each species.

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Kehinde Wiley’s monumental public sculpture of a young, African-American urban streetwear sitting astride a massive horse in a striking pose visits Times Square before its installation in Richmond, Virgina  on a nationally landmarked boulevard lined with Confederate statues, including monuments to Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson. An interesting update on these controversial monuments and good way to talk to kids about race and history (and/or just say hi to the big horse if they're not ready for…

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Fosun Plaza
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An office tower plaza features a dynamic Jean Dubuffet sculpture and a peaceful Noguchi rock garden fountain.

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Kobra Street Art Gandhi & Mother Teresa Mural

October 13
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18th Street & Tenth Avenue
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Humanitarians Mother Teresa and Mahatma Gandhi Brazilian are depicted facing each other in street artist Eduardo Kobra’s colorful harlequin-pattern mural.

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Watch rainbow lights dance across hexagonal honeycomb shapes on the ceiling of the Bleecker Street Station in a light installation by Leo Villareal.

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Mural Outside Fluevog

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Fluevog New York
250 Mulberry Street Soho/Tribeca/LES

Colorful florals decorate the wall outside a shoe store with fun funky shoes. A poster with a shoe telling us to ‘Choose Love’ might lead to philosophical questions about the emotional ability of footwear.

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WTC Street Murals

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World Trade Center
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Street artists from around the world vibrantly transformed the streets surrounding the newly-opened 3 World Trade Center with fun, colorful murals, bringing love and joy to a place of mourning.

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West 21st Street & Eighth Avenue
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4 World Trade Center
150 Greenwich Street Lower Manhattan

Wonder at how a giant gummy bear ended up in a prison mugshot, gripping an identity placard in between his gelatin paws in this lobby installation by WhIsBe.

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Eataly Chocolate & Gelato

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Eataly Flatiron
200 Fifth Avenue at West 24th Street Gramercy/Flatiron

Shop by weight from bins of colorful Venchi bon-bons or pick up some artisanal chocolate made in Italy with raw ingredients in a variety of shapes and textures according to traditional recipes, from smooth spread to crunchy bars to elegant cigars. Or sample some of the best gelato in the city in a range of flavors.

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Domino Park

October 13 @ 6:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Domino Park
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Splash in fun fountains and find lots of cool details at this waterfront playground designed by the artist Mark Reigelman. Features like spinning valve wheels cast from Domino Sugar originals and a 26-foot-high silo with ladders, webbing and slides pay homage to the manufacturing process of the former nearvy Domino Sugar refinery.

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Carmen Herrera: Estructuras Monumentales

October 13 @ 6:00 am - 11:30 pm
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City Hall Park
Broadway & Chambers Street Lower Manhattan+ Google Map

See bold geometric forms in the first major exhibition of outdoor sculptures by New York-based abstract painter Carmen Herrera. Compare what you each see in the  large-scale monochromatic sculptures.

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Heckscher Playground

October 13 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Central Park, Heckscher Playground
Sixth Avenue & Central Park South+ Google Map

Central Park's largest playground features a shaded area with swings and slides, a large, maze-like climber, lots of water features with tunnels, ramps and slides plus giant rocks to climb.

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High Line 14th Street Passage
Tenth Avenue & West 14th Street Chelsea/Meatpacking

See freestanding, outdoor paintings by eight international artists that can be viewed in the round and in dialogue with the surrounding natural and industrial landscapes, expanding the tradition of outdoor painting.

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Imagination Playground

October 13 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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This magical interactive, transformable playground lets kids create their own play space with sand, water, giant foam blocks, mats, wagons, fabric, and crates at their fingertips. Great view of the East River and bathrooms.

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Hippo Playground

October 13 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Frolic and splash with beloved hippo statues in this well maintained playground in lovely Riverside Park featuring swings, wooden and metal play equipment, slides, a spray shower, picnic tables, benches, sand pit, a drinking fountain, bathrooms and summer weekday art projects.

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Billy Johnson Playground

October 13 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Billy Johnson Playground, Central Park
East 67th Street & Fifth Avenue Upper East SIde+ Google Map

This rustic playground hosts an amazing 45-foot granite slide nestled into a rocky hill, bucket and tire swings, and an amphitheater and miniature stone bridge made of natural materials like plants, stone, and wood at a child’s scale.

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Pier 25 Playground

October 13 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Pier 25
227 West St+ Google Map

The longest pier in Hudson River Park hosts an awesome playground with eight different water features (including some very unpredictable fountains), rock climbing walls, swings, monkey bars, a big sandbox, geodesic-dome-shaped climbing net and more. Also explore a 18-hole miniature golf course, a snack bar, sand volleyball courts, berthing areas for historic ships and a large artificial turf lawn.

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Levain Bakery UES

October 13 @ 7:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Levain Bakery UES
1484 Third Avenue between 84th and 83rd Streets+ Google Map

Everything is baked on-site throughout the day at the UES outpost of legendary bakery, from an array of rustic breads to the world-famous six-ounce chocolate chip walnut cookie. We are constantly debating the merits of these versus the equally giant dark chocolate peanut butter chip cookies, and the whole wheat walnut raisin rolls are also yummy (and a little healthier). Off-the-menu ice cream sandwich - two three-ounce cookies surrounding vanilla ice cream from Ample Hills - available on occasion, follow…

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Eataly NYC Downtown

October 13 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Eataly NYC Downtown
101 Liberty Street, Floor 3 Lower Manhattan+ Google Map

The downtown outpost of Italian marketplace Eataly is focused on bread, but you can also find delizioso pizza, fresh mozzarella, prosciutto, pasta, rotisserie chicken, chocolate, gelato and weekend kids cooking classes.

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