APPLE/PUMPKIN PICKING

Though some farm fall festivals are cancelled this year, there are still apples to be picked and cider doughnuts to devour. See our guide to pumpkin patches and corn mazes for more fall fun.

General tips:

* Capacity is limited. Advance reservations required at most farms and time slots sell out in advance.

* Be prepared for lots of walking in uneven, possibly muddy terrain. Think 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.

* Call or check the farm's website to confirm apples (sometimes they are picked out) and activities are available.

* Find more country fun including farms, zoos & outdoor museums in our beyond NYC guide plus great podcasts for the drive.

Westchster/Hudson Valley

BROOKLYN/QUEENS

Queens County Farm Museum

Floral Park

Visit 47-acres of the longest continuously farmed site in New York State (since 1697). See historic farm buildings, a greenhouse complex, farm vehicles and implements, planting fields, an orchard and herb garden and livestock including cattle, sheep, chickens and llamas.

Pick up the scavenger hunt in the Farm Store to learn about the farm’s plants, animals and history. Stop by on the Con Edison Reading Room to cozy up with books and magazines for all ages.

Join tractor-drawn hayride on the hour from 11 am to 4 pm (weather permitting).

LONG ISLAND

New Jersey