Apple picking makes for a quintessential family weekend getaway or day trip that brings fruitful rewards far after you've left the orchard. Consult our guide to find pick-your-own apple farms in Connecticut, many of which offer fun fall activities like hay rides, cider pressing, and corn mazes.
Take advantage of the crisp fall weather and venture out to the orchards for equally crisp and delicious apples, plucked straight from the tree. Many of the local orchards listed here offer low-hanging branches ideal for your little ones to pick and fill their own bushel of autumn’s freshest fruit. While you’re there, join in fun farm activities like hayrides, farmers markets, and petting zoos.
Please note: Dates and availability are subject to change. We recommend calling ahead before visiting these farms.
250 Calhoun Street, Washington Depot
Pick-your-own apples in September and October on a scenic family farm; pick-your-own pears through early October. Open 9:30am-5:30pm daily. Pre-picked fruit, apple cider and doughnuts, and flowers available on the farm through November.
Beardsley's Cider Mill & Orchard, LLC
278 Leavenworth Road (Route 110), Shelton
Apple picking second weekend of September through end of October, 10am-5pm weekends only. Cash or check only. Dwarf apple trees for easy picking. Cider press on location. Farm store with apple cider and doughnuts, maple syrup, local honey, fruit butter, jams and jellies; open Monday-Friday 12-6pm, weekends 10am-6pm.
108 Crystal Pond Road, Eastford
Apple picking Sept. 9 through October. Harvest festivals on the Saturday and Monday of Columbus Day weekend. Farm store with a variety of apple items on site. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm, Sunday 1-5pm.
529 Woodland Street, South Glastonbury
Pick-your-own peaches and plums through September; apples and pears through October. Bakery with doughnuts, pies, and other baked goods. Greenhouse with flowers and mulch. Open 8am-7pm daily.
251 Wallingford Road, Cheshire
Apple picking late August-October; pick-your-own pears, peaches, nectarines, and plums through September. Farm stand with pre-picked fruit, locally grown vegetables, local honey and jams, pies, and cider. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Easy Pickin's Orchard
46 Bailey Road, Enfield
Peaches and plums available for picking while they last. Family-fun hayrides, 6-acre corn maze, and apple cider for tasting. Pre-picked fruit and vegetables, fresh-baked pies, and cider doughnuts available for purchase. Open daily 8am-6 pm.
Hickory Hill Orchards
351 South Meriden Road (Route 70), Cheshire
Pick-your-own apples, pears, peaches, and nectarines (call for availability). Country store with apple cider, doughnuts, pies, and other baked goods, as well as gourmet foods. Weekend hayrides. Open August-November, 9:30am-6pm daily.
Horse Listeners Orchard
317 Bebbington Road, Ashford
Apple picking through October. Farm store with pre-picked fruits and vegetables and pies. Free pony rides, apple cider doughnuts, and hot apple cider. Tractor rides, pumpkin painting, and carving activities. Open Monday-Friday 1-6pm, weekends 9am-6pm.
894 Andrews Street, Southington
Apple and pumpkin picking on weekends through October, 9:30am-4pm. Farm store open 9am-5pm daily with farm-raised beef products and eggs available for sale. Call for updates on hours.
Maple Lane Farms, LLC
57 Northwest Corner Road, Preston
860-887-8855 or 860-889-3766
Apple picking through October. $1 hayrides on weekends. Open 10am-4pm daily and Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4-7pm. Cash or check only.
160 Munger Lane, Bethlehem
Apple and pumpkin picking through October. Farm market with homegrown fruits and vegetables. Bakery with cider doughnuts and other baked goods and specialty items. Picnic areas, animal yard, and farm hiking trails. Open 10am-6pm daily.
Long Bottom Road, Southington
Apple picking through October; Friday-Sunday 10am-5pm. Apple cider doughnuts, pies, and fruit baskets available at on-site farm store; open daily, August through mid-May.
Scott's Yankee Farmer, LLC
291 North Bride Brook Road, East Lyme
Apple picking through October. Open Monday, Thursday, and Friday 11am-5pm; weekends 10am-5pm.
451 Sport Hill Road, Easton
Apple picking through mid-October. Pumpkins available in October. Animal petting park, farm market, florist, greenhouse, and tractor rides through October. Open 9am-5pm daily.
47 Kielwasser Road, Washington Depot
Apple picking through October. Open 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday; 1-5pm Sunday.
Woodstock Orchards, LLC
494 Route 169, Woodstock
Apple picking from Sept. 1 through mid-October. Farm stand with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, apple cider, honey, maple syrup, jams and jellies, and Vermont cheese. Open 9am-6pm daily.
Wright's Orchard and Dried Flower Farm
271 South River Road, Tolland
Apple picking through October. Pick-your-own pumpkins in October. Farm store with pre-picked fruits and vegetables, cider doughnuts, and pies. Dried flower and basket barn. Open Monday-Saturday 12:30-5:30pm; Sunday 1-5:30 pm.
Planning a day or weekend trip to Long Island, New Jersey, or Southeast New York? Check out our complete guide to apple picking in the NYC area