What says September more than apple picking? It’s one of my favorite things to do in the fall in New England, not to mention one of the best things to do in Connecticut. If you’re going apple picking in CT, options abound.
Beginning in mid-September, Connecticut apple orchards are at their busiest; thousands of visitors come to pick these ripe, red fruits. And many orchards and farms also offer other fall fun, like corn mazes, hayrides, and apple cider donuts.
Planning a fun fall weekend? Whether you’re apple picking with kids or looking for a romantic fall date, here are the best apple orchards in Connecticut to head to.
Apple Picking in CT: Where to Go
Lyman Orchards – Middlefield, CT
This spot is not just a place to pick-your-own apples in Connecticut, but a full farm market as well. Lyman Orchards has been around since 1741, so it’s definitely an institution!
Apple picking is available from mid-August to late-October, and you can also pick other fresh produce whenever it’s in season. Grab your October pumpkins when you’re done picking apples!
The farm is proud of their Eco-Certified homegrown fruits and also offer lots of other items, including signature bakery products, fresh-pressed apple cider, and other specialty foods from Connecticut and around New England.
Visit the farm market (Apple Barrel) 7 days per week.
PS: Into golf? They also have their own golf club.
Lapsley Orchard – Pomfret Center, CT
Lapsley Orchard is simple and beautiful. A great place to go apple picking in Connecticut and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Since its beginnings in 1984, the farm has blossomed from just orchards and fields to a vibrant local farm growing and producing a wide variety of items. The 60-acre farm sells directly to customers and visitors.
During apple picking season, this Connecticut farm has fun activities for all, including weekend wagon rides and a fall festival held on Columbus Day Weekend.
Silverman’s Farm – Easton, CT
One thing that’s great about this CT apple orchard is its animals. Your kids will love petting and feeding animals of all kinds, including buffalo, goats, emus, and deer. No kids? No problem. I’m a 34-year old woman and I never hesitate to visit a petting zoo myself, child-free! #NoShame
Silverman’s Farm is also the place to go for pick-your-own. Depending on the season they have peaches, blueberries, raspberries, and of course, apples! Dozens of varieties are grown here, so the picking season can often last from August through early November.
The calendar is filled with plenty of seasonal events at Silverman’s Farm so make sure to stay up to date with their events page.
This orchard is fairly close to the New York state border, so visitors from NY may want to check out this CT farm.
Blue Hills Orchard – Wallingford, CT
Beautifully situated on the northern slope of Sleeping Giant Mountain, Blue Hills Orchard is a deliciously scenic setting to go apple picking in CT in! This lovely apple orchard has over 250 acres dedicated to apples alone, in addition to the other acreage that is busy growing plums, peaches, and nectarines.
In addition to the apple picking you can do at Blue Hills Orchard, you can also set up a private hayride through their scenic orchard. Just call ahead to set it up for your visit!
Karabin Farms – Southington, CT
Basically Karabin Farms is one of the top places to go in Connecticut for apple picking, fresh flowers, pumpkin patching, farm raised meats, AND maple syrup! This is a great farm to go to with kids because there are animals to see, apples to pick, a hayride to take, and so many delicious goodies at the farm store! People LOVE the apple fritters!
Beardsley’s Cider Mill & Orchard – Shelton, CT
In the fall, apple cider donuts make up a significant portion of my diet. So I’m always looking for the best ones. According to this list, Beardsley’s Cider Mill can’t be beat! You can find those and pies, scones, cider, and more in their farm store, which is open daily until Christmas Eve.
This Connecticut PYO apple orchard opens in mid-September.
Want to make your own hard cider? You can arrange with the farm to grab some untreated apple cider so you can get creative in your kitchen this fall. According to their website, they also sell “5-gallon carboy starter kits which include a carboy filled with cider, stopper and a water seal.”
Holmberg Orchards – Gales Ferry, CT
Here’s another CT apple orchard that has a long history. It is currently in its 4th generation since its inception in the 1890s by Swedish immigrants Adolph and Hulda Holmberg. Today, the family-run business has grown tremendously, and is committed to growing “the finest fruit for the finest customers.”
With hayrides, a well-stocked farm market, and their own wine and hard cider (yes, please!) Holmberg Orchards is an awesome fall destination. It is an easy trip from nearby Mystic, too.
Not convinced? Did I mention their winery offers a WINE MAZE? An autumnal corn-maze that’s just for adults, there are stations for sipping and sampling as you make our way through the maze. How’s that for fall fun at the apple farm???
Scott’s Yankee Farmer – East Lyme, CT
Hosting some of the best apple picking in Connecticut, Scott’s Yankee Farmer in East Lyme offers all kinds of pick your own goodies, but come fall, they have a great variety of apples ready to be picked by you! You’ll also find a corn maze and pumpkin patch, so if you’re looking for wholesome fall family fun in Connecticut, Scott’s Yankee Farmer has it.
Belltown Hill Orchards – South Glastonbury
If you’re looking for a picturesque place in Connecticut for apple picking, put Belltown Hill Orchards in South Glastonbury on the list of places to go! This lovely apple orchard welcomes visitors to come pick your own apples, then offers up their delightful apple treats in their farm market; folks rave about their baked goods, so don’t forget to swing by and pick up a sweet treat on your way out!
Drazen Orchards – Cheshire, CT
For a quaint pick your own Connecticut apple orchard experience, head to Cheshire’s Drazen Orchards. This cute apple farm grows plenty of other PYO goodies, too, including pears, peaches, and plums, so be sure to check out their harvest calendar to see what’s ready to pick before you head out. For a relaxing day spent apple picking in CT, Drazen Orchard’s is a great choice.
What’s your favorite Connecticut apple orchard? Let us know if we missed one!
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Amy Hartle is the owner and editor of New England With Love, a comprehensive resource for travel in the New England region. Amy lived in Vermont for 15 years, attended Plymouth State University in New Hampshire, and continues to travel regularly around the entire New England region. On this site, Amy aims to share her love of New England and help you to have the best possible adventures!
Amy has been a full time blogger since 2012, and is also the publisher of Two Drifters, where she writes about couples travel and relationships, as well as Let’s Adventure Baby, a family travel site. When not traveling the world or creating epic blog content, Amy can be found cuddling with her husband, son, and cats, & drinking a maple latte.