Like the changing leaves, apple picking is a quintessential sign of fall.
Families can head to an orchard, enjoy the crisp autumn air and fun activities like hayrides and then return home with a bushel to bake a fresh apple pie.
Even city dwellers can find apple orchards and farms just a short drive away.
Masker Orchards, about 90 minutes from Manhattan in Warwick, N.Y., is a 200-acre apple orchard with many varieties, including Granny Smith, Macintosh, Jonagolds, Romes and many more. You can check the orchard's Web site to find out when your favorite varieties are ripe.
The trees are not very tall, so even your littlest can pick fruit. Many families break for lunch by setting up a picnic right in the middle of the orchard, or you can head to a country store to pick up a quick bite.