When I was growing up, I had such fond memories of apple picking with my family. We'd head up to Och's Orchard in Warwick, NY, close to where I grew up, and we'd spend the day in the orchard. The trees were always fun to climb. We'd sit and eat apples all the while for the afternoon.
We've decided to make our own traditions here, southward in New Jersey, with a local orchard, Russo's. The trees aren't nearly as large, but I suppose they'll grow as our tradition grows.
We even got to ride on a hayride!