Even if you’re with the family, you can still enjoy some of New York’s award-winning wines, beers, and ciders. Many of the state’s wineries, breweries, and cider mills welcome children—and sometimes even well-behaved pets. It’s no wonder they’ve become popular destinations for families. Added amenities and activities for kids, caregivers, and designated drivers make it easy for everyone to have fun together.
Family-friendly venues present live music, petting zoos, harvest festivals, and other events. Vineyard-side tasting rooms often double as casual farm-to-table restaurants and some wineries offer unique lodging. The grounds are lovely, hosts are gracious, and parents can taste delicious craft beverages as children frolic amid sun-kissed vineyards and rolling hills.
Pindar Vineyards, Peconic
In Long Island wine country—rated one of the world’s top-ten wine regions—a host of wineries entertain families. Plan a visit to Pindar Vineyards, rated one of the world’s top six family-friendly wineries by Wine Enthusiast. Fields of pick-your-own sunflowers bloom and musicians play all summer long. The covered patio behind the tasting room is perfect for an afternoon picnic. Bring snacks or see what’s cooking on the local food truck.
Martha Clara Vineyards, Riverhead
Another North Fork winery, Martha Clara Vineyards, keeps it kid-friendly with lawn games, a petting zoo, and horse and carriage rides. Parents can relax in the pastoral picnic area with a glass of fine wine like the pinot noir voted best at the NY Wine & Food Classic.
Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, Calverton
Horse-lovers of all ages can tour the well-kept paddocks at Long Island’s Baiting Hollow Farm Vineyard, which nobly serves as a sanctuary for rescued horses. Along with winery tours and a farmhouse tasting room, this Long Island farm features a festive atmosphere with lively music, a playground, and tasty treats, from artisanal cheeses to fresh-baked pies.
Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard, Mattituck
With an eight-acre barnyard adventure zone, Harbes Family Farm & Vineyard on Long Island is all about fun for everyone. Grown-ups can taste award-winning merlot or cabernet in the rustic wine barn. The farm-style playland captivates kids with hay rides, pig races, a petting zoo, and tractor trikes. In autumn, there’s apple-picking, a pumpkin patch, and a huge corn maze.
Millbrook Vineyards & Winery, Millbrook
Tasteful events at Millbrook Vineyards & Winery in the Hudson Valley include decadent popcorn pairings, lobster bakes, and Tuscan-style celebrations. On Food Truck Fridays, take in summer sunsets from the taproom terrace featuring light jazz and family-friendly menus from local food trucks. Along with BBQ and farm-to-table favorites, adults enjoy exceptional wines available by the glass. Millbrook’s five-star tasting tours—recently highlighted on Bravo TV’s Sell It Like Serhant—showcase prestigious award-winners, from Cabernet Franc to the special Tocai Friulano. Play cornhole and bocce ball on the gorgeous grounds or score amazing views of the Shawangunks on a hike along the vineyard trail.
Indian Ladder Farms Cidery & Brewery, Altamont
For an ideal day-trip, visit Indian Ladder Farms Cidery & Brewery, a 100-year-old farm and orchard near Albany. The cidery and brewery craft hard cider and beer with ingredients grown on the farm—from apples and pears to hops and barley. Kids love the petting zoo, hayrides, and signature doughnuts. In the tasting room café, the children’s menu pleases with fresh-pressed cider, grilled cheese, and PB&J. Grown-ups order tasting flights or beer and cider by the glass, along with charcuterie boards of local meats and cheeses. After weekend brunches, families head out to pick berries, apples, pumpkins, or Christmas trees, depending on the season.
Saratoga Winery, Saratoga Springs
A favorite country place for families, Saratoga Winery is only four miles from downtown Saratoga Springs. This super-friendly winery features feel-good music and a rustic restaurant where the chef’s specialties include authentic wood-fired pizza. In the summer, families sit outside on the patio or around an evening bonfire. Parents sample unique wines as children play tag or cornhole on the wide-open lawn. You might even see future winemakers, the owners’ young children, lending a hand. Tasting bar selections range from traditional varietals like Cabernet to the signature melomel, made from fruit and honey with a century-old recipe.
Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown
Cooperstown, famed for baseball history and the Hall of Fame, was once America’s hops capital. Headlining the Cooperstown Beverage Trail, Brewery Ommegang now crafts world-class Belgian-style beers on a former hops farm. The newly renovated visitor center, store, and restaurant have lots of amenities for families. Along with festivals and popular concerts, kids (ages 5 and up) can participate in free tours. While tasting beer is, of course, for guests age 21 and over, the café’s Belgian waffles and mac and cheese are a big hit with kids of all ages.
Belhurst Castle & Winery, Geneva
Fairytales can come true in the Finger Lakes. For a magical experience, reserve a family getaway at the splendid Belhurst Castle & Winery on Seneca Lake. The 1880s stone castle thrills kids with storybook towers, turrets, and a chocolate fountain at the restaurant’s sumptuous weekend brunches. Parents toast to relaxation with wine from the castle’s complimentary wine spigot or on tasting tours, included with your stay.
Barrington Cellars, Penn Yan
Two Finger Lakes vineyards top Condé Nast Traveler’s list of America’s five best family-friendly wineries. Established in 1971 beside Keuka Lake, Barrington Cellars was one of the first vineyards to welcome children with grape-juice tasting. Kids sample all-natural juices and run free amid the rolling hills where 26 grape varietals mingle with peach and pear trees. Adults unwind on the deck, over wonderful wines and picture-perfect views. Specialties include native Labrusca and peach, wild pear and ice wines as well as refreshing frozen juices. Picnicking is encouraged; get provisions at the nearby Windmill Farm & Craft Market, a premier attraction with more than 200 vendors.
Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery, Naples
On Canandaigua Lake, Arbor Hill Grapery & Winery delights children with antique cars, old-time buildings, and samples of sparkling grape juices infused with raspberry or peach. Adults choose from a variety of wines, from an aromatic Riesling to an heirloom vintage rosé. Stop in the café for local bratwurst and German potato salad. The wine shop has regional cheeses and specialties like grape pie. Kids go for grape-flavored gumballs and gummy bears made from the vineyard’s Concord grapes.
Thousand Islands Winery, Alexandria Bay
A historic farmstead beside the St. Lawrence River, Thousand Islands Winery has a cheery easy-going vibe. Festivals with food vendors, music, and fun for everyone include an annual Oktoberfest, where kids stomp grapes in high-spirited competitions. New cottages are open for overnight stays, which allow time for Alexandria Bay’s other family attractions like boat rides to Singer and Boldt Castle.
Coyote Moon Vineyards, Clayton
Coyote Moon Vineyards promises families a howlin’ good time with seasonal events, great music, and a farmers market on their 400-acre farm in Clayton (also home of the Antique Boat Museum) in the Thousand Islands-Seaway region. Their cutting-edge northern climate wines garner accolades across the country.
Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards, Gasport
Family is a key word at Becker Farms & Vizcarra Vineyards, 340 bountiful acres just 30 miles from Niagara Falls. This 100-year-old farm produces abundant delights, from plump blueberry pies to wine, beer, and hard cider, all grown and crafted on the property. In the gastro-pub, country-style food pairs well with Becker Brewing Company’s beer and cider. Combining U-pick fruits, year-round events, hayrides, pony rides, kid-friendly Sunday brunches, and comfy lodging, this farm winery/brewery defines family-friendly agritourism.
Cheers! Find more ideas and information at the New York Wine & Grape Foundation and New York State Brewers Association.