Oh my gourd—it’s time to start thinking about where your family will pick a pumpkin or two, and there are plenty pumpkin patches near NYC where you can do that! The spots below offer experiences of all kinds, from harvest festivals with fall fun and games, to chill spots offering fall foliage, baked goods, and maybe even a tractor ride. (Many also serve as a place to go apple-picking if you’re looking to double up, but you may need a reservation.) Need more ideas for things to do with the kids in fall 2020? Check out our list of to-dos here!
New York City
Queens County Farm Museum
You won’t believe how close you are to home at the Queens County Farm Museum. Dating back to 1697, the site is New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. Every weekend in October (October 3 to October 25 and Columbus Day) the farm’s fields are filled with pumpkins to pick and buy (according to circumference), and The Amazing Maize Maze returns for those wishing to get lost. Hayrides are offered on the weekends as well.
Hours: Weekends & Columbus Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; pumpkin patch 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, except on days with special events.
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy
Staten Island's Decker Farm dates to the early-1800s, and admission includes guided tours from historical reenactors. Weekends in October brings fall fun with pumpkin picking, pumpkin chucking, a hay maze and activities for kids. Tickets must be purchased online in advance, and social distancing will be observed.
Hours: Sat. & Sun. in October, Noon-5 p.m.
Cost: $6/in advance; $8/at door (availability not guaranteed)
435 Richmond Hill Rd.
Schmitt’s Family Farm
Head to Long Island's Schmitt’s Family Farm farm on weekends from September 19 through October 31 to enjoy the farm's annual Fall Festival. In addition to the usual suspects such as a pumpkin patch, free hayrides and a seven-acre corn maze (this year featuring a “Arabian Nights, Legend Of The Lamp” design), you’ll also find Long Island’s largest straw pyramid (for climbing), farm animals and pony rides, mini golf and even the opportunity to walk through the haunted house in the daytime — a semi-scary experience more appropriate for little ones than the evening’s full-on fright fest. Plus you can pick your own sunflowers and vegetables here—but no apples.
Hours: Weekends, 10 a.m. – 5p.m.; weekdays, Noon-4:30 p.m. (pumpkin picking and hayrides available throughout the week, other activities only on the weekends).
Cost: $10 at the door only, with some activities (corn maze, haunted house) additional fee.
26 Pinelawn Rd.
Elwood Pumpkin Farm
For purists, it’s not pumpkin picking unless you are the one to cut the vine. Sure, pumpkins acquired this way tend to be encrusted with dirt, and you have to edit the selection yourself, but that’s part of the authentic experience fun, right? Visitors are require to wear masks here and socially-distance. You will also find a kid corn maze and hayrides here, although space will be limited on the rides. (Like what you see? Come back in December to cut your own Christmas tree here.) Elwood opens for the season September 19, from 1 - 5 p.m. Note: it's cash only here.
Hours: Mon.-Fri., 3p.m.-5p.m.; Sat. & Sun., 10 a.m.–5 p.m. (Open Columbus Day, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. as well.)
Cost: Free admission for pumpkin picking; pumpkins are priced by size.
1500 East Jericho Tpke.
At Soons Orchard, take a wagon ride up to the pumpkin patch for the full pumpkin picking experience—you can cut your pumpkin off the vine here, too. Reservations are required for the hay ride ($4/person) and pumpkins are 55 cents a pound. (Bring cash: it's cash only for u-pick.) FYI, if it rains, the wagons don't go out; call the u-pick hotline at 845-670-4540 for the latest info. You can pick your own apples here as well. Soons has been operating since 1910, and is home to more than 50 varieties of apples and 20 of peaches and nectarines. After you hit the pumpkin patch, take an adult break and check out their tasting room featuring top-rated New York State wine, beer and hard cider.
Hours: Weekends, 11 am-4 p.m.
Cost: pumpkins are 55 cents a pound, wagon rides $4, with reservations required.
23 Soons Cir.
New Hampton, NY
What began as a dairy farm in the 1800s is now is a family-owned and operated apple farm in the Hudson Valley. “Home of the Happy Apple,” Outhouse Orchards invites you to pick both pumpkins and apples, offers hayrides through its orchards and a corn maze with educational clues (the topic: space!). Its farm stand, built in the 1940s is stocked with all kinds of farm fresh goodness, including apple cider doughnuts, produce, maple syrup and more.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m.–5p.m.
139 Hardscrabble Rd.
North Salem, NY
If you’re looking for a lower-key, more ecologically conscious pumpkin picking experience, check out Fishkill Farms in the Hudson Valley. Owned by the same family for more than 100 years, the picturesque 200-acre farm utilizes sustainable farming practices whenever possible, avoids synthetic pesticides and even grows a portion of its apple acreage organically. Reservations are required; make them here.
We suggest going apple-picking here and selecting pumpkin-picking as an "add-on" at check-out, as picking pumpkins exclusively is a weekday-only option at Fishkill.
Hours: 9 a.m.- 4:45 p.m., Tues. - Sun., by reservation only.
Cost: Starting at $30/ five people for $20 of pumpkins on weekdays
9 Fishkill Farm Rd.
Hopewell JCT, NY
Secor Farms traditionally offers a host of fall activities like hayrides, a corn maze and petting zoo. That's on hold for 2020, but from September 14 - October 31 the farm will have a pumpkin patch you can walk to, and you don't need a reservation to come pick. (There may be a line, as capacity is reduced to allow for social distancing.) Secor Farms also sells as huge selection of mums, kale plants, and Halloween decorations to bring a little bit of the farm back home, as well as fall treats like apple cider doughnuts, pies and candy apples.
Hours: Mon. – Fri. 3 p.m. – 5 p.m, Sat. & Sun. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: Free entry, pumpkins per pound.
85 Airmont Ave.
This quiet, not crowded farm is the real deal, and pumpkin picking begins in October here, where you hop a tractor up to the pumpkin patch. This family-owned farm has been around for almost 150 years and doesn’t disappoint- check out their farm market on your way out for fresh produce and festive gifts.
Cost: No admission fee; tractor ride is $5 per person
223 Meyersville Rd.
You can pick your own pumpkin and a whole lot more at Alstede Farms. (They give you the update on conditions for everything from veggies, to berries to apples, here.) Whatever you pick, it's by reservation only—make yours here. Admission price starting at $19.99 gets you access to two corn mazes, one for smaller kids, another for older ones, an evergreen maze, sunflower maze, hay pyramid and more. See Alstede's full list of safety policies an procedures here.
Hours: Daily, 9 .a.m - 5 p.m.
Price: .79 cents/pound, with a $2.99 minimum
1 Alstede Farms Ln.
Ort Farms is another northern New Jersey grower that really brings it in the fall. A family farm that’s been around for a century, Ort offers pumpkin picking (off the vine if you like), hay rides, pony rides, farm animals, a mini tractor play set, apple canons, a hay pyramid and even Monster Truck rides! You must purchase tickets in advance, and you can buy activities a la carte or spring for a combo pass for $14.95. You’ll also find a corn maze, here; this year's design is "Healthcare Heroes."
Hours: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Cost: $4 on weekends and holidays; free admission on weekdays. Pumpkins are 65 cents a pound, and other activities are priced individually.
25 Bartley Rd.
Long Valley, NJ
Harris Hill Farm
It's only open to the public on October weekends, but Connecticut’s Harris Hill Farm, located in the hills of Litchfield County is worth the trip if you're in the area. Pick pumpkins in a thoroughly bucolic setting complete with weathered red barn and enjoy the view of the rolling hills in all their autumnal glory. The farm has a large selection of gourds, large pumpkins, white and pink pumpkins, and squash. Social distancing and masks are required.
Hours: Weekends in October, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Cost: Free admission
106 Ridge Rd.
New Milford, CT
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