The best strawberry picking in NJ

Go strawberry picking in NJ at one of these super cute nearby pick-your-own farms. Berries await!
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Looking for the perfect summer activity? Rent a car and head across the river for some strawberry picking in NJ, where you'll find spectacular pick-your-own farms with strawberries. It's a great excuse to enjoy the summer sun, and it's also—might we add—a spectacular family photo op. Some of the PYO farms on our list also offer additional activities, like adjacent petting zoos, seasonal festivals and even hay/tractor rides! Happy picking!

RECOMMENDED: Full guide to where to pick your own fruits and vegetables near NYC

P.S. If strawberry picking in NJ feels too far from home, browse our pick-your-own guide above, and be sure to explore some other activities right here in town, like visits to the best kids' festivals and street fairs, our favorite summer activities for kids and these ideas for day trips from NYC.

 

 

Strawberry picking in NJ

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Alstede Farms

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car 

Alstede Farms celebrates strawberry season with its annual Strawberry Harvest Festival in June. Every Saturday and Sunday in June (11am–5pm), guests will get a taste of various strawberry treats, including homemade ice cream, shortcakes, slushies, sundaes, pie, fudge and more. A hayride takes little ones and grownups to the strawberry patch where kids will love picking their own. After those baskets are filled, spend the rest of the day (noon–4pm) on the moon bounce, in the corn kingdom or meeting the friendly farm animals. There are also wagon train and pony rides! Other summer produce offerings include green and pink gooseberries, currants, red and black raspberries, blueberries and a variety of veggies. 1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ (908-879-7189, alstedefarms.com).  Pay per carton/lb. Activities $3–$15.

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Terhune Orchards

Travel time: 2 hours by car

This 225-acre farm has plenty for you and the kids to enjoy!  Pick your own strawberries are available along with sweet cherries, sour cherries and blueberries. Come July, you’ll find juicy blackberries, too. After you’re done picking, check out the farm’s sheep, goats, horse, ducks and chickens, then try out pedal tractors and stationary tractors nearby. 330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ (609-924-2310, terhuneorchards.com). Pay per carton/lb.

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Sussex County Strawberry Farm

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car

As you can probably tell from the name, Sussex County Strawberry Farm specializes in growing your favorite big red berry. They also have raspberries and pumpkin picking later in the season, too! Moms and dads on the market for some beautiful plants can check out the nearby Garden Center for marigolds, zinnias, geraniums and more! 565 US-206, Newton, NJ (973-579-5505, sussexcontystrawberryfarm.com). Pay per carton/lb.

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Battleview Orchards

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car

Head to Battleview Orchards for a variety of awesome summer fruits including strawberries, sour cherries, peaches and nectarines! They'll keep you updated on the strawberry season via their Facebook (so check it regularly), but it usually begins in late May or early June. Visit in fall for fun weekend hayrides! 91 Wemrock Rd, Freehold, NJ (732-462-0756, battlevieworchards.com). Cash only. Pay per carton/lb.

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Lee Turkey Farm

Travel time: 1.5 hours by car

Don’t let the name fool you—Lee Turkey Farm is a fantastic spot for your strawberry picking needs. The farm offers up delicious strawberries and cherries as pick-your-own in June before opening its fields up for those wishing to pick basketfuls of melons, peaches, raspberries and sauce apples in July. Come fall and holiday dinner planning, head here for oven ready whole turkeys that have been raised right on the farm. 201 Hickory Corner Rd, East Windsor, NJ (609-448-0629, leeturkeyfarm.com). Pay per carton/lb.

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