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Where to go pumpkin picking near NYC with kids

If you’re looking for the perfect jack-o’-lantern, head to one of these farms for the best pumpkin picking near NYC

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The air is crisp, the trees are changing colors and the jackets are starting to come out, which means autumn has arrived! Get in on plenty of pumpkin picking near NYC and get ready to carve the perfect jack-o'-lantern!

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Not only will all ages enjoy picking their own fruits and veggies at these great spots, but many of the farms also host a variety of seasonal activities like hay rides, corn mazes, haunted houses, petting zoos and movie nights. These pumpkin picking near NYC locales make for awesome day trips out of town and offer a healthy dose of nature while you’re at it.

For more fun autumn activities, check out our list of the best things to do in the fall with kids, where to peep the best fall foliage and scenic drives for fall near NYC.

Pumpkin picking near NYC

Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms

Even though pumpkin picking is available every day of the week, you’ll want to head to this Long Island farm on the weekends to really experience all that it has to offer. Kids can jump around in a pumpkin bounce house, giggle their way down a fire truck slide and face their fears in a haunted maze. When hunger strikes, munch on roasted corn and wash it all down with apple cider. Farm admission free. Rides $2-$4 each. Pumpkins priced by the pound.

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Decker Farm in Historic Richmond Town

Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town isn’t just a chance to get blasted into the past—it’s also a great place to gear up for the autumn season. On weekends in October (11am–4pm), families can take a free shuttle bus to the nearby farm and grab pumpkins to carve into jack-o’-lanterns back home. Kids can also participate in hay rides, face painting, craft projects and the the whole can tackle the corn maze on site. Tickets $6 per person, children 1 and older $5, children under 1 free; family four-pack $20.

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Demarest Farms

If you’re into pick-your-own fruits, then this Bergen County spot should be at the top of your list. Not only will pickers find peaches and apples, but plump pumpkins, too. The shop also sells pumpkin carving tools so little artists can go to town on their big orange pumpkin as soon as they get home. From September 16 through November 5, families can make it a weekend day trip by paying an admission fee ($7) for hayrides, corn maze, and quality time with some adorable farm animals. The farm also hosts pumpkin picking movie nights when visitors hop on a hay ride to a pumpkin patch to pick their own pumpkin, which is included in the ticket price, and watch a movie hosted by anti-bullying mascot Spookley the Square Pumpkin. Admission $7, movie nights $16, children under 2 free, pumpkins $9 each.

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Dykeman Farm

On weekends in October, hop a free hayride into the fields to pluck a perfect pumpkin. Feeling extra festive? Pick up some colorful Indian corn, gourds or squash to deck out the house. Drop by the children's tent for fun activities like face painting. Pumpkins priced by the pound.

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Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm

You don’t have to venture too far from home to pick your own pumpkins. At this conveniently located Huntington farm (the westernmost farm on Long Island), pluck your future jack-o'-lanterns fresh from the vine. The corn maze and hayrides are fun, kid-friendly extras. Free farm admission; pumpkins priced by the pound. 

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Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses

Open throughout the spring, summer and fall, this family-owned farm and greenhouse provides fresh flowers, produce and autumn décor to the West Essex area. The fall season is the most festive, with a sprawling pumpkin patch and a five-acre corn taking up residence on the grounds. Families can chow down on burgers and hot dogs washed down with cider (cold or hot mulled, depending on the weather) before enjoying hayrides or hitting up the “Play in the Hay” area in the greenhouse and outdoor barn with a climbing tour, logs to jump over and slides. Free farm admission; pumpkins priced by the pound.

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Fink's Country Farm

At Fink's, families can pluck pumpkins right off the vine and buy produce by the pound or wheelbarrowful. On weekends, the farm offers a barnyard, pony rides and hayrides, a kiddie train, a bounce house and a seven-acre corn maze which can be navigated during the day, or if you're feeling brave, by flashlight after dark on select evenings. If your little one has a destructive side (and whose doesn't?), let her blast produce out of the corn cannon or pumpkin slingshot. Fall festival and attractions $15, children ages 2 and under free; pumpkins priced by the pound.

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Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

No matter the season, this farm and orchard is bustling. Families drop in for fun-filled events throughout the year, from an annual Easter egg hunt to Santa visits around the holidays. In autumn, this is a prime apple- and pumpkin-picking spot with fall festivals going on every weekend from September 9 through October 29. After selecting a pumpkin from the farm’s many varieties, shoot an apple cannon, enjoy live music, pony rides, hayrides and a bounce house and visit with the resident animals. Farm admission $5, events and activities $5–$30; pumpkins priced by the pound.

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Kelder's Farm

After a round of mini golf, pick your very own pumpkin from this farm’s patch. City kids can get a true taste of farm life by helping to milk a cow! There’s also a corn maze (additional fee), petting zoo where tots can mingle with sheep and pigs, and a jumping pillow that’s great for burning off extra energy before the car ride home. Pumpkins priced by the pound. 

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Secor Farms

This gorgeous farm in Bergen County has an impressive selection of flowers, produce and seasonal decor. Select a pristine pumpkin, then stock up on gourds, corn stalks and other decorations to spookify the house for Halloween. Hop on a hayride around the farm and past the pond, explore the corn maze, visit the animals at the petting zoo and play with toy tractors in the corn box. The family can even post up for a picnic at one of many tables (the farm serves food on weekends, or treats can be purchased at the market). Free farm admission; pumpkins priced by the pound.   

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