Just like Humpty Dumpty, it's time to have a great fall: That means cozy sweaters, mugs of warm cider and the best pumpkin picking NY has to offer.
Make a day of it. The awesome pumpkin picking NYC families love might also include farmstand treats and a hayride, some live music and a petting zoo, maybe a corn maze. Remember to wear sturdy shoes and expect the kids to get muddy. We won't make any promises, but we bet they'll sleep all the way home.
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When you're not exploring the most epic pumpkin picking NY has to offer, you could be watching the best scary movies for kids, indulging in the tastiest apple cider donuts in NYC and enjoying all of the exciting things to do in fall with your family.
Pumpkin picking NY
This time of year, the 270-acre organic apple farm in the southern end of Dutchess County is transformed into an autumnal wonderland, with a pumpkin patch and rows of apple trees that seem to go forever—check the PYO page for peak picking. The farm is open every day, but try to visit on the weekend for the Fall Harvest Festivals and the live music, delicious food (grass-fed burgers, jerk chicken) and a corn maze with hidden musical instruments, plus a Cider Graden with fresh cider for the kids and hard cider for the grownups. Did we mention the free wagon rides? $5, children 12 and younger are free.
Staten Island’s Historic Richmond Town is a great place to gear up for the autumn season. On weekends from 11m-5pm, families can wander the farm and grab pumpkins to carve back home. There are also hayrides, a hay maze, s'mores from the fire pit and pumpkin chucking—which is exactly what it sounds like. $6, $20 for groups of 4.
This intensely popular Long Island farm flies into high gear on the weekends—that's when the crowds roll in and packs of kids are free to jump around in a pumpkin bounce house, giggle their way down a fire truck slide and face their fears in a haunted maze. If hunger strikes, you munch on roasted corn and wash it all down with apple cider. The Fall Festival is a hit for all ages; kids can snack on treats after they ride the animal train while parents pick out the perfect seasonal decorations. Free admission.
This family-owned apple orchard and cidery in Ulster County is one of a handful that actually grows sugar pumpkins on its tiny pumpkin patch—there's no shame in bringing in pumpkins (which is what many farms do), but it's nice to wander around the real deal. Order a round of wood-fired pizzas, get some naturally sweet maple tree water from the farm store, stay for a free concert: At Westwind, life is sweet. Note that while the farm is open every day, PYO is weekends-only. Free admission.
When the pumpkin picking starts in October be sure to hop a free hayride to scope out the perfect jack-o-lantern to-be. Dykeman Farm in Dutchess County is perfect for toddlers, with plenty of activities in the children's tent and a corn pit for tumbling around. The farmstand is open every day, the but fall activities are limited to weekends and Columbus Day. Free admission.
This 47-acre historic site is the oldest continually-farmed land in NYC. In addition to pumpkin picking on weekends in the fall, tots can visit the animals in the petting zoo, scope out farm equipment or get lost (and found) in the Amazing Maize Maze. There's also a haunted house and fall festivals throughout the season. Get a list of happenings here. Free admission.
This conveniently located Huntington farm is one of the few PYO to GYO—Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm grows its own pumpkins on its own pumpkin patch. The corn maze and hayrides are kid-friendly extras. Free admission.
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 kid-friendly corn maze 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 admission.
At Fink's, families can pluck pumpkins right off the vine and buy produce by the pound or wheelbarrowful. On weekends during the Fall Festival, the farm offers a barnyard, pony rides and hayrides, a kiddie train, a bounce house and a corn maze which can be navigated during the day, or if you're feeling brave, by flashlight after dark on select evenings. Spooky! If your little ones have a destructive side, let them blast produce out of the corn cannon or pumpkin slingshot. They'll LOVE it! Admission is free Mon-Fri, $15 adults, $17 ages 3 to 16, free ages 2 and under Sat-Sun.
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 throughout the season. 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. Free admission, parking $10.
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 when they get home. Families will love the hayrides, a corn maze and quality time with adorable farm animals. The farm also hosts Pumpkin Picking Movie Nights—a total plus during the Halloween season. $17 includes "the largest pumpkin you can pick."
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 (for an additional fee), a 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. $9 during the week, $12 weekends; PYO is an additional $3.
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 admission.
After snagging their perfect pumpkin at this Connecticut farm, kids can try their luck at guessing its weight. If they guess within two ounces of the pumpkin’s actual weight, it’s free! Silverman’s says they give away “thousands of free pumpkins each year,” so it’s worth a shot! Don't forget your camera—colorful displays of squashes, gourds and Indian corn make a great Instagram shot! Learn more about the PYO rules here. Free admission.
Families can choose to pick their own pumpkins straight off the vine at this farm or hit up the farm stand to select a pre-picked gourd or decorative corn stalk. Weekend visitors can hop on the tractor for a scenic hayride around the property. Free admission.
This family-operated patch in northern New Jersey has a giant selection of pumpkins, gourds, squash and autumn décor like cornstalks and haystacks. Open daily in October, it’s a prime spot for selecting a jack-o'-lantern pumpkin or tiny munchkins. Leading up to Halloween, check the schedule for family-friendly events like goat feedings, face painting, story times and crafts. Free admission.
This local fruit farm is just an hour north of NYC and accessible via Metro-North and a 15-minute cab ride. Once there, find your perfect pumpkin and swing by the bakery to fill up on apple cider doughnuts, hot dogs, cookies and popcorn. Apple cider is available starting the third week in September so time your trip accordingly if you want to go home with jugs of the sweet drink. Free admission.
When Halloween season kicks into high gear, swap the Granny Smiths for pumpkins at Hurds Family Farm (or simply opt for both). When your family's picking adventures are done, make sure to let the kiddos enjoy the big apple bounce, nature trails, the Wild Apple Obstacle Course and of course, a pitstop at the Big Apple Café to refuel with sweets. Various prices.
Late September is prime pumpkin-picking season at Lewin Farms on Long Island. Visit the grounds to snag your own gourds, peppers and eggplant after you try navigating through the corn maze. When the season's over, head back for the holidays to pick out your family Christmas tree. Free admission.
This appropriately-named venue is a quintessential fall hotspot for New York families. At Hank's Pumpkin Town, you'll not only stock up on those Jack-o-lanterns to be, but you'll have fun watching the kids get their faces painted, having an adventure on the wooden playground and gem mining. Free admission.