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The best spots for pumpkin picking NY families love

It's time to go pumpkin picking: NY, NJ and CT have some great farms that you'll have to put on your radar!

By Oliver Strand, Hannah Doolin, Kirby Stirland and Danielle Valente
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Update: Hours and safety features are subject to change in 2020. Always call ahead before making a visit. 

Now is the time to channel the Peanuts gang: Pumpking picking is at its peak! Grab your brood, update your Halloween songs for kids playlist and venture out to find a great pumpkin of your own. 

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

We scoped out the patches at local farms in the area and found wonderful results: Not only are these attractions great places to find a few gourds, they offer plenty of other fall activities such as corn mazes, sunflower picking, tractor rides and more!

After you've arrived back home from your rustic retreat, be sure to decorate your pumpkins and make them your own. We highly suggest doing so while watching a few scary movies for kids and Halloween movies for kids.

 

Pumpkin picking NY

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1. Decker Farm in Historic Richmond Town

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Get a taste of farm life right in New York City. Staten Island's popular you-pick pumpkin patch at Decker Farm will not only lead you toward the perfect gourd for all of your autumnal needs, but it gives kids a chance to enjoy fun seasonal activities such as hayrides, corn mazes and crafts.

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Photograph: Albert H. Schmitt Family Farm

2. Albert H. Schmitt Family Farms

Things to do

When a location is open for pumpkin picking seven days a week, you know it means business. Long Island's destination for all-things fall celebrates the most colorful season with an annual weekend festival, complete with hayrides, an animal train, roasted corn, candy apples and of course a patch that will lead you toward the perfect pumpkin. Stock up on mums for your stoop while you're there! 

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Photograph: Dykeman Farm

3. Dykeman Farm

Things to do

The family-owned and operated farm is anxious to pair you and your loved ones with a pumpkin. Come for the patch and stay for the treats: The market has fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers that you can take home to add some rustic charm to your fall decor. Of course, browsing is best enjoyed with a cup of apple cider. 

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4. Queens County Farm Museum

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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.

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5. Fishkill Farms

New Yorkers don't mind making a trip to this 270-acre farm thanks to its homegrown organic vegetables and eco-certified fruit. Come autumn, it's a favorite for apples and pumpkins. But the good news is if you can't make it to Hopewell Junction, you can also find the farm's goods at local markets.

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Photograph: Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm

6. Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm

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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.

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7. Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses

Things to do

Pumpkin picking starts in September at this Jersey farm. While searching for your seasonal gourds, be sure to enjoy all of the other fall festivities on the grounds, including a pumpkin slingshot, rope and corn mazes, a farm animal feeding station and hayrides. Little ones will get a kick out of the tower, bales of straw that they can climb up and slide down while taking in 360 views of the farm. 

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8. Westwind Orchard

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.

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9. Fink's Country Farm

Things to do

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.

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10. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

Things to do

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.

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11. Demarest Farms

Things to do

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. 

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12. Kelder's Farm

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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.

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13. Secor Farms

Things to do

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). 

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14. Happy Day Farm

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There's no reason not to be happy when you stumble upon this New Jersey farm. It's a rustic retreat—and an amazing Instagram backdrop—with a plentiful harvest, fun activities like hay mountains and tractor rides and, of course, pumpkin picking. Note that in 2020, pumpkin picking is only permitted during the week and the Fall Festival will take place Friday through Sunday. 

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15. Silverman's Farm

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 hereFree admission. 

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Photograph: Stuarts Fruit Farm

16. Stuart's Fruit Farm

Attractions Farms

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.

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Ward's Pumpkin Patch
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17. Ward's Pumpkin Patch

Things to do

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.

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Photograph: Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

18. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

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.

 

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19. Hurds Family Farm

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.  

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20. Lewin Farms

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.

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21. Hank's PumpkinTown

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. 

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