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The Best Farms, Pumpkin Patches, and Fall Festivals in and Around New York
by New York Bucket List
There's nothing like fall in New York. The landscape transforms into an autumn wonderland of gold and red leaves and crisp air. Best of all, a bounty of pumpkin patches, orchards, and festivals pop up around the city and surrounding areas.
We've rounded up the best places to pick pumpkins, drink hot cider, get lost in a corn maze, and more! Check out top picks below and then head to our Ultimate NYC Fall Bucket List for a list of fun experiences and events to make the make the most of the season.
Fishkill Farms | New York
Pick your own Honeycrisp apples, pears, peaches, and pumpkins at this sustainable farm, which also has delicious Jamaican Jerk Chicken and apple cider donuts to chow down on. During the fall harvest season, guests can take in the stunning orchard with a wagon ride, wander the corn maze, and finish the day sipping hard cider flights at the Treasury Bar. A full lineup of live music is planned in the courtyard, and plenty of BBQ and homestyle cooking is on the menu.
Reservations for pick-your-own are required, and reservations for the cider bar are encouraged.
Where: 9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell JCT, NY
For more information on Fishkill Farms.
Queens County Farm Museum | New York
Queens County Farm Museum is one of the longest continually farmed sites in New York state, running for 325 years. Their Amazing Maize Maze, a 3-acre living labyrinth, is an absolute must-see in NYC.
They also host NYC’s only corn maze, a pumpkin patch, and sheep and goats guests can feed with bags from their Farm Store. And for four nights only (Saturday, Oct 15th, 20th, 22nd, and 27th), the Amazing Maize Maze will be open for wandering in the moonlight.
Where: 7350 Little Neck Pkwy, Queens, NY
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Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm | New York
A combo bakery and winery (with hard cider options), it’s hard not to oversell the sweetness of Wilkens. Their farm markets sell everything from their own pressed apple cider, freshly baked pies, famed apple cider donuts, and more. They also have rotating pick-your-own fruit and veggie seasons, with pick-your-own apples in September, and pumpkins in October.
Where: 1335 White Hill Rd Yorktown Heights, NY
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Queens Botanical Garden | New York
The outdoor one-acre pumpkin patch at the QBG farm is full of harvest-themed photo ops! Tickets are $10 for non-member adults, and $14 for children 4+ years old (pumpkin included). Tickets also include admission to both the patch and the botanical garden, with activity stations like seed planting, crafts, and autumn and garden-themed book readings. And for adults 21 and older, harvest and pumpkin-themed beers and ciders are available for purchase.
Where: 43-50 Main St, Flushing Queens, NY
For more information on the Queens Botanical Garden.
The Feast of San Gennaro | New York
Little Italy comes alive with delicious food, festive colors, live music, and a mountainous crispy cannoli eating contest at the Feast of San Gennaro (September 15-25). The festival stretches along Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston St, but the main stage is on the corner of Grand and Motts street, hosting live, free entertainment at 6:30 PM each night.
Where: Mulberry St. between Canal and Houston, Manhattan, NY
For more information on the Feast of San Gennaro.
Broadway Festival in Times Square | New York
Happening Friday, September 30th through Sunday, October 2nd, live broadway is coming to Times Square in a brand new festival: Curtains Up. During this three-day outdoor experience, Times Square will host fifteen interactive events and live performances for New Yorkers as an exciting new way to ring in the fall!
Bonus: After 5 PM, New Yorkers will be invited to sing and dance along to the songs, plus enjoy live DJ sets with guest performances.
Where: Broadway between 45th and 48th Street, and Duffy Square (7th Ave. & 46th St.), Manhattan, NY
For more information on the full schedule of events for Curtain Up.
Blaze: Hudson Valley | New York
From the team behind Jack O’ Lantern Blaze: Long Island, the Hudson Valley event creates its own, electrifying immersive pumpkin trail on the grounds of an 18th-century estate. The glowing path has over 7,000 artfully hand-carved pumpkins, including an entire Pumpkin Planetarium and working carousel. New Yorkers can attend for the views, fall-themed sweets and snacks at the cafe, and libations from Captain Lawrence microbrews.
Where: 525 S Riverside Ave, Croton-On-Hudson, NY
For more information on Blaze: Hudson Valley.
Outhouse Orchards | New York
Within scenic North Salem lies a beautiful orchard to explore, offering apple picking and pick-your-own pumpkins. All pumpkins on the vine are free (we recommend garden gloves to grab those!), and you can pay by weight for pre-picked pumpkins.
There’s also a Frankenstein corn maze for you to conquer, scenic hayrides through gardens and apple trees, and Halloween decorations for sale that you can peruse.
Where: 139 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY
For more information on Outhouse Orchards.
Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard | New York
A ticket to Harvest Moon farm includes all the ingredients for a perfect fall date. You can enter the picturesque hillside orchard, pick apples, scoop the perfect pumpkin in their patch, then kick up your heels to the sound of live country music. Split some cider donuts or grab a locally grown treat from the farm store to close out the day.
Where: 130 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY
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Happy Day Farm | New Jersey
Happy Day Farm has pumpkin and zinnia picking, “pumpkinville” installations for fall photo ops, a corn maze to wander through, a giant slide, a feeding zoo, and pig races—just to name a few fall festival offerings. There’s a total of 35 activities included with admission ($24 per person), so there’s no shortage of options.
Where: 106 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan, NJ
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Blaze: Long Island | Long Island
Get transported to a spooky 19th-century world of glowing pumpkins at Long Island’s most electrifying event! The Great Jack O Lantern blaze is an immersive trail of over 7,000 hand-carved jack o’lanterns, including a Pumpkin Planetarium and animated Headless Horseman. Prices start at $40 for 18+ adults and $32 for children.
Where: Old Bethpage Village Restoration: 1303 Round Swamp Rd, Old Bethpage, NY
For more information on Blaze: Long Island.
Elwood Pumpkin Farm | Long Island
To pick a fresh pumpkin off the vine—minus the crowd—stop by the Elmwood Pumpkin Farm! It’s also pup friendly, and kid friendly, with a small corn maze your little ones can explore.
Note: Picking pumpkins off the vine is a messier job than one might think, and the vines are prickly. We recommend bringing some gardening gloves and good shoes!
Where: 1500 E Jericho Turnpike Huntington, NY
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F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm | Long Island
F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm is a huge field with hundreds of pumpkins to pick. The expansive grounds also offer a 7-acre corn maze (this year’s theme is Alice in Wonderland), a farm animal petting zoo, mini-golf, pony rides, a sunflower picking field, and so much more—it's basically a fall carnival on top of the pumpkin patch. There are also plenty of fall treats and food at their concession stands like roasted corn, hot dogs, and fresh pies.
The $15 admission price includes the hayride, playground, mini golf, and pumpkin picking. Whatever you come for, make sure to arrive early to avoid crowds.
Address: 26 Pinelawn Rd, Melville, NY
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F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm on Bagatelle | Long Island
Thought Schmitt’s was done? Nope, there are even more pumpkin patches, cornstalks, and fall flowers located in Dix Hills! They also have a few unique attractions like adorable duck races and tasty apple cider donuts. Open Saturdays and Sundays only from late September through October 31st.
Where: 6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746 (1/4 Mile North of the Long Island Expressway, Exit 50). If using GPS, type in: Huntington Station
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White Post Animal Farm of Melville | Long Island
Don’t skip the famed White Post Animal Farm, now in its 31st year! The animal farm itself is the signature attraction, with two giant free-flight bird aviaries, a primate enrichment barn to see monkeys play, and even two giraffes named Patches and Ollie.
There’s also a pumpkin patch and an area to paint them, fall food stations, plus the fan-favorite sing-a-long hayride. Perhaps most spectacular though, is the five kid-friendly variety shows featured on America’s Got Talent.
Where: 250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY
For more information on White Post Animal Farm
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Secor Farms | New Jersey
Secor Farms gives you a scenic hayride to their pumpkin patch and corn maze, where you’ll pass a pond, willow trees, and fall decor. Group hayrides are available Monday through Friday for 20 or more people, and include the hayride to their "U-PICK" pumpkin patch, a pumpkin, and an apple.
Afterward, guests can relax and have lunch in their indoor glass greenhouse. Speaking of lunch, be sure to shop at their Farm’s Market, which carries New York State apples, fresh pressed apple cider, and homemade apple cider donuts.
Where: 85 Airmont Ave Mahwah, NJ
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