Pumpkin lovers can head to one of these farms for some seasonal fun across the Tri-State area. John Friia/Holly Rosen Fink.
White Post Farms
250 Old Country Road
Melville, NY 11747
There is one place on Long Island that brings pumpkin picking fun to the next level. White Post Farms holds their annual Fall Farm Festivals every weekend through October, which includes six family-friendly shows, hayrides and pumpkin picking. After you select your pumpkin, walk around the petting zoo which includes kangaroos, zebras, sheep, or buy a few items at their country store.
Schmitt’s Family Farm
26 Pinelawn Road
Melville, NY 11747
People can begin their quest to find the perfect pumpkin at Schmitt’s Family Farm. Offering acres of pumpkin fields and a corn maze, this farm is the perfect spot for families and children. Pumpkin pickers can run through the playground and enjoy complimentary hayrides, pony rides and a small petting zoo. For people looking for a scarier experience, they can head to Schmitt’s Family Farm at night to get spooked at their frightful haunted mansion.
Harbes Family Farms
With over nine acres of on-the-vine pumpkin picking, Harbes Family Farm has served Long Islanders for more than 13 generations. There are three locations along Long Island’s North Fork and the farm hosts annual fall festivals that are ideal for families. Children can enjoy pumpkin picking, apple picking, corn mazes, and hayrides.
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway
Floral Park, NY 11004
Instead of heading east on Long Island, New Yorkers can visit the Queens County Farm Museum for their fall festivities. Occupying one of New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland, the farm is over 47-acres with historic building, livestock, planting fields and herb gardens. Adults and children will have fun getting lost in the corn maze and finding the perfect pumpkin.
1000 Surf Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11224
Coney Island is known for thrilling roller-coasters and Nathan’s hotdogs during the summer months, but for people looking to go pumpkin picking they can head to Luna Park’s Halloween Harvest. Boasting family activities every weekend through October, the festival gives children the chance to explore pumpkin patches, create Halloween-themed crafts and paint their pumpkins. They can also visit Jack, the giant pumpkin, and guess his weight for a chance to win prizes.
31 Dykeman Lane
Pawling, NY 12564
North of the city you’ll find Dykeman Farm. In addition to taking a hayride to pick your own pumpkins, you can get gourds, winter squash and Indian corn. Each delicacy is picked fresh daily on the premises.
191 White Schoolhouse Road
Rhinebeck, NY 12572
Wonderland Farm has pumpkins for sale of all shapes and sizes on a 30-acre field. You can also visit the petting zoo, catch a hayride, and pick your own apples, gourds, pumpkins, corn stalks and Indian corn.
Stuart’s Fruit Farm
Granite Springs Road
Granite Springs, NY
Stuart’s has been around for the past 180 years. You can pick-your-own pumpkins right from the vine through November. In addition to seasonal activities, customers can buy fresh produce, tomatoes, and apples (over 30 kinds) or visit the bakery daily.
451 Sport Hill Road
Easton , CT 06612-1724
A popular destination for northern Westchester residents and natives of Connecticut, Silverman’s Farm host an annual Oktoberfest every year. They also have a fun petting farm and offer hay rides for the children. Check their calendar for upcoming events.
280 Chapel Heights Road
Sewell, NJ 08080
Duffield’s Farm offers a variety of fall family activities every Saturday in October including a corn maze, the Moon Bounce, the Trike Track, face painting, the Barnyard Express, the Corn Maze and Play yard in “Pumpkin Land.” Kids can also feed the farm animals and enjoy some fresh pressed NJ apple cider or apple cider slush.
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John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.
Holly Rosen Fink is the founder and managing editor of The Culture Mom.