October is around the corner and fall vibes are everywhere. Every year in October our family goes pumpkin picking near NYC and it continues to be one of our favorite fall festivities. We just love getting out of the city for the day to the country and indulging in fresh produce, yummy apple cider donuts, and petting all the farm animals. These are some of the farms we’ve personally been to and more for all your pumpkin picking getaways.
Elwood Pumpkin Farm
This popular Long Island pumpkin destination has been a long-time local go-to for city families as its the closest farm to NYC on Long Island. All pumpkin grow on the farm, so experience pumpkin picking fresh off the vine. With no admissions fee and plenty of fun fall activities, this is definitely a farm to check out. Don’t forget to come back in the winter pick and cut down your own unique Christmas tree.
Located in NJ less than an hour from NYC this farm is all of our country dreams without the long commute. Rated as one of New Jerseys best family farms with activities for all ages. Enjoy the petting zoo, farm shop, crooked house village, and their very popular spooky hayride!
New Jersey truly has some of the best farms in the tri-state area and Alstede Farms is a great example. A family-run farm that grows just about it all. No matter the time of year this property and the Alstede family are nourishing the land that feeds them. The farm offers pumpkin picking, apple picking, corn mazes, a fully stocked farm store, homemade fudge and ice cream, local honey, farm animals, even a summer farm camp! Located in Chester New Jersey, the Alstede farm is definitely worth the 1 hour & 30-minute trip!
Harbes Family Farm
Harbes Family Farm is one of the very best options for a family fun-filled day. I can’t stop telling everyone how this needs to be on every New York family must do in the fall. Its almost as if this land was designed for the fall season and fall family festivals. With a giant new playground, tons of farm animals for their petting zoo, jumbo jumpers, a gnome maze, a sports zone, a bunnyville, and SO much more, when I say they have it all I’m not joking. Even though its a 2 hour drive out east on the north tail of Long Island this farm is totally worth every mile. Its location in wine country also makes it perfect for a vineyard, which it is! Whether you take home pumpkins, gourds, apples, apple cider, or a bottle of wine, this farm is at the very top of my personal list of musts every fall season!
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farms
Located in the Hudson Valley is Wilkens Farm. This farm is a great Fall and holiday go to! There’s nothing quite the Hudson Valley this time of year. With pumpkins, apples, and Christmas trees all grown on their land, you’re bound to fill all your holiday needs. Wilkens also has vineyards for their winery! Like many farms and orchards, Wilkens Farms has a bakery and produce shop. This farm is one of the closest to the city on our list making it a great option for a busier day.
This New Jersey farm is 40 minutes form midtown. No other farm beats that! Enjoy Secors hayrides, pumpkin patch, farm shop, petting zoo, and so much more. No need to pack a lunch, Secors every own Greenhouse Grill has got you covered for all your lunch needs.
This super cute family owned farm is located in Water Mill, NY. They’re open from 9:30am-6pm daily and have so many fun things for your family to enjoy! You can go to their pumpkin patch, pick apples, play in the Maze Park, go through the corn maze and peruse their market. With so many activities and such great food available, this is the perfect way to spend the day with your family!
If you’re out in the Hamptons and looking for a great pumpkin patch, look no further! Milk Pail is open and ready for the season! They’re open Friday-Sunday from 10am-5:30pm and have a great selection. With over 60 different varieties, how could you not find the perfect pumpkin?!
This you-pick farm has the cutest selection of pumpkins! They are a farmers market that has a toyland, hayride and cornmaze. Come spend hours of endless fun with your family and bring home the perfect pumpkins to carve for Halloween!
Fairview Farm at Mecox
Every weekend from 10am-6pm, Fairview Farm at Mecox opens their farm up to everyone to pick out pumpkins and so much more! They have a really a really cool 8 acre corn maze that gets a new design and theme every year and they make every pie flavor known to man! Located in Bridgehampton, this is a great spot to check out!
Initially an apple picking favorite, they have now added pumpkins and gourds to their fall festivities. Because of its vast orchards, this is a great one-stop-shop farm for both apple and pumpkin picking until November 1st. Family fun also includes a hayride, corn maze, and more. Easily accessible on the metro north to Croton Falls Station.
Harvest Moon was the farm you all responded the most about. Located just north of NYC in North Salem, this family owned farm offers Fall festivals every weekend of September and October. Festival activities include hayrides, apple cannons, bouncy castles, pony rides, face painting, and so much more. Don’t worry about bringing your own lunch! Harvest Moon has bbq food, brick oven pizza, apple cider donuts, and kettle corn just to name a few. For those traveling by train take the Metro North line from Grand Central Station to Croton Falls.
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This post was originally published October 4th, 2021
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32 thoughts on “The Best Pumpkin Picking Near NYC”
Nothing is better during the fall than hitting the pumpkin patch. We go to our local patches every year, and they’re always so much fun.
Totally agree! So much fun.
Our family LOVES this time of year for pumpkin patches, and everything that goes along with them. These farms sound perfect for Fall fun!
Yes! Same! Its our favorite time of year!
the tractor on the family farm looks like such fun. so different. and i cannot believe it is already half way through october. whahahaa?
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I know right? Where is the time going?
Aaaahhhhh….it’s pumpkin time, isn’t it? I would love to be a part of this.
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I use to go here growing up. Such great photos, brought back so many memories!
I really want to do Pumpkin Picking ever since! I hope I can do it this year. It sounds like a fun experience!
I love wandering around a pumpkin patch. This place has some very nice pumpkins to choose from!
I have always wanted to go pumpkin picking!! its not really a thing over here in Australia though
Oh bummer. It really is so fun.
we love picking out pumpkins, i mean who doesn’t?!? we are going next friday when the kids are off school and then carving them.
Sounds like a fun weekend! Enjoy.
I love all your pictures for sure. This looks like a super fun activity to enjoy as a family x
These sound like great places to have some fall fun with the family. I love hitting the pumpkin patch every year.
I love pumpkins! Apple and pumpkin picking are some of my favorite fall activities. Glad that you are excited about it too.
Wow, those are some really great pictures! It brings back memories for me, going to pumpkin patches. We have a couple of really nice places here in AZ, with corn mazes and things. Good times!
The choice of pumpkin is really the event of the year or rather of the autumn season, it’s a shame not to have such beautiful places nearby to do it!
Autumn has come and I have never know anything about pumpkin picking! Thank a lot for the ideas and too bad that I am too far away to join you for this fun activity! – Knycx Journeying
Wow, that farm is so nice! It’s also perfect because halloween is coming!
These sound like fun places to visit. I grew up on Long Island, but interestingly enough, haven’t been to these farms as it wasn’t a part of my childhood traditions.
I would love to go to a pumpkin patch like this one! I am so excited for Fall and all the festivities around it! Can’t wait to go pumpkin picking this year!
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It looks like a fun activity for the whole family. I haven’t tried this but have gone strawberry picking which was also fun.
These all look like great places to go! I had a favorite place in Upstate New York called Sunnyside Gardens. My kids loved going there every year.
I will tell you honestly that I haven’t seen humongous pumpkin (I’m from a tropical country and ours is quite small). I guess pumpkin pick-up is a lot of fun, and I’m interested to have a similar experience.
Seeing how much fun you and your family are having pumpkin picking, I need to find a local one near me! Reminiscing about the last time I visited a pumpkin patch brings a big smile to my face
Such a fun family activity. Now you just gave me excellent idea. I will check if there’s something like this near me. Thanks for sharing this.
This is really interesting to read your post. you all look so happy. so nice pumpkins to choose from. thanks for sharing.
This is such a fab fall activity! It’s awesome to see you all had a pleasant time.
How cute! And what a nice autumn activity for the entire family 🙂