And they’re all less than two hours away!
Before you know it, October will be here and we’ll be swapping out our shorts for sweaters and ice coffees for a PSL.
And though you might soon be stressing about what costume to wear this year, you won’t have to worry about where to find the most perfect pumpkins near you. From New Jersey favorites, to some within the five boroughs, here are 10 places to go pumpkin picking near NYC this fall.
1. Demarest Farms, NJ (45 minutes away)
Search for your perfect pumpkin beginning September 18th at this expansive farm founded in 1886! For $7, your general admission ticket will include free parking, entrance to the pumpkin patch, petting zoo, playground, and hayrides. Once you enter the patch, you’ll pay a flat rate of $12 for any pumpkin that you please, no matter the size! You must make your reservations on their website.
3. Secor Farms, NJ (1 hour away)
Where: 85 Airmont Ave, Mahwah, NJ
4. Queens County Farm Museum, Queens (40 mins away)
Usually towards the end of September, Queens County Farm Museum opens up their pumpkin patch to the public. There, visitors can run through the fields and find a pumpkin of their liking. This year they have yet to announce the exact date when their pumpkin patch will open but we expect similar timing as 2020 which lasted through October 30th. However, the farm is open now for its seasonal farm stand, scavenger hunts, and hayrides.
When: Everyday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
5. Dykeman Farm, Pawling (1 hour and 40 mins away)
After reducing some of their fall activities last season for health & safety reasons, Dykeman Farm has high hopes of bringing back all of their favorites like face painting and corn pits this year. Pumpkin picking will be available starting September 25, 2021 through every weekend in October. Visitors can expect a large selection with over 70 different varieties offered at the farm!
When: Everyday (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)
Where: 31 Dykeman Ln, Pawling, NY
6. Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction (1 hour and 20 mins away)
A beloved spot for apple picking, Fishkill Farms also offers pumpkin picking starting mid-September. If you already have an apple picking reservation you can add pumpkin picking on at the farm, otherwise you must make a pumpkin picking reservation which can be done on their website.
When: Tuesday to Sunday (9 a.m. – 6 p.m.)
Where: 9 Fishkill Farm Rd, Hopewell Junction, NY
7. Decker Farm, Staten Island (40 mins away)
8. Alstede Farms, NJ (1 hour away)
Offering an extensive list of pick-your-own produce from strawberries, peas, apples, peppers, and of course pumpkins, you can expect a wide range of colorful choices in addition to seasonal gourds and squash. Along with your PYO entry ticket, you’ll get to experience a scenic hay wagon ride through the farm and get access to the evergreen maze and hay pyramid. See when it’s the perfect time to pick your pumpkin on their website.
When: Everyday (9 a.m. – 7 p.m.)
Where: 1 Alstede Farms Ln, Chester, NJ
9. Outhouse Orchard, North Salem (1 hour away)
From hay rides to a corn maze, Outhouse Orchards offers all the fall activities you could have hoped for! Scour through their large selection of pumpkins (all vine free) and grab whichever takes your liking! Once you find the one, you’ll simply bring it over to the staff tent to get weighed for payment and you’ll be off. But make sure to stop at The Barn before you head out to pick up all sorts of fall goodies like apple cider doughnuts, local honey, and seasonal produce.
Where: 139 Hardscrabble Rd, North Salem, NY
10. F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm, Melville (1 hour away)
For decades, this Long Island farm has been celebrating autumnal traditions perfect for the whole family. From mini golf, hayrides, petting zoo, sunflower picking, a haunted house, and pumpkin picking, you’re sure to be feeling the seasonal spirit! Keep up to date when the farm reopens on their website.
Where: 26 Pinelawn Rd, Melville, NY