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 24th 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.
When: Monday-Sunday 8a.m. – 5p.m.
Where: 244 Werimus Rd, Hillsdale, NJ
2. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm, Yorktown Heights (1 hour away)
This year marks the 106th year of harvest for Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm. The pumpkin patch is set to open for picking on Saturday, October 1st. Until then, guests can still pick-their-own apples and peaches and weave their way through the corn maze.
When: Wednesday-Monday 10a.m. – 4:30p.m.
Where: 1335 White Hill Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY
3. Secor Farms, NJ (1 hour away)
4. Queens County Farm Museum, Queens (40 mins away)
Queens County Farm will open up their pumpkin patch to the public between October 1st and October 29th. There, visitors can run through the fields and find a pumpkin of their liking. Pumpkins are priced by size and no reservation is required.
When: Monday-Sunday 10a.m. – 5p.m.
5. Dykeman Farm, Pawling (1 hour and 40 mins away)
Pumpkin picking will be available at Dykeman Farm starting September 25 and through every weekend in October. Visitors can expect a large selection with over 70 different varieties offered at the farm! Plus they also offer all visitors free hayrides and, new this year, will be offering apple picking with a variety of apples to choose from including Macs, Crispin, Honey Crisp, Cortland, and Fuji.
When: Pumpkin picking weekends only, 10a.m. – 5p.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: Monday-Sunday 9a.m. – 6p.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