Pumpkin Picking, Corn Mazes and Hayrides in New Jersey
There is a perfect pick your own pumpkin farm for everyone in the Garden State! Whether you’re looking for pumpkin picking adventures for preschoolers, a pick your own pumpkin patch that won't bore your 10 year old, a pumpkin picking group tour, or just a quiet old-fashioned farm without all the gimmicks, you can find it all in New Jersey. And we've narrowed down the search for you.
Pumpkin Picking with Older Kids
Heaven Hill Farm
During their Pumpkin Land Festival (Mid-September through end of October), the farm turns into a Halloween spooktacular with animated Halloween frights like an outhouse that opens up to reveal a skeleton inside, a haunted shack, and of course, Heaven Hill’s nearly-famous Haunted Acres Hayride. There are also the standard hayrides to the pumpkin patch, lots of farm animals and a cornmaze. The farm sells playground equipment which means that the kids can spend hours just playing on that alone. Open from 10am to 5pm weekdays ($5 admission) and 10am to 6pm weekends ($7 admission). Call 973-764-5144 for more information.
Fun for the whole family
If Heaven Hill Farm is the place for older kids, Terhune Orchards is the ideal place to take the toddler and preschool set. During their Fall Family Fun weekends, (mid-September through end of October) Terhune skips the scary Halloween decors in favor of pumpkin painting, tractor trikes, pony rides, farm animals in the newly renovated Adventure Barn, mini-hay rides, live bands, and outdoor carnival-style food. Special attractions include the Alpaca Show on October 2nd and 3rd and the “What I Love About Terhune Orchards” photo contest. Open weekends 10am to 5pm, Admission $5 (kids under 3 are free). Call 609-924-2310 for more information.
Pumpkin Picking in a Group
If you find solo pumpkin picking to be a bore, why not gather a bunch of families and do a Pumpkin Picking Group Tour at Donaldsen Farm? Tour includes pumpkin picking (everyone takes home a pumpkin), an educational lesson on pumpkins, an interactive tractor hayride tour of the farm, play time with the farm animals and some fresh apple cider for a snack. Monday through Saturday 8am to 7pm, Sundays 8am to 6pm. (908) 852-9122
Pumpkin Picking with a little extra…
Horse Sleigh Farm
Sure, you can pick pumpkins, you can paint pumpkins, you can even carve pumpkins and when you’re pumpkin-ed out, you can try the enormous Wild West themed corn maze, which takes a staggering 1 to 3 hours for an adult to get through (the children’s maze section takes approx. 20 minutes). Tuesday through Thursday 11am to 5pm, Friday through Sunday 11am to 11pm, closed Mondays except for Columbus Day. Maze admission $9/adults, $7/children. Call 908.246.3044 for more information.
"Real" Pumpkin Picking
All the bells and whistles can be fun, but how can you call it pumpkin picking when all you have to do is pick up a precut pumpkin from an already harvested field? For some real pumpkin picking, (you get to cut the pumpkin right off the vine yourself), go to Riamede Farm. The quiet, simple, laid-back farm has only a hayride to the pumpkin patch and just plain pumpkins! But bring your own cutting tools, this is a real farm, folks. 9am to 4:30pm daily. Call 908-879-5353 for more information.
For full coverage of apple picking, pumpkin picking, strawberry picking and farm fun info in the tri state area, check out our Pick Your Own Guide.