Pick the largest pumpkin you can carry at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard.
Pick the largest pumpkin you can carry at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard.

Pumpkin Patches Near NYC Where Kids Can Pick Their Own

We can't fight it anymore: The Halloween season is upon us! And what's Halloween without the perfect pumpkin? Sure, you can grab one from the local farmers market, grocery store, or one of the few pumpkin patches right here in New York City. But for a more immersive experience, head to the country to pick your own pumpkin this fall. Many of these farms and orchards offer additional activities for kids, including hayrides, bouncy houses, corn mazes, and apple picking, so you can expand your hunt for the perfect pumpkin into a family day trip.

Like our recent profile of nearby pick-your-own-apple orchards, these 12 pumpkin patches are all about an hour from Midtown Manhattan by car. We even found a few reachable via public transportation.

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Keep in mind, many of these farms set out pumpkins in a field for kids to "pick," so the fruit has already been cut from the vine. We've noted when this is not the case, for purists looking for a more authentic (and labor-intensive) experience.

Another important note: Call ahead to confirm hours, pricing, availability, and attractions. Keep in mind, masks and social distancing are required in 2020.

Pumpkin Patches in Westchester County

1. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard – North Salem

2020 update: There will be no farm festival in 2020. Pumpkins are beginning to fill the patch and can be picked during farm store hours on the weekdays, or during apple picking hours on the weekends. Weekend visits require reservations and can be booked online up to 10 days in advance.
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan; also accessible via Metro-North
Located directly across the street from Outhouse Orchards (below), this family-run farm offers a variety of pumpkins and gourds. This farm is also near the Metro-North Croton Falls Station.

Pumpkin picking at Outhouse Orchards has become a lasting family tradition for countless families. Photo by Susan Miele

2. Outhouse Orchards – North Salem

2020 update: Weekend visits require reservations, which can be booked online in advance. Pumpkins are already available.
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan; also accessible via Metro-North
This apple-picking favorite has added a pumpkin patch to its attractions, which include hayrides and a corn maze. The pumpkin patch is already open this year, so head on up. There is a weekend parking fee of $10, but weekday parking is FREE. No car? No problem! Take Metro-North to the Croton Falls Station and catch a cab to the farm.

3. Stuart's Fruit Farm – Granite Springs

2020 update: Stuart's is open for the 2020 season.
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
Pre-picked pumpkins are available in the farm store, along with gourds, Indian corn, corn stalks, and more fall decor. This family-run farm also offers no-frills apple picking daily. Don't worry if your little ones don't have the energy to trek around: The place is stroller-friendly, and there are hayrides on weekends.

RELATED: Harvest Festivals, Pumpkin Patches, and Hayrides in NYC

Enjoy a free hayride to pick your pumpkin at Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm.

4. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights

2020 update: Wilkens pick-your-own pumpkin patch opens for the season Friday, September 25.
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan; also accessible via Metro-North
Wilkens' pumpkin patch will be open for picking from Friday, September 25 through Halloween this year, and apple picking is available through late-October. The grounds are hilly. No car? Take Metro-North to the Croton-Harmon Station and then a 20-minute taxi ride to the farm. Be warned: This location reportedly gets very crowded.

Find more pumpkin picking in Westchester and Hudson Valley.

Pumpkin Patches on Long Island

5. Elwood Pumpkin Farm – Huntington

2020 update: Elwood Pumpkin Farm opens for the season Sunday, September 20. Hayrides are limited to encourage social distancing.
About 50 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Kids can pick pumpkins off the vine right where they grow, take a hayride, and navigate a modest corn maze. The picking begins Sunday, September 20. Bonus: There's no admission fee. You pay based on the size of your pumpkin.

6. F&W Schmitt's Family Farm – Melville

2020 update: F&W Schmitt's Farm is charging an admission fee of $10 per person this season to limit crowds. The haunted house opens Friday, October 20. The fall fun starts Saturday, September 19.
About 50 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
This Long Island spot is super popular thanks to its giant corn maze, pumpkin patch playground, small animals to pet, and hayrides (no apple picking, though). There's a scary haunted house for adults and a milder version for older kids. Admission times and prices vary by date. Visit the website for a complete schedule, but the fun starts Saturday, September 19, this year.

7. Lewin Farm – Calverton

2020 update: Pumpkin picking begins in late September at Lewin Farm.
About 90 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Pick pumpkins right from the vine at this quiet spot, where there is also plenty of other seasonal produce to choose from. Be sure to call in the morning to confirm opening.

Find more pick-your-own pumpkin patches on Long Island.

Pumpkin Patches in New Jersey

8. Secor Farms – Mahwah

2020 update: The pumpkin patch is located near the farm store in 2020, and no hayrides are offered. Capacity is limited, so visitors may incur a line at popular times. Usual attractions like hayrides and the corn maze are not open.
About 40 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
While this picturesque farm specializes in flowers and plants, it also grows a bumper crop of pumpkins accessible via hayride. Open dates this fall are Monday, September 14 through Saturday, October 31. Other attractions include a corn maze and farm animals.

RELATED: NYC's Only Corn Maze and More Fall Fun at the Queens County Farm Museum

Alstede Farm is an awesome pick-your-own-farm destination. Photo courtesy of the farm

9. Alstede Farms – Chester

2020 update: Pick-your-own pumpkins require reservations this season. Pumpkin harvest usually begins in mid-September. See the harvest schedule for up-to-date picking information.
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan; also accessible via New Jersey Transit
In addition to pumpkin and apple picking, this farm offers a ton of activities, including a 10-acre corn maze and barnyard animals. Plus, you don't need a car to get here. Take New Jersey Transit to the Gladstone Station and call Village Taxi or hop on the Historic Chester Courtesy Coach for a lift to the farm; reservations are required at least 2 hours in advance. There are various admission packages available.

10. Demarest Farms – Hillsdale

2020 update: Pick-your-own pumpkin season begins Saturday, September 19, and reservations are required. No extra activities are offered during pick your own this season.
About 35 minutes by car from Midtown Manhattan
Just across the Hudson River, this popular apple-picking spot in northern New Jersey also offers pick-your-own pumpkins, ready for picking now. Admission is $7 and includes parking, a hayride, access to the adventure playground, and time with the farm animals.

11. Riamede Farm – Chester

2020 update: Farm passes are required for admission to Riamede this season and can be purchased online in advance. Pumpkins are ripe in late September. Hayrides may be limited or canceled altogether.
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
Bring your own shears and snip a pumpkin right off the vine at this pumpkin patch. Seriously, Riamede won't cut them for you—it's DIY. However, the farm offers a complimentary hayride to the picking field on weekends in October. You can also pick your own apples in several varieties, including heirlooms.

12. Conklin Farm U-Pick – Montville

2020 update: Conklin opens for the season on Saturday, September 26. An entry fee is required, and reservations must be made online in advance. Visitors must abide by a 2-hour time limit for their visits. Follow its Facebook page for updates on activities.
About 1 hour by car from Midtown Manhattan
Conklin is smaller and calmer than many of the other farms, while still offering everything you need for a great fall day out: pumpkin picking, a corn maze, and warm homemade donuts! There are also hayrides, face painting, and balloons on Friday afternoons. The farm opens for the season on Saturday, September 26, this year.

Find more pumpkin patches in New Jersey for kids.

Know Before You Go

We've said this before, but it's important, so we will repeat ourselves: Make sure you call ahead to confirm hours, pumpkin availability, and attractions. Many orchards are small, family-run establishments that can close unexpectedly. A Mommy Poppins staffer once made a trip to a farm only to find the entire place shut down for a family funeral.

Approximate driving times do not include traffic. And sadly, you're probably going to run into some.

Leave your pets at home. Most farms don't allow them.

If you're thinking of packing a picnic, call ahead to make sure the farm allows you to bring your own food.

Bring cash or call to confirm the farm accepts credit or debit cards. Some smaller farms are cash-only.

The pumpkin-picking season usually starts in mid- to late September, while other farms hold off until October 1. Don't wait too long, though, or you risk coming home without a jack-o-lantern.

For other fun farm outings, including apple and pumpkin picking all over the tri-state area, check out our Farm Guide.

A version of this post was published in 2017; it is updated annually.

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