Autumn is in full swing, and it's a beautiful time of year to be outdoors! We've told you all about the wonderful fall festivals and where to go apple picking. Now we're turning our attention to the great pumpkins.
Below we've rounded up our favorite places to go pumpkin picking in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Sure, you can buy your pumpkins from the supermarket or your local nursery, but if you're looking for a more authentic experience, head to one of these nearby pumpkin patches (though pumpkins will generally be found already off the vine). We recommend contacting the farms before heading out to confirm hours of operation, availability, and any comforts that might vary.
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Bring the whole family and enjoy a day picking your own pumpkins at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard. Photo by Susan Miele
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard – North Salem
This family-run farm offers pick-your-own pumpkins daily. On weekends through October, enjoy Fall Festivals with apple picking, farm animals, pony rides, bouncy castles, hayrides, apple cannons(!), and more (additional fees range from $5-$10). The farm also offers homemade doughnuts, cider, produce, and fresh eggs for purchase. Note a new admission fee of $5 this year. Groups of 10 or more are advised to call ahead to reserve.
Muscoot Farm – Katonah
Though not a working farm, Muscoot will offer pumpkin picking on Columbus Day weekend as part of its Pumpkin Picking Autumn Celebration.
Stroll through the fields to find the perfect pumpkin at Outhouse Orchards. Photo by Susan Miele
Outhouse Orchards – North Salem
It’s a one-stop shop for both apple- and pumpkin-picking at the Outhouse Orchards, located across the street from Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard. In addition to a farm store and 15-minute hay rides, this site offers the added appeal of a full-fledged corn maze.
Stuart's Fruit Farm – Granite Springs
Snag a pumpkin and enjoy tractor-pulled hay rides on the weekends (11:00 am - 5:00 pm), fresh cider doughnuts, apple picking (other fruit as well, depending on the timing of your visit), a farm store, and picnic area.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights
Wilkens offers pumpkin picking every day in October from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm. The farm recommends calling ahead to confirm. While you're there, check out the three farm markets for homemade cider, freshly baked pies, doughnuts, and strudel sticks, as well as the Country Market store for gift and decor items. There's also a corn maze for added fall fun.
Pierson’s Farm – Middletown
Primarily a beef and poultry farm, Pierson’s will begin its 2018 pumpkin-picking season the last weekend in September. In addition to selecting that orange beauty, families can have the full farm-fun package with two corn mazes (4 acres and 3/4 acre), a petting zoo, play area, hayrides, a farm store, and more. The shop offers Halloween decor, local honey, produce, and more.
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Take a free hayride to the pumpkin patch at Wright Family Farm. Photo by Lisa Johnston
Wright Family Farm - Warwick
This family-friendly farm offers free hayrides to its pumpkin patch, which is in operation on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (plus Columbus Day) from September 15 to October 28 in 2018. For an additional fee, you can take a trip through the 5-acre corn maze, play in the corn box, ride the pedal carts and cow train, slide down the tube slide, play pumpkin bowling, and more. Tickets for this "Barnyard" fun can be purchased in advance to save $1 on admission. Pony rides are also available for a supplemental fee.
Barton Orchards – Poughquag
The scope of activity offered at Barton Orchards allows for hours of fun beyond pumpkin picking. When we reviewed this for our readers, we exhausted ourselves before we could indulge in all the activities, which include extensive produce-picking, a large-scale corn maze, the family Fun Park, an awesome playground, a farm store, and more. Fees per attraction vary.
Dykeman Farm – Pawling
About one hour north of central Westchester, Dykeman Farm offers pick-your-own pumpkins, free tractor-pulled hayrides, corn pits, cutout photo ops, and face painting. Kids can also enjoy feeding the ducks! The shop offers fresh-picked produce, local honey, and fall decor. Open weekends from September 29 through October 28, plus Columbus Day. Credit cards are accepted, but the farm does warn that this is dependent on the cell service in the field.
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Pick your pumpkin, and then decorate to your heart's content at Fishkill Farms.
Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction
Just under an hour from central Westchester, Fishkill Farms uses natural growing practices. Weekend fall festivals offer a corn maze, tractor-pulled hay rides, live music, pumpkin picking, and farm animals. Musical acts vary by week (performance times: 12:00-4:00 pm). Pumpkins are available for purchase beginning late September, overlapping with apple-picking season. On October 27, the farm will offer the added attraction of pumpkin decorating (10:00 am to 4:00 pm). Food is available for purchase, including standards like hot dogs plus the more exotic rice and beans and Jamaican jerk chicken, and the farm store offers pies and other treats. There is a $5 admission fee for ages 13 and older; 12 and under go free. See our full write-up for everything you need to know about this eco-friendly farm.
DuBois Farms – Highland
In addition to picking pumpkins, apples, and other produce, families can enjoy a two-acre corn maze, wagon rides, farm animals, baked goods, cotton candy, apple-cider doughnuts, weekend barbecues, and the “Tiny Town” play area. Pumpkins are available from mid-September through October. Admission and parking are free.
Grab a wagon and take home an array of pumpkins and squash from Hurds Family Farm.
Hurds Family Farm – Modena
There’s an extensive list of things to do besides pumpkin and apple picking at Hurds. Purchase a wristband ($15 on weekends; $8 on weekdays) and enjoy corn mazes in two sizes, a cow train, a hayride, a rubber-duck derby, a giant slide, and more. (A $9 weekend wristband is also available, entitling visitors to the corn maze and hay ride only.) New for 2018 is the Wild Apple Obstacle Course. Attractions not requiring a fee are the playground, picnic tables, farm animals, and Horse Hoop Toss, among others. Kids under age 3 go free. Consult the Hurds calendar of events for varying activities that include crafting, a cider-pressing demo, and more.
Originally published 2013 and updated for 2018.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the farms