16 Pumpkin Picking Farms on Long Island for Families
The leaves soon will turn colors, and there's a crispness in the air, which can only mean one thing: It's time to hit up a Long Island pumpkin patch.
Happily, no matter where you live on Long Island, there are plenty of pumpkin patches and farms brimming with pumpkins perfect for picking this fall. These venues offer other family-friendly activities such as corn mazes and hayrides, so plan to make a day of it. Pick-your-own farms can get messy, so make sure the kids are dressed appropriately.
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Family-Friendly Pumpkin Patches in Nassau County
Every weekend in October, The Dees' Nursery & Florist hosts its Fall Festival.
1. The Dees' Nursery & Florist — Oceanside
The nursery hosts its Fall Festival starting September 18, and continues each weekend after in September and October, including on Columbus Day. Activities include a petting zoo, pumpkin picking and painting, gem mining, a corn maze, and a spooky walk.
Family-Friendly Pumpkin Patches in Suffolk County
2. Albert H. Schmitt Family Farm — Dix Hills
Each fall weekend through Halloween, plus Columbus Day, enjoy pumpkin picking, as well as hayrides and other fun activities for kids, including an animal train ride, a hayride, duck races, and a play area for little ones. Pumpkin picking begins September 15.
Brightwaters Farms offers an assortment of autumn activities, including its celebrated pumpkin patch.
3. Brightwaters Farms— Bay Shore
Pumpkin picking, hayrides, face painting, and farm animal feeding are just a few of the activities kids enjoy here. There's also a concession stand, country store, and farmers market. Additional activities and events happen on fall festival weekends. Follow their Facebook page for updates on the start of the season.
4. Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm — Huntington
Pick pumpkins right off the vine at this farm. Enjoy hayrides and a small corn maze ideal for kids 10 and younger. Pumpkin picking begins September 18.
Little ones can get in on the search for the perfect pumpkin F & W Schmitt Family Farm in Melville.
5. F & W Schmitt Family Farm— Melville
Around for more than 50 years, attractions at this farm include a pumpkin stand, hayrides, farm animals, pony rides, and a haunted mansion for older kids (and adults). Annual Fall Festival runs Saturday, September 18 - Sunday, October 31.
6. Organics Today Farm — East Islip
Pick your own organic pumpkins here and then hop on a tractor-pulled hayride. Bring a flashlight and pick pumpkins in the moonlight on select dates. Other goodies include roasted corn, hot apple cider, apple cider donuts, raw honey, and plenty of organic produce for purchase. They are open daily for pumpkin picking starting September 26.
7. White Post Farms - Melville
The fall festival runs on weekends in September and October, starting September 18. Admission includes unlimited hayrides, a haystack play area, family shows and of course admission to the animal farm.
8. Woodside Nursery & Garden Center — North Patchogue
Pumpkin picking and much more is available here for kids, including a dinosaur park exhibit, scarecrow making, a haunted tunnel, bounce house, and "gold" mining. Pumpkin picking begins September 25.
Family-Friendly Pumpkin Patches on the East End
Fairview Farms is low-key with stunning grounds.
9. Fairview Farm — Bridgehampton
Families can pick their own pumpkins, gourds, and squash, get lost in the giant corn maze or test their aim with the corn cannon. Oversized tractor tires are filled with corn for kids' play. A country store offers plenty of goodies for purchase. The opening date is Saturday, September 4.
10. Fink's County Farm - Wading River
In addition to pumpkin picking, there are bounce houses here, an animal farm, pig races, live entertainment, and more to keep the family entertained. Outside food and beverages are permitted in the picnic area.
11. Gabrielsen's Country Farm — Jamesport
Families can enjoy pumpkin picking, hayrides, a train ride, pedal tractors, bounce houses, and more at this family-owned farm. Fresh produce is available for purchase, and there is live music on the weekends.
Pick your pumpkin straight from the vine at Hank's Pumpkintown in Water Mill.
12. Hank's Pumpkintown — Water Mill
Eight acres of pumpkins are ready to be picked off the vine here. Other family activities include a gigantic maze park that features three unique, interactive mazes, a playground, gem mining, narrated hayrides, duck races, and more. Homemade donuts and other fall treats are available. The season kicks off on Saturday, September 11.
13. Lewin Farms — Wading River
Pick your own pumpkins right off the vine. There is plenty of other seasonal produce to pick or purchase. Enjoy a 5-acre corn maze that changes every year. It's fine for little ones as long as an adult accompanies them. Reward yourself and your family with delicious roasted corn. The Farm stand is open Wednesday-Monday. Call ahead for a daily pumpkin patch status update.
14. May's Farm — Wading River
Kids can search for the perfect pumpkin in the patch. There's also a corn maze, hayrides, and pony rides on select weekends. Little ones can get their faces painted, decorate pumpkins, and even get a visit from Sesame Street's "Elmo." Cider, roasted corn, and other treats are available.
Who can resist the PumpkinLand corn maze at Harbes Farm in Jamesport?
15. Harbes Family Farm — Jamesport, Mattituck, and Riverhead
There are three different Harbes Farm locations. Harbes Farm Jamesport is home to Harbes PumpkinLand, where pumpkins can be picked off the vine. There is also a 6-acre interactive corn maze, singing hayrides, and more. At Harbes Family Farm in Mattituck, you'll find the Barnyard Adventure Park, which features plenty of family activities and events, including two large pumpkin patches, two corn mazes, hayrides, gem mining, and more. Harbes Orchard in Riverhead offers pumpkin picking, a spooky corn maze, pony rides, and a Robin Hood corn maze. Jamesport and Riverhead open September 11. Mattituck opens September 18.
16. Stakey's Pumpkin Farm — Aquebogue
Eighteen varieties of pumpkins on 26 acres are just waiting to be picked off the vine. There's also a corn maze, hayrides, bounce house and a country store. Pets are not allowed this season. Pumpkin picking starts September 18. Their final day is October 30.
This post is updated annually. Unless noted, all photos courtesy of the farms