Top Pumpkin Patches and Farms for Long Island Kids
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.
Be sure to click through to the individual websites for updated hours and costs, and plan to wear a mask and practice social distancing during your visits.
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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
2020 update: The Fall Festival schedule is being finalized.
The nursery hosts its Fall Festival beginning the last weekend in September and continuing each weekend in 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
2020 update: The pumpkin patch is open for picking on weekends.
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.
Brightwaters Farms offers an assortment of autumn activities, including its celebrated pumpkin patch.
3. Brightwaters Farms— Bay Shore
2020 update: Brightwaters Farm plans to open its pumpkin patch in October. Follow its Facebook page for more updates.
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.
4. Elwood Pumpkin and Christmas Tree Farm — Huntington
2020 update: The farm opens Saturday, September 19, for the season. It is open weekends and Columbus Day from 10am-5pm; weekday afternoons by appointment only. Payment is cash-only.
Pick pumpkins right off the vine at this farm. Enjoy hayrides and a small corn maze ideal for kids 10 and younger.
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
2020 update: The Fall Festival and pumpkin patch are open at F & W Schmitt.
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 19-Saturday, October 31.
6. Organics Today Farm — East Islip
2020 update: The pumpkin patch opens for the season Monday, September 21, and is open daily through Halloween. Saturday nights in October are open for moonlight pumpkin picking.
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.
7. Woodside Nursery & Garden Center — North Patchogue
2020 update: The activities at Woodside Nursery & Garden Center start Saturday, September 26, and run through Halloween.
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.
Family-Friendly Pumpkin Patches on the East End
Fairview Farms is low-key with stunning grounds.
8. Fairview Farm — Bridgehampton
2020 update: The pumpkin patch opens Saturday, September 5.
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.
9. Gabrielsen's Country Farm — Jamesport
2020 update: The fall fun activities are scaled back this season, but pumpkin picking and train rides are available.
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.
10. Hank's Pumpkintown — Water Mill
2020 update: Hank's Pumpkintown opens Saturday, September 12, for the season.
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.
11. Lewin Farms — Wading River
2020 update: The Farm stand is open Wednesday-Monday. Call ahead for a daily pumpkin patch status update.
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.
12. May's Farm — Wading River
2020 update: The pumpkin patch and hayrides open for the season on Saturday, September 26.
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?
13. Harbes Family Farm — Jamesport, Mattituck, and Riverhead
2020 update: All three Harbes Farm locations are open and serving plenty of fall fun. Visit the website for updates on attractions at each venue.
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.
14. Stakey's Pumpkin Farm — Aquebogue
2020 update: Stakey's is open for the season. Face painting has been replaced by arm painting, and no pets are allowed this season.
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, arm painting, and a country store. Leashed pets are welcome.
This post is updated annually. Unless noted, all photos courtesy of the farms