The leaves soon will turn colors and there’s a crispness in the air, which can only mean one thing: It’s time to go pumpkin picking!
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. All of these venues offer other family-friendly activities such as corn mazes and hayrides, so make a day of it. Pick-your-own farms can get messy, so make sure kids are dressed appropriately. Look at individual websites for hours and costs since some activities are free while other attractions have added fees.
If you’re heading to one of the farms on the East End, why not stop at a kid-friendly winery or a pick-your-own apple farm? And, for more seasonal fun, check out our list of the best fall fairs and festivals.
Happy autumn (and early Halloween)!
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Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s — Malverne
An organic farm managed by the nonprofit Nassau Land Trust, here you’ll find plenty of pumpkins in the patch along with a farm stand filled with organic produce and fall favorites such as apple pie and cider.
The Dees’ Nursery & Florist, Inc. — Oceanside
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 spooky walk.
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.
Benner’s Farm — East Setauket
This small, organic farm hosts a number of family-friendly events throughout the year, including its Fall Harvest Festival. Kids can go pumpkin picking, hop on a hayride, and learn how cider is made. It also offers kids' workshops on the weekend, and weekday programs such as mommy-and-me classes. Fall fun weekends begin Oct. 5.
Borellas Farm Stand — St. James
Pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, bounce houses, and more are waiting for your family at this family-run farm during its Fall Harvest Festival each weekend beginning September 29th and every weekend in October plus Columbus Day. You’ll also find plenty of seasonal flowers, fruits, and vegetables for sale.
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Brightwaters Farms offers an assortment of autumn activities, including its celebrated pumpkin patch.
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. Added activities and events happen on fall festival weekends.
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.
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Little ones will thrill to the pumpkin search at F & W Schmitt Family Farm in Melville.
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 more, plus a haunted mansion for older kids (and adults). Annual Fall Festival runs September 28th through October 27th.
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 Friday nights, you can gather around the chimney, sip hot cocoa, and nibble on pumpkin muffins. Other goodies include roasted corn, hot apple cider, apple cider donuts, raw honey, and plenty of organic produce for purchase.
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.
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. Giant tractor tires are filled with corn for kids' play. A country store offers plenty of goodies for purchase.
Fink’s Country 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.
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 moved. 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.
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.
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Who can resist the PumpkinLand corn maze at Harbes Farm in Jamesport?
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 six-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.
Lewin Farms — Wading River
Pick your own pumpkins right off the vine. There is plenty of other seasonal produce to pick and/or purchase. Enjoy a five-acre corn maze that changes every year. It’s fine for little ones as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Reward yourself and your family with delicious roasted corn.
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.
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, face painting, and a country store. Leashed pets are welcome.
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Photos courtesy of the farms