The leaves soon will start turning colors, and you might have noticed 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 places to find the perfect family pumpkins—whether you want to pick your own off the vine or have the picking already done for you.
All of these farms and pumpkin patches offer other family-friendly activities such as corn mazes, hayrides, and more, so make a day of it. Pick-your-own farms are fun, but 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 fairs and festivals.
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
In addition to pumpkins from the patch, the nursery’s fall festival features a corn maze and spooky walk, pony rides, pumpkin painting, an interactive petting zoo, gem mining, and lots more.
Albert H. Schmitt Family Farm — Dix Hills
Each fall weekend through Halloween, there is pumpkin picking, as well as hayrides and other fun activities for kids, including an animal train ride, pumpkin bounce house, firetruck slide, and a duck race play area.
Benner’s Farm — East Setauket
This small, organic farm hosts a number of family-friendly events throughout the year, including its harvest fair. 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.
Borellas Farm Stand — St. James
Pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, bounce houses, and more are waiting for your family at this family-run farm. You’ll also find plenty of seasonal flowers, fruits, and vegetables for sale.
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Enjoy Brightwaters Farms' collection of autumn activities, including its pumpkin patch.
Brightwaters Farms — Bay Shore
Pumpkin picking, hayrides, face painting, and farm animal feeding are just a few of the activities your kids will 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 wagon rides and a small corn maze ideal for kids 10 and younger.
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Find the perfect pumpkin at F & W Schmitt 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, a giant straw pyramid, and more, plus a haunted mansion for older kids.
Organics Today Farm — East Islip
Pick your own organic pumpkins here and then hop on a tractor-pulled hayride. Other goodies include roasted corn, hot apple cider, and apple cider donuts. You’ll also find raw honey and plenty of organic produce for purchase.
Woodside Nursery & Garden Center — North Patchogue
Pumpkin picking and so much more are 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, 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
In addition to pumpkin picking, enjoy a hay wagon, train ride, pedal tractors, kiddie maze, farm animals, and more. Visit the old-fashioned schoolhouse and church that are located on the farm. There is live music on the weekends.
Hank’s Pumpkintown — Water Mill
Eight acres of pumpkins are ready to be picked off the vine here. Other family activities include three interactive corn mazes, wagon, train, and tractor rides, giant slides, and much more. New in 2017: Hank's apple blasters. Homemade donuts and other fall treats are available.
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Who can resist a 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 pony rides. 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 much more. Harbes Orchard in Riverhead offers pumpkin picking, a spooky corn maze, 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’s challenging, but 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 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.
A version of this article originally published in 2016. It was updated in August 2017.