The Best Hayrides and Haunted Hayrides for Long Island Kids
The best hayrides for Long Island kids feature more than just straw and wagon wheels. Characters, pumpkin-picking, and scrumptious treats like warm apple cider and warm cinnamon doughnuts will delight your senses as you roll through colorful autumn wonderlands with your toddlers and big kids. There are even haunted hayrides on Long Island for the tweens and teens!
For more fall festi-fall-ing, check out our Fall Fairs and Festivals and our Top Pumpkin Patches and Farms For Long Island Kids.
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1. Crossroads Farm — Malverne
2020 Update: Hayrides will not be available this season. Crossroads Farm is hosting pop up events which can be found on their Facebook page. They are still hosting farmer's markets and their farm stand is open for fall produce.
Hayrides are a part of the fall fun at Crossroads Farm. Parents will enjoy special events such as wine tasting and Oktoberfest. Kids will love the farm stand with treats like apple cider and pies. Crossroads also sells holistic body care products, vegan treats, and organic desserts.
Hop on a tractor hayride at Hick's nursery.
2. Hick's Nursery — Westbury
2020 Update: Hick's Nursery is not hosting hayrides, children's games, farm animals, or the annual pumpkin weigh off contest this fall. Otto the Ghost will still be available for socially distanced photos on weekends and holidays until November 1st.
Pumpkin-picking, scarecrows, and mums will all light up the path of your hayride at Hick's nursery in Westbury. Enjoy the adventures of Otto the famous ghost and feed the farm animals. Locals will love the fresh-roasted corn, homemade fudge, and freshly-picked New York State apples without fighting traffic. Visit the nursery for seasonal wreaths, veggies, and centerpieces after your hayride.
3. Halloween Village — Jericho
2020 Update: Milleridge Inn is currently not hosting the Halloween Village. Updates to any changes will be posted on their social media.
Every weekend in October The Milleridge Inn hosts a Halloween Village complete with spooky hayrides, a haunted house, pumpkin patch, fortune teller, and even a fire eater. Attractions vary in spookiness, so use discretion. This event is cash only.
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4. The Pickle Festival at John Gardiner Farm — Huntington
2020 Update: The Pickle Festival at John Gardiner Farm is canceled for the fall.
On September 21, enjoy hayrides, a corn maze, specialty pickles, and a lollipop train ride at The Pickle Festival at John Gardiner Farm. A $5 donation is requested of adults, and kids under twelve get in free. The festival will run from 10 am until 5 pm.
5. Schmitt's Farm — Melville
2020 Update: Schmitt Farms will be offering hayrides this fall as part of their fall festival. The fall festival is running September 19th to October 31st on weekends. No reservations are needed, and tickets are available at the door.
Fall is a blossoming bouquet of fun at Schmitt's Farm in Melville from September 28 until October 27. This fall, enjoy a daytime corn maze, pumpkin picking, a playground with inflatables, hayrides, and pony rides. Moms and dads will relish in the chance to purchase fresh fruits, veggies, preserves, and autumn decor at the farm stand.
6. White Post Farm — Melville
2020 Update: Hayrides are available this fall along with pumpkin picking and painting. All admissions must be purchased in advance to guarantee entry. There are limited walk-in tickets available.
The Fall Festival at White Post Farms runs from September 21 through October 27. The price of admission includes a Kids' Stage Show, Exotic Bird Show, Animal Farm, Singin' Chicken Show, Play in The Hay, and unlimited use of Bounce N' Slides. The Animal Farm has been voted "Best on Long Island" for two years in a row. Don't miss out on the tasty roasted corn, banana bread, and homemade pies.
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7. Brenner's Farm — East Setauket
2020 Update: Brenner's Farm is hosting private family farm tours and hayrides by registration only. They are also hosting fall workshops which are available on their website.
Every Saturday and Sunday in October, enjoy hayrides at Brenner's farm from 12 pm until 4 pm. There is also pumpkin-picking, pumpkin-painting, and a big swing for kids to enjoy. Moms and dads will appreciate all of the fresh produce for sale.
8. Seven Pond's Orchard — Water Mill
2020 Update: Seven Pond's Orchard will be hosting hayrides this season. No reservations are needed.
Pick apples like Ginger Gold, Gala, and Snow Sweet before hopping on the hayrides and life-sized wooden toys at Seven Ponds Orchard. Guests can also pick their own eggplant, snap peas, and sunflowers. The fee is $9 per person. Seven Pond's Orchard is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm.
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White Post Farm
John Gardiner Farm
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