It's autumn—time for visiting pumpkin patches and apple orchards, enjoying apple cider and doughnuts, and going on hayrides. Westchester and the Hudson Valley are rife with farm fun in the fall, including hayrides—many of which are free or at least included with the admission price.
We've gathered up some of our favorite farms and orchards with hayrides and other fall fun. For more ideas for kid-friendly autumn activities, sign up for our newsletters and follow us on Facebook.
Harvest Moon is well known for its weekend festivals!
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard – North Salem
Visitors to Harvest Moon can participate in its weekend fall festivals. In addition to hayrides, there's live music, inflatables, face painting, pony rides and apple cannons—in short, all the trappings of a family fun day.
Outhouse Orchards – North Salem
Outhouse Orchards offers hayrides on "big green tractors" with scenic views of apple trees and farmland. While you're there, pick some apples or pumpkins or visit the corn maze. Parking on weekends is $5 (there’s no fee during the week).
Stuart's Fruit Farm – Granite Springs
On Saturdays and Sundays, families can go on a hayride through the orchard, which boasts more than 20 different varieties of apples. While there, you can also pick your own pumpkins and check out the farm stand. The bakery also offers fresh apple cider doughnuts and homemade pies.
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Enjoy homemade cider doughnuts at Wilkens.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights
Wilkens offers apple and pumpkin picking, a corn maze, and wagon rides. They also make fresh apple cider doughnuts right on the premises. Be sure to check out the Harvest Calendar for full details on all activities. The farm is open daily through mid-December. Free admission and free wagon rides when you go apple picking. (Pay per bag/basket.)
Dr. Davies Farm – Congers
Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick some gourds. Rides are $5 per person, with pumpkins for $3. Kids under 3 ride for free! You can also pick your own apples and get lost in a corn maze.
Admission at Barton Orchards includes an unlimited number of hayrides.
Barton Orchards – Poughquag
Not only does Barton Orchards offer hayrides, the farm has live music, a "fun park" with rides and attractions, pick-your-own apples and pumpkins, and an on-site tap room with craft beer, cider, and wine. Admission is $12 (kids under 2 are free), which gives you access to hayrides and lots more fun.
Dykeman Farm – Pawling
Dykeman, well known for its expansive farm stand, offers free hayrides on the weekends. Other fun activities include seasonal-themed photo ops and face painting. Pet owners take note: Leashed dogs are allowed!
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Fishkill Farms is one of the more eco-friendly farms in the Lower Hudson Valley.
Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction
Visitors to Fishkill Farms can enjoy wagon rides on weekends from mid-September through mid-October during Harvest Festival Weekends. During that time, the farm also has a grill on site serving food and beverages—and of course, there are apples and pumpkins to pick. Admission is $5 on weekends for ages 12 and up.
Kesicke Farm – Rhinebeck
In the charming town of Rhinebeck, Kesicke farm offers a fall festival every weekend from September 15 – October 28. The farm has hayrides ($6), apples, pumpkins, apple cider doughnuts, a corn maze, and other fun activities. Choose from among various packages or an "all day fun pass" for $15.
Wright Family Farm – Warwick
Visitors to Wright Family Farm can enjoy hayrides as well as a corn maze, pick-your-own pumpkins and apples, a farm stand, pedal carts, and even pony rides. Hayrides are free; costs of other activities vary—see the farm's Fall Fun webpage for details.
Kids can bounce into fall on the Big Apple Bounce at Hurds Family Farm.
Hurds Family Farm – Modena
This farm in Modena provides hayrides and more—including pedal carts, a corn maze, games, apple and pumpkin picking, and a nature trail. Make sure to visit the website before you go to see all the package deals and special offers.
Kelder’s Farm – Kerhonkson
There’s so much to see and do at this farm, including hayrides on Saturdays and Sundays, plus everything from a petting zoo and playground to a corn maze and mini-golf. Pick apples, pumpkins, and even flowers.
Photos courtesy of the farms