Pumpkin Patches, Hayrides, and Harvest Festivals Right Here in NYC

Dust off your costumes—Halloween at the Queens Botanical Garden is back. Photo courtesy of the garden
Dust off your costumes—Halloween at the Queens Botanical Garden is back. Photo courtesy of the garden

If you think you need to head out of the city for an authentic fall harvest experience, we've got good news: NYC is jam-packed with fall activities. You can pick the perfect pumpkin, go on a hayride, meet farm animals, and even get lost in a massive corn maze without leaving the five boroughs. So, grab the kids and get primed for fall fun. Find more seasonal picks in our Fall Activities Guide.

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The Amazing Maize Maze is located at the Queens County Farm Museum
Your little city slickers know their way around the streets, but can they navigate the Amazing Maize Maze?

NYC's Only Corn Maze

The Amazing Maize Maze – Glen Oaks, Queens

Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, from September 17 through October 30; also on Monday, October 11
You need a lot of room for a good corn maze, so it's no surprise NYC's only one is located on the grounds of the Queens County Farm Museum. Since the maze changes every year, tackling it has become a tradition for my family. Before you embark on your adventure, staff members explain how to find hidden clues and solve puzzles to help you successfully navigate to the exit. If you've got older kids who enjoy a challenge, try doing it by flashlight: The corn maze stays open until 9:30pm on Saturdays October 2 and 23, plus Thursday, October 28. Timed-entry tickets are required and must be purchased online in advance.

Pumpkin Patches in New York City

Green Meadows Farm Pumpkin Picking – Marine Park, Brooklyn

Weekends, Saturday, September 25-Sunday, October 31; also on Columbus Day
Visit with farm animals, take a hayride, pick your own pumpkin, play on the farm playground, and drive a big bulldozer at Green Meadows Farm, located next to the Aviator Sports Center. There are plenty of photo-ops, and a pumpkin is included with paid admission.

Pumpkin Patch – Glen Oaks, Queens

Daily, Friday, October 1-Sunday, October 31
You might come for the Amazing Maize Maze, but it will be hard to leave without a pumpkin! Admission to the Queens County Farm Museum is FREE and you'll pay for the pumpkin you pick according to its size. Children are "picking" pumpkins lying on a lawn, but it's a fun experience for little kids, and there are lots of other farm attractions. Beware: You'll pay by the pound for your gourd, so choose wisely!

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Field of pumpkins at Decker Farms
Pick a pumpkin at Decker Farms on Staten Island. Photo courtesy of Historic Richmond Town

Decker Farm Pumpkin Picking Weekends – Richmond, Staten Island

Weekends Saturday, October 2-Sunday, October 31
This 19th-century farm is part of the Historic Richmond Town living history museum. Pumpkins are set out in a field for kids to "pick." There's also a hayride and a small hay maze. There are plenty of fall photo-ops, foods to sample, and vendors peddling their wares. If you visit on Halloween, you'll be treated to some additional spooky features like pumpkin carving demos and Halloween-themed educational activities led by costumed interpreters. Advance ticket purchase is recommended to guarantee entry.

Pumpkin Point – Governors Island

Weekends, Saturday, October 23-Sunday, October 31
Hop on the ferry and set sail for the pumpkin patch at Governors Island. Pumpkins are strewn across the lawns at Nolan Park and seasonal photo-ops frame the scene. Visitors can take home one FREE pumpkin. Stick around to enjoy the action-packed isle, which is now open year-round, including fall-themed arts and crafts, live music, autumnal eats, and more. 

The William Vale Hotel transforms Vale Park into a family-friendly pumpkin patch for two October weekends. Photo courtesy of the hotel

Vale Park Pumpkin Patch – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Sunday, October 17, and Sunday, October 24
The William Vale transforms Vale Park into a family-friendly pumpkin patch for two October weekends. Pluck your perfect pumpkin from the patch (priced by size), then hit the craft tables to transform it into a table-worthy decoration. Seasonal drinks for sipping and autumnal treats add to the fun.

Queens Botanical Garden Pumpkin Patch – Flushing, Queens

Weekends, Saturday, October 16-Sunday, October 31
This popular pumpkin patch includes plenty of pumpkins to choose from, harvest-themed photo-ops with costumed nature creatures, grab-and-go fall crafts, and pumpkin-inspired adult beverages. Tickets include admission to the Queens Botanical Garden.

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Mark fall at the Queens County Fair at the Queens County Farm Museum
The Queens County Farm Museum is the place to be for fall-themed fun in city limits. Photo by Sarah Meyer

NYC Fall Harvest Festivals

These festivals are all happening, but be sure to check back; we'll be adding more as they are confirmed.

Queens County Fair – Glen Oaks, Queens

Friday, September 10-Sunday, September 12
Enjoy a full-fledged county fair right here in NYC at the Queens County Farm Museum with pie-eating and corn-husking contests, pig races, hayrides, a petting zoo, livestock, produce and craft competitions, and lots of traditional carnival rides. You also can get lost in the Amazing Maize Maze, which opens just to fair visitors.

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival – Chinatown

Saturday, September 18
Celebrate the Chinese harvest season at this annual fest featuring crafts and a live performance from the New York Chinese Cultural Center. Admission is FREE, but all visitors must pre-register.

GreenThumb Harvest Festival – Harlem

Saturday, September 18
Join in as the community gardening season comes to a close with this eco-friendly fest featuring cooking demos, workshops, and gardening-themed booths.

Watch costumed artisans reenacting 18th- and 19th-century trades at Old Home Day. Photo courtesy of the venue

Old Home Day – Richmond, Staten Island

Saturday, October 9
Watch costumed artisans reenacting 18th- and 19th-century trades. They'll be pressing cider, making candles and lace, embroidering and quilting, stone carving, and tinsmithing at Historic Richmond Town. Afterward, hit Decker Farm's pumpkin patch to pick your pumpkin, let kids get lost in the hay bale maze, and hitch a hayride.​​

Halloween Harvest Festival – Coney Island, Brooklyn

Weekends from Saturday, September 25-Sunday, October 31
Luna Park's annual harvest fest kicks off in September and runs through Halloween weekend. While exact activities have yet to be announced, past seasons have included a pumpkin patch, spooky crafts, dance contests, Halloween-themed temporary tattoos, and more. Of course, you'll be able to enjoy all those famous Luna Park rides, too.

Harvest Festival – Randall's Island

Saturday, October 2
Hit the isle's Urban Farm for seasonal fun, including pumpkin decorating, face painting and glitter tattoos, fresh apple cider and doughnuts, tours of the crops, scarecrow contests, crafts, lawn games, entertainment, and more. Afterward, explore the attraction-packed isle. FREE

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Trick-or-treat throught the Bronx Zoo during Boo at the Zoo
Boo at the Zoo is a fun, safe, and festive way for kids to celebrate Halloween. Photo by Ally Noel

Boo at the Zoo – Bronx Park, the Bronx

Weekends, Saturday, October 2-Sunday, October 31; also on Columbus Day
While not a harvest fest, per se, Boo at the Zoo is an annual not-to-be-missed fall fun fest, so we're including it here. Not only can you get up close with the animals, but you can pepper your visit with seasonal fun. See a magic show, traverse the candy trail to collect treats, see cool jack-o-lanterns on the pumpkin trail, watch pumpkin-carving demos, explore a spider web maze, and more.

This post, originally published in September 2010, is updated annually.

Unless otherwise noted, photos courtesy of the events/organizers

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