20 Family-Friendly Pumpkin Patches in New Jersey
This year, skip the grocery store pumpkins and go pumpkin picking at a family-friendly New Jersey pumpkin patch, where you're sure to run into more fall fun, including barnyard animals, hay and corn mazes, and plenty of ripe, juicy apples.
Read on for 20 family-friendly New Jersey pumpkin patches. Don't forget to check individual websites for social distancing and reservation guidelines.
Closer to the New York border? Check out these Westchester and Hudson Valley pumpkin patches. If you're in South Jersey or headed for a Bucks County getaway this fall, our Philadelphia site has the scoop on Pennsylvania pumpkin patches.
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Family-Friendly Pumpkin Patches in North Jersey
1. Abma's Farm – Wyckoff
2020 update: Pumpkin picking and hayrides are available Mondays through Saturdays, September 26-October 31. Tickets must be pre-purchased.
This family-owned farm celebrates fall with hayrides and pumpkin picking every day except Sundays. Before leaving, savor some apple cider and doughnuts from the farm market.
2. Alstede Farms – Chester
2020 update: Pumpkin picking begins in late-September and requires advance registration. See the harvest schedule for updates.
This NJ farm has a lot to offer, including tons of activities for kids. You'll find a bounce house, wagon ride, corn maze, hay pyramid, and farm animals to feed—plus a farm stand and plenty of pick-your-own options. It gets jam-packed on the weekends, so come on a weekday if you can (when admission prices are cheaper).
3. Conklin Farm U-Pick – Montville
2020 update: Scheduled to open Saturday, September 26; details on its seasonal offerings are still are being worked out.
Conklin is a smaller venue that comes highly recommended by our MP writers. It has all you could ask for: pumpkin picking, a toddler corn maze, and a weekends-only haunted hayride for older, braver kids, but at a less frenetic pace. A snack shack with hot cider, candy apples, and warm, homemade doughnuts keeps everyone full and happy. The Friday night special from 4–6pm features face painting, balloons, and free hayrides every half-hour.
Demarest Farms has pumpkins of every shape and size ready for you to seize. Photo courtesy of the farm
4. Demarest Farms –Hillsdale
2020 update: Pumpkin picking season begins Saturday, September 19. Reservations are required. Hayrides are not running this season, and fall activities have been canceled.
This Bergen County farm is a fun place to take the family. Pick-your-own pumpkins begin in mid-September at this local favorite and include two petting zoos, an adventure playground, and a corn box. Dig into the farm store's fresh salad bar and enjoy apple cider doughnuts if you need a post-picking pick-me-up. On select nights, settle in to watch a movie in the pumpkin patch.
5. Farms View Farm – Wayne
2020 update: The pumpkin patch and hayrides are open beginning Monday, September 28 through Saturday, October 31.
The perfect "starter" pumpkin patch for little ones, Farms View is an adorable road stand with a short hayride to pick pumpkins. Admission also includes a fresh-pressed apple cider and an apple cider doughnut. You'll also find animals in the barnyard and character cut-out photo ops.
6. Heaven Hill Farm – Vernon
2020 update: Fall festivities, including pumpkin picking, run Wednesdays through Sundays, Saturday, September 12, through Sunday, November 8.
At Heaven Hill Farm, you'll find pumpkin picking, hayrides, pig races, a cool spider web crawl, games, carnival rides (only on weekends), corn stalk and hay maze, farm animals, a boo barn, and much more.
7. Ort Farms – Long Valley
2020 update: Pumpkin picking and other fall activities are available daily Saturday, September 19, through Sunday, November 1.
This 100-year old, family-run farm is described as quieter and less commercial by visitors, yet still offers tons of family fun, including hayrides, farm animals, an apple cannon, pony rides, a tractor playset, hay pyramid, and even monster truck rides.
Get them straight off the vine at Riamede Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm
8. Riamede Farm – Chester
2020 update: Pumpkin picking is available in late September.
For some real pumpkin picking, the kind where you cut the pumpkin right off the vine yourself, go to Riamede Farm. This quiet, simple, laid-back farm includes a hayride to the pumpkin patch. Don't forget to bring your own clippers!
9. Stony Hill Farms – Chester
2020 update: Pumpkin picking season runs late September through October. The maze is open. Reservations are required and can be booked online in advance.
Giant pumpkins are waiting to be picked at Stony Hill Farms The Maze Fun Park is open on the weekends for other fall offerings, including hayrides, fence mazes, rope mazes, and a 10-acre corn maze. This year's theme revolves around the weather.
10. Sussex County Strawberry Farm – Newton
2020 update: Pumpkin picking begins the first week of October, along with hayrides.
The name of this farm can be misleading; Sussex County Strawberry Farm has pumpkins, too! Beginning during the first week in October, enjoy a pumpkin patch, weekend hayrides, horse-drawn carriages, fresh cider, and apples.
11. Wightman's Farm – Morristown
2020 update: The pumpkin patch, hayrides, and mazes open Saturday, September 12. The corn sandbox is not scheduled to open at this time. Advanced reservations are encouraged.
This is my family's go-to pick-your-own New Jersey farm. Wightman's kicks off pumpkin season in mid-September, and the fun that awaits includes pumpkin picking, hayrides, mazes, a hay slide, and my kids' favorite, the corn sandbox.
Family-Friendly Pumpkin Patches in Central New Jersey
Climb on the wooden train at Happy Day Farm's "Kids Korner." Photo courtesy of the farm
12. Happy Day Farm – Manalapan
2020 update: Pumpkin picking and other fall activities are available weekends from Saturday, September 12, through Sunday, October 25. Advanced tickets are required for fall activities and can be purchased online. The pumpkin patch is open daily in October.
You won't be bored at this Monmouth County farm. It's loaded with family activities, including pumpkin picking, crafts, pony rides, hayrides, a wooden train, pig races, swings, a zoo, and even a "Kids Korner" for the 2- to 6-year-old crowd. Pumpkin Festival weekends include animal feedings, cornhole, pedal carts, tractor rides, and tug-o-war fun.
13. Johnson's Corner Farm – Medford
2020 update: Pumpkin picking runs daily Saturday, September 12, through Sunday, November 1. Masks are required, and hayrides have a limited capacity. The farm recommends booking your visit in advance.
Take a hayride out to the pumpkin patch every day of the week from now through October at Johnson's Corner Farm. You'll also find plenty of fall fun on the weekends, including a corn maze, live music, gem mining, and more. Stop at the market for cider doughnuts, pies, and more fall treats.
14. Melicks Town Farm – Califon
2020 update: Wagon rides and pumpkin picking are available weekends in October.
This fun farm is a perennial family favorite. On weekends in October, take a horse-drawn wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to select your pumpkins still growing on the vine. After picking out your pumpkin, enjoy the free grass maze, giant hay bales, and friendly farm animals.
15. Norz Hill Farm –Hillsborough
2020 update: Pumpkin picking and other activities run Saturday, September 12, through Saturday, November 7. Many of the usual entertainment options have been postponed.
Pumpkin picking, hayrides, and farm animals are all part of the fall fun at Norz Hill. Pumpkins and hayrides are available daily beginning in mid-September. Don't forget to try the 5-acre corn maze, which boasts a new design each season.
16. Oasis Family Farm – Robbinsville
2020 update: Farm opens for the season Saturday, September 26, and the season runs through Sunday, November 1.
Pick pumpkins, sample local honey, enjoy games, and more at this NJ farm. There's even an ant colony and gem mine to explore plus a children's Fun Zone and beehive to check out.
17. Terhune Orchards – Princeton
2020 update: Pumpkin picking and other fall activities take place every weekend through November 1. Tickets must be purchased for Fall Family Weekends in advance.
Terhune is such a fun place to bring the family because of the breadth of kid-friendly things to do around the farm. The pumpkin-picking fields at the main farm (Cold Soil Road) are open September–October. The Fall Family Weekends occur on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday, September 12, through Sunday, November 1, 2020. Don't forget to check out the farm store and winery.
Family-Friendly Pumpkin Patches in South Jersey
See what size pumpkin is right for you at Duffield's Farm. Photo courtesy of the farm
18. Duffield's Farm – Sewell
2020 update: Pumpkin picking begins Saturday, September 12. Advance tickets are required.
Duffield's pumpkin-picking hayrides and other fall fun kicks off on Saturday, September 12. Other activities include a corn maze, Barn Bounce, and Barnyard Express.
19. Johnson's Locust Hall Farm – Jobstown
2020 update: Johnson's introduces Park & Pick this season, where visitors can drive right to the field with timed entry tickets. Reservations must be made online and are available daily through Saturday, October 31. Hayrides are not available.
Head to Johnson's Locust Hall Farm to pick pumpkins, feed the animals, check out the corn maze, take a hayride, and more.
20. Sahl's Father Son Farm – Galloway
2020 update: Pumpkin patch and corn maze open for the season on Saturday, September 26. Tickets are required and can be purchased for a discount online.
Visit the farm Thursdays–Saturdays in October for pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, farm animals, and more. Closed Sunday–Wednesday.
This article was first published in September 2012 and has been updated since.