We've rounded up our favorite places to go pumpkin picking in Westchester and the Hudson Valley. Sure, you can buy your pumpkins from the supermarket or your local nursery, but if you're looking for a more authentic experience, head to one of these nearby farms, many of which offer fall fun activities like hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, and more.
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Pumpkin Picking in Westchester County
Enjoy a day of pumpkin picking and fall fun at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard. Photo by Susan Miele
Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard – North Salem
This family-run farm offers pumpkin picking daily. On weekends through October, enjoy Fall Festivals with apple picking, farm animals, pony rides, bouncy castles, hayrides, apple cannons(!), and more. The farm also offers homemade doughnuts, cider, produce, and fresh eggs for purchase. There is a $5 admission fee, plus the cost of activities, which varies. Groups of 10 or more are advised to call ahead to reserve.
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Stroll through the fields to find the perfect pumpkin at Outhouse Orchards. Photo by Susan Miele
Outhouse Orchards – North Salem
It’s a one-stop shop for both apple and pumpkin picking at Outhouse Orchards, located across the street from Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard. In addition to a farm store and 15-minute hayrides, this site offers the added appeal of a full-fledged corn maze.
Stuart's Fruit Farm – Granite Springs
Snag a pumpkin and enjoy tractor-pulled hayrides on the weekends (11am–5pm), fresh cider doughnuts, apple picking (other fruit as well, depending on the timing of your visit), a farm store, and picnic area.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights
Wilkens offers pumpkin picking every day in October from 10am to 4:30pm. The farm recommends calling ahead to confirm. While you're there, check out the three farm markets for homemade cider, freshly baked pies, doughnuts, and strudel sticks, as well as the Country Market store for gift and decor items. There's also a corn maze for added fall fun.
Pumpkin Picking in Orange County
Pierson’s Farm – Middletown
Primarily a beef and poultry farm, Pierson’s will begin its 2019 pumpkin-picking season on the last weekend in September. In addition to selecting that orange beauty, families can have the full farm-fun package with two corn mazes, a petting zoo, play area, hayrides, a farm store, and more. The shop offers Halloween decor, local honey, produce, and more.
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Take a free hayride to the pumpkin patch (or catch a ride in a wagon) at Wright Family Farm. Photo by Lisa Johnston
Wright Family Farm – Warwick
This family-friendly farm offers free hayrides to its pumpkin patch, which is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays (plus Columbus Day) from September 14 to October 27 in 2019. For an additional fee, you can take a trip through the five-acre corn maze, play in the corn box, ride the pedal carts and cow train, slide down the tube slide, play pumpkin bowling, and more. Tickets for this "Barnyard" fun can be purchased in advance to save $2 on admission. Pony rides are also available for an additional fee.
Pumpkin Picking in Dutchess County
Barton Orchards – Poughquag
The scope of activity offered at Barton Orchards allows for hours of fun beyond pumpkin picking. When we reviewed this for our readers, we exhausted ourselves before we could indulge in all the activities, which include extensive produce-picking, a large-scale corn maze, the family Fun Park, an awesome playground, a farm store, and more. Fees per attraction vary.
Dykeman Farm – Pawling
About one hour north of central Westchester, Dykeman Farm offers pumpkin picking, free tractor-pulled hayrides, corn pits, cutout photo ops, and face painting. The shop offers fresh-picked produce, local honey, and fall decor. Open all October weekends, plus Columbus Day. Credit cards are accepted, but the farm warns that this is dependent on the cell service in the field.
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Kids can decorate their pumpkins on October 26 and 27 at Fishkill Farms.
Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction
Just under an hour from central Westchester, Fishkill Farms uses natural growing practices. Weekend fall festivals offer a corn maze, tractor-pulled hayrides, live music, pumpkin picking, and farm animals. Pumpkins are available for purchase beginning September 21, overlapping with apple-picking season. On October 26 and 27, the farm will offer the added attraction of pumpkin decorating (10am to 4pm). Food is available for purchase, and the farm store offers pies and other treats. There is a $5 admission fee for ages 13 and older; 12 and under go free. See our full write-up for everything you need to know about this eco-friendly farm.
Pumpkin Picking in Ulster County
DuBois Farms – Highland
In addition to picking pumpkins, apples, and other produce, families can enjoy a two-acre corn maze, wagon rides, farm animals, baked goods, cotton candy, apple cider doughnuts, weekend barbecues, and the “Tiny Town” play area. Pumpkins are available from mid-September through October. Admission and parking are free.
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Grab a wagon and take home an array of gourds from Hurds Family Farm.
Hurds Family Farm – Modena
There’s an extensive list of things to do along with pumpkin and apple picking at Hurds. Purchase a wristband ($15 on weekends; $8 on weekdays) and enjoy corn mazes in two sizes, a cow train, a hayride, a rubber-duck derby, a giant slide, and more. (A $9 weekend wristband is also available, entitling visitors to the corn maze and hayride only.) Attractions not requiring a fee are the playground, picnic tables, farm animals, and Horse Hoop Toss, among others. Kids under age 3 go free. Consult the Hurds calendar of events for varying activities that include Pumpkin Fiesta Weekend (October 19-20) and more.
This post was originally published 2013 and has been updated since.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the farms.