11 Great Pumpkin Patches near Westchester and the Hudson Valley
Looking for the best pumpkin patches near Westchester and the Hudson Valley? Read on for our top picks.
It's easy enough to buy pumpkins from a supermarket or local nursery, but nothing beats hitting a local pumpkin patch for fall fun. At these nearby farms, you'll find top seasonal activities like the best hayrides in Westchester and the Hudson Valley, petting zoos, and plenty more.
Check out our easy pumpkin carving ideas and stencils for Halloween, and find more Halloween activities in our Westchester Halloween Guide.
Looking for other seasonal activities? Consult our Westchester Fall Fun Guide for the best things to do with kids this autumn.
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Pick from multiple varieties of pumpkins at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard.
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1. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard – North Salem
This family-run farm offers apple and pumpkin picking on the weekends. Tickets should be purchased in advance and will get you access to the pumpkin patch. Plus, they have barbecue, homemade doughnuts, cider, produce, and fresh eggs for purchase. Put on your to-try list: An apple cider shake-up, a drink made with apple cider and vanilla ice cream with an apple cider donut on top—a new offering this year.
2. Stuart's Fruit Farm – Granite Springs
Snag a pumpkin along with fresh cider doughnuts. You can also go apple picking, enjoy a hay ride on weekends, and check out the farm store. Good to know: Payment options are just cash or check.
3. Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm – Yorktown Heights
Wilkens Fruit and Fir Farm is open every day but Tuesday, with the pumpkin patch open from 10am to 4:30pm—and admission is FREE. While there, check out the farm market and bakery for homemade cider, freshly baked pies, doughnuts, and strudel sticks, and the country market for gifts and decor items. Also great? There's a corn maze for added fall fun.
Stroll through fields packed with pumpkins at Outhouse Orchards.
4. Outhouse Orchards – North Salem
It's a one-stop shop for apple and pumpkin picking at Outhouse Orchards. Besides a farm store and 15-minute hayrides, this site offers the added appeal of a full-fledged corn maze. Reservations are required for weekends, and tickets can be purchased on the farm's website.
Enjoy a free hayride to the pumpkin patch (or catch a ride in a wagon) at Wright Family Farm. Photo by Lisa Johnston
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5. Wright Family Farm – Warwick
This family-friendly farm offers free hayrides to its barnyard pumpkin patch, which is open through Sunday, October 30. You can also take a trip through the 5-acre corn maze, ride the pedal carts and cow train, slide down the tube slide, play pumpkin bowling, and more. Reservations are not required, but you can buy admission tickets online.
6. Pierson's Farm – Middletown
Primarily a beef and poultry farm, Pierson's begins its 2022 pumpkin-picking season in late September. In addition to selecting that orange beauty from one of three patches, families can have the full farm-fun package with three corn mazes, a playground, a gem mining area, a farm store, and more. The shop offers Halloween decor, local honey, produce, and more.
Your search for the perfect pumpkin can begin at Fishkill Farms.
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7. Fishkill Farms – Hopewell Junction
Just under an hour from central Westchester, Fishkill Farms uses natural growing practices. Weekend fall festivals offer a corn maze, wagon rides, live music, and, of course, pumpkin picking. Food is available for purchase, and the farm store offers pies and other treats. Reservations are required and can be made online. See our full review for everything you need to know about this eco-friendly farm.
8. Barton Orchards – Poughquag
The scope of activities 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. Just note that there was a fire at the farm at the end of August, and while events look like they're still on—the TreeTop Adventures Course is open, for instance—check their website before you head out.
9. Dykeman Farm – Pawling
About an hour north of central Westchester, Dykeman Farm offers pumpkin picking featuring more than 70 different varieties of pumpkins on weekends starting on Sept. 25. You’ll also find free tractor-pulled hayrides on the weekends, with the shop offering fresh-picked produce, local honey, and more. Credit cards are accepted, but dependent on the cell service in the field.
Pile up your fill of pumpkins at Hurds Family Farm.
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10. Hurds Family Farm – Modena
There's an extensive list of things to do along with pumpkin and apple picking at Hurds. Purchase a wristband and enjoy corn mazes in two sizes, a hayride, a rubber-duck derby, a giant slide, and more. Consult the Hurds calendar of events for special activities throughout the season. The farm is closed on Tuesdays and reservations can be made online.
11. DuBois Farms – Highland
Along with picking pumpkins, apples, and other produce, families can enjoy a hay ride, farm animals, baked goods, apple cider doughnuts, and the "Tiny Town" play area. Pumpkins are available from mid-September. Admission and parking are free.
This post was originally published in 2013 and has since been updated.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the farms