Where To Go Pumpkin Picking Near Westchester and the Hudson Valley
While you can buy pumpkins from the supermarket or even your local nursery, if you're looking for a more authentic experience nothing beats pumpkin picking in Westchester County and the Hudson Valley. At these nearby farms, you'll find fun, seasonal activities like hayrides, corn mazes, petting zoos, and plenty more.
Looking for more seasonal activities? Consult our Fall Fun Guide for the best things to do with kids this autumn.
We recommend contacting the farms before heading out to confirm hours of operation and availability. Bring face masks and plan to practice social distancing, too.
Pumpkin Picking Destinations in Westchester County
1. Stuart's Fruit Farm — Granite Springs
Snag a pumpkin along with fresh cider doughnuts. You can also go apple picking (other fruit as well, depending on the timing of your visit) and check out the farm store.
2. 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 its website.
Pick from multiple varieties of pumpkins at Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard.
3. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard — North Salem
This family-run farm offers apple and pumpkin picking on the weekends this year. Tickets are $10 each, should be purchased in advance, and can be done as far out as 10 days before your visit. Tickets include access to the pumpkin patch. Plus, it offers barbecue, homemade doughnuts, cider, produce, and fresh eggs for purchase.
4. 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. While there, check out the farm market 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.
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5. Pierson's Farm — Middletown
Primarily a beef and poultry farm, Pierson's begins its 2021 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 two corn mazes, playground, gem mining area, a farm store, and more. The shop offers Halloween decor, local honey, produce, and more.
Enjoy a free hayride to the pumpkin patch (or catch a ride in a wagon) at Wright Family Farm. Photo by Lisa Johnston
6. Wright Family Farm — Warwick
This family-friendly farm offers free hayrides to its barnyard pumpkin patch, which is open through Sunday, October 31, 2021. You can also take a trip through the 5-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. Reservations are not required, but you can buy admission tickets online.
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7. 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.
8. Dykeman Farm — Pawling
About one hour north of central Westchester, Dykeman Farm offers pumpkin picking—with 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 fall decor. Credit cards are accepted, but dependent on the cell service in the field.
Your search for the perfect pumpkin can begin at Fishkill Farms.
9. 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, pumpkin picking, and farm animals. 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.
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10. DuBois Farms — Highland
Along with picking pumpkins, apples, and other produce, families can enjoy a 2-acre corn maze, farm animals, baked goods, apple cider doughnuts, and the "Tiny Town" play area. Pumpkins are available from mid-September. Admission and parking are free.
Conquer the corn maze and take home some prize pumpkins at Hurds Family Farm.
11. 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.
This post was originally published in 2013. Writer Marisa Iallonardo contributed to this 2021 update.
Unless noted, photos courtesy of the farms