Ready to find your perfect pumpkin? Check out these authentic spots for you and your family to go pumpkin picking near NYC this season
Looking to add some pumpkin spice to your life? We found area farms for pumpkin picking near NYC where the patches are poppin’. The spots below offer experiences of all kinds, from harvest festivals with fall fun and games, to chill spots offering fall foliage, baked goods, and maybe even a hayride. (Many also serve as a place to go apple-picking if you’re looking to double up, but you may need a reservation.) Don’t miss these exciting fall pumpkin picking events!
New York City
Decker Farm at Historic Richmond Town
Staten Island's Decker Farm dates to the early-1800s, and admission includes guided tours from historical reenactors. Weekends in October brings fall fun with pumpkin picking, pumpkin chucking, a hay maze and activities for kids. Tickets must be purchased online in advance.
Hours: Sat. & Sun. in Oct., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
435 Richmond Hill Rd.
Queens County Farm Museum
You won’t believe how close you are to home at the Queens County Farm Museum. Dating back to 1697, the site is New York City’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland. Starting Oct. 1, the farm’s fields are filled with pumpkins to pick and buy (according to circumference), and The Amazing Maize Maze returns for those wishing to get lost. Hayrides are offered on the weekends as well.
Hours: Oct. 1-31, daily, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free, except on days with special events.
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy
Secor Farms offers traditional fall activities like hayrides, a corn maze, mini hay maze for little ones and a petting zoo. They also decorate the farm with giant hay bale spiders and fun cut-outs for photo ops, and they sell a huge selection of mums, plants, and Halloween decorations to bring a little bit of the farm back home, as well as fall treats like apple cider doughnuts, pies and candy apples.
Hours: Daily 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Cost: Free entry, pumpkins per pound.
85 Airmont Ave.
This quiet, not crowded farm is the real deal, and pumpkin picking begins in October here, where you hop a tractor up to the pumpkin patch. This family-owned farm has been around for almost 150 years and doesn’t disappoint- check out their farm market on your way out for fresh produce and festive gifts.
Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
223 Meyersville Rd.
You can pick your own pumpkin and a whole lot more at Alstede Farms. (They give you the update on conditions for everything from veggies, to berries to apples.) Whatever you pick, it's by reservation only—make yours here. Additional opportunities for fun for an extra fee include pony rides and mini-tractor rides.
Hours: Daily, 9 a.m-6 p.m.
Cost: Pumpkins priced per pound
1 Alstede Farms Ln.
Ort Farms is another northern New Jersey grower that really brings it in the fall. A family farm that’s been around for a century, Ort offers pumpkin picking (off the vine if you like), hayrides, pony rides, farm animals, a mini tractor play set, apple canons, a hay pyramid and even Monster Truck rides! Purchase a ticket to the farm's Fall Festival in advance ($8/person) and attend any date til October 31. Fall Fest admission includes hayride, corn maze, farm animals and kiddie corral.
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 8 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Cost: Pumpkins are 70 cents a pound, and other activities are priced individually.
25 Bartley Rd.
Long Valley, NJ
Harris Hill Farm
It's only open to the public on October weekends, but Connecticut’s Harris Hill Farm, located in the hills of Litchfield County is worth the trip if you're in the area. Pick pumpkins in a thoroughly bucolic setting complete with weathered red barn and enjoy the view of the rolling hills in all their autumnal glory. The farm has a large selection of gourds, large pumpkins, white and pink pumpkins, and squash.
Hours: Check back for open hours
Cost: Free admission
106 Ridge Rd.
New Milford, CT