20 Best Farms for Pumpkin and Apple Picking Around New York City and New Jersey - Kid 101

20 Best Farms for Pumpkin and Apple Picking Around New York City and New Jersey

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away”. I think it would be better to add a pumpkin to this phrase because these vegetables and fruit are not only tasty but also very useful for our health. And what can be better than picking ecological apples and pumpkins with your kids, spending time outdoors, and then having a picnic. Especially if it Halloween is coming soon. And what’s All Hallows’ Eve without the perfect pumpkin? You could grab one from your local farmers’ market, grocery store or one of the few pumpkin patches right here in New York City.

1. Masker Orchards, Warwick, NY

This farm doesn’t only grow one of the best pumpkins and apples in NY; it also has a 100-year history and wonderful attractions for families with kids. Generations of visitors continue to flock to Masker’s orchard each season, where you can still find the tree planted back in 1913. They can also enjoy different activities, while the Masker Orchard offers the Family Fun Area, where you can find a family-friendly haunted house, face painting, Apple Maze, music (most weekends) with free performances at 2 PM and 4 PM and a pumpkin patch starting Sept. 13th thru Halloween. That’s why it is a must for you to bring your family for a fun-filled day at the Masker Orchards.

2. The Outhouse Orchards, North Salem, NY

The Outhouse Orchard has beautiful views in all directions. The farm sits on a beautiful hillside and offers a ‘day in the country’ that will make you want to buy a tractor and a pair of overalls. There’s something about picking a fruit straight from the tree that will inspire you to eat more fruit and come up with healthy (or sometimes not so healthy) recipes. At Outland Orchards, they have Cortland, McIntosh, and Rhode Island Greenings apples. There’s also a pumpkin patch, a corn maze and a lovely market where they sold not only apples and pumpkins but also tomatoes, peppers, squash, local honey, maple syrup, jam and Halloween decorations. Come early or come late there will always be apple to pick through the months of September and October even if you have to borrow a pole picker for hard to reach apples.

3. Fishkill Farms, Hopewell, NY

This farm currently comprises 60 acres of apples, 4 acres of pears, 20 acres of mixed vegetables, and 17 acres of summer fruits and berries, which means that there’s plenty of place for your family and you here. The main principle is to grow ecological fruit and vegetables, and you will hardly find those in the supermarket. That is why visiting this Farm is not only interesting but also useful and healthy, as far as the importance of growing ecological products is stressed. The visitors are welcomed to taste a homemade food, donuts, and cider, plus entertainment in the form of hayrides and live music on select days. The spectacular views, lovely fall weather, and the satisfaction of picking your own apples all combine for great family-friendly fun. The heart of the Fishkill Farms’ identity as a productive farm and its mission of growing good food in harmony with nature are the most important things for the owners.

4. Barton Orchards, Poughquag, NY

If your kids prefer more activities than solely apple picking, a visit to Barton Orchards is the perfect fit. With hayrides, a five-acre corn maze, walking trails, Fun Park with peddling kart race track (adult supervision required), Kiddie Kart Zone, and more… this spot almost certainly will have your kids sleeping in the car on the way home. The farm runs a live actor Haunted House, barnyard animals, pumpkin field slide and midway farm market, bakery and snack shacks. Apples are in Season mid-August through November. Apple Poles are available later in the season for rental. Picking areas are rotated around the Farm. As for the pumpkins, Barton’s Pumpkin orchard is huge. Once inside the Farm on Weekends, take the Hayride to Pumpkin Patch. Pumpkins start late September through the end of October. Price is based on weight. It’s the experience of picking your own and the adventure of carrying it that makes pumpkin picking what it is.

5. Stuart’s Farm, Westchester County, NY

Visiting Stuart’s Fruit Farm in the autumn is an exceptional time of the year. Aside from the perfect apple picking with an array of apples take a hayride around the orchard, pick a few pumpkins, and visit the farm stand to buy fresh produce and the bakery for delicious apple cider donuts and homemade pies baked daily. Finally, before heading home have a picnic with your family to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage. The farm offers a wide variety of apples’ kinds: from those which ripen in early September to those which ripen in late October. This great variety contains more than 20 apples to choose, depending on the time they ripen and on their tastiness. Pumpkin picking is another great reason to spend the day on the farm and enjoy the autumn air. You can pick-your-own pumpkins right from the vine through November or visit the farm stand to buy a pre-picked pumpkin, gourds, Indian corn and corn stalks.

6. Hillview Farms, Gillette, NJ

You’ll find more than a dozen varieties of apples to pick at Hillview Farms. The orchard offers hayrides every weekend in October, which take visitors through the farm to the apple orchards and pumpkin patches. The roadside market sells apples, pumpkins, vegetables, tomatoes, donuts, cider and bakery items. But if you make it there by mid-September, you might be able to pick some peaches as well. Besides, you will really enjoy chickens and peacocks wandering around while you’ll be picking apples and pumpkins.

7. Secor Farms, NY

This gorgeous farm in Bergen County has an impressive selection of flowers, produce, and seasonal decor. Select a pristine pumpkin, and then stock up on gourds, corn stalks, and other decorations to spookify your house for Halloween. Hop on a hayride around the farm and past the pond, explore the corn maze, visit the animals at the petting zoo and play with toy tractors in the corn box. The family can even post up for a picnic at one of many tables (the farm serves food on weekends, or treats can be purchased at the market).

8. Applewood Orchards, Warwick, NY

Applewood Orchards is also a family-owned orchard. The first apple trees planted still exists today behind the Applewood Orchards Kitchen. Applewood Orchards is a great place for little pickers offering them wagon rides, puppet shows, hay rides and live entertainment. For parents, you can pop by their country store and sample their latest creations from their winery. After some activities get together with your family and relax near the pond enjoying the beautiful surroundings with a picnic provided by the country store.

9. Sun High Orchard, Randolph, NJ

Apple picking is a serious affair at Sun High Orchard. Call and tell the farmers your favorite apple variety and they’ll tell you when to come. Weekend hayrides to the pumpkin patch begin the last weekend of Sept. through Oct. so you can squeeze in two fall activities into one outing. 2018 begins Sun High’s 30th season of educational and fun farm tours for schools and playgroups; reservations are required for participation. And if picking apples has worked up little Johnny Appleseed’s appetite, buy some baked goods, soup or hot spiced cider made right on the farm and enjoy it by the cozy fireplace.

10. Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard, North Salem, NY

This farm’s primary goal is to provide the community with fresh, local, healthy food in a fun, happy atmosphere. During the fall, they offer pick-your-own apples and throw a Fall Festival every weekend from Labor Day to Halloween. You will be also offered private group tours of the farm. The tour consists of a guided 45-minute hayride tour around the farm as well as a 15-minute visit with the farm animals. The staff members will provide the appropriate tour based on the general age of your group.

11. Harbes Family Farm, Mattituck, NY

Harbes Family Farm is a family owned farm that has been passed on for 13 generations. Here, you and your family can pick your own apples and pumpkins. In the day, the kids can venture through the Robin Hood Corn Maze, hop on the pony ride and play with the farm animals. Parents can also enjoy their time at the farm by experiencing the wine tasting barn. In preparation for the Halloween through October 10th to 31st at night, you and your family can experience the spooky corn maze in the darkness. All you can bring to this thrilling journey is a single flashlight. The challenge is to complete the maze without getting lost.

12. Terhune Orchards, Princeton, NY

The dwarf trees at Terhune Orchards are short enough for little ones to pull their own apples, so get those kids working! Don’t miss the Fall Family Fun Weekends, September 26th through October 31st, that offer extra entertainment like live music, lunch and a corn maze on top of the usual pony rides, barnyard animals, and tractor-pulled wagons. While you’re there, visit the fully loaded farm market to stock up on local organic milk, eggs, cheese, jam and fresh fruit and vegetables from Terhune’s own 200-acre farm. They produce their own wine too, so grab a bottle to enjoy after the kids hit the hay.

13. Kelder’s Farm, Kerhonkson, NY

The thing that differentiates Kelder’s Farm to other farms and orchards is that you will be greeted by the world’s largest garden gnome. He is in the Guinness Book of World Records, so get an opportunity to take a picture with him! Similar to other farms and orchards, Kelder’s Farm offers all the classic farm activities such as the petting zoo, hay rides, and the corn maze.

In addition, the farm also has one of the most unusual miniature golf courses in the United States which you definitely do not want to miss! After a round of mini golf, pick your very own pumpkin from this farm’s patch. City kids can get a true taste of farm life by helping to milk a cow! There’s also a corn maze (additional fee), a petting zoo where tots can mingle with sheep and pigs, and a jumping pillow that’s great for burning off extra energy before the car ride home.

14. Alstede Farms, Chester, NJ

You can’t get any fresher or more local than picking your own fruits and vegetables! And picking with your family and friends is a very enjoyable experience – a great ‘staycation’ activity or day trip outing — fun to do with a healthy bonus at the end! In addition to pumpkin and apple picking, this farm offers a ton of activities including a 10-acre corn maze. Plus, you don’t need a car to get here. Take New Jersey Transit to the Gladstone Station and call Village Taxi for a lift to the farm. There are various admission packages available.

15. Silverman’s Farm

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After snagging their perfect pumpkin at this Connecticut farm, kids can try their luck at guessing its weight. If they guess within two ounces of the pumpkin’s actual weight, it’s free! Silverman’s says they give away “thousands of free pumpkins each year,” so it’s worth a shot! Don’t forget your camera—colorful displays of squashes, gourds, and Indian corn make a great backdrop! Pumpkins are priced by the pound.

16. Fort Salonga Farm – Northport


Head out to Long Island to pick your own apples on the Fort Salonga Farm. Just an hour from Midtown, Fort Salonga is a tiny orchard located on the western side of the county.

All of their apple trees are “dwarfed,” letting your little ones pick their own fruit right off the branches. Although there are not a lot of additional kids’ activities offered here, a few miles away there is a park called Sunken Meadow State Park where kids can enjoy the playgrounds, hiking trails, water sports, and even fishing! Remember before you leave the farm, check out the farm stand to get a taste of their delicious honey extracted from their hives on site!

17. Decker Farm, Staten Island, NY

In this preserved village dating from the late 17th century, costumed interpreters demonstrate period skills and trades—blacksmiths, shoemakers and other types of craftsmanship. The area is the site of food festivals, performances, and kid-friendly seasonal events. Decker Farm remains New York City’s oldest continuously working family style farm. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. On weekends in October (11 am – 4 pm), families can ride free shuttle buses to nearby Decker Farm to pick pumpkins and participate in other fun activities like farmhouse tours, hayrides, face painting and crafts projects, plus explore a corn maze.

18. The Orchards of Concklin, Pomona, NY


The Orchards of Concklin is one of the oldest family-owned orchards in the country. It has been around since 1712! Aside to its old orchard, what is so special about this place is that from September 20 through October 13 on weekends, there are a bouncy castle, blow-up haunted house, giant slides, and the Jurassic Adventure available for the kids to enjoy.

19. Dr. Davies Farm, NY

Though it’s home to more than 4,000 apple trees spread across 35 acres, this Hudson Valley farm—originally built by Dr. Lucy Virginia Davies and her husband, Arthur, in 1891—is less than a half hour from the George Washington Bridge. Picking poles are available, but young ones should be able to manage with the orchard’s low-hanging fruit. In September and October, weekend trailer rides ($5) stop at the farm’s faux pumpkin patch, where kids can pick small sugar pumpkins ($3 each) that were placed there but grown elsewhere.

20. LoveApple Farm, NY

Its name is no lie; tending to more than 15,000 fruit trees is proof enough that this farm hearts its harvest. Along with fall faves like a market and a petting zoo, kids can enjoy weekend pony rides, the farm’s mini pig, Ellie May, an adorable white mini horse and a Mexican cantina with kid-friendly fare. There’s also an old-fashioned ice cream shop, which serves homemade cones and sundaes made from their own fruit.

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