APPLE/PUMPKIN PICKING

Though some farm fall festivals are cancelled this year, there are still apples and pumpkins to be picked and cider doughnuts to devour, plus corn mazes, hay rides and other fall fun.

General tips:

* Capacity is very limited. Advance reservations required at most farms and time slots sell out in advance.

* Be prepared for lots of walking in uneven, possibly muddy terrain. Think boots, layers and baby carriers instead of strollers.

* Bring cash, lots of it. Most farms don't take credit cards and all the food and activities add up quickly. If you're just there for the apples, make sure your kids know that in advance.

* Call or check the farm's website to confirm apples (sometimes they are picked out) and activities are available.

* Find more country fun including farms, zoos & outdoor museums in our Beyond NYC guide plus Halloween Happenings in & near NYC (including Pumpkin Point on Governors Island). Plus great podcasts for the drive.

Westchster/Hudson Valley

Hurds Family Farm

Modena

Choose from tons of apple and pumpkin varieties at a 120-acre family farm with lots of agritainment. * Extensive outdoor activities for kids include a hayride, corn maze, giant slide, kids corral, and nature trails. Pony rides on Sundays. * Try a Ninja Warrior inspired…

Outhouse Orchards

North Salem

This family owned and operated orchard in northern Westchester has lots of apples to pick, gorgeous views, a hay ride and more. * Use the map to find the hidden clues among the stalks in the fun corn maze to solve a puzzle and learn…

Pennings Farm Apple Picking

Warwick

50 acres of pristine farmland in the historic Hudson Valley town of Warwick offer pick-your-own apples for the first time this year. * Reservations required for drive-in apple picking. Pumpkin picking also available. * Get craft ciders, beers, excellent seasonal food and amazing cider doughnuts…

Fishkill Farms

Hopewell JCT

Pick sustainably-grown apples, including some organic varieties straight from the trees, enjoy hay rides throughout the large orchard (weekends only, limited capacity) and choose a pumpkin on a spacious farm.  Also pick-your-own flowers and herbs, sweet & hot peppers and tomatoes depending on availability. Food…

Stuart’s Fruit Farm

Granite Springs

Pick a variety of apples and pumpkins among pretty farm foliage at this friendly, family-run farm with a great view. Hay rides available on weekends. * Visit the farm stand for gourds, Indian corn and corn stalks plus produce and freshly baked farm-made pies and…

Harvest Moon Farm & Orchard

North Salem

Their legendary farm festival is on hold this year, but still lots of apples to pick in this spacious orchard.  Also find pumpkins of all shapes and sizes in a patch plus f local produce, farm fresh eggs, pastured meats, local farm products such as…

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Yorktown Heights

Pick-Your-Own apples and pumpkins at this peaceful farm. Pick up bags, baskets, and picking poles then walk to this week’s picking orchard (no hay rides this year, so be prepared to walk). *Also get a pumpkin from the patch and explore a corn maze. *…

Barton Orchards Trick or Treat Weekend

Poughquag

Visit this 175 acre working family farm for apple and pumpkin picking, plus a jack o’lantern trail, candy giveaways, a costume parade, haunted house, live music, a corn maze, hay rides, fun park,  petting zoo, hayrides, wood ship playground, mini golf and more fall fun….

New Jersey

Alstede Farms

Chester

This spacious family farm hosts pick your own apples, pumpkins & sunflowers, scenic tractor drawn wagon rides, wagon train rides for kids, mazes of corn, sunflower and evergreen and more. * Reserve timed tickets in advance online. * Visit with farm animals and take pony…

Happy Day Farm Fall Harvest

Manalapan

Celebrate fall with over 35 games, activities and attractions including a pumpkin house, 10-acre corn maze, giant fun slide, pig racing, feeding zoo, lots of fun photo ops and much more (all included with admission). Additional fees for the pumpkin blaster, corn cannon and pumpkins….

Terhune Orchards

Princeton

Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins and explore a sunflower trail and corn stalk maze at a winery/farm near Princeton. * Also find pony rides, barnyard animals, a Hay Bale Maze, pumpkin painting, pedal tractors, duck races and more. * Enjoy live music from local musicians (12-4…

QUEENS/LONG ISLAND

White Post Farms

Melville

Pick pumpkins at this unique farm and garden center perfect for animal lovers. * Feed giraffes, become a perch for parakeets, pet farm animals, watch primates play and ride ponies. * Live entertainment includes performances by the Dominguez Poodles, dog stunts by the Canine Stars…

Queens Botanical Garden Pumpkin Patch

Flushing

Choose a pumpkin and get a grab and go craft activity. Lots of harvest-themed photo opportunities (plus the whole garden to explore, included in admission)

Harbes Family Farm

Mattituck

Pick apples and visit 8 acres of family fun with farm animals, chicken and bee observatories, jumbo jumpers, playgrounds, an amazing obstacle course, trike tracks, hedge mazes, bunny villages, a Sports Zone with football, baseball and basketball tossing games and lots more. Choose from many…

Waterdrinker Farm Fall Festival

Manorville

Pick your pumpkins and sunflowers ($2/stem) in spacious fields. * Activities include enjoy mini golf, a jumbo jump pad, barnyard animals, roasted corn, tractor pedal cars for tots and barnyard animals. * Open daily, train and hay rides only on weekends & holidays. * No…

Queens County Farm Museum Harvest Weekends

Floral Park

Enjoy fall on the farm with a pumpkin patch, hayrides, and locally made apple cider donuts, pies, Hudson Valley apples, and fresh cider. The Farm Store sells seasonal mums, local honey, and unique finds for the home and garden. Explore the Amazing Maize Maze ($8-$12),…