Northeasterners love all things fall. And who can blame them? From cozy sweaters and Pumpkin Spice Lattes to beautiful foliage and delicious, fresh apple desserts, it’s no wonder autumn is a favorite season for many. One of the most popular – and fun! – fall activities is pumpkin picking, and lucky for those living east of New York City, Long Island pumpkin picking is some of the best around.
Check out our Long Island pumpkin picking guide below, detailing where to find some of the best gourds as well as fun fall-themed activities to delight the whole family.
Where to go Pumpkin Picking on Long Island
Hank’s Pumpkintown offers Long Island pumpkin picking seven days a week in addition to an extravaganza of fun fall activities. The property is home to not only one corn maze, but a corn maze park featuring multiple mazes, offers wagon and tractor train rides and boasts a giant 50 foot tube slide, sure to delight children. There are also plenty of delicious food options, from roasted corn to fresh pies, candy apples and cider doughnuts. Visitors can also go apple picking on site.
Borella’s Farm Stand
Borella’s Farm Stand was founded in 1960 when Joe Borella, owner of a potato farm, married Theresa, owner of a flower shop. The couple not only married each other, but also their businesses, as their individual pursuits combined to form the Borella’s Farm Stand, where they have been selling their homegrown fruits, vegetables and flowers ever since. The farm is home to 35 acres of pumpkin fields where visitors can pick their own off the vine during the Fall Harvest Festival, which runs weekends in October. Guests can also enjoy hay rides, a corn maze, face painting, feasting on roasted sweet corn and candied apples and children’s attractions such as inflatable rides and water duck races.
Fink’s Country Farm
In addition to hosting a pick-your-own pumpkins from the vine program, Fink’s Country Farm is also home to an animal farm, offers pony rides, kiddie train rides, hay rides and a five acre corn maze, the latter two of which are both handicapped accessible. Visitors can also choose to explore the maze at night, taking on the “flashlight maze” or, for the extra brave, the “spooky flashlight maze.”
Harbes Family Farm has been in the family for 13 generations and has three locations, all with distinct attractions:
Mattituck Farm is home to two pumpkin patches, the Mattituck South U-Pick Pumpkin Patch, featuring eight acres of on-the-vine pumpkins, and the Mattituck Barnyard Pumpkin Patch, home to seven acres of on-the-vine pumpkins with proximity to the Barnyard Adventure Park where kids can visit with animals and enjoy a playground and maze. Mattituck Farm is also home to two corn mazes, the Wizard of Oz corn maze, ideal for younger children, and the Barnyard Snoopy corn maze, appropriate for older children. There’s also fun for adults at the Mattituck Farm, as it is home to Harbes Vineyard’s tasting room, the perfect place for unwinding with a glass of local wine.
Jamesport Farm is home to a giant pumpkin patch featuring nine acres of on-the-vine pumpkins for pumpkin picking enjoyment. This property also hosts hay rides and is home to the Giant Pumpkin Corn Maze, a maze designed for older children based on helping the giant pumpkin find his lost crown in the five acre maze.
Harbes Orchard is home to a four acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch featuring on-the-vine pumpkins as well as an orchard offering apple picking. The orchard is also home to two corn mazes, a “spooky” corn maze and a Robin Hood themed maze through which adventurers can practice “archery” and “sword fighting” skills as they make their way through the five acre maze.
Gabrielsen’s Country Farm
Gabrielsen’s Country Farm takes pumpkin picking Long Island style to the next level with their Fall Festival. Family friendly and sure to thrill children, the Fall Festival features hay wagon rides, live music, a kid-centric maze, appearances by the “Pumpkin Princess” and “Scarecrow” and the opportunity to visit with the farm’s animals, including goats and cows. And, of course, pumpkin picking!
Lewin Farms runs their pick-your-own pumpkins and gourds program from late September – late October, just a portion of their extensive overall pick-your-own agenda which includes strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, apple and Christmas trees throughout the rest of the year. Pumpkin-picking visitors to the farm can also take on the five acre corn maze, designed for all ages.
Organics Today is a farm specializing in, you guessed it, all things organic, ranging from fruits and vegetables to breads, soaps and chicken. In addition to their Long Island pumpkin picking program, the farm celebrates fall with free admission to a multitude of seasonally-themed activities and culinary delights including tractor-pulled hay rides, roasted corn and apple cider doughnuts.
Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm
Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm offers a great deal on pumpkin picking on Long Island: all-you-can-carry for $30, or 69 cents per pound, and they have 26 acres of pumpkins to explore. There’s plenty of other fun seasonal entertainment taking place this fall at the farm, too, such as a corn maze complete with a corn maze trivia game, hayrides through the pumpkin patch, face painting and pony rides. There is also a country store on site toting seasonal home décor items and a flower house selling straw bales, mums, cornstalks and gourds to spice up your yard.
White Post Farms
White Post Farms is an interactive animal farm and petting zoo that allows visitors of all ages to meet and feed various animals including goats, kangaroos, zebras, giraffes and numerous species of birds in the aviary. The Fall Festival expands on this experience, offering sing-a-long hay rides and six family-friendly entertainment shows with catchy names and themes like the “Tricks for Treats Exotic Bird Show” and “Mutts Gone Nuts Canine Cabaret.” There are also some of the best Long Island pumpkin picking opportunities and pumpkin painting craft activities for younger visitors.
Woodside Nursery & Garden Center
Located on five acres, the Woodside Nursery & Garden Center not only offers some of the best Long Island pumpkin picking, but other fun seasonal activities as well. Visitors can explore a haunted tunnel, enjoy face painting, scarecrow making and a balloon artists and shop for mums and other fall decorations.
Do you love pumpkin picking on Long Island and all things fall as much as the next Northeasterner? Check out our guide to apple picking, as well as the AAA Northeast Foliage Guide, offering a peek into where to experience some of the best leaf-peeping in the area.