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Looking for a local pumpkin patch? These U-pick experiences throughout the Hudson River region have gourds galore — and more!

With fall festivities in full swing, what better way to keep the fun going than by visiting one of the many Hudson Valley farms for a U-pick pumpkin trip? In addition to pumpkin picking, many of the farms offer hayrides, corn mazes, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables for plucking perfection.

On the way out, don’t forget to stop by the orchard shops to get warm apple cider donuts and fresh-pressed cider by the pint.

Albany County

Stanton’s Feura Farm & Markets

Feura Bush
Pumpkin patch open weekends through October
$4 admission per person (kids under 2 and seniors 65-plus free)

A farm founded on a family’s values, Stanton’s Feura Farm & Markets has pumpkin picking and tons of activities, all of which are made for kids and families alike. Take a hayride to and from the pumpkin patch, explore a corn maze and a hay maze, and play on the straw slide before picking up fall mums to decorate your table. Plus, munch on orchard-fresh apples.

Indian Ladder Farms

Altamont
Pumpkin picking available through October

The 100-plus-year-old farm landmark of Albany County is not just for pumpkin picking. Visitors can also stop by the farm market, gift shop, café, cidery, and brewery. Kids, meanwhile, can take part in the number of educational programs available onsite.

Columbia County

 

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Fix Bros. Fruit Farm

Hudson
Pumpkin picking available late September – October

Fix Bros. Fruit Farm is the go-to spot for cheap pumpkin picking. Pumpkins here are only 35 cents per pound, with other fruits and veggies up for picking as well. Gourds and more are also up for sale in the farm stand if you aren’t the U-pick type.

Yonder Fruit Farms

Valatie
Pumpkin picking available in October

If you’re looking for more fall décor than just pumpkins, head straight to Yonder. The Valatie farm also has gourds, winter squash, and more decorative fall veggies for you to go out and pick yourself.

Pumpkin field at Samascott Orchards /Photo by Kayla Wilson

Pumpkin field at Samascott Orchards /Photo by Kayla Wilson

Samascott Orchards

Kinderhook
Pumpkin picking available late September – October

Originally a dairy–centric farm in the 1900s, Samascott Orchards is now a destination for many kinds of U-pick fruits and veggies as well as for family entertainment. U-pick pumpkins are 40 cents per pound, and families can enjoy a day filled with bike rentals, Nine Pin Cider, and visits to the farm store for produce and homemade ice cream.

Dutchess County

Fishkill Farms

Hopewell Junction
Pumpkin picking available September to October

Fishkill Farms is 270 acres of U-pick delight. Pumpkins can be picked from the patch that happens to be the first stop on the wagon tour. The farm also hosts Fall Harvest Festivals every weekend in September through October, during which visitors can take wagon rides, listen to live music, decorate jack-o-lanterns, and partake in fresh-pressed cider and donuts.

Barton Orchards

Poughquag
Pumpkin picking available late September – October

Barton Orchards is the place to go for pumpkin picking and the place to stay for a day of family fun. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick away, then stop by the concession stands and farm market before listening to local live music. Attractions there include a twisting corn maze, a fun park, and much more.

Photo courtesy of Dykeman Farm

Photo courtesy of Dykeman Farm

Dykeman Farm

Pawling
Pumpkin picking available in October

Built as a large-scale pumpkin patch, Dykeman Farm is pumpkin picking perfection. Choose your own pumpkin among the beautiful golden gourds on the grounds. Don’t forget to hit concessions and stop by the farm stand to browse the winter squashes and fall decorations for sale. The Pawling destination features more than 70 pumpkin varieties

Orange County

Pumpkin picking at Pierson's Farm / Photo by Shannon Williams

Pumpkin picking at Pierson’s Farm / Photo by Shannon Williams

Pierson’s Farm

Middletown
Open daily through October

Pierson’s Farm hosts a yearly festival throughout the month of October that’s a great opportunity to get the family outside and enjoy the crisp autumn air. Hop on a hayride to the pumpkin patch, snack on some baked goods, and wash them down with hot cider and hot chocolate. When you’re all set with your picks, be sure to visit the four-acre corn maze, three-quarter-acre mini maze, petting zoo, and play area.

Manza Family Farm

Montgomery
Pumpkin picking available through October

This Montgomery farm hosts fall festivals every year, a family tradition dating back to the 1980s. On the grounds, visitors can explore 15 acres of pumpkin patches. During weekends and holidays, guests can enjoy tractor-drawn hayrides, straw mazes, and refreshments at the farm stand. Kids will love the adorable farm animals.

Lawrence Farms Orchards

Newburgh
Pumpkin picking available late September – end of October
$5 per person (children 2 and under are free)

Lawrence Farms Orchards is managed by three generations of a family that has been running a variety of U-pick orchards for over 30 years. This farm is a great option if you want a shorter trip and a fun-filled day. Don’t leave without stopping by the concession stand for cider donuts, pies, milkshakes, frozen cider, and more.

Wright Family Farm

Warwick
Pumpkin patch open September 18 – October 31
$9 per person barnyard admission, $17 per person maze admission

With a massive patch and a hayride to help you get there, Wright Family Farm is the place to go if you need plenty of options to find that perfect pumpkin. There are two types of admission into Wright’s: barnyard and maze. Barnyard admission gives you access to activities, such as the farm animals, rubber duck races, pedal carts, pumpkin bowling, and more. Maze admission gives you the same features plus unlimited time to explore the corn maze. Additionally, they offer fun varieties like the warted goblin, munchkin, and more.

Rensselaer County

Pumpkin in field with sign / Photo by Kayla Wilson

Pumpkin in field with sign / Photo by Kayla Wilson

Kristy’s Barn

Schodack
Pumpkin picking available last week in September – end of October

Kristy’s Barn is a green farm dedicated to the community and to its love of farming. U-pick is the biggest feature, since the pumpkins are self-described “perfection.” Hayrides, a petting paddock, and a straw maze are also available for visitor’s entertainment.

Liberty Ridge Farm

Schaghticoke 
Pumpkin picking available in October
Starts at $21.95 per person

Liberty Ridge Farm is in the middle of everything in the Capital Region; it’s just 15 minutes from Clifton Park, 20 minutes from Saratoga Springs, and 30 minutes from Albany. Have the whole family pick a pumpkin, then visit the many other attractions, such as the 11–acre corn maze, farm animals, trolley rides, paintball, pumpkin cannons, and maize museum. Don’t forget to visit Brad’s Barnyard, too; it’s a whopping seven acres of family attractions like giant gerbil wheels, jumping pillows, peddle karts, and Corn Cob Express rides. Plus, when spooky season rolls around, check out the haunted houses.

Ulster County

 

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DuBois Farms

Highland
Pumpkin and gourd picking available mid-September – October

Dubois Farm began as a 54-acre farm to save the small farming industry. Now 69 acres, the farm brings “a piece of Olde New England to the Hudson Valley” through its architectural style of buildings and animal pens. There is also a farm market and café, along with a tavern stocked with local wines, hard ciders, and craft beers.

Hurd’s Family Farm

Modena
Open September through October

Hurd’s Family Farm is the perfect picture of agri-tainment. Families that visit can pick pumpkins of varying size and price ($5-20). Then they can partake in the many other activities on the farm, such as a bounce station, obstacle course, giant slide, and corn maze. When hunger strikes, stop by the Big Apple Café for a farm-to-table meal.

gourds galore

Pumpkins at Jenkins-Lueken Orchards / Photo courtesy of Jenkins-Lueken Orchards

Jenkins-Lueken Orchard

New Paltz
Pumpkin picking available September – October

Jenkins-Lueken Orchard is best for people looking for the essentials. Choose your pumpkin from a range of shapes and sizes and visit the farm stand to check out the farm’s produce, bakery, cider, and special brand of artisanal hard cider.

Westchester County

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Yorktown Heights
Pumpkin picking available first weekend in October

If you’re in search of a leisurely pumpkin picking experience that still has activities, head to Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm. Pick your pumpkin and traverse the corn maze before stopping by the bakery, which also stocks lunch foods, followed by the apple farm market and the country gift market. Those 21 and up should go to the farm’s White Hill Vineyard for tastings of the Wilkens’ house-made wine.

Outhouse Orchards

North Salem
Pumpkin picking available September – October
$12 per car

Outhouse Orchards is a family-owned operation that stretches back to the early 1800s, when the farm primarily produced dairy. Starting in the early 1900s, the Outhouse family began to grow fruit commercially. Nowadays, families can pick apples, pears, and, of course, pumpkins. Visitors can take a hayride around the farm, then buy a ticket to solve the puzzle hidden in clues throughout the corn maze.

Related: Where to Pick Your Own Berries in the Hudson Valley

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