Hit These Hudson Valley Farms for Prime Pumpkin Picking

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

Feura Bush

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If you want to take home a lot of pumpkins, this is your spot—they’re just 55 cents per pound. Fresh apple cider donuts are a must here—as is a journey through the corn and hay mazes.

Indian Ladder Farms

Altamont

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Tuesday–Friday, 9 a.m.–1 p.m. & Saturday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

This 100-plus-year-old orchard offers pumpkins and a variety of apples for October u-pick—adults can sample the apples in cider form at the farm’s tasting room. Stop by on October 14 or 15 to don a lei and drink beer from pineapple steins at their Hawaiian Oktoberfest!

Hay rides, corn mazes, and petting zoos can turn your pumpkin hunt into an all-day event.

Columbia County

Fix Bros. Fruit Farm

Hudson

 

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Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Fix Bros. Fruit Farm is the go-to spot for cheap pumpkin picking. Pumpkins range in size and shape, 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.

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Yonder Fruit Farms

Valatie

 

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Weekends, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Yonder’s autumn u-pick farm is chock full of pumpkins, apples, gourds, winter squash, and lots of other decorative fall veggies. (You can shop from the farm stand if you don’t feel like trekking into the fields.) Don’t leave without a gallon of fresh apple cider.

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Samascott Orchards

Kinderhook

Wednesday–Monday, 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

From classic orange to white and even green, the carving pumpkins at Samascott are perfect for projects of all sizes and shades. The Kinderhook farm also sells homemade ice cream at their garden market—treat yourself to a cone after braving the seven-acre corn maze.

Dutchess County

Fishkill Farms

Hopewell Junction

 

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The pumpkin patch on this 270-acre farm is accessible via a free hayride. Plus, you can get some zen with farm yoga on Saturday mornings, or visit their outdoor bar for live music and tastings of Treasury Cider—the cider slushie is one-of-a-kind.

Barton Orchards

Poughquag

Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

Barton Orchards is the place to go for pumpkin picking and a day of family fun. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick away, then stop by the concession stand, “The Apple Core,” for the to-die-for apple cider donut sundae before listening to local live music. Attractions there include a corn maze, fun park, and more.

Dykeman Farm

Pawling

 

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Weekends, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

After picking from over 70 varieties of pumpkins, hop on a free hayride to tour the property in the crisp fall air. Autumn-themed decorations on the farm provide the perfect family photo op.

Greig Farm

Red Hook
Daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

With apple picking, goat feeding, and even a walkable farm trail, pumpkin picking at Greig Farm is a blast. Stop by their farm market and café for lunch and to pick up local groceries.

Orange County

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Apple Ridge Orchards

Warwick
Thursday–Sunday and Indigenous PeoplesDay, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.

Beyond the rustic pumpkin patch, stop by the petting zoo to hand-feed friendly animals, and buy fresh-picked produce at the farm stand. Come on October 13 or 20 at 5:30 p.m. for an outdoor screening of “Spookley the Square Pumpkin.”

Pierson’s Farm

Middletown

Monday–Friday, 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m. & Saturday–Sunday, 11:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Turn pumpkin picking into an all-day outing—navigate corn mazes, take a hayride to feed cows, race rubber ducks, mine gems, and kick back to live music after walking the patch. Special events are hosted every weekend until Halloween.

Manza Family Farm

Montgomery
Saturday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

This Montgomery farm hosts fall festivals every year—a family tradition dating back to the 1980s. On the grounds, visitors can explore 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. Entry is $10 per car.

Lawrence Farms Orchards

Newburgh
Daily, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Lawrence Farms Orchards is managed by a family that has run U-pick orchards for over 30 years, so you can be sure that a visit will be well worth it. 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. Admission is $7 per person Monday to Thursday, and $10 on the weekends; children two and younger are admitted for free.

Wright Family Farm

Warwick
Weekends, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


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. Admission for the farm, barnyard, and maze runs $15 before tax and can be purchased online in advance. Keep an eye out for themed weekends throughout the autumn season for additional entertainment.

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Rensselaer County

Kristy’s Barn

Schodack
Monday–Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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

Liberty Ridge Farm

Schaghticoke 

Thursday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

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.

Ulster County

DuBois Farms

Highland

 

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Daily, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Dubois Farm began as a 54-acre farm to save the small farming industry. Now at 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

 

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Daily, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

Hurd’s Family Farm is the perfect picture of “agritainment.” Families that visit can pick pumpkins of varying size and price ($6-25). Then, they can partake in the other activities on the farm, such as a playground area, train ride, mini-zipline ride, and corn maze. When hunger strikes, stop by the Big Apple Café for a farm-to-table meal.

Kelder’s Farm

Kerhonkson
Thursday–Tuesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Look forward to hours of family fun at Kelder’s. Visit the petting farm, bounce on a jack-o’-lantern-shaped jumping pad, cast off at the fishing pond, hit the links at the 14-hole mini golf course, fire the pumpkin cannon, and test your skills in a corn maze.

Jenkins-Lueken Orchard

New Paltz
Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

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.

Wallkill View Farm

New Paltz
Weekends 9 a.m.–6:30 p.m.

Test your luck navigating a 3-acre corn maze and see if you can win a free sugar pumpkin! After walking the patch, the adults can compete in lawn games while the kids hit the pumpkin-shaped bounce house.

Westchester County

Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm

Yorktown Heights
Wednesday–Monday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

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

Reservations required

Outhouse Orchards is a family-owned operation that stretches back to the early 1800s, when the farm primarily produced dairy. Starting in the early 20th century, the Outhouse family began to grow fruit commercially. Nowadays, families can pick apples, pears, and pumpkins at $28.76 per car. Visitors can take a hayride around the farm, then buy a ticket to solve the puzzle hidden in clues throughout the corn maze.

BONUS:

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Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze

Croton-on-Hudson
Daily in October

As the sun sets, feast your eyes on 7,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns throughout the grounds of Van Cortlandt Manor. New this year: a rotating pumpkin Ferris wheel and circus sideshow with a soundtrack and synchronized lighting.

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