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.
Pumpkin patch open weekends through October, 12-6 p.m.
$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 all 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.
Open daily 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; 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.
Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 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.
Open weekends 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available in October
If you’re looking for more fall décor than just pumpkins, head straight to Yonder. The Valatie farm has pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, and more decorative fall veggies for you to go out and pick yourself.
Open Wed–Mon 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 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.
Picking open Tues–Sun 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. by reservation; 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 pumpkins, and partake in fresh-pressed cider and donuts.
Open daily 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available late September – October
$12 per person on weekends (age 2 and under free, price includes activities but not pumpkins)
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.
Open weekends 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 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. During the COVID-19 crisis, pets are not allowed.
Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 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 pumpkin, be sure to visit the four-acre corn maze, three-quarter–acre mini maze, petting zoo, and play area.
Thurs-Fri 12–6 p.m.; Sat–Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Pumpkin patch open September 19 – October 31
$8.50 per person barnyard admission, $17 per person maze admission
With a massive pumpkin 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.
Open daily 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; 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.
Open Mon–Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; 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.
Open daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available September – October
Engelke Farm boasts one of the top assortments of fall treats in all of Rensselaer County. The trademark of fall on this farm is not just the pumpkin patch but also the hayride, corn maze, fall mums from the nursery, and homemade cider donuts on sale in the market.
Open Fri–Mon 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available in October
Starts at $19.95 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.
Open weekdays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., weekends 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; 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.
Open Wed, Thurs, Fri 12-5 p.m., weekends 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
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.
Open weekends 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; 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.
Patch open daily 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available last weekend in September–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.
Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available September – October
$12 parking on weekends
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.