Last updated on September 18, 2020 at 08:27 am
We can’t think of a better way to kick off fall than leisurely romping through a pumpkin patch and harvesting your own apples for tarts, pies and cobblers. Here are our favorite spots along the East Coast to help you plan the perfect pick-your-own adventure. Before you go: be sure to check the farm’s website for COVID-19 health and safety protocols, including wearing masks and social distancing in the parking lot, in the fields and at cash registers.
12 East Coast Apple and Pumpkin Picking Farms You Need to Visit
Applecrest Farm Orchards, Hampton Falls
Visit the state’s largest and oldest apple orchard, offering over 40
varieties of apples from 220 sprawling acres, as well as a wide array
of other seasonal pick-your-own crops including pumpkins, peaches, sweet corn and more. Scents of fresh-baked pies, biscuits and gooey cookies waft throughout the bakery. The market carries locally produced jams, honeys, hand-pressed cider and made-from-scratch confectioneries, including their hot cider donuts — a local favorite. The farm has no shortage of old-fashioned family fun with festivals and activities like storybook hayrides, the great pumpkin carve, an orchard cross bike race and fall foliage spectacular.
DeMeritt Hill Farm, Lee
Take in the magnificent fall foliage as you pick your own apples, pumpkins and more at this dog-friendly farm. Stop by the newly expanded bakery for an assortment of goodies including apple cider donuts, cupcakes and pies, and check their event schedule for upcoming festivals, hayrides and craft fairs. Consistently ranked as one of the country’s top haunted attractions, Haunted Overload features hundreds of lighted pumpkins, movie-quality sets and super-spooky actors. The haunt is also open without actors during the day for younger spectators to enjoy. (For other haunted houses guaranteed to make you scream, click here.)
C.N. Smith Farm, East Bridgewater
Founded in 1920 and spanning over 90 acres, this family-owned and -operated farm is the perfect spot for some classic autumn fun. Pick your own apples and pumpkins this fall (and be sure to return next year to pick from their strawberry, blueberry and peach harvest). The whole family will love to sample scrumptious sweet corn and other farm-fresh favorites at the corn festival and attend the annual harvest hoedown featuring spooky decorations, live bands, hayrides, moonwalks and pony rides. Don’t leave without visiting their adorable farm animals and concession stand. And be sure to grab some fresh apple cider donuts for the ride home!
Connors Farm, Danvers
Come to pick farm-fresh apples and pumpkins and stay for an endless array of attractions the whole family will love. Navigate your way through their exciting seven-acre corn maze and check out various play areas, train rides, zip lining, a mechanical bull, climb-on spider web, tree houses, barnyard animals and jumping pillows, just to name a few. Older kids and grownups can get a good scare at their famous haunt, Hysteria at Connors Farm. The farm stand offers hardy mums, freshly squeezed apple cider, hot apple cider donuts, produce and a delectable selection of baked pies.
Blue Jay Orchards, Bethel
Nestled in the quaint town of Bethel, this picturesque 140-acre farm attracts generations of loyal customers who return each year to make new memories in the apple orchards and pumpkin. Located in their signature red barn, the farm market sells everything from maple syrup to maple sugar candy to fresh-pressed cider. You’ll also want to grab some goodies to take home from the bakery including fresh-baked pies, turnovers, dumplings, cookies and, of course, apple cider donuts. As their website states, their recipes, lovingly passed from generation to generation, could almost transport you back to Grandma’s kitchen. And we certainly agree.
Bishop’s Orchards, Guilford
Visit the orchards where you can pick from over 20 varieties of apples and take a weekend tractor trailer ride from late August to late October. Mid-September through Halloween is the time to choose fall favorites including pumpkins, gourds, mums and Indian corn. While you’re there, experience family-friendly activities including the annual hay maze challenge and scarecrow making. The farm market carries a fresh selection of seasonal favorites including world-famous pies, breads, croissants, ice cream, “grab n go” crock pot or grill meals and more. And the edible cookie dough is not to be missed.
Fishkill Farms, Hopewell Junction
Family-operated for more than a century and spanning over 270 acres, Fishkill Farms offers so much more than apple and pumpkin picking, including a generous variety of pick-your-own eco-certified fruit and organic vegetables from June through October. In addition to live music on the weekends, little ones can enjoy a corn maze and face painting while adults can visit the cider garden against the backdrop of the eye-catching orchards and Catskill Mountains. Don’t forget to try yoga on the farm and grab a bite to eat from the grill, food trucks or farm store.
Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm, Yorktown Heights
Head an hour north of New York City for some serious apple, pumpkin and peach picking. Other attractions include a corn maze, the cozy White Hill Vineyard winery and three country markets carrying fresh-baked pies, pressed apple cider and the Wilkens’ famous apple cider donuts. But the fun doesn’t end in the fall. Come back after Thanksgiving to choose your own Christmas tree.
Demarest Farms, Hillsdale
Bask in the breathtaking scenery while picking the perfect pumpkin and choosing from 14 varieties of apples. While you’re there, stop by their charming farm store and grab some apple cider donuts — a customer favorite. Little ones will love to mingle with adorable farm animals at the two petting zoos, take a hay wagon ride and watch a spooky movie under the stars. The Haunted Orchards and hay ride will give older kids and grownups a good scare. Return this winter for the Orchard of Lights, where you can take a magical wagon ride through 32 acres of brilliant holiday light displays. (For more holiday light displays worthy of a road trip, click here.)
Alstede Farms, Chester
Open year-round, this family-owned farm is has been a Morris County tradition for years, offering a generous selection of certified organic or sustainably grown fruits, veggies and flowers to pick from June to November. But the family fun doesn’t stop there. Other attractions include farm animals, a corn maze, a sunflower maze and farm store with produce, cider and baked goods. Special events include food festivals and tastings, live entertainment, children’s activities and a harvest moon hayride.
Highland Orchards, West Chester
For the quintessential fall day trip, visit this 200-acre farm. Weekends offer hayrides, shuttle rides and harvest festivals. Apple picking begins in August and pumpkin picking in mid-September. The more you pick, the more you save, so include friends and family in on the fun. The farm market sells fresh produce from the farm and also partners with other local growers and venders to bring you an array of bakery and dairy items, jams, coffees, teas, flowers and gifts. Relax in the picnic area with some heavenly apple cider and cider donuts.
Shady Brook Farm, Morrisville
Make lasting memories at Shady Brook Farm, where you’ll find fun family-oriented activities including apple and pumpkin picking, a five-acre corn maze, wagon rides, live entertainment, barnyard animals, pig races, inflatable attractions and jumping pillows. Fall is a special time for festivals on the farm, including AppleFest, the award-winning PumpkinFest, PumpkinFest After Dark and the scary HorrorFest. For an unforgettable experience, celebrate your child’s fall birthday here.
Supply of pick-your-own apples and pumpkins is based on weather conditions and demand, so be sure to call the farm or check their website before planning your trip.