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The Top 11 Places to Go Pumpkin Picking in Rockland County, NY & Nearby

The Top 11 Places to Go Pumpkin Picking in Rockland County, NY & Nearby

Your kids will have a blast going pumpkin picking in Rockland County, as well as these nearby orchards and farms in Orange, Ulster, Dutchess, and Bergen counties.

There’s nothing more synonymous with fall than pumpkin picking in Rockland County, NY. Well...except maybe all the pumpkin-spice flavored and scented items you can find this time of year! Fortunately, there are plenty of spots to spend a fall day in the great outdoors, picking the perfect pumpkin in Rockland County, Orange County, Dutchess County, and Bergen County, NJ.

If you’re getting ready for Halloween and are looking to carve the pumpkins you pick into jack-o’-lanterns, check out these pumpkin carving tips for kids. Want to decorate with pumpkins but aren’t into the mess of carving? Check out these no-carve pumpkin ideas for kids. And if whipping up a tasty dessert or savory meal with fresh pumpkin or squash is more your speed, these pumpkin-inspired recipes are sure to hit the mark. 

Whatever you’re planning to do with your pumpkins, you’ll need to pick some first! Here are our 10 favorite spots to pick pumpkins in Rockland County and nearby (Bonus: Some locations also offer apple picking!).

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Pumpkin Picking in Rockland County, NY

1. Dr. Davies Farm

306 Route 304, Congers
Hours: Exact times for pumpkin picking not available at press time. Online reservations available and walk-ins welcome. Check the website for details.
Admission: The pumpkin patch is free to walk but pay for all that you pick (pumpkins range from $3-$40).

Grab your wagon or wheelbarrow and come on down to the pumpkin patch at this farm—it’s been family run since 1891. You can even take hayride to the patch (optional at $10), or go apple picking while you’re here, too.

Why we love it: They sell mouthwatering delicious homemade doughnuts and cold and hot apple cider.

Pumpkin Picking in Orange County, NY

1. Apple Ridge Orchards

101 Jessup Road, Warwick
Hours: Pumpkin picking begins Sept. 18: Thursday-Sunday and holidays, 9am-6pm. Follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates.
Admission: $3 per person ages 2 and older. Includes free parking and entrance to the farm. $10 for each pumpkin picked of any size.

This orchard is among the most scenic and rustic spots in the Hudson and Warwick valleys. Enjoy the patch as well as custom farm displays. After your pick-your-own experience, stop by the farm stand to get some treats including its famous apple cider doughnuts and pies.

Why we love it: Enjoy a Pumpkin Picking Movie Night on the farm featuring Spookley the Square Pumpkin.

2. Soons Orchards

23 Soons Circle, New Hampton
Hours: It will likely start by Sept. 18 and runs weekends and holiday Mondays until Halloween. Wagons run from 10am or 11am until 4pm, depending on demand and weather.
Admission: Check back for details. The orchard offers reservations and accepts walk-ins.

Enjoy a fall afternoon outing in the lower Hudson Valley. No pre-picked pumpkins on a lawn here. Take a hayride to their actual pumpkin patch and pick pumpkins off the vine. It also offers apple picking, a farm market, and a tap room serving foods, snacks, and cocktails.

Why we love it: Soons makes its own kettle corn; nut butters like peanut, almond, and cashew; and hummus (roasted red pepper and regular lemon garlic).


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Pumpkin Picking in Ulster County

1. Hurd’s Family Farm 

2187 State Route. 32, Modena
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Hours: Saturday-Sunday, 9am-5pm; activities 10am-4pm; Monday and Friday, 10am-4pm
Admission: Pumpkins: Saturday-Sunday, each vehicle must pre-order a minimum of $20 online to enter the farm. Friday and Monday, $12-$30 activities are FREE with pick your own purchase. Activity wristbands: Saturday-Sunday: Online: $14 Express; $23 VIP; $29 Ultimate. In person: $17 Express; $28 VIP; $35 Ultimate. Pumpkins sold separately: $6 small, $20 large.

In addition to pumpkin picking, visitors can enjoy more than 20 activities, including farm animals, hayrides, a corn maze, bounce pillow, rubber duck race, obstacle course, Cow Train rides, a playground, gem mining, and more (some activities require wristbands or extra fees)! Enjoy a cider doughnut and a craft beverage while the family enjoys the outdoor activities. There is also a same-day drive through at the farm-to-table cafe, so you can bring home everything you love.  

Why we love it: Pony rides are available, weather permitting, on Saturday-Sunday through Oct. 24! Sign up ahead of time on the Pony Website.

Dutchess County Pumpkin Picking

1. Dykeman Farm

31 Dykeman Lane, Pawling
Hours: Pumpkin picking typically opens the last weekend in September and runs Saturday-Sunday, 10am-5pm through October. Check the website for details.
Admission: Free parking and free admission.

This fourth-generation family-owned and -operated farm has been offering pick-your-own pumpkins since 1974. Enjoy more than the pumpkin patch here: Take advantage of a photo spot, purchase local honey, enjoy the kids play area, buy some fall décor, and more.

Why we love it: Hayrides are free!


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2. Fishkill Farms

9 Fishkill Farm Road, Hopewell Junction
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Hours: Pumpkin picking expected to begin Saturday, Sept. 18. Reservations will be required. Reservation arrival times are generally from 9am-4:30pm. The last entry to the orchard is at 5pm, and it closes at 6pm. Reservations are rain or shine.
Admission: If you have an apple picking reservation, you don’t need a pumpkin reservation and can pick and pay for your pumpkins when you’re here. Pumpkins are flat prices depending on their weight class. If you want to just pick pumpkins, pricing is $30 which includes entry for up to 5 people (ages 2 and older, kids under 2 don’t need to be counted in the reservation number) as well as $20 worth of pumpkins from pumpkin patch. An additional two people can be added at check in for $5 each.

Fishkill Farms is an apple orchard and diversified fruit and vegetable farm. Kids will love getting lost in the corn maze and taking a wagon ride throughout the orchard. Hungry? Enjoy a delicious Jerk Chicken meal at the outdoor grill.

Why we love it: You can pick your own eco-certified or organic apples.


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3. Greig Farm

227 Pitcher Lane, Red Hook
Hours: Pumpkin picking typically begins mid-September and continues through early November: daily, 9am-7pm.
Admission: No entry fee. Pay only for what you pick by the pound. 2021 prices will be announced soon.

Bring friends and family together and spend an afternoon picking pumpkins. This pick-your-own farm in the Hudson Valley has been family run since 1942. While the farm does cut many of the pumpkins off the vine for you, you may find one still on the vine. Have fun cutting it yourself with a set of garden shears.

Why we love it: We can’t get over the gorgeous photos of the farm on social media.


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Pumpkin Picking Near Bergen County, NJ

1. Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farm Lane, Chester
Hours: daily, 9am-6pm (last admission to pick-your-own is 5pm). Pumpkins anticipated to be available mid- to late September. Check the website for updates.
Admission: Exact prices for pumpkin picking not available yet. Check the website to make reservations in advance online (it’s a little cheaper than purchasing at the door and guarantees your entry) 

Alstede Farms offers orange and white pumpkins, munchkins, gourds, and assorted winter squash—all available in u-pick! Pony and tractor-pulled wagon rides are offered daily (for an extra fee). Plus, you can visit with and feed some of the farm’s animals. 

Why we love it: Corn, sunflower, and evergreen mazes are on-site and included with pick-your-own admission.


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2. Demarest Farms

244 Wierimus Road, Hillsdale
Hours: Sept. 18-Oct. 31, Thursday-Sunday, 8am-5pm. Visits limited to your reservation time frame. Arrive promptly at your scheduled time. If you arrive late, you’ll still be asked to leave at the end of your reservation time.
Admission: Use the online reservation system: $7 ages 2 and older (includes free parking and entrance to the pumpkin patch), plus $12 for the largest pumpkin that you pick. Free for children younger than 2.

Open since 1886, this farm is a staple in Bergen County. Hayrides still aren’t being given right now, so wear shoes for walking on uneven surfaces. No outside items allowed including strollers, backpacks, and purses. Pro tip: Come later in the day and stay for the Halloween Light Show, a drive-through experience available Sept. 17-Oct. 31 (advanced reservations required).

Why we love it: Save room for the farm’s delish apple cider doughnuts, washed down with fresh apple cider. 


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3. Secor Farms

85 Airmont Ave., Mahwah
Hours: Pumpkin picking typically goes from mid-September until the end of October, daily, 9am-4:30pm. Check the website for details.
Admission: Pricing varies depending on size of pumpkin. 

Walk to the decorated pumpkin patch to find the best pumpkin to take home. Scattered in the pumpkin patch, you’ll also find fun decorations for photo ops. In addition to pumpkins, it carries a large selection of gourds, jack-be-little pumpkins, corn stalks, and Halloween decorations. And don’t forget the corn maze!

Why we love it: Check out the farm’s market, which carries a variety of New York state apples, fresh-pressed apple cider, and homemade apple cider doughnuts.


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4. Stony Hill Farms

15 North Road, Chester
Hours: Late September-October, daily, 10am-5pm (last entry is at 4pm). Call or check Facebook for u-pick availability.
Admission: Entry fee starts at $7.99 (online). Pumpkins range from $2.99-$19.99

In addition to picking pumpkins, general admission guests can enjoy hay rides to fields (available weekends only), picnic areas, the Barnyard Board Game, Tile Maze, and Noah’s Ark Playground. And if you choose a higher ticket option, you’ll get access to the giant and mini corn mazes and trike racing. 

Why we love it: As if there weren’t already enough fun in store, you can also add on gem mining and duck races.

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Here at Rockland Parent, we've got everything you need to have a safefun, and festive fall and Halloween season.  Whether it is pumpkin or apple picking, getting lost in a corn maze, making Halloween crafts or finding costumes and decorations, we're here to help. 

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Author: Stacey Feintuch is a freelance writer for print and online publications. She has written for ReadersDigest.com, BestofNJ.com, K health, The Boca Raton Observer magazine, The Bump, Care.com, Healthline, Highlights for Kids, HealthyWomen, and other outlets. She has a BA in journalism from The George Washington University and an MA in magazine journalism from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. She grew up in Morris County, NJ, and currently lives in Bergen County, NJ. A mom to two boys, you'll find her at the baseball diamond on the weekends. See More

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