As the leaves start to change its colors and the weather gets colder, we know that Fall is officially here and with that, pumpkin pickin' season begins! It is now socially acceptable to indulge in pumpkin-spice flavored everything - coffee, candy, candles and even Oreos. And with Halloween just right around the corner, and if you're off looking for the perfect pumpkin for your spooky jack o'lantern, we've searched high and low around Long Island for the best place to score great pumpkins and tons of fun for your family this Fall. All of these pumpkin patches farms also offer other family-friendly activities for the kids like corn mazes, hayrides and more. Make a day out of it, take your family and kids for some weekend fun!
Check out these pumpkin pickin' tips before heading out:
- If you're looking for a pumpkin to use for your pumpkin spiced flavored treats, look for smaller pumpkins or sugar pumpkins as they are known, they are much sweeter as compared to the bigger pumpkins.
- Check the appearance of the pumpkin and make sure there are no bruises, soft spots or cuts. These could mean that the pumpkin won't last very long. Choose the ones with a sturdy and intact stem and firm on the outside.
- Round and plump pumpkins with an oval shape are perfect for your Jack o' lantern because they have more cavity space on the inside.
- If you're looking for a pumpkin to use for Halloween display on your porch, choose one that has a flat bottom so it won't easily fall off.
Here is our list of Pumpkin Patches Farms near Smithtown and around Long Island for the best pumpkin pickin' time in town:
485 Edgewood Avenue, St. James, NY 11780
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Borella’s Farm Stand has been growing fresh flowers, fruits, and vegetables on Long Island for over 60 years and if you're out for a day of fun with your kids, they also offer bounce houses, corn mazes, hayrides and of course, pumpkin picking! You can also buy home-grown fresh fruits and vegetables and be sure to check out the beautiful landscape with their seasonal flowers.
6 Bagatelle Road, Dix Hills, NY 11746
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This family-owned farm has been growing pumpkins for decades and they have opened their farm to welcome guests to share in on the fun. They offer various activities for kids (and adults too!) - hayrides, animal train ride, pumpkin bouncy house, firetruck slide, duck race play area and the haunted house. Admission to the farm is free and the rides are a nominal fee. For a schedule of activities for their Fall Festival, don't forget to check out their website.
56 Gnarled Hollow Rd, E Setauket, NY
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If you're looking for an educational weekend while you're on the hunt for the biggest and meanest pumpkin for Halloween, this family-friendly farm offers weekend workshops for both kids and adults. They offer pumpkin carving lessons, scarecrow workshops, and Faerie Garden House workshops. For a complete list of their weekend classes, check out their website.
1624 Manatuck Blvd, Bay Shore, NY 11706
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One of the oldest operating farms in Long Island, the Brightwater Farms is open to the public every Fall for their Annual Fall Harvest Festival. Aside from picking your own pumpkin, kids will enjoy various activities like face painting, farm animal feeding, and hay rides. Adults can wander around the farm and check their fresh produce at the farmers' market, country store, and concession stand. Additional activities are available during their Fall Festival.
1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, New York, 11743
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Pick your pumpkin right off the vine in this kid-friendly pumpkin farm! Take your kids for a day of wagon rides and corn maze at this farm. Free admission to the farm and no fee to pick pumpkins. Be sure to check their website for their hours of operation.
240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, NY 11976
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Hank's Pumpkintown offers 8 acres of Pumpkin pickin' fun, Apple Picking, Wagon Rides, Tractor Train Rides, Giant Slides, Games, Playgrounds and more. They have 3 interactive corn mazes and an hour-long adventure maze. Kids and adults are sure to enjoy hours of fun at Hank's!