Pumpkin picking is a popular fall activity and a memorable experience for families with young kids? Spend a day with the kids in New Jersey farm country picking pumpkins, and time permitting, add on a hay ride or a trip to the corn maze. The pumpkin picking season in New Jersey begins as early as mid September, with peak activity from October 1 – October 15, with the season ending on Halloween Day, and on some farms, into early November. Pick-Your-Own farms vary in the activities they offer, from the farm that offers only pick your own to those that feature a wide range of activities including hay rides, corn mazes, animals, and many Halloween attractions. Here are some of our favorite New Jersey spots!
Abma's Farm – Wyckoff
Pumpkin picking and hayrides are available Mondays through Saturdays, September 26-October 31. Tickets must be pre-purchased.
This family-owned farm celebrates fall with hayrides and pumpkin picking every day except Sundays. Before leaving, savor some apple cider and doughnuts from the farm market.
Alstede Farms – Chester
Pumpkin picking begins in late-September and requires advance registration. See the harvest schedule for updates. This NJ farm has a lot to offer, including tons of activities for kids. You'll find a bounce house, wagon ride, corn maze, hay pyramid, and farm animals to feed—plus a farm stand and plenty of pick-your-own options. It gets jam-packed on the weekends, so come on a weekday if you can (when admission prices are cheaper).
Happy Day Farm – Manalapan
Pumpkin picking and other fall activities are available weekends from Saturday, September 12, through Sunday, October 25. Advanced tickets are required for fall activities and can be purchased online. The pumpkin patch is open daily in October. You won't be bored at this Monmouth County farm. It's loaded with family activities, including pumpkin picking, crafts, pony rides, hayrides, a wooden train, pig races, swings, a zoo, and even a "Kids Korner" for the 2- to 6-year-old crowd. Pumpkin Festival weekends include animal feedings, cornhole, pedal carts, tractor rides, and tug-o-war fun.
Terhune Orchards – Princeton
Pumpkin picking and other fall activities take place every weekend through November 1. Tickets must be purchased for Fall Family Weekends in advance. Terhune is such a fun place to bring the family because of the breadth of kid-friendly things to do around the farm. The pumpkin-picking fields at the main farm (Cold Soil Road) are open September–October. The Fall Family Weekends occur on Saturdays and Sundays from Saturday, September 12, through Sunday, November 1, 2020. Don't forget to check out the farm store and
Duffield's Farm – Sewell
Pumpkin picking begins Saturday, September 12. Advance tickets are required. Duffield's pumpkin-picking hayrides and other fall fun kicks off on Saturday, September 12. Other activities include a corn maze, Barn Bounce, and Barnyard Express.
Sahl's Father Son Farm – Galloway
Pumpkin patch and corn maze open for the season on Saturday, September 26. Tickets are required and can be purchased for a discount online. Visit the farm Thursdays–Saturdays in October for pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, farm animals, and more. Closed Sunday–Wednesday.
Now, what to do with all those pumpkins you picked? Here are some fun recipes to try!
Savory Pumpkin Sage Soup
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