Fun Places to Go Pumpkin Picking in Long Island, New York
It’s that time of year again in New York where everything starts to get really festive, leaves start changing colors, and we start looking for where we can go pumpkin picking! Therefore, today I am covering where to go pumpkin picking on Long Island, New York!
I have included both U-pick off the vine and regular pumpkin picking farms on Long Island depending on what kind of experience you are looking for!
Best Time to Go Pumpkin Picking on Long Island
The best time to go pumpkin picking on Long Island is generally between late September to late October. Since the weather has been crazy in New York, this could change, so it is always best to check with the farm before going!
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What to Know About U-Pick Pumpkin Farms
If you have never picked a pumpkin off the vine, there are some things you should know before you go! The first time I picked pumpkins from the vine, I had no idea what I was getting into, therfore I am here to help you learn from my mistakes!
Firstly, those pumpkin vines have little sharp prickles. I would recommend having some type of gardening gloves with you along with some sheers to easily get them off the vine!
Secondly, picking pumpkins yourself is a messy job. Unlike the pumpkins lined up in the field that have been preselected and wiped down, the ones on the vine have not. Therefore, I would recommend not wearing your favorite outfit or shoes since you’re likely to get dirt all over you.
Lastly, I’d suggest bringing some sort of wagon or cart with wheels so you can carry your pumpkins and gourds. We found ourselves all the way in the back of the field to find our perfect pumpkin and were so bummed out having to carry it all the way back to the car.
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F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm
If you live in Nassau County and don’t want to drive all the way out East (I’m also a Nassau County girl) F & W Schmitt’s farm is a little closer to home in Melville!
F&W Schmitt’s Farm opened in 1950 and one of the best farms on Long Island to go pumpkin picking and with good reason.
They have a huge field with hundreds of pumpkins lined up for you to take home. They also offer hayrides, inflatables (bounce house), a corn maze, farm animals, and a haunted house for some Halloween spirit.
You can also come hungry since they have lots of food at their concession stand!
Additionally, it is free entry and hayrides with lots of parking. Overall they are pretty reasonably priced!
I’d recommend arriving early if you want to avoid crowds. Please note, they do not offer picking pumpkins directly from the vine here.
Their Fall festival usually starts around the end of September, but haven’t made any announcements for this year yet. Check with Schmitt’s Facebook page closer to September for updates!
Address: 26 Pinelawn Rd, Melville, NY 11747
Lewin Farm for U-Pick Pumpkins
If you have been on some of my other Long Island posts, there is a good chance Lewin’s Farm pop’s up because they are one of my favorite farms in Long Island to do U-Pick!
So of course, they make my list for pumpkin picking in Long Island as well! They have a pretty large field where you can actually pick your pumpkin and gords right off the vine!
While their pumpkin farm is family-friendly, they do not really have any other attractions other than getting to pick your own pumpkins, fruits, veggies, and a corn maze.
If you do head to Lewin Farm, make sure to stop at their farm stand where they have tons of fresh produce and amazing roasted corn!
As you get close to the farm stand, look out for signs leading you to the pumpkin field. Parking is usually up on the grass. I’d recommend bringing cash to pay.
Address: 812 Sound Avenue, Calverton, NY 11933
Harbes Family Farm
If you are looking for a day trip out East on Long Island, Harbes Family Farm is a perfect place to add on your itinerary. In terms of outdoor and farm actives, they have you covered all year round.
They are now 3 farms strong with locations in Mattituck, Riverhead and Jamesport Long Island. Their Pumpkin picking festival is done at their Mattituck, Long Island location with U-Pick pumpkins off the vine!
Harbes family farm is extremely family-friendly with a corn maze, barnyard animals, and playground. All my friends with kids absolutely love going here!
They also have a vineyard making so everyone without kids also loves going here! Enjoy apple cider donuts, roasted sweet corn, and tons of apple cider to drink!
Depending on the season, they also offer apple picking at their Orchid (extremely popular), berry picking, and a watermelon and peach harvest.
They get pretty busy on the weekends so plan accordingly and check out Harbes Facebook Page to stay up-to-date on their events!
Address: 715 Sound Ave Mattituck, NY 11952
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Water Drinker Farm
If you didn’t already know, the Water Drinker Farm has some of the most beautiful Sunflower fields on Long Island, which already makes them one of my favorite farms.
Therefore they easily make my list for pumpkin picking on Long Island!
They offer regular pumpkin picking (not off the vine), hayrides, corn maze, farm animals, and more! The staff there are very friendly and are reasonably priced.
Stay up-to-date with the Water Drinker Farm on Facebook!
Address: 663 Wading River Road Manorville, NY 11949
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Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s
If you are looking for pumpkin picking in a really low-key setting in Nassau County, Long Island, you might want to check out Crossroads Farm at Grossman’s!
I actually used to live about 5 minutes away from this very tiny farm and drove past it every day for work. They are the closest Organic farm to NYC and sell local produce and honey from hives right on the property.
If you are looking for a full-on pumpkin picking experience with hayrides, large field, etc, than this is not the place for you.
However, if you want a very relaxed, (possibly close to home), pick your pumpkins and leave to carve them, consider visiting here! Check Crossroads Farm Facebook for event updates!
Address: 480 Hempstead Ave Malverne, NY 11565
Since this area is my old stomping grounds, if you are looking for good food, I can recommend the following:
A&S Bagels in Franklin Square for their huge variety of delicious bagels and cream cheese. They get very busy on the weekends. I personally would go just for the bagels. For some reason, they always mess up my egg sandwich order, but delicious otherwise! My favorite bagels are the cheddar cheese and french toast bagel.
You can also get a late night snack since they are open 24/7. I should also mention they have been voted the best bagel shops in New York!
Gonzo’s Mexican Grill in Garden City South for burritos and quesadillas. I use to order from here once a week, until I moved. (My favorite thing the Cabo Wabo quesadilla and I sub out the bacon and chicken for guacamole and broccoli since I am a vegetarian.
King Umberto in Elmont for fried capellinis (OMG so good!) and pizza. If you never had a fried capellini, it’s very thin pasta in alfredo sauce and fried into a patty.
Valbrook Diner in Valley Stream is our favorite diner and before we moved, we went every weekend. The owners (2 brothers) are so nice and the food is always great! Every time we come home, we always stop by!
This covers some of the best places to go pumpkin picking this fall on Long Island! Have the best time, call/check with the farms before going and follow safety protocols!
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