Best Places to go Pumpkin Picking on Long Island | 2023 Pumpkin Patches

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Fun Places to Go Pumpkin Picking in Long Island, New York

It’s that time of year again in New York when 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! Long Island is the perfect escape from New York City for fun at the pumpkin picking farms and fall festivities.

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 & Patches

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, therefore 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 pre-selected 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 Family Farm is a little closer to home in Melville!

F&W Schmitt Family Farm opened in 1950 and is 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, a 7-acre haunted corn maze, farm animals with a petting zoo, mini-golf, photo-ops, pony rides, a haunted house for some Halloween spirit, and more.

You can also come hungry since they have lots of food at their concession stand including roasted corn!

This year there is an entry fee of $10 which will include hayrides, mini golf, and the playground.

I’d recommend arriving early if you want to avoid crowds. Please note, they do not offer picking pumpkins directly from the vine here. No pets allowed.

Check with Schmitt’s website for updates and more details!

Monday – Friday 12 PM – 5 PM
Sat & Sun 10 AM – 5 PM

Address: 26 Pinelawn Rd, Melville, NY 11747

FW Schmitts Family Farm Pumpkin Picking on Long Island, NY
FW Schmitt’s Family Farm Pumpkin Picking

Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm

This family-owned farm is perfect for all your pumpkin picking needs. Their farm offers 26 acres of 18 different pumpkin varieties that can be picked from the vine!

Aside from pumpkin picking, you can also take advantage of their corn maze, hayrides, and even hand painting.

For more information, check out Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm Facebook Page.

No pets are allowed.

Address: 270 West Lane, Riverhead, NY 11901

Lewin Farms for U-Pick Pumpkin Patch

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 gourds 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 on the grass. I’d recommend bringing cash to pay.

Address: 812 Sound Avenue, Calverton, NY 11933

Pumpkins at Lewin Farm

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 to your Long Island itinerary. In terms of outdoor and farm activities, 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 spooky haunted corn maze, barnyard animals, and playground. All my friends with kids absolutely love going here!

They also have a vineyard, 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 Orchard (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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Hank’s Pumpkintown

Located in Water Mill, New York, Hank’s Pumpkintown is the perfect place to visit if you want to go both apple picking and pumpkin picking on Long Island. Their farm is perfect for the whole family with tons of activities including a maze park, wagon rides, tractor, games, corn mazes, and more.

The farm has well over 16 acres to explore! After finding your perfect pumpkins, head over to the Market where you can indulge in baked goodies including candy apples, apple cider donuts, baked pies, cookies, and much more!

There are no pets allowed at this farm. For more information, make sure to check out Hank’s Pumpkintown’s Facebook page.

Hours: 9:30 AM to 5:45 PM
Pumpkin Picking: 7 Days a Week
Apple Picking & Maze Park: Saturday and Sunday

Address: 240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill, NY 11968 (fall address)

Waterdrinker Farm Pumpkin Patch

If you didn’t already know, the Waterdrinker 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. They also always set up fun photo props.

Stay up-to-date with the Water Drinker Farm on Facebook!

Address: 663 Wading River Road Manorville, NY 11949

Entrance to Waterdrinker farm in Long Island New York
Entrance to Sunflower Fields at the Waterdrinker Farm

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Elwood Pumpkin & Christmas Tree Farm

If you are looking for another fun place to do pumpkin picking off the vine, consider visiting Elwood Pumpkin farm. Beyond pumpkin picking, you can enjoy their corn maze, hayride, and they are pet-friendly.

If you are also already thinking about Christmas, they have 20 acres of Christmas trees you can cut yourself (during the season)!

No credit cards (bring cash). For more information, check out Elwood Pumpkin Farms website.

Hours: 3 PM – 5 PM Monday – Friday; 10 AM – 5 PM Saturday & Sunday (including Columbus Day)

Address: 1500 E Jericho Turnpike, Huntington, NY 11743

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 fields, etc, then 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

Pumpkin picking at Lewin Farm on Long Island

Places to Eat Near Cross Road Farms Pumpkin Patch

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 shop 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 is 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!

White Post Farms

While I wouldn’t personally visit White Post Farms because they are also an exotic animal farm, it is still a very popular place to pick pumpkins for those who don’t mind it. Therefore, I just wanted to add it to the list. They are located at 250 Old Country Road, Melville, NY 11747, and offer pumpkin picking, hayrides, and other fall activities.

stack of lots of mini white and orange stripe pumpkins on the ground in Raleigh, NC

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Long Island Pumpkin Patches and Picking: Wrap-up

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! Also, I’d recommend having cash on hand for visiting any of the farms to be safe.

If you have any questions, please let me know in the comments below, and I will get back to you!

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Sam Opp

Sam Opp is a New Yorker based in Raleigh, NC. She is a travel writer and content creator who loves traveling, photography, coffee, and pizza. When she's not traveling, you can find her cuddling with her pup, Marley

6 thoughts on “Best Places to go Pumpkin Picking on Long Island | 2023 Pumpkin Patches”

  1. Can you believe I never went to a pumpkin patch Sam? I would love to go pumpkin picking once but not sure we have that kind of farm close to Paris… Looks really fun though!

  2. Pumpkin picking is the best. That’s when you know it’s fall. Such a fun activity, and always good when there’s other fun things to do nearby. You’ve inspired me to go pumpkin picking this weekend


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