There is nothing better then spending Fall in New Jersey or going to a farm to pick your own pumpkin. Going to the store and picking one out of a giant cardboard box or off of a stand just isn’t the same. It truly is an experience, whether you’re an adult or a child, to walk in between pumpkins until you find the perfect one (or in some cases more then one!). Fall is a great time to find the perfect pumpkin and make a day of it with other fun activities that those farms have to offer. Below are some great places in New Jersey that offer pick your own pumpkins along with some other enjoyable activities- all in the same place!
In Bergen County:
244 Werimus Road
Hillsdale, NJ 07642
You can go on weekends to pick your own pumpkins from 10am – 4:30 pm. During the week you need reservations. In addition to pumpkins, they also have a bakery, produce, a salad bar and a deli counter. Private hay rides are available. Make a day of it. Do the corn maze, grab some lunch and dessert then go pumpkin picking. After you’re done picking pumpkins, go and pick some apples, too!
In Essex County:
Fairfield Farms and Greenhouses
177 Big Piece Road
Fairfield, N. J. 07004
This farm has been in operation for the past thirty years. They offer a corn maze, kid friendly Haystack obstacle course, hayrides and of course, pick your own pumpkins. If that’s not enough for you they offer candy apples, cookies, water, apple cider and soda. During colder days they offer coffee and hot cider. On the third and fourth weekends of October they offer pony rides.
In Somerset County:
Doyle’s Unami Farms
771 Mill Lane
Hillsborough, NJ 08844
To get to the pumpkin picking patch, you take a hayride met with some refreshments. Doyles Farm has a huge corn maze that is 7acres. The maze can be done at night (flashlights are required). They also offer hayrides, games, outdoor movies, scarecrow building, food, and a campfire. They also offer special events.
In Sussex County:
Heaven Hill Farm
449 Route 94
Vernon, NJ 07462
This adorable 40 acre farm, in addition to pumpkin picking, offers a spooky haunted hayride and even a costume warehouse. They have a hay crawl, food, produce, sand art, and even a corn stalk maze.
In Union County:
524 Springfield Ave,
Westfield, NJ 07090
They are currently in their 87th year of business. In addition to pumpkin picking they have a fun maze and kids haunted house, pony rides and hayrides. They also have events throughout the year.
In Morris County:
84 County Route 513 South (Old Route 24 West)
Chester, New Jersey
Open in their 25th year, Alstede Farms is a great place for anyone to go and fully embrace Fall. They offer two corn mazes ($8 for both), fruit picking (raspberries, apples, blackberries and peaches), vegetable picking (green peppers, tomatoes, and eggplant) and last but not least, pumpkin picking. They have pony rides and a moonwalk for the kids and have different events going on all season long.
In Hunterdon County:
524 Old York Rd
Flemington, NJ 08822
While your child is picking a pumpkin from the patch, he or she can also get their face painted. The farm also offers gourds, mums, a corn maze, hayride, food and produce.
In Mercer County:
Lee Turkey Farm
201 Hickory Corner Rd.
East Windsor, NJ
During September and October the farm has an enormous selection of fresh fruits and vegetables for the picking. They have Pumpkins, Gourds, Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplant, Winter Squash, Apples, Raspberries, Broccoli, Cabbage, Pears, Cauliflower, and Sweet Corn. You could spend an entire day just picking all of the fruit and vegetables you could ever possibly want!
In Middlesex County:
155 Fresh Pond Road
East Brunswick, NJ
The farm offers pumpkin picking, pony rides, a corn maze and hay rides. They also have a market where you can pick up some apple cider, delicious baked goods and produce.
In Warren County:
345 Allen Road
Pick your own pumpkins runs from September 29th until October 31st. In addition to pumpkin picking they have an animal exhibit, hay rides, pony rides, cider tasting and food. They also have an enormous amount of produce.
In Camden County:
They have a section to mapquest your location to theirs..
This family has lived and breathed this farm for the past 60 years. They have pumpkin picking, a corn maze, produce, food and hayrides. The best part? They even sell wine!
In Gloucester County:
Duffield’s Farm Market
Greentree & Chapel Heights Rds., Sewell
During mid September to the end of October they not only offer pumpkin picking but they have all the decorations. Indian corn, gourds, straw bales and corn stalks. Go apple picking while you’re there! Hayrides are also offered. They’re closed on Sundays.
In Salem County:
335 Quinton Hancocks Bridge Rd
Salem, New Jersey 08079.
They have great pumpkin picking, a lunch wagon, hay rides, and a cornfield maze. The farm has their annual Fall festival on September 30th from 12pm to 6pm.
In Burlington County:
Indian Acres Tree Farm
Medford, NJ 08055
Don’t let the name fool you, they are Halloween experts. Pumpkin picking wagon rides run from 10am to 4:00pm. During October, Fridays and Saturdays (7-10pm), and Sundays (7-9p) they have 50 acres of Halloween events with over 100 ghouls. They have a wagon ride, a corn maze, and an untamed forest walk through. If you’re an adult looking to relive their childhood with a little spookiness, this is the place to go.
In Atlantic County:
Shady Brook Farm
5800 White Horse Pike Egg
Harbor City, NJ 08215
The farm, established in 1854, has plenty of experience under its belt. They offer hay rides, a corn maze, cider and corn stalks. The three acre corn maze is in the shape of a jack-o-lantern that the kids will just love!
In Cape May County:
Allen Family Farm
26 Tarkiln Rd., Belleplain, NJ, 08270
They don’t offer pumpkin picking, however they do offer apples, peaches, and tomatoes.
The only information I could find is that they offer pumpkins and hayrides. The only other pumpkin picking farms that I could find in Cumberland County were Jericho Gardens (1256 Roadstown Road, Bridgeton, NJ 08302. Phone: 856-451-3978.) where they have a pumpkin patch. Neither one has a website so it is best to give them a call to find out any additional information.
In Ocean County:
1250 Lacey Road
Forked River NJ 08731
They offer farm animals, hayrides, pony rides and a pumpkin patch. Since they do not have a website, please refer to Cornfieldmaze.com for more information.
In Monmouth County:
91 Wemrock Rd
Freehold, NJ 07728
They offer a great selection of pumpkins in their pumpkin patch. Apples are also available. They give hayrides out on the weekend. They have an amazing little store that offers outstanding baked goods, jams, produce and apple cider.
I wasn’t able to find any fall activities and/or pumpkin picking farms in Passaic or Hudson counties as of yet, hopefully they will be listing some soon!
In regards to the activities previously listed, it is always better to call ahead of time to confirm activities, events, hours, pricing and days of operation. Check around their website, most will offer coupons that you can print out. New Jersey is a great state to enjoy Fall, go out and have a fabulous time and make some memories!