Hit These Hudson Valley Farms for Prime Pumpkin Picking
Local U-pick experiences have gourds galore — and more!
Pumpkins at Samascott Orchards
Photo by Garrett Kipp
With fall festivities in full swing, what better way to keep the fun going than by visiting one of the many Hudson Valley farms for a U-pick pumpkin trip. In addition to pumpkin picking, many of the farms offer hay rides, corn mazes, and other seasonal fruits and vegetables for plucking perfection. On the way out, don't forget to stop by the orchards shops to get warm apple cider donuts and fresh pressed cider by the pint.
Open weekends, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
A leading orchard in the Capital Region, Altamont Orchards supplements its apple picking schedule with pumpkin picking on the weekends. Prices range from $5 to $12, which means you'll have a few dollars to spare for the farm's signature apple cider.
Open daily 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available September – October
The 100-plus-year-old farm landmark of Albany County is not just for pumpkin picking. Visitors can also stop by the farm market, gift shop, café, cidery, and brewery. Kids, meanwhile, can take part in the number of educational programs available onsite.
Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available late September – October
Fix Bros. Fruit Farm is a go-to spot for cheap pumpkin picking. Pumpkins here are only 35 cents per pound, with other fruits and veggies up for picking as well. Gourds and more are also available at the farm stand if you aren’t the U–pick type.
Open weekends 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available in October
If you’re looking for more fall décor than just pumpkins, head straight to Yonder. The Valatie farm has pumpkins, gourds, winter squash, and more decorative fall veggies for you to go out and pick yourself.
Pumpkin field at Samascott Orchards /Photo by Kayla Wilson
Open Wed–Mon 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available late September – October
Originally a dairy–centric farm in the 1900s, Samascott Orchards is now a destination for many kinds of U-pick fruits and veggies as well as for family entertainment. U-pick pumpkins are 40 cents per pound, and families can enjoy a day filled with wagon tours, bike rentals, farm animals, corn maze explorations, and visits to the farm store for produce and homemade ice cream.
Picking open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available last week of September - end of October
Fishkill Farms is 270 acres of U-pick delight. Pumpkins can be picked from the patch that happens to be the first stop on the wagon tour. The farm also hosts Fall Harvest Festivals every weekend in September through October, during which visitors can take wagon rides, listen to live music, decorate pumpkins, and partake in fresh-pressed cider and donuts.
Mon–Fri 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available late September – October
Barton Orchards is the place to go for pumpkin picking and the place to stay for a day of family fun. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick away, then stop by the concession stands and farm market and head on over to the fun park. Attractions there include a five–acre corn maze, pedal kart race tracks, bounce houses and pads, a haunted house in October, and much more.
Photo courtesy of Dykeman Farm
Open weekends 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available in October
Built as a large-scale pumpkin patch, Dykeman Farm is pumpkin picking perfection. Choose your own pumpkin, enjoy a hayride, snap some photos, and let the kids play in the ball pit filled with corn and get their faces painted. Don't forget to hit concessions and stop by the farm stand to browse the gourds, winter squashes, and fall decorations for sale.
Pumpkin picking at Pierson's Farm
Photo by Shannon Williams
Open daily 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; October festival open last weekend in September - end of October
Pierson’s Farm hosts a yearly festival throughout the month of October that’s a great opportunity to get the family outside and enjoy the crisp autumn air. Hop on a hayride to the pumpkin patch, snack on some baked goods, and wash them down with some hot cider and hot chocolate. When you’re all set with your pumpkin, be sure to visit the four-acre corn maze, three-quarter–acre mini maze, petting zoo, and play area.
Fri 3–6 p.m.; Sat–Sun 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Pumpkin patch open September 15 – October 28
With a nine-acre pumpkin patch and a hayride to help you get there, Wright Family Farm is the place to go if you need plenty of options to find that perfect pumpkin. There are two types of admission into Wright’s: barnyard and maze. Barnyard admission gives you access to activities, such as the five–acre corn maze, corn box, farm animals, pumpkin bowling, and more. Maze admission gives you the same features plus unlimited time to explore the corn maze.
Open daily 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available late September – end of October
Lawrence Farms Orchards is managed by three generations of a family that has been running a variety of U-pick orchards for over 30 years. This farm is a great option if you want a shorter trip and a fun-filled day. You can check out the hay bale maze, pet the farm animals, play in the “little village” that’s modeled after an old-fashioned New England farm town, and eat at the concession stand, which has freshly made food for sale.
Pumpkin in field with sign / Photo by Kayla Wilson
Open Mon–Sat 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sun 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available last week in September – end of October
Kristy’s Barn is a green farm dedicated to the community and to its love of farming. U-pick is the biggest feature, since the pumpkins are self–described “perfection.” Hayrides, a petting paddock, and a straw maze are also available for visitor entertainment.
Open daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available September – October
Engelke Farm boasts one of the top assortments of fall treats in all of Rensselaer County. The trademark of fall on this farm is not just the pumpkin patch but also the hayride, corn maze, fall mums from the nursery, and homemade cider donuts on sale in the market.
Hours vary; Pumpkin picking available in October
Liberty Ridge Farm is in the middle of everything in the Capital Region; it’s just 15 minutes from Clifton Park, 20 minutes from Saratoga Springs, and 30 minutes from Albany. Have the whole family pick a pumpkin, then visit the many other attractions, such as the 11–acre corn maze, farm animals, trolley rides, paintball, discovery barn, and maize museum. Don’t forget to visit Brad’s Barnyard too; it's a whopping seven acres of family attractions like giant gerbil wheels, jumping pillows, peddle karts, and Corn Cob Express rides.
Open daily 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Pumpkin and gourd picking available mid-September – October
Dubois Farm began as a 54-acre farm 17 years ago to save the small farming industry. Now 69 acres, the farm brings “a piece of Olde New England to the Hudson Valley” through its architectural style of buildings and animal pens. The fun of pumpkin picking here includes wagon rides, a two-acre corn maze, visits with farm animals, and assorted festivals throughout October. There is also a farm market and café, along with a tavern stocked with local wines, hard ciders, and craft beers.
Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; fall weekends Aug. 31–Nov. 3
Hurd’s Family Farm is the perfect picture of agri-tainment. Families that visit can pick pumpkins of varying size and price. Then they can partake in the many other activities on the farm, such as a two-acre corn maze with a mystery game, the animal tracks nature trail, the wild apple obstacle course, the cow train and hayride, and more. When hunger strikes, stop by the Big Apple Café for a farm-to-table meal.
Pumpkins at Jenkins-Lueken Orchards / Photo courtesy of Jenkins-Lueken Orchards
Open daily 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available September – October
Jenkins-Lueken Orchard is best for people looking for the essentials. Choose your pumpkin from a range of shapes and sizes and visit the farm stand to check out the farm’s produce, bakery, cider, and special brand of artisanal hard cider.
Patch open daily 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available last weekend in September–October
If you’re in search of a leisurely pumpkin picking experience that still has activities, head to Wilkens Fruit & Fir Farm. Pick your pumpkin and traverse the corn maze before stopping by the bakery, which also stocks lunch foods, followed by the apple farm market and the country gift market. Those 21 and up should go to the farm’s White Hill Vineyard for tastings of the Wilkens’ house-made wine.
Open daily 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Pumpkin picking available September – October
Outhouse Orchards is a family-owned operation that stretches back to the early 1800s, when the farm primarily produced dairy. Starting in the early 1900s, the Outhouse family began to grow fruit commercially. Nowadays, families can pick apples, pears, peaches, and of course, pumpkins. Visitors can take a 15–minute hay ride around the farm, then buy a ticket to solve the puzzle hidden in clues throughout the corn maze.