8 Best Long Island Apple and Pumpkin Picking Hotspots

Discover 8 Long Island apple and pumpkin picking hotspots, as recommended by a native Long Islander. Find the best patches, orchards, and farms for your next family day trip.

Long Island Apple and Pumpkin Picking

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Long Islanders love the fall season. The minute Labor Day passes, summer beach goers don their flannels, grab their wagons, and head to the East End for all the fall festivities.

With so many farms to choose from, we want to make sure you get the most out of your experience. Which Long Island apple and pumpkin picking farms are best for kids? Where can you grab fresh hard cider? Did you know some spots offer more to pick than just pumpkins and apples?

Whether you’re a local Long Islander or visiting from New York City or beyond, discover the best option for your family. We promise you’ll enjoy your day out east on Long Island apple and pumpkin picking.

8 Best Long Island Apple and Pumpkin Picking Farms

Hank’s Pumpkin Town

Perfect for families and birthday parties, Hank’s contains over 30 acres of family fun. Pumpkin picking, wooden playgrounds, a food market containing all the fall foods, and more is open to the public daily. The apple orchard is open during weekends and holidays.

  • Address: 240 Montauk Hwy., Water Mill, NY 11976
Discover all the locally recommended Long Island apple and pumpkin picking spots

Harbes Family Farm

Harbes is one of the top spots for Long Island apple and pumpkin picking. With multiple locations, a children’s barnyard, its own vineyard, apple cider donuts, corn mazes and more, it’s easy to see why it’s popular with Long Island families.

Harbes also hosts special events almost every weekend during September and October.

  • Harbes Orchard Address: 5698 Sound Ave., Riverhead, NY 11901
  • Pumpkin Farm Address: 1223 Rte. 25, Jamesport, NY 11947
  • Harbes Family Farm Address: 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck, NY 11952

Lewin Farms

If you’re looking for more than just pumpkin and apple picking, Lewin is the place for you. The abundant farm stand is open daily, except Tuesdays, and their “u-pick” fields contain berries, tomatoes, peppers, gourds, and more.

  • Address: 812 Sound Ave. Calverton, NY 11933

Schmitt’s Family Farm

Playgrounds and inflatables, a corn maze, pony rides, farm animals, and free hayrides round out this popular pumpkin picking spot. Schmitt’s, located more centrally on Long Island, stays open late for their haunted house walk through.

  • Address: 26 Pinelawn Rd., Melville NY 11747
Long Island Apple and Pumpkin Picking - Wickham's Fruit Farms

Stakey’s Pumpkin Farm

Ideal for plant moms, Stakey’s offers something for everyone. Families will enjoy pumpkin picking and hayrides, but leave time to explore the unique flower house.

  • Address: 270 West Lane, Aquebogue, NY 11931

Wickham’s Fruit Farms

One of the oldest and largest places on Long Island for apple and pumpkin picking, Wickham’s is an East End staple. Fing some of Long Island’s oldest cultivated land and an old cider press. Much of the land is part of a farmland preservation program, meaning it’s considered “forever agriculture.”

Picking options include berries, apples, peaches, and occasionally pumpkins.

  • Address: 28700 Main Rd., Cutchogue, NY 11935

Windy Acre Farm

Windy Acre Farm is a family run, generations old farm that still supplies local stores with fresh product. Ideal for young children, families can find a a playground, apple cider, cider donuts, and a variety of U-pick options. Head home with berries, pumpkins, and apples after spending a day frolicking around Windy Acres.

  • Address: 3810 Middle Country Rd., Calverton, NY 11933
Long Island Apple and Pumpkin Picking - Windy Acre Farm

Woodside Orchards

Something for the booze lover, Woodside is known for craft cider, apples, and baked goods. What was once a small wholesale apple farm has expanded into a niche-down apple hub with a small, specialized selection of apples and ciders.

  • 729 Rte. 25, Aquebogue, NY 11931

More Tips for a Day of Long Island Apple and Pumpkin Picking

What to Wear

Long Island weather can be finicky. You’ll definitely want to paid some light layers with your classic flannel button-up. One minute the sun will be shining, the next you’ll want a light jacket.

I also recommend wearing boots or not-so-fancy closed toed shoes. Rain and foot traffic can render the patches muddy and slippery at times.

Bring Your Own Wagon

If you’re visiting with young children, I cannot recommend bringing your own wagon enough times. Often, you’ll end up waiting to go picking simply because there’s not an available wagon. We love our collapsable Radio Flyer Wagon because it’s easy to pull both kids, and our apple/pumpkin haul.

spend a day on Long Island going apple and pumpkin picking with the kids

Go Early or Late

As I said above, Long Islanders love their falls. That means that at peak time, it can get crowded and you can end up waiting in long lines for hayrides or simply to pick some apples. It can also quickly dwindle the picking selections.

We recommend going early in the season, always. It also helps to get to the farm or orchard close to opening or close to closing to avoid crowds.

Don’t Miss The Rest of the East End, Long Island

The east end is full of adorable downtowns, antique stores, cheese shops, local farm stands, and more. We love stopping for some fresh produce and pies, to start.

If we didn’t indulge in too many cider donuts, we’ll stop for lunch either in Mattituck or Jamesport. And of course a day out east is not complete without a trip to the wineries.

If you’re looking to make a weekend trip out of your Long Island apple and pumpkin picking excursion, consider booking a night at either Hotel Indigo or Hyatt Place Long Island (both located in Riverhead)

There’s also tons of local AirBNB options that are centrally located to everything you’d love on Long Island.


Have you visited any of these farms and orchards? Are there any other Long Island apple and pumpkin spots you’d recommend? Where have you gone picking that’s memorable?

Living in Dallas has me missing east-end Long Island apple and pumpkin picking trips. I feel nostalgic thinking about farms, corn mazes, and cider donuts. And the local wineries!

I look forward to an autumn where I can take my kids back to where I’m from and show them my favorite apple and pumpkin picking spots on Long Island.

Of course we love checking out the pumpkin patched in Texas, too! But maybe my sister will ship me some Long Island apples in the meantime?

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4 Comments

  1. October 2, 2020 / 10:56 pm

    Is it crazy that I lived in Long Island for many years and never went apple picking? What is wrong with me?! I’m not going to deny it, I’m not a huge fall gal, but I’m not against apple pie. So I’m not sure why I never went. We did go to a few pumpkin patches and there is a haunted firehouse in Bayville we absolutely loved to go to every year.

    Great list! Wish there were blog posts and list like this back in the day. It would totally have made our life easier to find things to do.

    • Tori
      Author
      October 9, 2020 / 4:22 pm

      There are so many nice Orchards out east! I really love Windy Acres for pumpkins and apples. The Bayville haunted firehouse was terrifying! We did it once and I swore I’d never go again. Your comment brought back so many nice memories though of summers at Bayville beach!

  2. Leslie
    October 8, 2020 / 5:01 pm

    You mention where we can grab fresh hard-cider but then I don’t see where that actually may be?

    • Tori
      Author
      October 9, 2020 / 4:24 pm

      Hmm, what part were you reading? Woodside Orchard is listed towards the bottom – they do u-pick apples and make fresh hard cider. Let me know if you’re seeing it.

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