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.
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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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