Every year my family heads up to the Hudson Valley and Warwick, NY just over the border from Vernon, NJ, for fall fun. We go apple picking and hiking along the Appalachian Trail in September, sampling cider and warm cider doughnuts as we go. But come October, we turn our thoughts to finding the perfect pumpkin for Halloween in the expansive farms of aptly named Orange County.
While you’re in the area, the town of Warwick is filled with lovely independent shops and places to eat. My family also loves Warwick Valley Winery which has live music on weekend afternoons and a fabulous cafe that serves truffle fries and delicious wood-oven pizza.
Here’s your guide for Pumpkin Picking in Orange County, New York! The farms below offer pick your own pumpkins and plenty of other entertainment for families:
Manza Family Farm, 730 State Route 211, Montgomery, N.Y.: Pick your own pumpkins are grown on 20 acres of farm land and are part of the farm’s traditional Fall Festival held weekends in October. Tractor drawn hayrides, pony rides, a straw maze, farm animals, and a farm stand are featured.
Pennings Farm, 161 South Route 94 and Warwick Turnpike, Warwick, N.Y.: Located on more than 60 acres of farmland, Pennings’ U-Pick season offers activities for the whole family including hayrides, pony rides, face painting, live music and outdoor dining.
Lawrence Farms Orchards, 39 Colandrea Road, Newburgh, N.Y.: Visitors will enjoy this scenic location which features a little village and hay bale maze for the kids. Show chickens and playful goats add to the family friendly atmosphere.
Apple Dave’s Farm, 82 Four Corners Road, Warwick, N.Y.: Features a walking trail, ponds, gardens, music puppet shows and face painters. Samples from Applewood Winery and distillery are available.
Maples Farm, 749 NY-17M, Middletown, N.Y.: Halloween Festival runs weekends throughout October and features hayrides, a hay maze, farm animals, a haunted barn, and country fair midway. Country store features gifts and décor.
Pierson’s Farm, 1448 Route 211 West, Middletown, N.Y.: Weekend events include hayrides, inflatables, a 4 acre corn maze, a kiddie hay/corn maze, a teepee area, and a petting zoo. Country store sells grass fed beef and free range eggs.
Visit the Orange County, New York Tourism website to see the full list of locations to pumpkin pick.