Fall in New Jersey means apple picking, pumpkin picking, and heading to a fun, family-friendly NJ farm—a combo of the first two with the addition of animals, hay, or tractor rides, and perhaps a wine tasting if you’re lucky. And as the temps take a dip, it’s a day you’ll want to spend in the crisp autumn weather bundled up in plaid with your littles picking, petting the animals, and even watching farm tractors on the fields. Scroll down for the best family-friendly NJ farm near you, and if you want more fall family fun, be sure to check out our guide to all things to do this fall. (featured photo taken at Happy Day Farm)
These are the best NJ farms for family fun
Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm
Experience the ultimate Fall Extravaganza at Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm! Join us every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during September and October for a jam-packed day of family fun. Indulge in the quintessential fall activities, such as picking your own apples, pumpkins, and sunflowers in our mesmerizing Sunflower Photo Trail. Get lost in our family-friendly corn maze or embark on a delightful hayride tour of our sprawling 325-acre farm. Don’t forget to say hello to our adorable goat friends at our Animal Farm! But the fun doesn’t stop there—make sure to swing by our Farm Market, where you absolutely must grab a bag of our Famous Apple Cider Donuts and explore our mouthwatering selection of baked goods. Discover stunning Fall home décor and unique gifts that’ll add a touch of autumn to your abode. Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm hosts festival weekends throughout the Fall that will keep you entertained with live music, our delectable Farmhouse Grill, Food Trucks, and a wine-tasting experience with Tomasello Winery in our Farm Market. Join us this season and create lasting memories with your loved ones! Located minutes from 206, 295 Exit 52A, Exit 7 on NJ Turnpike.
2691 Monmouth Road, Jobstown, NJ 08041
Visit our working farm for a truly memorable farm experience! Not only do we offer a Pick Your Own (PYO) experience that includes apples, but we are also a fun family destination where you can plan on spending the day. Transverse through our Blooming Giants Sunflower Trail in addition to our Giant A-Maze-Ing Corn Maze. Visit and feed our friendly farm animals, enjoy children’s activities like pony rides, bouncy houses, or wagon train rides, live music on weekends, wine and hard cider tasting by Tomasello Winery, and more. Plan ahead and purchase discounted tickets on our website before your arrival. We look forward to seeing you at our farm.
1 Alstede Farms Lane Chester, NJ 07930
Our 8-acre corn maze operates weekends in September through October. Get lost with your friends and family–but remember, Corn Central is there to get you out. Enter through our yearly themed big bale creation and start on your path to fun! Enjoy pumpkin picking, a ride on our corn train, or a hayride. Swing by our Bakery Barn for fresh apple cider donuts, pies, hot chocolate, and more! Browse our Barn shop and sample our selection of jams, mustards, and preserves. Indulge yourself at Etsch Farms and create long-lasting family memories.
556 Buckelew Avenue, Monroe Township, NJ 08831
Northern NJ Farms
Abma’s Farm: Market, Greenhouse, and Petting Zoo
Buy tickets online for the whole fall experience, including hayrides, pumpkin picking, and the barnyard zoo. This NJ farm makes everything from scratch, and its bounty is raised with love, picked, and cooked daily. Stop by the market for fresh produce and baked goods or in the greenhouse for a new plant.
Hayrides and Pumpkin Picking: September 25 – October 28, select days
700 Lawlins Road, Wyckoff, NJ 07481
Alstede Farms is one of our favorites because it truly has it all—visit this New Jersey farm market and pick your own apples, pumpkins, raspberries, peaches, and more. Kids will love to feed the animals, take a pony ride, and climb aboard the haywagon, while parents can stop in for a wine tasting and enjoy the crisp fall air.
Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930
At Brookhollow’s Barnyard, step outside the box and walk through the farm. Visit the petting zoo and the pumpkin patch and enjoy tractor rides and the cow train.
Tickets are only sold in person at the door.
Petting Farm- 301 Rockaway Valley Rd., Boonton, NJ 07005 and Pumpkin Patch- 425 Powerville Road, Boonton Township, NJ 07005
Choose from thousands of pumpkins in all colors, shapes, and sizes. Then sample some apple cider and regular and haunted hayrides on weekends, and try to win a 100-pound pumpkin, too.
Open starting September 23
10 Vreeland Avenue, Montville, NJ 07045
Named one of the best places to pick pumpkins in New Jersey, this place also includes hayrides, farm market shopping, and more. This season, reserve your picking spot online before you go. Don’t miss the Halloween light show.
Open starting September 23 for the light show and for picking pumpkins
244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, NJ 07642
Get the authentic farm experience at this 500+ acre family-owned NJ farm. On fall fun harvest weekends, pick pumpkins and apples, take hayrides, run through the corn maze, listen to music, enjoy delicious foods off the grill, and spend lots of quality time with your family. And bring home a fresh-baked pie or fresh apple cider doughnuts.
Fall Fun Harvest Weekends start the last weekend of September
358 Allen Road, Hackettstown, NJ 07840
Fall is the best time of the year at Fairfield Farms, with activities like hayrides, a child-friendly corn maze, a rope maze, a pumpkin slingshot, and, of course, pumpkins.
The Fall Season activities start the third weekend of September
177 Big Piece Rd., Fairfield, NJ 07004
Heaven Hill Farm
This Farm has it all—food, carnival rides, paintball, apple cannons, sand art, pig races, and, of course, pumpkins. The Great Pumpkin Festival is a full day of fun for the whole family. Don’t miss the Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show and pig racing.
The Great Pumpkin Festival starts on September 16
451 State Route 94 Vernon, NJ 07642
Ort Farms offers lots of ways for your family to have fun and snap those fall insta-moments. Take a stroll through this gorgeous sunflower farm in New Jersey, pick sunflowers, and then head to the vegetable-picking areas. During the fall festival, weekday activities include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the corn maze, and the friendly farm animal viewing area. Enjoy train rides, an apple cannon, and monster truck rides on the weekends.
There are a variety of activities from now-October 31
25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ 07853
Riamede is known for its decades-old apple trees with an old-fashioned farm feel that focuses on picking and tractor rides with special events all season. Sign up for a child and parent floral design workshop, hit up one of their artisan markets, or listen to live music and sample ice cream during the fall festivals. There are also pumpkins on the vine.
Open for the season in August
122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930
Sun High Orchards
At this Farm in Randolph, New Jersey, your family can enjoy NJ apple and pumpkin picking in the fall, along with a hayride. Visit with the resident alpaca and mini donkey, stop by the market for a fresh pie or ice cream, or book the farm for a special birthday celebration with a bouncy house and hayrides.
Check ahead for fall activities
19 Canfield Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869
Pumpkin picking, wagon rides, the cow train, and so much more for the fall. Don’t miss their apple cider slushies with soft-serve ice cream, and add an apple cider donut on top.
Fall Fest 2023 start date to be announced
47 Decker Pond Road, Andover Township, NJ 07821
At Wightman Farms, you can pick your own crops of apples and pumpkins or stop by the market that’s open every day for fresh fall produce and baked goods. Starting in September, they have Fall Festival weekends with unlimited hayrides, a giant corn maze, a pumpkin slingshot, and lots of fall-themed play spaces.
Opens in September
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue, Morristown, NJ 07960
Southern NJ Farms
Bring your flashlights for a non-scary corn maze in the dark, and don’t miss the Barnyard Bash with pumpkin picking, barrel train rides, barnyard animals, and a corn maze. Check out their Pay It Forward Pumpkins, a pumpkin flower-arranging event that encourages gratitude and kindness.
Barnyard Bash starting October 1
20 NJ-77, Elmer, NJ 08318
Hill Creek Farms
With over 14,000 apple trees and u-pick opportunities, a pumpkin patch, and family fall fun activities—Hill Creek Farms has lots to do to celebrate fall. Kids can dig for buried treasure at the Gem Mining Company and ride the Barrel Train Express.
Opens for fall on September 15, Friday-Sunday
1631 State Highway 45, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Indian Acres Tree Farm
The whole family will have a ball trying to find the scarecrows hidden in their small and giant mazes and then pick the perfect pumpkin. There’s also a barrel train ride, a farm-themed playground, and goats and alpacas for petting.
Pumpkin picking starts September 23
111 Tuckerton Rd., Medford, NJ 08055
Johnson’s Corner Farm
Fall harvest weekends at Johnson’s Corner Farm feature live music, a family-friendly corn maze (weekends only), gem mining, apple and pumpkin picking hayrides, and a food tent. After that, check out the Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm and the sunflowers stroll (weekends only).
Fall Harvest weekdays and weekends September 9-October 31
133 Church Rd., Medford, NJ 08055
Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm
You won’t have to deal with long lines or waiting for a hay wagon to get your picking—at this family-friendly farm in New Jersey, you park the car at stops along the trail to pick apples, pumpkins, and sunflowers. After, park to stroll through the corn maze, take a scenic hayride, listen to live music, and grab a snack at a food truck.
Fall Harvest Season September 9-October 29
2691 Monmouth Rd., Jobstown, NJ 08041
R and J Farm
Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, and then put your pumpkins to the side and make your way through the corn maze. And don’t worry if you get lost in the corn maze — you can always ask a “corn cop” for help.
Open daily starting September 16
723 W. Herschel St., Galloway, NJ 08215
Sahl’s Father Son Farm
Your littles will have a fall day of fun here, from pumpkin picking in NJ and hayrides to an animal farm and corn maze. Bring your flashlight to explore the corn maze on select nights—all the fall fun starts on September 24.
420 West Pestalozzi Street, Galloway, NJ 08215
Central NJ Farms
A. Casola Farms
During their Fall Fest days, enjoy pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, a petting zoo, and a Wild West show on the weekends. After the show, indulge in farm market treats featuring apple cider donuts, candy apples, fresh pies, donuts, roasted corn, and funnel cakes.
Stay tuned for Fall Fest information
178 Highway 34 & Schanck Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
Your littles will love the fall festivities here—a corn maze, wagon rides, pig races, hay slides, cow train rides, pedal carts, tug of war, corn hole, farm animals, and pick your own pumpkins.
Opens September 16
1250 Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ
Pick the perfect pumpkin, take a hayride, and visit adorable llamas, sheep, pigs, cows, and more at this family-run farm. And if you’re looking to fill up the ‘gram, pose for photos with the vintage tractor displays in the background.
Pumpkin Picking opening TBA
1506 Atlantic Avenue, Manasquan, NJ 08736
On over one hundred acres of farmland filled with a corn maze, hayrides, and pumpkin picking, the Farm also has the Bullock Barnyard, especially for kids. Littles will love climbing into the corn crib (sandbox), climbing a straw mountain, and getting lost in a kiddie maze.
Pumpkin picking dates will be announced soon
83 Emley’s Hill Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514
Giamarese Farm & Orchard
Pick pumpkins or visit the farmers market. During their fall harvest weekends, littles can also take a pony ride.
Pumpkin picking starts in September
155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
Happy Day Farm
This family-friendly NJ farm has over 35 activities for the whole family, ranging from a feeding zoo and bee barn to tractor rides, hay and corn mazes, pumpkin bowling, tug-of-war, and a Fun Slide.
Fall Festival: Tickets available starting September 1
106 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan, New Jersey 07726
Lee Turkey Farm
Once you sign up to be a Lee Farm Picking Club member, you can pick all the pumpkins your kids find and then head to the corn maze, saying hi to the turkeys along the way.
Pumpkin Picking will be available in September
201 Hickory Corner Road, East Windsor, NJ 08520
Maple Leaf Farms
Your littles will ooh and ahh over all the fun activities they can experience at Maple Leaf Farms’ Fall Fun Fest this year. In addition to pumpkin picking, they can go gold mining, ride the train, and much more. Before you head out, grab some local honey and Maple Leaf Farms’ famous apple cider donuts.
Fall Funfest opens on September 16
525 Rt 9 South, Manalapan, NJ 07726- (732) 851-4400 161 Highway 34, Holmdel, NJ 07733
Melick’s Town Farm
Bring the family for a ride to the pumpkin patch to pick out the perfect pumpkins for jack-o-lantern making and fall decorations.
Pumpkin Picking is available every weekend in October
472 County Road 513, Califon, NJ 07830
Norz Hill Farm & Market
Wander through a corn maze, find the perfect pumpkin, a Kid’s Corner, a Farm Market, and more. If you want a scare, visit Scare Farm, which has three haunted attractions.
Fall Harvest Days start September 9
120 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
Oasis Family Farm
This farm in New Jersey has some seriously cool activities for the kids, including a fun zone, a fossil dig zone, slides, and swings. During their fall fun festivities, you can pick pumpkins and ride a wagon.
Fall Fun: Re-opens September 23
3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Set in the heart of Hunterdon County, have fun picking pumpkins with the family, seeing the adorable farm animals, getting lost in the corn maze, eating delicious food, and more. The Halloween-themed Farm of Horrors will open when the sun sets.
Pumpkin Picking is available on weekends beginning September 23
1051 County Route 523, Flemington, NJ 08822
This NJ farm has plenty of activities your littles will love, including wagon rides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, food, and live music. Kids will be all over the jumbo jumper, hay bale maze, corn boxes, a giant spider web, corn cribs, bowling, a wooden train, and rubber duck races.
Fall Festival: September 30-October 29
586 South Middlebush Road, Somerset, NJ 08873
This fall, keep the fun rolling at this NJ farm with a barnyard of animals, an adventure barn, a hay bale maze, pumpkin painting, pedal tractors, live music, and pick apples and pumpkins. And did we mention the amazing apple cider doughnuts—yes, please.
Family Fun Fall Weekends: September 16-October 29
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Which NJ farm will you be visiting this season?
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