Family-Friendly Farms to Visit This Fall

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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). The good news is that many NJ farms are open, but be sure to call ahead to find out capacity and COVID-19 guidelines. PS – We know there are so many NJ farms for your little ones, so if we missed your fave, please send us an email at to get it added to our list.

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Here are family-friendly farms around New Jersey:

North Jersey Family-Friendly NJ Farm

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Nothing like getting to feed an alpaca all by yourself at this NJ farm, Abma’s Farm via @chinita804

Abma’s Farm: Market, Greenhouse, and Petting Zoo
To keep everyone safe this fall, Abma’s Farm requires purchasing tickets in advance for their fun fall activities: hayrides, pumpkin picking, and scarecrow making. This NJ farm has it all – everything is made from scratch, 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. Enjoy hayrides, pumpkin-picking, farm tours, and a petting zoo for your little ones. Pony rides are temporarily unavailable due to COVID-19.
Market, Greenhouse, & Petting Zoo: Monday – Friday, 8AM-6 PM, Saturday 8 AM- 5:30 PM
Hayrides and Pumpkin Picking: September 26 – October 31, 2020
Weekdays, 1 PM-5 PM, Saturdays, 9 AM-4 PM,
September 28 & October 12: 9AM-4PM

700 Lawlins Road
Wyckoff, NJ
(201) 891-0278

Alstede Farms
Alstede Farms is one of our favorites because it truly has it all—visit this New Jersey farm market, pick your own apples, pumpkins, raspberries, sunflowers, peaches, corn, and more. There are three mazes for you and the fam to play in: the evergreen maze, sunflower maze, and corn maze. Visit and feed the animals, sample ice cream, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather in the Garden State.
Open Daily, Hours of operation vary

1 Alstede Farms Lane
Chester, NJ
(908) 879-7189

Brookhollow’s Barnyard
At Brookhollow’s Barnyard, step outside the box and enjoy either the walk-through farm or the drive-through farm. Visit the petting zoo, the pumpkin patch, and also enjoy tractor rides and the cow train. Be sure to check out the corn maze too for a day filled with lots of fall fun.
Open Tuesday-Saturday, Walk-Through Farm
Open Sunday, Drive-Through Only
Closed Mondays
Hours are dependent on weather
301 Rockaway Valley Rd.
Boonton, NJ
(973) 917-3060

Donaldson Farms
Get the authentic farm experience at this 500+ acre family-owned NJ farm. On fall fun harvest weekends, pick pumpkins, Indian corn, 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. How about a fresh-baked pie or fresh apple cider doughnuts for the road?
Fall Fun Harvest Weekends: Weekends, September 26 – November 1, and Columbus Day
358 Allen Road
Hackettstown, NJ
(908) 852-9122

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Pick pumpkins and so much more at Ort Farms, a family-favorite NJ farm via @corrollinnee

Ort Farms
Ort Farms offers lots of ways for your family to have fun and snap those fall insta-moments and feel safe since the areas are all spread out. Take a stroll through this gorgeous sunflower farm in New Jersey and pick sunflowers, and then head to the vegetable picking areas too. During the fall festival, weekday activities include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the corn maze, and the friendly farm animal viewing area. On the weekends, enjoy train rides, an apple cannon, and monster truck rides.
Monday-Saturday, 8 AM-7 PM, Sunday 8 AM-6 PM
Sunflower Trail: Weekdays 10 AM-5 PM, Weekends 9:30 AM-5:30 PM
Fall Pumpkin fest begins September 19
25 Bartley Road
Long Valley, NJ
(908) 876-3351

Sun High Orchards
At this farm in Randolph, New Jersey, your family can enjoy NJ apple picking, pumpkin, and corn picking in the fall and a visit to the farm animals. Unfortunately, farm tours are canceled for this season due to COVID-19, but always check for the latest PYO information.
Open Daily, 9 AM-6 PM
19 Canfield Avenue
Randolph, NJ
(973) 584-4734

Wightman Farms
At Wightman Farms, visit this NJ farmers market or pick your own, on weekends only. All the fun fall activities, like hayrides, a corn maze, and apple picking, are happening, but be mindful capacity is being limited, and masks are required for everyone ages two and up.
Farm Market: Daily, 8 AM-6 PM
Pick Your Own: Weekends, 9 AM-5:30 PM
Check back on September 12 for Details on Autumn Harvest Fun
1111 Mt. Kemble Avenue
Morristown, NJ
(973) 425-9819

South Jersey Family-Friendly NJ Farm

Funny Farm Rescue & Animal Sanctuary
The Funny Farm Rescue & Animal Sanctuary has created a home for over 550 animals that have been unwanted, sick, injured, and abused since 2000. Twice a week, the farm opens its doors so that you can visit these animals and bring smiles to their faces – and yours too. Your kids can see cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, ducks, pigs, goats, etc.
Open Tuesdays & Sundays, 8 AM-4 PM

6908 Railroad Blvd
Mays Landing, NJ

Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm
You’ll feel safe visiting Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm this fall, with Park N’ Pick. The perfect farm in NJ for apple picking and pumpkin picking, and family favorite sunflower farm in New Jersey. Enjoy the comfort of your vehicle while driving and stopping to pick in each field. As a fun family bonus, stroll through the family corn maze.
Park N’ Pick: Weekdays 12 PM-4 PM, Weekends 9 AM-3 PM
2691 Monmouth Rd
Jobstown, NJ
(609) 353-9000

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The family fun is non stop at this NJ farm in Medford via @fantegirls

Johnson’s Corner Farm
Fall harvest weekends at Johnson’s Corner Farm features live music, a family-friendly corn maze, gem mining, apple and pumpkin picking hayrides, and a food tent. After that, check out the Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm and pick sunflowers most weekends in September and early in October.
Apple & Pumpkin Picking Hayrides: September 12-October, Daily 10 AM-5 PM
Pumpkin Hayrides through November 1, Daily 10 AM-5 PM
Sunflower Celebration: Begins September 12, Weekends Only, 10 AM-5 PM
133 Church Rd.
Medford, NJ
(609) 654-8643

Central Jersey Family-Friendly NJ Farm

A. Casola Farms
A. Casola Farms has it all during their FallFest days, where you can enjoy pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes, a petting zoo, and a wild west show on the weekends. After the show, you can also check out the tasty menu featuring apple cider donuts, candy apples, fresh pies, donuts, roasted corn, and funnel cakes.
Hayrides: Mon-Thurs: 8 AM-7 PM | Fri, Sat, Sun: 8 AM-7 PM
Petting Zoo & Corn Maze: 8 AM-6 PM, Daily
Wild West Show: Saturdays and Sundays, (and Columbus Day) October 3 – October 25, 1 PM, 2 PM, 3 PM
178 Highway 34 & Schanck Road
Holmdel, NJ
(732) 332-1533

Argos Farm
There are so many things to enjoy at Argos Farm in Forked River – we can’t wait to visit. Your littles will love a wide variety of activities this fall, including a corn maze, wagon rides, pig races, hay slides, cow train rides, pedal carts, tug of war, corn hole, a visit to the farm animals, and pick your own pumpkins.
Open September 19 – November 1
Monday – Friday 1PM-6PM, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-6PM
Open Columbus Day, 10 AM-6 PM
1250 Lacey Rd
Forked River, NJ
(609) 693-3513

Duke Farms
You’ll spend a peaceful afternoon at Duke Farms, home to over 1,000 acres of gorgeous land, scenic routes, and two barns. Walk or bike through the paths and stop by the Orchid Range for both tropical and subtropical species. Are you in a geocaching game right now? There’s plenty of geocaching at Duke Farms plus activities like the Scavenger Hunt, Adopt-a-tree, and other games. Right now, the capacity is limited to 50%, all buildings are closed, and most trails are open.
Monday to Friday, 8:30 AM-6 PM, Closed weekends
The cafe is open for outdoor dining/takeout only, Monday to Friday, 9 AM-4 PM

1112 Dukes Parkway West
Hillsborough, NJ
(908) 722-3700

Edel Haus Alpaca Farm
The Edel Haus Alpaca Farm wants all families to come and relax at the farm and meet their beloved alpacas. It’s a comfortable, laid-back environment that values the preservation of farmland in New Jersey. Stop by the farm store for scarves and capes as the weather gets colder. When you arrive, you will be directed to a specific pasture to maintain a safe social distance. (For more alpaca fun, visit our list of the Best Alpaca Farms to Visit in NJ.)
Saturdays and Sundays, 11 AM-4 PM

2660 Allaire Road
Wall, NJ
(732) 890-1024

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It’ll be a day full of smiles at Happy Day Farm’s Fall Fest via @happydayfarmnj

Happy Day Farm
Enjoy fall on the farm at one of New Jersey’s most Instagram-worthy farms, Happy Day Farm, in Manalapan. This family-friendly NJ farm has over 30 activities for the whole family ranging from a petting zoo and bee barn to tractor rides, hay and corn mazes, pumpkin bowling, tug-of-war, and Giant Jenga.
Fall Festival: September 12 to October 25
Saturdays & Sundays (Fridays in October only), 10 AM-5 PM
Pumpkin Patch is open seven days a week
Open on Columbus Day

106 Iron Ore Road
Manalapan, New Jersey 07726
(732) 977-3607

Maple Leaf Farms
Your littles will ooh and ahh over all the fun activities they can experience at Maple Leaf Farms’ Fall Funfest this year. In addition to pumpkin picking, they can go gold mining, get lost(safely) in the corn maze, ride the train, and so much more. After that, shop at the garden center for trees, shrubs, and flowers for your home. Make sure you grab some local honey and Maple Leaf Farms’ famous apple cider donuts before you head out.
Fall Funfest + Pumpkin Picking, September 19-October 25
Saturdays & Sundays, Columbus Day, 10 AM-5 PM
525 Rt 9 South
Manalapan NJ
(732) 851-4400

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All the fall NJ farm fun to be had at Oasis Family Farm via @saralamachiaphoto

Oasis Family Farm
As a leader in “agritainment” (agriculture and entertainment), this farm in New Jersey has some seriously cool activities for the kids, including a fun zone, a fossil dig zone, a gem-mining space, a gold rush space to pan for gold, slides, swings, a live bee observatory, and a live ant colony. There’s so much to do – bringing the kids here will teach them about some older traditions in a fun way. Fall fun includes pumpkin picking and wagon rides (weekends only).
Fall Fun: September 26 – November 1
Open daily from 10AM5PM
3 Circle Drive
Robbinsville, NJ
(609) 259-7300

Snyder’s Farm
This NJ farm has plenty of activities your littles will love, including hayrides, pumpkin picking, a corn maze, food, and live music. Your littles will love the moon bounce, hay bale maze, corn boxes, pedal carts, corn hole, bowling, a wooden train, and rubber duck races. And please call the farm ahead in the event of bad weather or to know if they are low on a specific crop.
Fall Festival: October 3-25, Weekends Only, 11 AM-6 PM
586 South Middlebush Road
Somerset, NJ
(732) 496-0441

Terhune Orchards
We know how much you love apple picking and wassailing at Terhune Orchards in gorgeous Princeton, New Jersey. Keep the fun rolling at this NJ farm this fall with a barnyard of animals, an adventure barn, hay bale maze, pumpkin painting, pedal tractors, live music, and pick apples and pumpkins. Most importantly, did we mention the amazing apple cider doughnuts?!
Family Fun Fall Weekends: September 12-November 1, 10AM-5PM
Farm Store: Weekdays 9AM-6PM, Weekends 9AM-5PM
330 Cold Soil Road
Princeton, NJ
(609) 924-2310

Family-Friendly NJ Farms Closed Due To COVID-19

Garretson Forge and Farm – Closed due to COVID-19
4-02 River Road
Fair Lawn, NJ
(201) 797-1775

Green Meadows Farm – Closed due to COVID-19
Middle Rd & Green Acre Dr.
Hazlet, NJ
(908) 637-4660

The Barnyard Sanctuary – Closed to the public due to COVID-19
Blairstown, NJ
(973) 670-4477

Atlantic Farms – This farm is no longer in business
1506 Atlantic Avenue
Wall, NJ

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Erika is a yogi, writer, coffee enthusiast, and world traveler. If she's not at the beach or chasing the sunset, she's looking for the best iced coffee she can find and planning her next adventure. Her favorite NJ spots include The Saint, Island Heights, and Lava Java House.

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