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 with many open for the season, 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.
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These are the best NJ farms for family fun
Northern NJ Farms
Abma’s Farm: Market, Greenhouse, and Petting Zoo
Abma’s Farm requires purchasing tickets in advance for fun fall activities like hayrides, pumpkin picking, and visiting 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. Enjoy hayrides, pumpkin-picking, farm tours, and a petting zoo for your little ones.
Hayrides and Pumpkin Picking: September 25 – October 30
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, pick your own apples, pumpkins, raspberries, sunflowers, peaches, corn, and more. There are three mazes for you and the fam to play, including the evergreen, sunflower, and corn maze. Visit and feed the animals, sample ice cream, and enjoy the beautiful fall weather in the Garden State.
Open Daily, check ahead to see what’s available to pick
1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ 07930
At Brookhollow’s Barnyard, step outside the box and walk through the Farm. Visit the petting zoo, the pumpkin patch, and also enjoy tractor rides and the cow train.
Purchase your timed ticket ahead of time
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, regular and haunted hayrides on weekends, and try to win a 100-pound pumpkin too.
Open starting September 25
Vreeland Avenue, Montville, NJ 07045
Named one of the best places to pick pumpkins in New Jersey, this place also includes tractor rides, farm market shopping, and more. This season, reserve your picking spot online before you go. Don’t miss the new Halloween light show.
Open starting September 17 for the light show and September 18 for picking your own 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, 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 25 – October 31, and Columbus Day
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, an obstacle course, a rope maze, a pumpkin slingshot, and of course, pick your own pumpkins.
The Fall Season activities start the third week of September
177 Big Piece Rd., Fairfield, NJ 07004
Garretson Forge and Farm
Visit one of the oldest historic sites in Bergen County, and it’s an example of farming life in the 1700s and 1800s.
Harvest Festival: October 10, 2021
4-02 River Road, Fair Lawn, NJ 07410
Heaven Hill Farm
This Farm has it all—food, carnival rides, paintball, apple cannons, sand art, a magic show, pig races, and of course, pumpkins. The Great Pumpkin Festival is a full day of fun for the whole family.
The Great Pumpkin Festival starts September 11
451 State Route 94 Vernon, NJ 07642
Pick your own apples, raspberries, and pumpkins. And don’t miss the preserves, fruit butter and spreads, flowers, honey, and vegetables.
8th Annual Harvest Festival is October 2
561 Blairstown Road (County Road 521), Hope, NJ 07844
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 and pick sunflowers, and then head to the vegetable picking areas too. Weekday activities include hayrides to the pumpkin patch, the corn maze, and the friendly farm animal viewing area during the fall festival. On the weekends, enjoy train rides, an apple cannon, and monster truck rides.
September 4-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. Come for a peaceful feel and gorgeous views. There’s also tomato, pumpkin, and sunflower picking too.
Open for the season in September
122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ 07930
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 but always check for the latest PYO information.
Open weekdays only
19 Canfield Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869
Sussex County Strawberry Farm
It may be known for strawberries in the spring, but this Farm has pumpkins in the fall. Take a hayride to pick from various pumpkins like Sugar, Jack O’Lantern, White Lumina, Mini, and Gourds. After you’re done, you can also pick up fresh local apples, corn, and mums and enjoy local cider.
Pumpkin Picking available starting in October
565 Route 206 North, Andover, New Jersey, 07821
Pumpkin launchers, hayrides, 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 2021 starts September 25
47 Decker Pond Road, Andover Township, NJ 07821
At Wightman Farms, crop share or pick your own. Then take part in all the fun fall activities, like hayrides, a corn maze, and apple picking, this season.
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays only
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 3
20 NJ-77, Elmer, NJ 08318
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. 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.
Fall Festival – October 10, 2021
6908 Railroad Blvd., Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Hill Creek Farms
With over 14,000 apple trees and u-pick opportunities, a pumpkin patch, and family fall fun activities. Kids can also dig for buried treasure at the Gem Mining Company and ride the Barrel Train Express.
Check their website for September events
1631 State Highway 45, Mullica Hill, NJ 08062
Indian Acres Tree Farm
The whole family will have a ball trying to find the 36 scarecrows hidden in their small and giant mazes and then pick the perfect pumpkin. There are maze and pumpkin picking birthday parties too.
Pumpkin picking starting September 25
111 Tuckerton Rd., Medford, NJ 08055
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.
Fall Harvest weekdays and weekends September 11-October 31
133 Church Rd., Medford, NJ 08055
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.
Fall Harvest Season September 3-October 31
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 18
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.
Open starting September 25
420 West Pestalozzi Street, Galloway, NJ 08215
Central NJ Farms
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.
Fall Fest September 18-October 31
178 Highway 34 & Schanck Road, Holmdel, NJ 07733
Your littles will love a wide variety of activities here, 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.
Opens September 19
1250 Lacey Rd., Forked River, NJ
Fall activities are back at Atlantic Farms. Pick the perfect pumpkin, take a hayride, and visit adorable farm animals along the way.
Pumpkin Picking returns September 24
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 a kids section, Bullock Barnyard. Littles will love climbing into the corn crib (sandbox), going up a straw mountain, and getting lost in a kids maze. There are farm animals too.
Pumpkin picking starts September 17
83 Emley’s Hill Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514
According to Cheesequake Farm, fall and Halloween are “pumpkin time” and one of the most exciting times of the year. Take a fun hayride to find pumpkins of every shape, size, and color throughout their fields and at their farm market.
Check their website for their opening date
2095 US 9, Old Bridge, NJ 08857
191 NJ-34, Matawan, NJ 07747
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. This fall, take in a guided hike to a waterfall, experience forest bathing, or try geocaching—check out their event calendar for more activities.
Duke Farms is open Tuesday-Saturday
1112 Dukes Parkway West, Hillsborough, NJ 08844
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. (For more alpaca fun, visit our list of the Best Alpaca Farms to Visit in NJ.)
2660 Allaire Road, Wall, NJ 07719
Giamarese Farm & Orchard
This season, there will be pumpkin picking, a hayride, and a corn maze, but check-in for updates on when those will be operating on their Facebook page.
Pumpkin picking starting in September
155 Fresh Ponds Road, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
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 a Giant Slide.
Fall Festival: September 11 to October 31
106 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan, New Jersey 07726
Lee Turkey Farm
Once you sign up to be a Lee Farm Picking Club member (the fee is $2 to join and can be used all season), 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 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 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 18-October 31
525 Rt 9 South, Manalapan, NJ 07726- (732) 851-4400 161 Highway 34, Holmdel, NJ 07733 (732) 946-3802
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 and Market
Wander through a 2-mile corn maze, find the perfect pumpkin, a Kid’s Corner, a Farm Market, and more. If you are looking for a scare, visit Scare Farm with three haunted attractions.
Fall Harvest Days start September 11
120 S. Branch Road, Hillsborough Township, NJ 08844
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.
Fall Fun: September 25 – October 31
3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Pumpkins, grapes, flowers, sunflowers, tomatoes, and vegetables are ripe for the picking. And you can even take a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch.
Pumpkin picking starting in September
564 Milford-Warren Glen Rd, Milford, NJ 08848
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. Then at night, the Halloween-themed Farm of Horrors opens on September 25.
Pumpkin Picking is available on weekends beginning September 26
1051 County Route 523, Flemington, NJ 08822
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 2-24
586 South Middlebush Road, Somerset, NJ 08873
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. And did we mention the amazing apple cider doughnuts—yes, please.
Family Fun Fall Weekends: September 18-October 31
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540