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. (featured photo taken at Happy Day Farm)
These are the best NJ farms for family fun
Northern NJ Farms
Abma’s Farm: Market, Greenhouse, and Petting Zoo
Buy tickets online to get the whole fall experience, including 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.
Hayrides and Pumpkin Picking: September 26 – October 28
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, sunflowers, peaches, corn, and more. There are three mazes for you and the fam to get lost in, including the evergreen, sunflower, and corn maze. Visit and feed the animals, sample ice cream, 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 24
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 Halloween light show.
Open starting September 16 for the light show and September 24 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, corn, 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: Weekends, September 24 – October 30, 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 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, a magic show, pig races, and of course, pumpkins. The Great Pumpkin Festival is a full day of fun for the whole family. New this year is a Canine Stars Stunt Dog Show.
The Great Pumpkin Festival starts on September 17
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.
The 9th Annual Harvest Festival is on October 1
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, 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.
September 2-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.
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.
Open 7 days a week
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 2022 start date to be announced
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.
Saturdays and Sundays beginning September 3
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 2
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 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 9, 2022
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, 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.
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’s also a barrel train ride, a farm-themed playground, and goats and alpacas for petting.
Pumpkin picking starts September 24
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, gem mining, apple and pumpkin picking hayrides, and a food tent. After that, check out the Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm and the u-pick sunflowers to bring home.
Fall Harvest weekdays and weekends September 10-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 3-October 30
2691 Monmouth Rd., Jobstown, NJ 08041
R and J Farm
Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch, 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 17
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 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, 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 17-October 31
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 18
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. There are farm animals too.
Pumpkin picking starts September 17
83 Emley’s Hill Road, Cream Ridge, NJ 08514
Giamarese Farm & Orchard
Pick pumpkins, take a hayride, and get lost in the corn maze. 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
his 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 10 to October 30
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 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 Funfest this year. In addition to pumpkin picking, they can go gold mining, get lost(safely) in the corn maze, ride the train, and much more. Make sure you grab some local honey and Maple Leaf Farms’ famous apple cider donuts before you head out.
Fall Funfest + Pumpkin Picking, September 17-October 30
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 want a scare, visit Scare Farm with three haunted attractions.
Fall Harvest Days start September 10
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, a gem-mining space, a gold rush space to pan for gold, slides, swings, a live bee observatory, and a live ant colony. During their fall fun festivities, you can also pick pumpkins and take a wagon ride.
Fall Fun: September 10 – October 30
3 Circle Drive, Robbinsville, NJ 08691
Pumpkins, grapes, flowers, sunflowers, tomatoes, and vegetables are ripe for the picking. And kids will love taking a tractor ride to the pumpkin patch.
Pumpkin picking starts 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 24.
Pumpkin Picking is available on weekends beginning September 17
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. Kids will be all over the moon bounce, hay bale maze, corn boxes, pedal carts, corn hole, bowling, a wooden train, and rubber duck races.
Fall Festival: October 1-23
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 17-October 30
330 Cold Soil Road, Princeton, NJ 08540
Which NJ farm will you be visiting this season?
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