Fall in New Jersey means apple picking, pumpkin picking and farming (a combo of the first two with the addition of animals, hay or tractor rides, and perhaps a wine tasting if you’re lucky). Scroll down for some of our tried and true faves around the Garden State, and be sure to tag your photos with #NJMOM and @njmom when you head out on your weekend adventures. PS – We know there are sooo many farms in NJ for your little ones, so if we missed your fave, please send us an email at email@example.com so we can get it added to our list.
featured image via Happy Day Farm
Here are family-friendly farms around New Jersey:
Happy Day Farm
Saturdays & Sundays (Fridays in October only), 10AM-5PM
Enjoy summer and fall on the farm at one of New Jersey’s most instagram-worthy farms, Happy Day Farm, in Manalapan. Pick blueberries, raspberries and sunflowers all summer, and enjoy the many festivals all fall– including the Pumpkin Festival and the Apple Festival. This family-friendly 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 live music.
106 Iron Ore Road
Manalapan, New Jersey 07726
Abma’s Farm: Market, Greenhouse, and Petting Zoo
Monday – Friday, 8AM – 6PM, Saturday 8AM – 5:30PM
Abma’s Farm has it all! Everything is made from scratch, raised with love, picked and cooked daily. Enjoy hayrides, pumpkin-picking, farm tours, and a petting zoo for your little ones.
700 Lawlins Road
Edel Haus Alpaca Farm
Saturdays, 11AM – 4PM or by appointment
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 cooler. Psst! Visit our list of the Best Alpaca Farms to Visit in NJ.
2660 Allaire Road
Garretson Forge and Farm
Guided tours every second and fourth Sunday, 1PM – 4PM
Every second and fourth Sunday of the month visitors are invited to the Garretson’s Forge & Farm in Fair Lawn. It’s listed as one of the oldest historic sites in Bergen County, and it’s home to several gardens that are kept up by volunteers. Gardens include heirloom vegetables, medicinal and culinary herbs, and butterflies. The Children’s Garden is filled with ephemeral wildflowers, bulbs, and ferns.
4-02 River Road
Fair Lawn, NJ
Green Meadows Farm
Open May 1 – October 31
A petting zoo with goats, lambs, chickens, ducks, geese, bunnies, llamas, turkeys, ponies, calfs, and alpaca. Bonus: if you’re looking for a cool add-on to any event, Green Meadows is a traveling petting zoo as well. Bring the animals to your next birthday party!
Middle Rd & Green Acre Dr.
8:30AM – 4:30PM, closed Wednesdays
You’ll spend a peaceful afternoon at Duke Farms, which is 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 liSustainabilitylitiy Scavenger Hunt, Adopt-a-tree, and other games.
1112 Dukes Parkway West
Tuesday – Sunday, 9AM – 4PM
Atlantic Farms is home to cows, pigs, goats, sheep, llamas, donkeys, and mini ponies, to name a few. During Pumpkin season, the family will enjoy hayrides, pumpkin picking, corn mazes and hay bale mazes.
1506 Atlantic Avenue
The Barnyard Sanctuary
By appointment only Monday-Friday 9AM – 3PM, Saturdays 9AM-12PM
Spend your time at The Barnyard Sanctuary, a safe haven for animals that haven’t had the best lives. This farm saves, rehabilitates, and houses approximately 700 farm animals at a time. There are tons of animals to see and plenty to adopt too – feel like bringing home a chicken? Pleaaaaseeee mom?
Oasis Family Farm
Open Daily 9AM-5PM
This farm 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.
3 Circle Drive
Funny Farm Rescue & Animal Sanctuary
Tuesdays & Sundays, 8AM – 4PM
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 it’s doors so that you can visit these animals and bring smiles to their faces – and yours too. Your kids can visit cats, dogs, horses, donkeys, ducks, pigs, goats, and so many more.
6908 Railroad Blvd
Mays Landing, NJ