With temps at night dipping into the 40s (yikes!), it really feels like fall. Here’s our roundup of top spots for Harvest Fests and Fall Fun close to Bergen County. Think pumpkin picking, hayrides, corn mazes and more.
Close to home:
Field Station Dinosaurs: will host Villafane Master Pumpkin Carvers on Thursday, September 25th for an all day carving sesh. Watch as the carver transforms tons of pumpkins into one of a kind creations (we’re guessing there’s a T-Rex in there somewhere), then tour the Dino park for more fun. (Open September 25th and weekends through November 9th, 25% off for Bergen Mamas! Click here for tickets)
Fresh and Fancy Farms Fall Festival: Crafting, Cider, Pumpkins, Donuts and Facepainting in the crisp air at one of our favorite local farms. FREE! (Sunday, October 5th, noon to 4pm, Fresh and Fancy Farms, 575 River Rd, New Milford, NJ, 201.483.9494)
Abma’s Farm: Take the hayride up to the pumpkin patch and pick your own. Then hit the petting zoo with the little ones. Pony rides on Saturdays too. Group Hayrides Monday-Friday $11 a person (reservations required) and public Hayrides on Saturdays. Group nighttime hayrides are also available via reservation for a max of 25 people, journey through 30 acres and arrive at a private campfire. (Hayrides start early October, 700 Lawlins Rd., Wyckoff)
Demarest Farms: Pumpkins, A Hayride, corn maze, tasty treats and Baby Calves to visit. (and some really yummy farm fare). (244 Wierimus Rd., Hillsdale, Hayrides open to public weekends 10:00 to 4:30pm)
Steen School PTO Fall Festival Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Food Trucks, Hayrides, Inflatables and more. (Saturday, October 18th, noon-6pm, Olsen Park, Bogota)
Across the Bridge:
The New York Botanical Gardens: The Haunted Pumpkin Garden returns on September 20th, with most eye-catching and intriguing pumpkins and gourds. On October 18 & 19, Ray Villafane will work his carving magic to create intricate pumpkin sculptures, while the largest pumpkins from North America will once again call the Garden home on October 25 & 26. (September 20th through October 31st, weekday general admission starts at $8 for kids, $18 for students/seniors and $20 for adults)
Stone Barnes Harvest Fest: Head over to Stone Barns Center huge working farm for hands-on farming activities, live music, hayrides, food, crafting, farmers market, and a farm Olympics. (Sunday, October 5th, 10am to 3pm. Tickets are $40 for adults $20 kids (2-14), Rain or Shine)
Unionville Vineyards Fall Harvest Festival Kids activities, grape-stomping, live music and wine tasting in one of the prettiest settings. Plus gourmet eats from local curators.(Saturday, October 11th, noon to 6pm, Adults $20, kids ages 12 and under, FREE)
Fall Family Fun is already in swing at Alstede Farms with hayrides, moon bounce, wagon train rides, a Corn Kingdom and tons more for the kiddos. On Friday and Saturdays there are moonlight hayrides and adventures through the corn maze at night! (Starting September 26th through November 23rd, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 12-4pm and Saturdays, and Sundays 10am-5pm, Ticket prices start at $5)
Hurds Family Farm is hosting fall family friendly events almost every weekend through the end of October with cornmazes, concerts, and a Pumpkin Fiesta weekend which will have you singing Ole.
Don’t stop there! Learn more about the Pumpkin Picking and Harvest Fest season.