The air is crisp, the sky is clear blue, and the landscapes are painted with brilliant shades of red, yellow, orange and gold. Autumn is a perfect season for a scenic drive to a New York farm. Many welcome visitors with tours, fall festivals and harvest activities like hayrides, corn mazes and Halloween fun, as well as farm markets and samples of delicious foods.
Head to the Adirondacks and Babbie Rural & Farm Learning Museum on the Adirondack Coast where they enhance visitors knowledge of rural agriculture life. Multiple orchards in this area will provide you with chances to stock up on fall harvests and fresh made pies and jellies. You can pick up fresh apples, pumpkins, cider and baked goods across the state, from Hanks Pumpkintown on Long Island, to Pumpkinville in Chautauqua-Allegheny with hayrides, a cider mill and family friendly activities.
Pumpkins great and small abound across the state and in Clarence, in Western New York, you will see them flying hundreds of feet in the air when you pull the trigger on a pumpkin cannon at the Great Pumpkin Farm. The Pick'n Patch in the Finger Lakes has a huge corn maze, farm animals and kiddie train rides.
Hundreds of markets and farms spread across the state and include Murphy Orchards, a fruit farm and historic Underground Railroad site in Greater Niagara; Fruit Valley Orchard in Oswego; and Indian Ladder Farms in Altamont, where you can watch demonstrations of beekeeping, sheep shearing, and cider making. In Central New York the state's rich farming heritage is celebrated at The Farmers' Museum a working farm in Cooperstown. Along the Seaway Trail on Lake Ontario you can get a pony ride, try their special fresh fruit sundae or stock up on berries and apples at Brown's Berry Patch.
Maybe you will milk a cow, play mini-golf and stock up on fresh produce at Kelder's Farm & U-pick in the Catskills. Then travel through a corn maze, pick a pumpkin, get a hayride and sample a cup of their soup of the day at Saunderskill in Accord. Learn about sustainable farming at the Stone Barns Center in Sleepy Hollow, amid the beautiful Pocantico Hills with special weekend events throughout the fall. Tour the gardens and greenhouse, walk the scenic trails, and dine on fresh fare at the Blue Hill restaurant. About 60 miles north of Manhattan, tour Blooming Hill Farm and shop for organic tomatoes and greens at the farmstand. In New York City plan to visit Queens County Farm the only working farm within the City since 1697, and get lost in their corn maze, attend the fun fall events and a haunted house!
Welcome fall by taking a hayride when you treat your family (and yourself!) to some old-fashioned country fun. Whether it's pulled by a tractor or horse-drawn, a hay wagon can take you on all kinds of adventures, from sweet to scary.
Visit Tucker Farms and the Great Adirondack Corn Maze open Thu-Sun this fall, get your supply of Tucker Taters and don't forget to pick out that special pumpkin! Little ones will love stopping at Golubs Farm in Central New York for pony rides, hay rides, a corn maze, petting zoo, and pumpkins to pick. The Finger Lakes' Ontario Orchards promises plenty of fun and activities, as well as great food!
Harbes Family Farms on Long Island leads sing-along family hayrides every weekend through October. Adults can also take a hayride tour through the vineyard and taste their award-winning chardonnays and merlots. Famous for their sweet corn too, Harbes has a nighttime corn maze that can be just enough scary to make it fun. Things take a very ghoulish turn on Headless Horseman Hayrides in the Hudson Valley. Besides the one-mile-long hayride through the dark woods, there's a sideshow performance, a labyrinth-style corn maze and three haunted houses. Double M in the Capital Saratoga region, offers a daytime hayride and corn maze while at night the ghouls come out. On Sunday's in the Rochester area you can try a kid friendly daylight Haunted Hayride or visit after dusk for some chills.
Liberty Ridge Farms in the Capital District, offers their day corn maze with puzzles to clues helping you find your way. At night visit the "Field of Screams" maze and try to make it out without screaming. There is a fun kid's play area and a country store with lots of fall treats and snacks awaiting you at the end of your journey.
At Old McDonald's Farm Village in Sackets Harbor, the entire family can enjoy the Wizard of Oz musical hayride through the forest. You'll meet favorite characters along the way. You can also visit the Flying Reindeer Ranch, Pork Avenue, and P.U. (Poultry University). While you're at the farm, pick some pumpkins and take a trolley tour to see the calf barn and 600 cows.
The 200-acre Pumpkinville Farm in the Chautauqua-Allegheny region celebrates the harvest with lots of fall fun. Watch a duck race, try the corn maze, and taste sweet cider pressed by a 120-year-old mill. Hayrides head down an old country road and through the pumpkin fields, with views of brilliant fall foliage on the surrounding hills.