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Air is getting crisp, leaves are turning reddish orange. It's fall. And that means agriculture themed fall fun in New York. Here are the best spots.

Green Meadows Farm has normally has two outlets in the city but the Queens one is closed due to COVID 19 and you'll have to head to Brooklyn (map). They're open from 10 to 5 every Saturday & Sunday through November 22nd and also some Fridays. In addition to pumpkins, they have a petting zoo (though you're not allowed to pet the animals right now, they're still cute), the chance to operate a bulldozer (?), a haywagon slide and more.

Decker Farm (map) on Staten Island is another good choice. It's the oldest working family style farm in the city and dates back to 1810. They've got a pumpkin patch, a hay maze for kids and, best of all, an opportunity for destruction: a bungee system to catapult pumpkins across the farm. Just the thing if you'd like to see your former athlete boyfriend get way too competitive about something that does not matter at all.

They're open from 11 to 4 every day. 

fall fun in new york

A bit further afield but where you can pick a pumpkin straight of the vine, is Elwood Pumpkin Farm in Huntington (map). There's also a children's corn maze and a wagon farm. They're also open 10 to 5 on weekends and 3 to 5 on weekdays (or with an appointment).

fall fun in new york

Close to Elwood's, another option is F&W Schmitt's Family Farm in Melville (map), where it's kinda the same deal except the corn maze is a full 7-acres. 

For those who prefer to get their fall fun in New Jersey, we recommend Ward's Pumpkin Patch in Ridgewood (map). The pumpkins here have already been harvested but they also have giant pumpkins and tiny pumpkins and gourds, which makes up for it. Every day from 10 am to sunset.

Several of the above spots have corn mazes but the one your significant other has already hinted they'd like to attend is The Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum (map) in Glen Oaks, which is far enough out that I assumed until writing this that it was in Long Island. The maze is open Fridays from noon to 4:30 and on weekends from 11 am to 4:30. For a particularly spooky time, don't miss heading over this Saturday between 5:30 & 9:30 for a nightime visit complete with clues and puzzles to solve.

The museum also has a pumpkin patch and locally made apple cider donuts, pies, Hudson Valley apples, and fresh cider + mums, local honey, and unique finds for the home and garden.

And there's more! There's also a pretty amazing floral exhibit in fall colors and various shapes.

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fall fun in new york