Welcome Fall With A Trip To A New Jersey Pumpkin Patch

Enjoy a picking some pumpkins at one of these fun Garden State farms. Just remember to wear a mask! Enjoy a picking some pumpkins at one of these fun Garden State farms. Just remember to wear a mask! Credits: Dawn Miller

NEW JERSEY - Like past holidays during the coronavirus pandemic, it's unknown what's in store for Halloween 2020. However, Garden State residents can still have some weekend fun with a fall staple; pumpkin picking. The upcoming weekend is the final one for September and the first official one of autumn. Sun is in the forecast, so why not head out and check out one of New Jersey's top spots for pumpkins, hayrides and more. Just remember to mask up and adhere to social distancing guidelines. Most farms have hand washing and sanitizing stations in place, but it's always a good idea to pack your own just in case.

  • Cheesequake Farms has two locations, one in Old Bridge and another in Matawan. Pumpkin picking is now open in both locations along with a hayride and corn maze. Visitors are asked to wear a mask and remember to social distance. Hayride to pumpkin patch is $7 for ages two and up.
  • Habiak Farms on Deans Rhode Hall Road in South Brunswick offers traditional pumpkin and gourd picking along with corn stalks and straw. The farm is only open on weekends during fall.
  • Giamarse Farms and Orchards is now open for weekend hayrides and a walk through their corn maze along with pumpkin and apple picking from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The farm is open on weekdays as well except Mondays, but without the hayrides and corn maze. Admission is $3 per person. Children three years of age and under are free. A combination ticket for a hayride and the corn maze is $10 per person. Face coverings must be worn while on the farm and visitors are asked to social distance. Picnics are not allowed this fall.
  • VonThun Farms has two NJ locations. One in South Brunswick and one in Washington. Their popular fall festival weekends will go on, but tickets must be pre-purchased online in order to limit capacity. Visitors must wear face coverings or will be denied entry. Hand-washing stations are located throughout both farms and social distancing is required. For ticket information on either farm, visit Von Thun's website.
  • Happy Day Farm's Pumpkin Festival weekends are in full swing and run through the end of October. Admission tickets must be purchased in advance in order to limit capacity and can be done online. The pumpkin patch is open during the week without the accompanying activities. There is not an admission fee during the week to pick and pay for pumpkins.
  • Monroe's Etsch Farms is home to its legendary corn maze. The maze is open weekends from now through the end of October. The theme of this year's maze is the three little pigs. It's open from noon to 6 p.m. Entrants must purchase a wristband for $14.99. The wristband includes entry to the corn maze, a hay ride and corn train ride. Children ages three and under are free. Online pre-purchased tickets are highly recommended. Masks must be worn in areas where visitors cannot social distance. The farm also offers a bakery and pumpkins for purchase.
  • Cranbury's Stults Farm has pumpkin picking every day beginning on Saturday, October 3. The farm also features a large produce stand.
  • Terhune Orchards in Princeton is extremely popular on weekends with their fall farm festivals. Tickets must be purchased in advance and are timed in order to limit capacity. Visitors have a three-hour time frame to enjoy the range of activities. Admission is $10. Children two and under are free. Hand washing and sanitizing stations are available throughout the farm. Masks are a must and have to be worn at all times while on the farm. People are also asked to remember to social distance.
  • Wightman Farms in Morristown offers fall fun on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Ultimate Farm Experience includes pumpkin picking, a hayride, corn maze, apple picking and more for $20 per person. Other packages are available. Children three and under are free. All visitors over the age of two are asked to mask up. Only service animals are allowed. Social distancing guidelines are in effect. Advance tickets are preferred and can be purchased online.
  • Booton's Conklin Farms opens up this weekend. This year the farm will not have most of its regular activities because of the coronavirus pandemic, but will offer limited haunted hayrides and their signature apple cider doughnuts. Visitors are asked to keep the pets home. Masks must be worn at all times and visitors are asked to social distance. There is a two-hour time limit per visit. Picnics are not permitted this year and neither is outside food.
  • Fall Festivals begin at Snyder's Farm in Somerset on October 3 to October 25 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Fun includes pumpkin picking, hayrides, a corn maze, food and music. A general admission ticket of $15 is required for visitors over the age of two. Outside food is not allowed and pets must stay home. Snyders is not accepting credit cars this year. Masks and social distancing are required.
  • Pumpkins are ready for picking at Battleview Orchards in Freehold. Daily picking is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hayrides are on weekends only. Battleview Orchards is cash only. Animals are not permitted on the farm. Large groups are discouraged because of the pandemic. Face coverings are required especially when interacting with farm employees. Capacity will be limited in picking areas. Check Battleview Orchards' Facebook page for daily updates before heading out.
  • Bullock Farms in Cream Ridge has fall activities during the autumn season on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. A scenic 25-minute hayride, a pumpkin market, corn maze and barnyard are available. Visa and Master Card are accepted. Pets are not allowed. Masks are a must as is social distancing.
  • Oasis Family Farm in Robbinsville offers a whole host of activities for fall including pumpkin picking and a Little Monster Kids Trail. Tickets are available for purchase in-person at the farm. Fall activities open up this weekend. The farm also host birthday parties.
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