October is the official month for pumpkins and the pinnacle of fall in Upstate NY. Around Rochester, it’s so much more than simply buying a pumpkin. It’s finding the perfect one from the field to carve your halloween jack-o-lantern. It’s about family time on the farm, with wagon rides, hot cider & donuts, corn maizes, and games.
Pick Your Own Pumpkins
- Stokoe Farms (Scottsville)
- Long Acre Farms (Macedon)
- Morgan’s Farm Market (Marion)
- Ford Farm (Chili)
- McCracken Farms (Brockport)
- Bauman’s Farm Market (Webster)
- Cobble Creek Farm (Spencerport)
- Powers Farm Market (Pittsford)
- Wood Acres (Penfield)
- Gro-Moore Farms (Henrietta)
- Becker Farms (Albion)
- Whittier Fruit Farm (North Chili)
- G & S Orchards (Walworth)
- Wickham (Penfield)
9 Rochester U-Pick Seasons
Descriptions are from each website:
1. Stokoe Farms’ Pumpkin Patch & Harvest Fest
Our farm offers 35+ unique and thrilling activities for the whole family. Come out and explore the 2017 Susan B. Anthony Museum & House corn maze and meet all of our friendly farm animals. Don’t forget to go out to the pumpkin patch for your own special pumpkin. Bring the whole family, there is fun for all ages! Make sure you grab a dozen of our famous Apple Cider Donuts.
2. Wickham Farms’ Everything Fall
Fall is everyone’s favorite season at Wickham Farms. From thousands of Pick-Your-Own Pumpkins and Pick-Your-Own Apples to Farm Hayrides, a Family Corn Maze and a Giant Corn Maze, brand new Apple Cannons, Kiddie Train Rides, Miniature Golf games, an inflatable Jumping Pillow, Batting Cages, farm animals, and more, Wickham Farms has everything that you need to get in the spirit of the fall harvest. Don’t forget to top off your visit with some fresh, hot donuts and fresh apple cider!
3. Long Acre Farms’ Fall Family Fun
Amazing Maize Maze, Animal Track Maze, Back 40 Adventure, Hayride, Cow Train Rides and more! Pumpkins, Cider Donuts, Wood Fire Pizza Oven, Wine Tasting.
4. The Garden Factory’s Fall Family Fun
Every weekend in October from 11am-4pm. Our activities are kid-oriented, with rides, games, arts & crafts geared toward kids ages 2-10, yet fun for the whole family. With special animal visitors, carnival rides, food and more, there is sure to be something to please everyone. General admission is free, though there are paid-tickets for some of the activities.
5. New York Museum of Transportation’s Halloween Trolley Express
All aboard! Children and their parents are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes and join us for a special day at the transportation museum. The trolley takes you to the Pumpkin Patch were you’ll decorate a free baby pumpkin and enjoy delicious cider and donuts. In the museum there’s unique trick-or-treating in Halloween-decorated trolley cars! Special prices prevail and reservations are required.
6. Rochester & Genesee Valley Railroad Museum Pumpkin Patch Train Rides
Enjoy a mile-and-a-half train ride through our rural museum grounds, located in the scenic heart of the Genesee Valley! Ride aboard authentically restored freight train cabooses to the Pumpkin Patch! Every child will visit our Pumpkin Patch to choose a small baby pumpkin to take home to decorate. Complementary apple cider and cookies for everyone. Fresh, hot, Duke’s Donuts will also be available for purchase!
7. Gro-Moore Farms’ Fall Festival
You’ll find plenty of fun for the whole family: The John Deere Express Train Ride, Super Slide, Mini Golf, Tractor-drawn Wagon Rides, Duck Races, Tattoo Parlor, Pumpkin Painting, Trike Track, Straw Crawl for the little ones, along with a huge selection of traditional fall food items: Homemade Candy & Caramel Apples, Fresh Baked Pies, Fry Cakes, Orchard Fresh Apples and Cider.
8. Powers Farm Market fall activities
We continue to offer fresh baked goods, including seasonal pies and breads, cider, cider slushies, fried cakes, candied apples, and everything pumpkin! Don’t miss the world’s largest tepees with decorations inside!
9. Cobble Creek’s Pumpkin People
Pumpkin People are life-size cloth dummies for indoor or outdoor display. The dummy is made from water-resistant canvas, double stitched and filled with polyester fiber. They will sit without support but standing requires staking.
10. Becker Farms Pumpkin Fiesta
Tickets include a pony ride for children 42″ tall and under, the jumping pillow, bounce house, goat races & sing along, a hayride though the forest, and the farm animal petting zoo. There’s also a playground with big slides, jungle gym, water tables, and big bales of hay to jump on.
The drive through the countryside offers a chance to do some Autumn leaf peeping. The Finger Lakes Region and areas along Lake Ontario are usually the last to peak because of the warm water temperatures. New York State offers a weekly Fall Foliage Report you can follow starting in mid-September.
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