Heading outdoors to pick your own perfect pumpkin straight off the vine is an autumn tradition in the New England states. Whether your aim is to pick pumpkins for carving or cooking, you're sure to find the golden gourds you're looking for in New England's pumpkin patches starting in mid-September.
Here's your state-by-state guide to the ultimate pick-your-own pumpkin farms in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont and neighboring New York State.
Connecticut Pumpkin Patches
Bishop's Orchards - Guilford, Connecticut
Bishop's Orchards began offering pick-your-own produce in the 1940s, and you can pick out a pumpkin of your own daily through the end of October. In addition to pumpkins, you'll also discover mums, corn stalks, Indian Corn, gourds and other fall decorations, plus family activities such as scarecrow making.
Lyman Orchards - Middlefield, Connecticut
Lyman Orchards offers pumpkins to pick from late September to late October. You'll find sugar pumpkins that are terrific for baking, plus orange, green and white jack-o-lantern pumpkins and gourds of all shapes and sizes for decorating. Shop for specialty products at the Apple Barrel Market, find your way through the Corn Maze, and even play 45 holes of golf on Lyman's three courses while you're there.
Pickin' Patch - Avon, Connecticut
This central Connecticut farm offers pumpkin picking from late September through October. A hayride to the pumpkin patch adds to the experience.
Maine Pumpkin Picking Destinations
Pumpkin Valley Farm - Dayton, ME
Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to find your own perfect pumpkins, then stay awhile for more fall fun including a six-acre corn maze, cow train rides for little kids, a giant jumping pillow, corn ear launching and tasty treats.
Massachusetts Pumpkin Farms
Clearview Farm - Sterling, Massachusetts
This centuries-old farm with a "Clearview" of Mount Wachusett has been in one family for five generations. They offer wagons for transporting your pumpkin bounty in October. Pumpkin varieties typically include Cinderella, heirloom, Baby Pam, Sugar, Ghost, Big Mac, Tom Fox and Howdens.
Connors Farm - Danvers, Massachusetts
You'll find more than just pumpkins at this farm that's just a short drive from Boston. Fall also is the time for hayrides, corn maze adventures, freshly made cider and hot apple cider donuts.
Dowse Orchards - Sherborn, Massachusetts
This Boston-area family farm that's more than 200 years old has pumpkins in every size and shape.
Red Apple Farm - Phillipston, Massachusetts
Among its slate of family activities, Red Apple Farm offers pumpkin picking, plus weekend hayrides, farm animals, walking trails, fall weekend barbecues and more.
Shelburne Farm - Stow, Massachusetts
You'll find hayrides every fall day at this Massachusetts farm, which features a number of special weekend activities, farm animals, hot mulled cider, farm-fresh ice cream and several varieties of pumpkins to pick including white pumpkins!
This helpful map of pick-your-own pumpkin patches from the Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources will help you find more options statewide.
New Hampshire Pumpkin Patches
Brookdale Fruit Farm - Hollis, New Hampshire
Pick your own pumpkins, then reward yourself for your hard work with a scoop of pumpkin pie ice cream!
Charmingfare Farm - Candia, New Hampshire
Over Columbus Day weekend, this New Hampshire farm offers families a complete pumpkin experience. Their Pumpkin Festival features not only pumpkin picking and decorating, but horse-drawn hay rides, tractor train rides, farm animals to see, games, contests and more. There is an admission fee.
Find a pumpkin picking spot near your New Hampshire destination with this statewide guide to pick-your-own farms, including farms that offer pumpkins.
Rhode Island Pumpkin Farms
Vermont Pumpkin Patches
Sam Mazza's - Colchester, Vermont
Pumpkin picking is available on weekends at this farm near Burlington, Vermont, which also offers a three-mile corn maze, bakery and more.
Winslow Farms - Pittsford, Vermont
The 5-acre pick-your-own pumpkin patch at this family-owned, central Vermont farm is open daily mid-September through October.
Pick Your Own Pumpkins in Neighboring New York State
If you're willing to venture a bit outside New England, here are some ideal spots for picking pumpkins in New York State.
Apple Dave's Orchards & Winery - Warwick, New York
Pick your own pumpkins, then enjoy the fall gardens and munch on apple donuts in the orchard store. Plus, sample the winery's latest creations.
Greig Farm - Red Hook, New York
Picking a pumpkin is just one of the fall-themed activities you can enjoy at this Hudson Valley farm. Shop at the farmer's market on Saturdays, feed the goats, stop into the daily market and art gallery and enjoy the colors of fall.
Jenkins-Lueken Orchards - New Paltz, New York
Sample fresh cider squeezed at Jenkins-Lueken's own cider mill, and your pumpkin picking outing will be complete!
Ontario Orchards - Oswego, New York
Pick-your-own pumpkins are just the start at this upstate New York farm market and nursery, which is open to the public weekends from mid-September through early October. Don't miss the bakery's homemade pies and cider donuts, which you can wash down with fresh-pressed cider.
Pumpkin Picking on Long Island - Long Island, New York
This round-up will help you find places to pick pumpkins on Long Island.
Weed Orchards & Winery - Marlboro, New York
This multifaceted agricultural destination has fresh-grown pumpkins to pick in the fall. Weekends are a fun time to visit: Enjoy live music, family activities, food, wine, hard cider and more.