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Day Trip to Queens County Farm Museum: Pumpkin, Apple Picking

October 4, 2012

Gorgeous pumpkins ready for pickin' at the Queens County Farm

The problem for the novice pumpkin patch seeker is that this season can be a bit overwhelming; there are so many options! Since we don’t have a car – a local day trip was more along the lines what we were going for. We were so happy to discover a tranquil and family-friendly farm in the Queens County Farm – that also happens to be the only working historical farm in the city. 

The Farm is hosting their annual Apple Festival this weekend and is also open Columbus Day for those looking for a fun day excursion! With a greenhouse, pumpkin patch, corn maze, adorably cute farm animals and even a working winery – there is something for everyone at this nearby farm. (If you want a list of other apple and pumpkin picking farms farther away- check our list here).

If you are craving both apples and pumpkins then head to the Farm on Oct. 7th for the Apple Festival: a  large variety of apples, apple products, and freshly pressed cider will be available. The nation’s largest apple cobbler will be baked on site.

Apple Festival is this weekend

What to Do: What was really cool about the 47-acre farm is that there is no admission fee to walk on the grounds. All of the extras like the hayride and corn maze are pay as you go. Some options include:

Petting Zoo: Baby pigs, goats, sheep, chicks, bunnies, llamas, and cows – it was too cute for words. We didn’t end up going into the petting area because the lines were really long and my tot was really determined to get her pumpkin. Without having to pay the $3/per person fee to feed the animals we were able be right next to the baby pigs and goats – one goat even tried to take an apple out of my husband’s hand! There were also chickens, ponies and cows located throughout the space so even if you don’t pay to feed the animals you will see them.

  1. Kids feeding piglets

Pumpkin Patch: SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS, October 6 – October 28 from 11:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.|
A small space to roam around and pick out a pumpkin or two. We really enjoyed taking pictures here and enjoying the gorgeous day. Pumpkins start at a $1 for a small one but can go up to $20-30 for a larger one. You can also paint your pumpkin on the premises for an additional $5.

  1. More pumpkins - waiting to be taken home.

    Corn Maze: SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS, September 15– October 28* (and Monday, Oct. 8th)
    We didn’t do this because the clerk said that the maze generally takes an hour to complete – which in toddler world doesn’t really work.  In the three-acre maze, you and your children go through large stacks of corn and that involves an adventure where you have to find clues and solve puzzles to find your way out. Tickets prices: adults $9, Children ages 4-11 years are $5 and children ages 3 and under are free.  There is also a package that includes the corn maze, pumpkin picking (softball size pumpkin only) hayride, and animal feed for $14.00 for kids over 12, $11.00 for kids11-4 and $ 7.00 for kids 3 and under.

    1. The Farm's 2012 Corn Maze - "Once Upon A Time "

    Hayride: 2 bucks per person. A simple, non-guided tour that we enjoyed towards the end of our Queens County farm experience. A bit bumpy in the beginning, but the tour allowed us to see most of the grounds including ponies and parts of the maze.

    Hay ride at the Farm. Image courtesy of Momandkiddo.blogspot.com

    Food: There is one food vendor at the farm that serves hotdogs, chicken and hamburgers. There are also apples to pick by the bushel or a single and cider for sale – both hot and cold – and a gift shop that sells coffee and doughnuts. If that isn’t going to cut it, I would suggest packing a lunch. Food is permitted on the grounds, so bringing your own actually makes this outing very economical.

      We didn’t have to chance to check this out but the farm also has a greenhouse complex, an orchard and herb garden as well as a working vineyard.  There is also a farm next door to the Queens Country farm where you can go on a guided tour and see animals as well as get pumpkins. After a long day at the farm and a $9 admission fee per person (even for a toddler) we decided to call it a day and head back to Brooklyn.

      Zipcar: We are a carless family. This isn’t actually a big deal living in Brooklyn, but can be annoying with grocery shopping, or wanting a day trip or visiting family. Hmmm…okay, so it is annoying but luckily there is the Zipcar service that allowed us to rent a car, a hybrid no less, for 5 five hours. We picked it up in Park Slope and we were off to Queens.

      Travel time: It only took us 40 minutes to get there with a little traffic. You can also take the subway (E or F train), or Long Island Railroad. Directions are here.

      Queens County Farm Museum
      73-50 Little Neck Parkway
      Floral Park, New York 11004-1129
      (718) 347-3276

      Hours: Check here.

      Events at the Queens County Farm:

      October 7 —Apple Festival
      11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
      A large variety of apples, apple products, and freshly pressed cider will be available. The nation’s largest apple cobbler will be baked on site. Learn fun apple facts at this delightful event. Vendors will have a variety of collectibles for sale, food, hayrides, and free children’s games will make this event fun for all ages.
      Admission: free

      October 28–Children’s Fall Festival
      11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
      This is Halloween fun for children of all ages; everyone is invited to wear their costume! Free children’s games and bounces, visit our haunted house, pony rides and a petting zoo. Professional character look-a-likes will visit to add to the fun. Craft vendors display and sell fall items, food, country western music and dancing will make this event fun for people of all ages.
      Admission: $5.00 Per Person  (Free with Farm Membership PLUS)

      October 26, 27 and 28
      Halloween Haunted House
      4:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
      Friday, Saturday and Sunday
      Visit our haunted house for thrills and chills! Hayrides, Halloween treats, mulled cider, pumpkins and apples will be sold! The house is recommended for children ages 4–12. Adults will find it creepy too!
      Haunted House Admission: $4.00

      November 3-4 and 10-11  WILDLIFE WEEKENDS
      11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
      Join us for fun on the farm with this pay-one-price event.  Admission includes, Birds-of-Prey, Frogs, Bugs, and Animal Shows, Hayrides, Pony Rides (80 lbs. rider limit), and Animal Feeding. ADMISSION: $9.00 PER PERSON