Explore Haunted Hayrides, Famous Farms, Pumpkin Patches & More
An old-fashioned hayride in New York is a great way to create a memorable life experience. Horse-drawn. Tractor-pulled. Day time or night time. New York State hayrides are just good old country fun.
OK, sometimes they can be a bit scary too, if the goblins are about… Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses in the Hudson Valley was voted “#1 Scream Park in America,” “World’s Best Haunted Hayride,” and “#1 Hayride in America.” They’re ghoulishly good at all the things they do, so beware when planning an evening hayride for the youngest ones.
Two high school sweethearts founded Harbes Family Farms and created three farms, vineyards, orchards and a whole lot of food, festivals, fruit and fun for Long Islanders. It just makes sense that their hayrides feature musical serenades and sing-alongs. They also have a Pumpkin Bounce House, farm animals, an authentic Indian teepee and pony rides for the kids; visiting adults may sample their North Fork wines and take a hayride tour of the award-winning vineyards.
In Sacketts Harbor, Old McDonald’s Farm has The Wizard of Oz hayride, so you’ll see Dorothy and the gang along your route. Kids can also ride ponies, walk amongst goats, take the Moo Town Trolley dairy tour, and celebrate a birthday party there!
If you're roughing it, try Adirondack Camping Village which has secluded woodland campsites, daily hayrides, a playground, marshmallow roasting around the campfire, and proximity to a world of wonderful family vacation activities in nearby Lake George.
Hayrides and fun just go together, like pumpkin patches and apple cider. You can find all of these – and corn mazes, safe trick-or-treating and more – at many of the New York State farms and farm stands that host pumpkin picking and harvest festivals.
Since Pumpkinville in Great Valley is the oldest original pumpkin farm in New York State, you’ll see an amazing number of pumpkins on their 200-acre family farm. They also operate a 120-year year old cider press in their cider mill, which you may tour. Their popular hayrides take visitors around the farm, the woods, and into the horse pasture where kids can commune with the ponies.
The Pumpkin Station has tractor-pulled hayrides and friendly farm animals. Over in Elmira, Bradley Farms and Smithone Farms both offer tractor-pulled hayrides, corn mazes, and lots of other kids’ fun (and pumpkins)! The Great Pumpkin Farm has both horse- and tractor-drawn hayrides, plus the Pumpkin Farm Olympics, Duck Races, rides and games, and Wickham Farms has train rides, tractor-pulled hay rides, bounce house, farm animals, mini golf, Tales & Tails Story Times, and more. Heading northward into Niagara County, you’ll find hayrides at Becker Farms and Brown’s Berry Patch, plus many local crops and special events. Bring a group of up to 25 people, a picnic and your cameras for a 75 minute wagon ride at Circle B Ranch in the Adirondacks.
If you’re in New York State from springtime through the fall foliage season, there’s just no excuse to say you’ve never been on a hayride!
• Adirondack Camping Village
• Becker Farms – Gasport
• Bradley Farms - Elmira
• Brown’s Berry Patch – Waterport
• Circle B Hayrides - Chestertown
• Harbes Family Farms
• Headless Horseman Hayrides & Haunted Houses
• Old McDonald’s Farm
• Pumpkin Patches and More
• Pumpkin Station
• Smithome Farms – Elmira
• The Great Pumpkin Farm – Clarence
• Wickham Farms – Penfield