Real talk: Fall is the greatest season of all (Pumpkin patches! Apple picking! PSLs!). But if you haven’t sat on a barrel of hay for a scenic jaunt around a country farm with an apple cider donut in hand, then you’re just not doing it right. So don your mask and climb aboard—here are nine of the best hayrides near NYC.

Editor’s note: In light of COVID-19, please review federal, state and local traveler guidance. Please also check with farms before visiting to confirm they are open and operating with safety precautions.

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1. Queens County Farm (50 minutes from NYC)

Every day through November 3 (plus Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day), this historic site that dates back to 1697 is open for pumpkin picking, hayrides and maze exploring. But not just any maze—the Amazing Maize Maze is designed in the shape of Andy Warhol’s renowned “Cow” painting. And for one night only on October 23, visitors can explore this interactive 3-acre puzzle under the stars—just don’t forget to bring your flashlight. Admission to the farm is free but activities (including hayrides) are priced separately.

73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Queens; or 718-347-3276 or queensfarm.org

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2. Riamede Farm (80 Minutes from NYC)

Hop on a hayride at Riamede Farm any weekend in October (plus Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day) and take in the gourd-geous pumpkin patch and apple orchards. OK, truth be told there isn’t any hay involved but the farm wagon rides are just as fun. A Farm Pass is required for entry and must be purchased in advance and group trips of 15 or more are by reservation only on weekdays.

122 Oakdale Road, Chester, NJ; 908-879-7762 or riamedefarm.com

3. Decker Farm (1 Hour from NYC)

This historic farm may date back to the early 1800s but there’s plenty of modern-day fun to be had here, including photo ops and pumpkin chucking. Yep, release some of that stress you’ve been holding on to the past year by hurling a pumpkin in the newly installed bungee system ($3 for three chucks). Then enjoy a beautiful hayride around the grounds where you just might see costumed educators performing old-school trades like candle, broom, cider and soap making. Open on weekends and timed-entry tickets are required—purchase here.

435 Richmond Hill Road, Staten Island, NY; 718-351-1611 or historicrichmondtown.org/deckerfarm

4. Alstede Farms (80 Minutes from NYC)

Every day in October, pre-purchase an entry ticket online for the family-friendly Alstede Farms and enjoy picking fields, a sunflower maze, an evergreen maze and a corn maze, plus tractor-drawn wagon rides. Extra cool event? The Harvest Moon Hayride every Friday and Saturday night from 6 p.m. until 10 p.m. allows visitors to explore acres of scenic farmland in a tractor-drawn wagon ride at night. Afterwards, cozy up to the bonfire while listening to live music and sipping on a hot apple cider. Food, wine tasting and s’mores making kits available for additional purchase.

1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester, NJ; 908-879-7189 or alstedefarms.com

5. Harbes Family Farm (100 Minutes from NYC)

The only thing better than a hayride tour through 78 acres of beautiful farmland? A singing hayride tour! Head to Harbes Family Farm on the weekend for plenty of family-friendly fun including pig races, music-filled hayrides and the Barnyard Adventure area filled with farm animals, sport zones and mazes. Tickets required for the Barnyard zone plus hayrides, which are only available for purchase in-person. Open daily through October 31.

715 Sound Ave, Mattituck, NY; 631-482-7641 or harbesfamilyfarm.com

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6. Hank’s PUMPKINTOWN (110 Minutes from NYC)

Yes, the pumpkin picking, maze park, wagon and barrel train rides and mega slides are fun worth having. But, to be honest, we’re most excited about the fall treats: pies, apple cider and pumpkin donuts, roasted corn, apple cider slushies, fresh fudge and more. For adults, you’ll have to try Hank’s Hard Cider: a sweet, refreshing alcoholic cider made exclusively from New York-grown apples found right on the farm; choose from classic semi-sweet, yellow farm raspberry, Hudson Valley cherry or the newest flavor, yellow farm lavender honey. No reservations required and open every day.

240 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, NY; hankspumpkintown.com

7. Green Meadows Farm Brooklyn (50 Minutes from NYC)

Perfect for the little ones, this South Brooklyn farm’s $12 admission includes a fun hayride, a pumpkin, a walk through the kids’ haunted house, access to the farm playground and the petting zoo (horses and goats and alpacas, oh my!), and an opportunity to milk Katie the cow. Plus, kids under 2 get in free. What else could you possibly ask for?

3159 Flatbush Ave., Brooklyn, NY; 718-470-0224 or greenmeadowsfarmbrooklyn.com

8. Muscoot Farm (80 Minutes from NYC)

Explore 777 acres (yes, you read that right) of farmland on this dairy farm-turned-educational-museum that is now a Westchester County public park. Meet 50+ animals, check out historic buildings, hike over six miles through the landscape, and, of course, enjoy the tractor-pulled hayrides. Public rides are $3 and only happen on Sundays, but group hayrides can be reserved ahead of time for Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. To make the free park even more affordable, you’re encouraged to bring your own food.

51 Route 100, Katonah, NY; (914) 864-7282 or muscootfarm.org

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9. F&W Schmitt’s Family Farm (1 Hour from NYC)

This family-owned and operated Long Island farm has been open since 1950, and its decades-old traditions offer the warm, homey atmosphere so many of us love about autumn. The $10 admission includes a hayride, mini golf, photo ops, and access to the playground; for an additional price, guests can go pumpkin picking, visit the petting zoo and the Wizard of Oz-themed corn maze, take a pony ride, explore the haunted house, and a whole lot more. The farm offers its fall activities through October 31 (including Columbus Day/Indigenous Peoples’ Day) on weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekdays—with limited offerings—from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. with no reservation necessary.

26 Pinelawn Road, Melville, NY; 631-271-3276 or schmittfarms.com

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