Autumn is upon us, and in western New York that means pumpkins, apple cider, and hayrides. These four locations throughout the area offer hayrides and much more for your children and the entire family – spend the day on a family adventure.
Pumpkinville, located at 4844 Sugartown Rd. in Great Valley, is minutes away from Holiday Valley Resort and the Town of Ellicottville. Open daily from Saturday, September 18th through Sunday, October 31st, Pumpkinville is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; everyday admission is free, though there is sometimes a nominal charge for events and activities. Kids will enjoy not only the hayrides, but also pony rides and a corn maze. When they’re done, head over to enjoy the “harvest treats” – from the Antique Cider Mill to Di’s Pies and Bake Shoppe, there’s a variety of delicious treats for all family members; kids can even find their jack-o-lantern in the Choose-Your-Own-Pumpkin Patch. Find out more about Pumpkinville at www.pumpkinville.com or call 716-699-2205.
Located at 3760 Quaker Rd. in Gasport, Becker Farms is open weekends starting Saturday, September 18th through Sunday, October 24th. Every weekend features the Pumpkin Fiesta, a family festival suitable for kids under 12. From noon to 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, kids can go on a hayride, ride a pony, slide down Becker Mountain, and make their way through the corn maze. A complete festival ticket is $10 for kids, $7 for adults. Find out more about Becker Farms and their other attractions at www.beckerfarms.com or by calling 716-772-2211 or 716-772-7815.
Clarence’s Great Pumpkin Farm is open daily, but much of the action takes place on the weekends. Located at 11199 Main St., the farm is open daily from 10 a.m. to dusk beginning Saturday, September 25th, through Halloween, Sunday, October 31st. Weekend activities at the farm for kids include traditional hayrides as well as the Sorrento Cheese Cow Train – pulled by a farm tractor, each child can sit in their own individual “cow.” Festivals at the Great Pumpkin Farm include the Oinktoberfest Barbecue Cookoff (September 25th and 26th), Pig Racing (October 23rd and 24th), and the World Pumpkin Weigh Off (October 2nd). Daily admission is free, but admission for festivals is $5 per person; check out www.greatpumpkinfarm.com for more information, or call 716-759-8483.
Brown’s Berry Patch becomes the Pumpkin Patch on weekends from Saturday, September 18th through Sunday, October 31st. Located at 14264 Roosevelt Hwy. (Route 18) in Waterport, the Fall Harvest Celebration is fun for the whole family. In addition to hayrides to the pumpkin patch, kids can cruise around in the Cornfield Pedal Cars, slide down the giant slide, and make their own scarecrow. Families can also enjoy the fresh-picked fruits and vegetables of the fall harvest, or even pick their own. Find out more information about the Fall Harvest Celebration at Brown’s Berry Patch at brownsberrypatch.com or by calling 585-682-5569.