UPDATE: This is a post from 2010, so although folks tend to have similar activities each year,Â information may or may not be outdated. Click the links to check directly with the folks involved to be sure.–Katie
Once again I start out with a post expecting that I’ll be able to find two or three things to do, and next thing I know there’s a huge list of activities.Â Yay, Capital District!Â The nice thing, too, is that there’s a variety:Â stuff for your teenager or your preschooler and everybody in between.
Now, I haven’t done this stuff.Â I’m sure that some of these places are absolutely much better than others.Â So if you’ve gone someplace already, or if you end up going later this month, or you know of another great place, would you please share your priceless knowledge with the rest of us in the comments?Â I promise that I won’t put your email address on Carl Paladino’s distribution list or anything!
Of course, it’s a little discouraging to gather up all of these great outdoor activities on an afternoon when it’s so unbelievably wet and dismal, but next weekend is supposed to be lovely, right?Â So here’s what I found:
Double M in Malta does Haunted Hayrides.Â You must reserve ahead, and the rides are $20/person, children 4 and under free.Â But judging from the website, I don’t think that you want to take little kids.Â Frankly, you don’t even want to click on the link if you have children who are easily frightened.Â Instead, click this nice little link instead, which tells you about their daytime, little-kid-friendly hay ride, corn maze, and petting zoo.Â These activities are $9/person, kids 2 and under free.
Ellm’s Family Farm in Ballston Spa has Halloween Hayrides at 6:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays in October.Â A very helpful reader sent this report:
I took my two and three year old daughters there and it was substantially more fun than we anticipated.Â $8.50 per person gets you a 40 minute hay ride that isÂ perfect for little ones (not scary, less fun I guess for older kids), and the opportunity to jump on their huge Â “jumping pillow” trampoline outside (tons of fun).Â Mid way through the hay ride, they stop for cider and donuts that are included in the fee.
They ask you to reserve (you can do it online) and it’s $8.50/person, under 2 free.Â They also haveÂ pumpkin picking and other activities.Â Along with a big corn maze, they also have smaller ones that are actually labyrinths (which means there’s only one way to go, so you can’t get lost) designed for families to enjoy with their little kids.Â Now that’s a good idea.
Engelke Farm in Troy has a Corn Maze for $5/person, Haunted Hayrides on Friday and Saturday nights for $15/person (but there’s an online coupon to save you $2.50).Â There’s a pumpkin patch, and you can either take a free hayride there or take a zipline to it for $10.
Goold Orchards is having a Pet Parade at 3 pm on Saturday, October 16th (yep, I didn’t catch it earlier), and they have a Haunted House on weekend afternoons.
Hasbrouck’s Indian House Farm in PrincetownÂ has a Field of Screams corn maze at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday night.Â $7/person includes the maze and cider & donuts, and proceeds go to Albany Med Children’s Hospital.
Liberty Ridge Farm has a Harvest Haunt on Friday and Saturday nights in October at 7 pm.Â It’s recommended for ages 10 and up, and it’s $15/person.Â You can also reserve a cottage or campfire site if you want to turn the outing into a group party.Â I know people who’ve visited the farm in early autumn who thought it was a wonderful destination.
The Pick a Pumpkin Pumpkin Patch in Schoharie County 35 miles southwest of Albany has pumpkins, free hayrides, farm animals to pet, and many more activities.Â They’re closed on Sundays.
Samascott Orchards has pick your own pumpkins as well as aÂ Corn Maze for $7/person.
Schauber Stables in Ballston Lake is offering Haunted Hay Rides on Friday, Saturday, & Sunday nights in October.Â It’s $8/person.Â For the little kids, they do a child-friendly version of the hayrides on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.Â $5/kids 12 and under, $8/adults.Â Along with the hayrides, you can also pay for pony rides and do other activities.
Schuyler Farms near Schuylerville has a Corn Maze (haunted at night), and admission is $7/person, kids under 4 free.Â There are also free hayrides to the pumpkin patch.
Sunnyside Gardens in Saratoga Springs has pumpkins to pick, hayrides, train rides, and a butterfly house among other activities.
Tammy’s Candy Kettle in Hoosick Falls has a corn maize, pick your own pumpkins, and other activities (it sounds like you might need to pay for these separately).Â The maze is $9/12 and up, $7/ages 4-11, 3 and under free.Â Update:Â Tammy herself added more detailed information in the comments below.
I went to the Pick a Pumpkin patch earlier this week, and really enjoyed it. There was lots of things to do. My 16 month old particularly enjoyed the hayride.
Thanks for the report, Louise!
We go to Sunnyside gardens every year and it is really a great time!
We did Sunnyside Gardens with my daughter’s kindergarten class. Very, very cute. Lots for the kids to do and see. Loved the “haunted” hayride, and my daughter was a HUGE fan of the little train and all the carved pumpkins. So far its the only place we’ve checked out, but I’d recommend it.
We have the Corn Maze at Kettle Farms in Hoosick, NY. It is the Largest Corn Maze on the East Coast – 22 acres. This year’s theme is amusement park rides. Our maze is set up in four sections with varying lengths and degrees of difficulty. There is a kiddie section for the little ones. We have a corn teepee, 275-hay bale maze, a corn pit play area, bouncy balls, and much more. The only activities that cost extra are the corn cannon, and slingshots at 2 shots / $1.00. Of course, pick your own pumpkins would cost extra. Feel free to call for a brochure. Tammy 686-0992
Thanks, Tammy. You’re already listed above, but I’m adding a note for people to check the comments for details. Katie
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We did Engelke Farm last weekend. Awesome place. Not too crowded, lost of chickens running free, kittens, a donkey, a friendly farm dog. Very cool vibe, great pumpkin picking, corn maze (we didn’t do), haunted hay ride (we didn’t too, looked too scary for a 2 yr old) AND, the ZIP LINE was awesome!!!!!
We have a family farm (Samascott Orchards) with several acres of PYO pumpkins . We have several varieties besides your classic pumpkin including the mini gourd-like pumpkins and white pumpkins! You drive out in the orchard and search for a pumpkin in the field (or just pick one from our display at the store.) While you’re in the orchard you can pick over 70 varieties of apples or any other fruit/vegetable in season. We also do a Corn Maze at Samascott’s Garden Market – it’s 7-acres and has 8 hidden punch stations. Find all 8 and you get a free ice cream at the end! http://www.samascott.com
@Kayla, this post is from back in 2010, but since you landed here (and others might), I added Samascott as well as a little disclaimer that folks should double check with the sites directly for updated info. I have been listing your weekend corn mazes since they’re on KidsOutAndAbout (that’s me, too), and I just noticed that your organization listing there didn’t have corn mazes as one of your offerings, to I fixed that. If you need any help with anything about listing, feel free to contact me.
We stumbled upon Swartz’s farm today and enjoyed it! It’s a small, friendly place — ride a hayride to the field to pick your own pumpkins or go in the corn maze. They also have pre-picked pumpkins for sale, cider donuts, etc. They told me the farm has been there forever, but they’ve only been doing pick-your-own pumpkins, corn maze, etc for a few years. https://www.facebook.com/swartzdairy
Oh, I think Swartz’s has haunted and non-haunted evening hayrides, too.
I just talked with the reservations line at Engelke Farm 518 337 0103. She mentioned that it is now $15 dollars per person for one ride to the pumpkin patch.
@Dorian, thanks for the info!
All these activities seem like a ton of fun. I’m sure my kids would love any of the ones you listed here. I think that there are some places by me that offer a few pumpkin patches and some corn mazes I’ll have to check out.