Family fall festivals on Long Island

By Jennifer Berger

From hayrides and petting zoos to pumpkin picking and carnival games, we have everything you need to plan fun-filled family weekends this fall. Take a look at family festivals happening this season on Long Island....

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From hayrides and petting zoos to pumpkin picking and carnival games, we have everything you need to plan fun-filled family weekends this fall. Take a look at family festivals happening this season on Long Island.

Schmitt Family Farm Fall Festival

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WHERE/ WHEN 6 Bagatelle Rd., Dix Hills; Saturdays-Sept. 15 through Oct. 28 (including Columbus Day) from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. DETAILS The family festival includes pumpkin-picking, hayrides, an animal train ride, a pumpkin bounce house, a firetruck slide, haunted maze, a John Deere trike play area, duck races, roasted corn, apple cider and more. Price: Free admission, fees apply for games and rides. INFO 631-549-3276,

Hicks Nurseries Fall Festival

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WHERE/ WHEN 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury; Sept. 15-Oct. 28: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fridays 8 a.m.-8 p.m.) DETAILS Enjoy hayrides, fresh picked apples, apple cider, live farm animals, children's workshops, pumpkin contests and more. Come see the "Otto the Ghost" animated story, that focuses on friendship, family and Halloween cheer; "Otto" will be available for photos 10 a.m.- noon and 2 p.m.-4 p.m. on weekends. Price: Parking and admission is free INFO 516-272-4649,

Fink's Country Farm Fall Festival

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WHERE/ WHEN 6242 Middle Country Rd., Wading River; open weekends Sept. 22 through Oct. 28: 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (Columbus Day/ October 8, also open) DETAILS Includes hayrides, a corn maze, U-pick pumpkins, train rides, combine slide, playground area, barnyard bouncer, face-painting, pony rides, roasted corn, fresh produce and more. Price: $15, free ages 2 and younger INFO 631-886-2272,


Fall Farm Festival at White Post Farms

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WHERE/ WHEN 250 Old Country Rd., Melville; weekends and Columbus Day, Sept. 22-Oct. 28: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. DETAILS Featuring an animal farm (including Patches, the resident giraffe), wagon rides, pumpkin picking and entrance into the bird aviary. Scheduled entertainment includes a dog show, magic show, exotic bird show, the "Rodeo Ricky and The Tourist Trap" show and the "Nick's Kids Show." Price: $22.10, which includes bounce and slides, wagon rides, hay play, all shows, admission to the animal farm and bird aviary; pumpkins, pony rides, food, train rides and animal feed available at additional cost. INFO 631-351-9373,

Ivy League Day Camp Fall Festival

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WHERE/ WHEN 211 Brooksite Dr., Smithtown; Saturday, Oct. 27 from 11 a.m.- 4 p.m.; rain date is Sunday, Oct. 28 DETAILS There will be pumpkins, hay ride, petting zoo, pony rides, inflatables, a rockwall, skybouce, cooking projects, a DJ, vendors and more. Price: $10 per child for a P.O.P. bracelet; food and snacks available for $1 each. INFO 631-265-4177,

‘Frontier Family Fun’ fall festival at Dees' Nursery

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WHERE/ WHEN 69 Atlantic Ave., Oceanside; Sunday, Sept. 30 then Saturdays-Sundays in October plus Columbus Day (Oct. 8): 11 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS You'll find a children's corn maze, gem mining, an interactive petting zoo, pumpkin-painting, pumpkin patch, pony rides and a free trip through the "Spooky Walk." Price: Attractions free except for gem mining, interactive petting zoo and pumpkin painting INFO 516-678-3535,

Brightwaters Farms Fall Harvest

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WHERE/ WHEN 1624 Manatuck Blvd., Bay Shore; Sept. 26-Oct. 28 daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. DETAILS Families can enjoy pumpkin-picking (69 cents per pound), hayrides ($3 per person weekdays, unlimited hayrides Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day as part of admission fee), animal feeding ($2 per cone), a farm playground and more. On weekends, there will also be live entertainment with Zippy the Clown, face-painting, magic shows, rubber-ducky races, mini-tractor ride ($2 per ride) and more. Price: Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day: $10, free ages 1 and younger; admission is free weekdays. POP admission: $20 per child (includes general admission plus unlimited Little Farmers Playland rides, does not include pony rides or farm animal feeding). INFO 631-665-5411,

Barnyard Adventure at Harbes Family Farm

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WHERE/ WHEN 715 Sound Ave., Mattituck; Mon-Thurs: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Fri-Sun: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. DETAILS Families can enjoy the Barnyard Adventure daily until Sunday, Oct. 28. Kids will enjoy singing hayrides (Fri-Sun, holidays only), a petting zoo, pig races (Fri-Sun, holidays only), a gnome-themed hedge maze, "Jumbo Jumpers" bounce pillows, Bunnyville rabbit attraction, an animatronic Chicken Show and more. Price: Mon-Thurs: $10.95, Fri-Sun: $18.95, holidays and festivals: $19.95, season pass: $39.95 INFO 631-365-2937,

Spooky Fest!

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WHERE/ WHEN 1450 Tanglewood Rd., Rockville Centre; Saturday, Oct. 13, 19-21, 26-28: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. DETAILS Features non-spooky activities such as a "Not-So-Spooky Walk" in the woods for young children, arts and crafts, an "Amazing Animals Live" animal exhibit, face painting and "Friendly Merry Monsters." Price: $10, or $15 when including the scary "Haunted Woods" and "Maze of Zombies" attractions INFO

Great Jack-O’-Lantern Spectacular Sail

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WHERE/ WHEN Belmont Lake State Park: Southern State Parkway Exit 38, North Babylon; Saturday, Oct. 27: 3 p.m.-6 p.m. (sailing starts at 6:15 p.m.) DETAILS A family-friendly Halloween event featuring trick-or-treating, games, craft-making, a children's "Spooky Den" and the sailing of the first 50 carved pumpkins (lit with candles, at dusk) around Belmont Lake. Price: admission is free INFO 631-667-5055,

The Barkfest parade

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WHEN | WHERE 1 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Eisenhower Park, East Meadow DETAILS Bark if you think you have a winner. Dress your four-legged friend in a Halloween costume for the Barkfest parade. It's part of a larger festival with prizes for best costume (judging at 2:30 p.m.). All pets in attendance must be on a leash. INFO 516-315-6686; ADMISSION Free.

Harvest Festival at Benner’s Farm

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WHERE/ WHEN 56 Gnarled Hollow Rd., East Setauket; Oct. 20-21: noon-4 p.m. DETAILS Featuring apple cider making demonstrations, farm animals to pet and feed, hayrides, fresh local produce and live music by band Michael and the Dingers. Price: $8 adults, $6 for children ages 2-12. INFO 631-689-8172,

Rolling River Fall Festival

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WHERE/ WHEN Rolling River Day Camp: 477 Ocean Ave., East Rockaway; Saturday, Oct. 20: noon-4 p.m. DETAILS Offers face painting, cooking projects, pony rides, live entertainment, bounce house fun and more. Price: general admission is free; "Ride Zone" bracelets are available for a to-be-announced price INFO 516-593-2267,

Center Moriches Fall Fair

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WHERE/ WHEN Main Street, Center Moriches; Saturday, Oct: 20: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. DETAILS You'll find vendors on Main Street; merchants selling goods and food, raffles, artists, pony rides and more activities for children. Price: Free admission INFO 631-874-3849