8 U-Pick Flower Farms Near New York

Tulips in the spring, wildflowers in the summer, sunflowers in the fall, whatever you want, there’s a farm nearby where you can pick your own flowers. Whether it’s upstate, Long Island or Jersey, we’ve rounded up the eight best flower farms for you to choose from within driving distance of New York City. Most of them also offer great photo opportunities, U-pick produce, or farm shops.

upstate

Sunflower Valley Farm
New Hampton, NY
Distance from New York: 74 miles
Flowers available: Sunflowers
This family-friendly sunflower farm charges just $5 for admission, which includes three free pick-your-own sunflowers. The fields are a photo-perfect maze of sunflowers, and there are plenty of activities for the kids too.

Photo via Brittany Hollow Farm

Farm Creuse Brittany
Rhinebeck, NY
Distance from New York: 107 miles
Flowers available: Various varieties
This three acre flower farm has countless varieties each season including ageratum, amaranth, butterfly weed, many varieties of celosia, cleome, cockscomb, cosmos, gomphrena, snapdragons, snow on the mountain, statice, strawflowers, sunflowers and zinnias. The way it works is that visitors are given a one-gallon yellow bucket to fill with flowers for $20. The season usually starts at the end of June, and this year there will also be pre-picked bouquets and mason jars.

The cutting garden
Youngsville, New York
Distance from New York: 110 miles
Flowers available: Various varieties
This sustainable flower farm has over 100 varieties of organic flowers and herbs, which you can pick yourself to create a beautiful bouquet. The season usually lasts from late June to early October, and the Cutting Garden provides scissors and a short in-person introduction for first-timers (they also prep your picks for the trip). You can visit their fun gift shop or the barn full of antiques.

Long Island

Photo via 6 Square Feet

Waterer Family Farm & Garden
Manorville, NY
Distance from New York: 66 miles
Flowers available: Sunflowers (autumn) and tulips (spring)
This Long Island farm is well known for its annual Sunflower Festival, where the beautiful fields are a favorite of Instagrammers. But in the spring, they also host the Long Island Tulip Festival. This year there are more than 500,000 tulips; the tulips you pick are unopened, but you can still buy bulbs and potted flowers. There’s also mini-golf, barnyard animals, live music, and food trucks on the weekends.

New Jersey

Melick Town Farm
Oldwick, New Jersey
Distance from New York: 46 miles
Flowers available: Various
New Jersey’s largest apple orchard also has beautiful flower gardens where you can cut your own flowers – they’re also filled with butterflies! You can also pick your own apples, pumpkins, peaches and strawberries or buy a bottle of farm-fresh hard cider from Melick.

Alstede Farms
Chester, New Jersey
Distance from New York: 53 miles
Flowers available: Zinneas, Sunflowers, and more
Not only can you pick over a dozen fruits and vegetables in Alstede (everything from strawberries and peaches to tomatoes and eggplant), but from mid-July to mid-September you can pick a variety of flowers fresh, including zinnée and sunflowers (there’s even a maze of sunflowers!). While you’re there, you can shop at the farm store and visit the chicken coop, cider house, or ice cream stand. And if you’re visiting without the kids, they offer wine tasting by Tomasello Winery.

Stone Hill Farms
Chester, New Jersey
Distance from New York: 54 miles
Flowers available: Sunflowers
Apples, pumpkins and berries are part of this farm’s pick-your-own program, as are sunflowers in the fall. In fact, their Sunflower Festival in late summer allows visitors to roam 2.5 acres filled with eight varieties of sunflowers. One field is for enjoying and taking photos, while the other allows guests to cut their own flowers. Tickets for the 2021 festival are on sale now.

Holland Ridge Farms
Creme Ridge, New Jersey
Distance from New York: 65 miles
Flowers available: Tulips (spring) and Sunflowers (autumn)
That’s about as close as you’ll get to Dutch tulip farms without leaving the country (or tri-state area). And with over 60 acres of flowers, it’s the largest flower farm on the East Coast. The rows of colorful bulbs total millions of flowers, which visitors can pick for $1 per stem. The tulip season, however, is quite short and usually only lasts two or three weeks. This year it started on April 13 and reservations are required. Due to the great success of the family farm, a few years ago they also started offering sunflowers to be picked in the fall.

Main image: Sunflower photo by Courtney Cook on Unsplash; Others courtesy of Brittany Hollow Farm

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