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Fall fun in and around NYC: Apple and pumpkin picking, corn mazes and vineyards

You don't have to leave the five boroughs for fall fun. But if you want to venture outside the city, here are the best spots nearby to pick pumpkins, eat caramel apples, get lost in corn mazes and drink local wine. 'Tis the season to experience country life, whether you head north, east, or stay right here.

Hudson Valley: Barton Orchards

Take on the challenge of finding your way
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Take on the challenge of finding your way out of an interactive, 5-acre corn maze, get spooked by live actors in the "Rotten Core Manor" haunted house, pick your own apples (Gala, Honey Crisp, Red Delicious and more), and wander through a giant pumpkin patch until you find the one you want to take home. Plus, get your fill of fall treats, from apple cider donuts and pumpkin bread to fresh jam and pies.

Where: 63 Apple Tree Lane, Poughquag

Info: 845-227-2306; bartonorchards.com

Westchester: Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard

Every weekend through October, visit the Harvest Moon
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Every weekend through October, visit the Harvest Moon Farm and Orchard for a fall festival, complete with pumpkins, food vendors, farm animals, live music, hayrides, pony rides and face painting. A country store on site sells apples (McIntosh, Fuji, Granny Smith and more), fresh veggies, eggs, donuts and pies. Leashed dogs are welcome.

Where: 130 Hardscrabble Road, North Salem

Info: 914-485-1210; harvestmoonfarmandorchard.com

Queens: Queens County Farm

Pick your own pumpkins, enjoy crisp, Hudson Valley
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Pick your own pumpkins, enjoy crisp, Hudson Valley apples and sweet cider donuts, and wander through a 3-acre corn maze and haunted house at this historic Queens farm. The pumpkin patch is open weekends through Oct. 26, and a seasonal farmstand with more than 50 varieties of fresh vegetables is open Wednesday through Sunday in October.

Where: 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Glen Oaks

Info: 718-347-3276; queensfarm.org

Staten Island: Decker Farm

Revel in a hayride, corn maze and pumpkin
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Revel in a hayride, corn maze and pumpkin patch, plus take a farmhouse tour, feast on cheeses, local honey and crab cakes, and shop for hand-picked produce. Kids can enjoy face-painting and fall arts and crafts, too.

Where: 441 Clarke Ave., Historic Richmond Town

Info: 917-887-0482; statenislandfarmersmarket.com

Brooklyn: Bushwick Farmers' Market

Brooklyn's fall bounty is in full force at
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Brooklyn's fall bounty is in full force at the Bushwick Farmers' Market, where urbanites get their pick of colorful pumpkins, gourds, corn, kale and more veggies, fresh from the local farm, through Nov. 15. Run by non-profit EcoStation:NY, the market is part of an ongoing effort to promote sustainable urban agriculture. Plus, on Oct. 26, the market will host Calabazafest at Maria Hernandez Park, with pumpkin crafts, a costume contest, a harvest fair, mariachi performers, food tastings and more.

Where: 400 Irving Ave., Brooklyn

Info: 646-393-9305; ecostationny.org

Manhattan: Union Square Greenmarket

The Union Square Greenmarket is a breath of
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The Union Square Greenmarket is a breath of fresh air in the midst of city life all year-round, but it's especially full of flavor in the fall. Stop by Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays for your pick of locally-grown pumpkins, squash, gourds and apples, plus seasonal baked goods, hot apple cider, maple syrup, jams, honey and more.

Where: 17th Street and Union Square West, Manhattan

Info: 212-788-7476; grownyc.org

Bronx: The New York Botanical Garden Greenmarket

Locally grown fall produce and fresh baked treats
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Locally grown fall produce and fresh baked treats show the benefit of eating local, and weekly cooking, composting and growing demonstrations help city residents learn about living a healthy lifestyle. You'll find veggies from Riverhead, heirloom apples, fresh-squeezed juices, jams, apple butter, cookies and pies from upstate New York. While you're there, check out the Haunted Pumpkin Garden for festive fun.

Where: 2900 Southern Blvd., Bronx

Info: 718-817-8700; nybg.org

Long Island (Nassau County): Hicks Nurseries

Choose from rows of bright pumpkins and gourds,
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Choose from rows of bright pumpkins and gourds, bins bursting with apples, and seasonal plants. Take the kids on a hayride, get up close with farm animals and meet Otto the Ghost inside a walk-through animated children's story. Plus, stock up on Halloween decor and enjoy fall treats, including roasted corn and caramel apples.

Where: 100 Jericho Tpke., Westbury

Info: 516-334-0066; hicksnurseries.com

Long Island (Suffolk County): Hank's Pumpkintown

At this family-run farm, you can pick your
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At this family-run farm, you can pick your own pumpkins and apples (Cortland, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Gala and more), wander through a corn maze, take a wagon or tractor ride, and nosh on cider donuts, candy apples, roasted corn and fresh-baked pies. Kids will enjoy pony rides, face-painting and a playground complete with a giant slide and a wooden pirate ship.

Where: 240 Montauk Hwy., Watermill

Info: 631-726-4667; hankspumpkintown.com

Long Island (Suffolk County): North Fork Wine Trail

If your idea of fall fun includes less
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If your idea of fall fun includes less pumpkins and corn and more fruit of the fermented variety, grab a designated driver and head for Long Island's North Fork Wine Trail.

Start with tastings near horses, llamas and baby pigs at Martha Clara Vineyards in Riverhead, and make your way north on Route 25, stopping for live music, picturesque picnic spots (and more wine, of course) along the way.

Where: Starting at 6025 Sound Ave., Riverhead

Info: liwines.com

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