F & W Schmitt Farms

26 Pinelawn Rd. Melville, NY 631-271-3276

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Type: U-Pick venues, Corn maze/Hay rides, Pumpkin picking Price: PUMPKINS 73 cents a pound, includes free hayride to the field, 6-plus acres of regular pumpkins, specialty pumpkins available at farm stand. Also has U-pick vegetables (string beans, peppers, eggplants, tomatoes, corn, radishes) until the first frost (averages 99 cents a pound).
CORN MAZE $8 (daytime weekends) Spread over 6-7 acres, its theme is a deep-sea adventure, with patrons getting stamps at stations to keep moving in the right direction (plan to spend 45 minutes to an hour). Scarier is the nighttime haunted maze ($11, 7-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday and Columbus Day), a 3- to 4-acre affair with actors planted for live spooks.

U pick pumpkins and vegetable, sold by the pound, free wagon ride around farm, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Sept. 25-Oct. 31. Fall Festival with pony rides ($6), face painting (fee), daytime 7 acre corn maze ($8), petting zoo ($3), playground ($4), inflatable bounces (fee), wagon ride around farm (free), food and refreshments available, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekends Sept. 27-Nov. 1, and Sept. 25-26 and Oct. 13

Hours: Pumpkin patch: Mon.-Fri.: 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Farm: Weekends: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Parking: Free on-site parking