Fall Festival

Visit our annual Fall Festival in September and October.

Hard to believe but we’ve been welcoming visitors to our pumpkin patch for almost 30 years!

We want to make your Sunnyside experience one you’ll always remember. Each year, we create amazing one-of-a-kind displays and fill our patch with locally-grown pumpkins of every shape and size. You’ll notice the intoxicating scent of freshly-made cider donuts as soon as you step out of the car. And don’t forget our main attractions: our tractor-pulled hay rides and the area’s only ride-on train.

Our pumpkin patch is a true family experience.

We’re extremely proud that kids who visited us twenty years ago are now bringing their own kids and families to build new memories. Keep in mind, we cater to the family experience. You won’t find any gore, blood, or guts here. (Or at least nothing super scary!) We want to offer families an affordable day out, that’s why there’s no admission charge to get into the pumpkin patch. You only pay for the rides and activities in which you participate.

Pumpkin Patch & Activities

We fill our patch with the biggest and best pumpkins around so you find that perfect jack o’lantern. Come wander through and see what hay sculptures and scarecrows we’ve come up with this year.

Once you arrive at Sunnyside you’ll have to decide where you want to go first. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

• Take a hay ride through the spooky woods
• Have a ride on our little blue train
• Search for the perfect pumpkin in the patch
• Walk through the Hall of Flame-over 300 carved jack o’lanterns
• Dance along to our live bluegrass band
• Pose for a picture in one of our funny cut-outs
• Visit the monarch butterflies in our butterfly room
• Watch the model trains roll by
• Dig in to a delicious, homemade cider doughnut

Fall Mums & Flowers

Each summer thousands of chrysanthemum cuttings arrive at Sunnyside to be nurtured and grown into our famous “Monster Mums”. We’ve been growing mums for decades and we’re sure no one has bigger or better mums than us. Mums begin flowering in early September and continue flowering until hard frost (sometimes even to Thanksgiving!) We carry a hundred different mum varieties, each one prettier than the next. So stop by and pick one out for yourself… We dare you to try and leave with just one.

And don’t forget our other Fall flowers: Asters, Fall perennials (such as Sedums), and ornamental peppers!

Pumpkins & Squash

We are extremely proud to say that all our pumpkins, squash, corn, and hay come from New York farmers! We have thousands of pumpkins to choose from-come find the perfect one for your jack o’ lantern.

As well as regular carving pumpkins, we also carry a huge variety of squashes for both eating and decorating. You’ll find everything from popular acorn and butternut types to more unique varieties like striped Cushaw squash, huge Blue Hubbards, bright red-orange Rouge vif d’Etampes (aka Cinderella pumpkin), white Casper pumpkins, tasty Long Island Cheese pumpkins, elegant brown Fairytale pumpkins, and beautiful blue Jarrahdale pumpkins. These are only a few of the dozens of squash and pumpkin varieties we have.

Bakery & Apples

The moment you step out of your car, you’ll smell our homemade baked goods made fresh in our bakery each day. We don’t mean to brag (well…maybe just a little bit) but our cider donuts are legendary and people come from miles around just for them. They’re super light and fluffy and not at all greasy like donuts at some other places. But don’t take our word for it. Stop by and try one.

Here’s a sample of what we offer:

• Fresh cider donuts
• Freshly baked pies including our famous Caramel Apple pie
• Caramel and Candy Apples
• Cookies, brownies, and more!

We also carry locally-grown apples. Choose from Macintosh, Cortland, and Empire varieties.

Music

To us here at Sunnyside, Fall is synonymous with Bluegrass music! For the past 10 years, we’ve welcomed Adrenaline Pumpkin into our greenhouse to delight both customers and employees with their toe-tapping bluegrass tunes. You can see them most Saturdays & Sundays beginning October 4.

Want to see Adrenaline Pumpkin in action? Check out our video!

Fall Field Trips

Sunnyside has been hosting school trips to our pumpkin patch for over twenty years! Schools have come from all over Upstate NY, Saratoga, Albany, and the Capital Region just to spend the day with us. Teachers love coming to Sunnyside because we combine safe, outdoor fun with education. Our butterfly house is a great educational experience as it coincides with students’ butterfly science unit. Students are able to see in action what they’ve read about in books.

• Fall Field Trips are available Monday-Friday to all elementary schools, registered day cares, and registered nursery schools.
• Minimum: 10 children
• Cost:  (including all students, chaperones, teacher\’s aides, parents, and siblings)
• Price includes a hayride, train ride, a small pie pumpkin, Halloween displays, and butterfly house.
• Please make sure you have adequate supervision and chaperones for your children.

FAQs

Click on any of the questions below for more information. If your question is not there, please feel free to give us a call at (518) 584-1034.

When do you open for the season?

Our fall festival usually begins the last weekend of September. Hay rides, train rides, and the butterfly house will be open and we will start making cider donuts! Please check back in August for specific dates.

What are your hours?

Throught September and October, we are open 8:30am-5:30pm Monday-Saturday and 8:30am-5pm on Sunday. Hay rides and train rides run from 10am to 4:45pm each day.

Is there an admission charge?
No we do not charge admission. You are free to walk around the pumpkin patch and displays but you will need to purchase tickets for the hay ride, train ride, and butterfly house.
Can we bring a picnic?
No, outside food is not permitted on our property. (If you have an infant or toddler, you are of course welcome to bring bottles and small snacks.)
Are dogs allowed?
No dogs are not allowed on our property. For the safety of our customers and our pets, please leave your dogs at home or in the car
Do you offer group rates?

Fall field trips and group rates are available for schools and registered day cares. You can find more information coming soon.
If you have a Mom’s Club or play group, please give us a call as we may be able to offer you something.
We cannot offer any group rates for the weekends.

Do you host birthday parties?
Unfortunately we do not host birthday parties at this time. We simply do not have the staff or facility to oversee them. You are welcome to come as members of the general public but you will need to wait in line like everyone else. If you are coming as a group, please carpool as our parking is limited. We also ask that you do not reserve or save picnic tables for a long amount of time as they are shared between everyone and there can be hundreds of people who wish to use them.
Are bathrooms available?

Port-a-potties and portable sinks are available on our main lawn. There is also have a changing area available near the port-a-potties for parents that need to change diapers.