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Sunnyside Gardens Fall Festival Kick-Off

Hosted By:  Sunnyside Gardens
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Cost: FREE ADMISSION

Sunnyside Gardens Fall Festival Kick-Off

Dates: September 24 - 25, 2022: 8:30am - 5:00pm

Hard to believe but we’ve been welcoming visitors to our pumpkin patch for almost 40 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.

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
  • 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
  • Caramel and Candy Apples
  • Cookies, brownies, and more!

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