10 Fun Fall Activities to Try at Ort Farms: New Jersey Fall Fun for Everyone!

Saturday, September 26, 2020
If you're looking for fun things to do this Fall, look no further! I have the perfect Fall day trip planned for you, and it takes place at Ort Farms!

Disclosure: I was asked to visit Ort Farms in exchange for fun passes and farm admission, but what do I always say? I wouldn't recommend this place to you unless I totally loved it myself! 

Ort Farms has been a family owned and operated business in Long Valley, New Jersey since the 1800's (you can read more about their history here). Over 100 years and six generations later they are still here, serving and providing for the community even during the hardest of times. I hope you will take some time out to visit and support them! 

Visiting Ort Farms

*Please check the OrtFarms website for exact dates, times and ticket requirements for events and activities. Some attractions may be open weather permitting, others may be weekends only. Always check with the farm before visiting or if you're trying to plan a trip. You can check this page for more info about ticket requirements, reservations and operating hours) or read my helpful tips and info at the bottom of this post.

10 Fun Fall Activities at Ort Farms

There is SO much to do at Ort Farms! You can literally spend an entire day here doing all kinds of Fall activities, so if you're coming from a distance, rest assured that you can really make the most of your trip. Here are ten fun activities to try if you're looking for a fun-filled Fall day:

1. Shop at the Farm Market

Ort Farms carries a wide variety of fresh products in their market during every season (check their market page for a list of what they typically carry all year). In the Fall you'll find local apples, fresh Melick's apple cider, baked goods, seasonal pumpkin products, and much more. They have pumpkins, decorative gourds, fall squash, corn stalks, hay, scarecrows and a great selection of decorations. And don't forget the cider donuts and cider slushies (see #10 for more details)! 

2. Visit with Farm Animals

I still love seeing farm animals, even as an adult. Ort Farms had penned-in areas with adorable goats, cows, chickens, and more. There are little signs telling you a bit about each animal and their history on the farm, too.

3. Climb, Play and Pose

Families will love the open space at Ort Farms, as well as the areas where kids can climb and play. From the pretend pirate ship to the Ort Farms bus, it will definitely keep the kids busy! There was also hay to climb on and some fun photo opps for special memories and Instagram moments.

4. Take a Pony Ride or Cow Train Ride

For a little added "animal fun," pony rides are available, or even a ride on a "cow train." The cow train is made up of individual "cow cars" pulled by a tractor. Each cow car has a name, too. So cute! 

5. Try the Apple Cannon

Tune in to the Ort Farms Facebook page and you may get a glimpse of the apple cannon in action! Shoot at the targets in the field or just let your apples fly! 

6. Take a Hay Ride

Some say it wouldn't be Fall without a hay ride, and Ort Farms has a hay ride that can take you to their pumpkin patch. Hop aboard and enjoy the scenic farm views, too! Hayrides to the pumpkin patch are offered every day. Hayride hours are 9:30-5:30 and are included with weekend admission. Hayrides are $3 during the week. 

7. Pick Your Own Pumpkin

You can purchase pumpkins in the Ort Farms market or head out to the pumpkin patch to pick your own. Large or small, there's a size in the field for everyone! In the patch, you can see how pumpkins grow on the vine, which is always pretty cool to see. 

photos courtesy of Ort Farms

8. Get "Lost" in the Corn Maze

This was actually our favorite activity on the farm. The Ort Farms corn maze was created in honor of healthcare heroes this year. Can you find your way through? Half the fun was trying! (spoiler alert: we couldn't find the exit. But we're determined to go back and try again!). Corn maze is open daily 9:30-6:00.

9. Take a Ride in a Monster Truck

If you're looking for the most unique Fall experience of all, check out the monster truck rides at Ort Farms! You can ride BIG TEX the Monster Truck on Sunday 9/27, as well as Monday 9/28, then continuing through November 1st!  Cost is $6 per rider and the ride is across a 30 acre field. 
Weekends 10-5 (plus Monday 9/27 and Monday 10/12). Note that monster truck ride tickets are not available online for pre-purchase, they are only sold on-site. 

photos courtesy of Ort Farms

10. Taste an Apple Cider Donut or Slushie (or Both!)

You can't leave without buying cider donuts and cider slushies. I was just going to type that sentence and nothing else, because do I really need to elaborate? The donuts are delicious and they're an integral part of any Fall activity. The apple cider slushies were a new experience for me and I loved them. Here's a hint: I purchased one slushie for me, thinking my mom and son could share, but they wound up permanently sticking their straws in my cup and devouring most of it, so buy more than one if you can! 

photos from The Jersey Momma and Ort Farms

Helpful Info and Tips for Visiting

-a note from Ort Farms: "we are open for the 2020 Fall Season. We have worked hard to modify our space and farm to accommodate others safely and efficiently. In accordance with the Executive Order, masks or face coverings are required when social distancing is not possible."
-Reservations are required. Click here to select your date and timeslot.
-Weekends require an admission ticket. The cost is $4 and this includes a hayride and access to the patch. Reservations will help guarantee your visit.
-They have food vendors on site every weekend, plus Monday 9/28 and Monday 10/12. 
-Ort Farms will have limited hayride space for walk-in visitors with no reservations (especially on weekends - this is subject to change, so I wouldn't go there expecting to find open time slots for hay rides! Make those reservations, people!) 
-Please view their reservation refund policy before proceeding with reservations. Ort Farms recommends that you do not purchase your tickets until you are committed to visiting on the day you choose. 
-Masks are required for visitors when social distancing is not possible and in all retail areas. 

Stay Connected

Follow Ort Farms on their social channels for the most up-to-date info about farm events, festivals, changes, or specials. Be sure to sign up for their email newsletter, too! 

25 Bartley Road
Long Valley, NJ 07853 

@Ort_Farms on Instagram
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