Feel the chill in the air? Fall has officially hit the five boroughs (and, it seems, everywhere else except for Florida), and with it comes sweaters, scarves, Christmas music (no, really), and a celebration of all things pumpkin.
Even Governors Island has gotten into the spirit, with its second annual Pumpkin Point. I first read about a pumpkin patch on Governors Island, and I decided that I had to check it out. I'm really not a fan of PSLs (the horror!), but Governors Island closes for the season on Halloween, and I haven't been yet this year.
You can read about my first time visiting Governors Island here. This time, I made my way down to the ferry station and caught the very first boat to the island. If you've never been before, the ride is free if you're on the ferry before 12:00. After noon, a roundtrip ticket to Governors Island is just $3.
Pumpkin Point on Governors Island is held in Nolan Field, which is a pretty quick walk from the ferry landing. There's signs pointing you in the right direction, so you don't need to spend too much time looking at a map or getting lost. This short distance also helps if you choose to buy a pumpkin, since you won't have to walk it far to take it home.
This was my very first time visiting a pumpkin patch! It also gave me a chance to test out my new phone camera.
There are a few different sizes of pumpkins to pick from during your trip to the patch. If you decide to bring one home, you just have to pay a few dollars. There are set price points for the different sizes of pumpkins available, as well as some shirts, hats, and other swag. Governors Island members get their pumpkin for free.
In addition to the gaggle of gourds, the pumpkin patch on Governors Island advertises a big setup of fall-themed goodies. I saw them setting up what looked like a spiked cider stand, with some pastries and other things. There is also a spot for kids to paint their pumpkin. The whole patch is very family friendly, and I saw/heard many kids having a great time.
Knowing that I still had to get home on the ferry and a super-long subway ride, I purchased one of the smaller pumpkins. I ended up using it for some photo ops, since I don't really know what else I'm supposed to do with it.
How was the Governors Island pumpkin patch? I don't have other spots to compare it to, but I think it was pretty standard as far as pumpkin patches go. I think that if you're already planning a visit to Governors Island, it's worth checking out before you're ready to head home. If you're like me, and you want to take a ferry ride over just for Pumpkin Point, you may end up a tad disappointed.