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Queens County Farm Museum
17.5 miles from Midtown
73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park; 718-347-3276

This 47-acre property dates from 1697 and is the oldest working farm within city limits. Couples can say “I do” in an open-air pavilion (from $800) or an orchard ($2,000), but the main attraction is the heated and air-conditioned barn complex. Built in 1933, the space was restored in 2000 and can fit up to 120 seated guests, with room for a dance floor. A four-hour event costs $1,600 and includes tables and chairs; for an extra $200, the newlyweds can ride off into the sunset on a tractor.

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The Kaaterskill
113 miles from Midtown
424 High Falls Rd. Extension, Catskill, N.Y.; 347-870-4848;

Goats and horses mill about the grounds of this 40-acre retreat, offering a bucolic backdrop for outdoor nuptials. Natural light pours through the oversize doors of the classic red and white barn; when the sun goes down, rustic lanterns take over. Members of the wedding party can ready themselves at the property’s six-suite restored Dutch inn; rooms have private balconies and fireplaces. Two-day site rentals start at $4,000, which includes access to the inn’s common area.

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Full Moon Farm
115 miles from Midtown
65 Jaycox Rd., Medusa, N.Y.; 212-566-1855;

Built in 1790, this 1,500-square-foot barn sits on seventeen acres overlooking the Hudson Valley. Set up a tent for an alfresco ceremony, followed by a cocktail hour in the hayloft or henhouse, and then end the night with dinner and dancing on the gravel floors of the antique barn. Weekend rental starts at $4,950 for the barn, but wedding parties can also rent out the property’s four-bedroom farmhouse, complete with claw-foot bathtubs, for $600 a night.

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Apple Barn Farm
141 miles from Midtown
564 County Rte. 10, Germantown, N.Y.; 518-929-7801;

The highlight of this working farm is its 1834 barn, an old-fashioned space that can fit up to 150 seated guests. Restored by its architect owners in 2002, the barn is encircled by apple orchards and five miles of walking trails; the interior boasts a wooden dance floor and glowy hanging lanterns. Guests can even enjoy late-night s’mores by a bonfire, part of an inclusive site-rental package that starts at $10,500 and covers event coordination, tables, heaters, and lighting.

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