Where else can you literally measure fun by the bushel? On a clear, crisp Midwestern fall day, pack up the kids and head to one of these day-trip-distance orchards. Find one near you and hit the road!
Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and choose from pumpkins, squash and gourds. Afterward, visit the four-acre corn maze. Then shell, crack and mill corn to feed the animals at the petting zoo. There's also a museum, nature center, walking trail, puppet shows, farm demonstrations, live music and food. School tours available weekdays by reservation.24936 S. 80th Ave. Monee (708) 534-8801
Cut your own tree or choose a fresh, pre-cut tree. Visit the Orchard Shop & Bakery for freshly pressed cider, apple cider doughnuts, home baked pies, fudge, handspun caramel apples, wreaths, Christmas decorations, gift ideas and unique food items.1N318 Watson Road Maple Park (815) 827-5200