Apples don’t just keep the doctor away — they can also make for a day full of family fun! Apple picking is already a treasured fall tradition for many Chicagoland families.
On a beautiful day, you have to drive out to one of these local farms for apple picking. Some orchards even offer great apple treats or kid’s activities like a corn maze or tractor rides.
NOTE: Before visiting, please check each apple orchard’s website or call ahead to make sure if apple picking is available (weather permitting).
- Address: 14510 Illinois Route 176, Woodstock
- Cost: $11 per person (includes 1/4 peck bag of apples), additional $4 per person for Honeycrisp when in season; Free for kids ages 2 and under (do not receive an apple bag)
This orchard boasts more than 15,000 apple trees. (Bonus: If you love Honeycrisp apples, All Seasons has one of the largest Honeycrisp orchards around.) Also, check out the on-site bakery where you may watch the making of extremely delicious apple cider doughnuts along with other amazing fall treats.
Cost: $20 per person (1/4 peck bag included)
More than 75 acres of apples highlight the fall for families that have made Apple Holler part of their traditions. Pickers can get free access to farm activities like tractor-drawn tours of the orchard, apple tastings, Kids Korral Play Area and more.
- Address: 200 S. County Line Road, Hobart, Indiana
- Cost: U-pick: $1 admission, $1.79 per pound
The Indiana orchard has more than 30 varieties of apples to be picked from early September through late October. Meet the bees, check out a kid’s farm and leave with a few dozen donuts.
- Address: 7061 Centerville Road, Poplar Grove
- Cost: $7 per person (1/4 peck bag)
For the past 50 years, Edwards Apple has been offering apple picking for families. Hop on the wagon to the orchard to pick the apples available from the 25 varieties. Face coverings are required in the Apple Barn, where families can pick up pre-picked apples, apple cider, donuts and other specialty items.
- Address: 1050 Crest Road, Green Oaks
- Cost: $10 1/2 peck bag, $20 peck bag
This no-frills orchard is a Lake County favorite for apple picking. If you want a simple trip without dealing with corn mazes or another fall attractions, come here to enjoy pure apple picking fun.
- Address: 11802 Charles Road, Woodstock
- Cost: $20 per peck
Homestead has more than 20 varieties of apples to pick, beginning in late August and running through October. The farm also keeps bees, so you might find some of the wildflower honey or their beeswax candles.
- Address: 1N318 Watson Road, Maple Park
- Cost: $12.99 per person (includes 1/4 peck of apples), Free for kids ages 2 and under (do not receive an apple bag)
Families can take a limited-capacity hayride to the grove and pick 1/4 peck apples from 25 acres of trees. The farm is open only Saturdays and Sundays through October. Masks are required in the market and there will be a limited capacity indoors on busier weekends. Pumpkin tickets can be purchased online, and most attractions will be available for families to enjoy a day on the farm.
- Address: 4914 N. Union Road, Union
- Cost: $29 for 1 peck bag (limited to 4 people max)
Pick apples or Asian pears and while you’re at the store, add pumpkins or U-Bake pies to your list (wow your family with a scrumptious, hot pie from your oven). They also have a kiosk serving hot dogs, apple slices with caramel and nuts, cider, coffee, and hot chocolate.
- Address: 15908 Hebron Road, Harvard
- Cost: $10 per person (includes 1/4 peck bag)
Located just south of the Illinois-Wisconsin border, Royal Oak Farm has more than 20,000 apple trees in more than 30 varieties at the orchard. While you’re there, check out their apple tree maze, playground, petting zoo, kiddie train and carousel.
- Address: 3709 Miller Road, McHenry
- Cost: $10 per person (includes 1/4 peck bag), Free for kids ages 2 and under
Families flock here for Shades of Autumn Festival and classic farm fun beginning Sept. 11. Activities abound, including a mini-Ferris wheel, veggie cars, slide mountain, a unique cattle truck maze, hand-cut corn maze, outdoor concerts, zip lines, climbing bins, jumping pillow, corn box, barrel train and pedal cars.
- Address: 3223 Creek Road, Plano
- Cost: $7 ages 4 and older (includes 1/4 peck bag of apples); additional fees for some activities
Take a tractor-pulled wagon to the orchard with 6,000 trees with 15 varieties of apples. During the weekend, visitors can access the orchard, store, bakery and playground for fall fun.
- Address: 19502 River Road, Marengo
- Cost: 2021 Price TBD
The orchard in north McHenry County is filled with fun things to do, including picking apples and pumpkins. Also, their apple cider doughnuts will now be available starting in September. Yum!
- Address: 5911 West 50 South, LaPorte, Indiana
- Cost: 2021 Pricing TBA
The orchard features more than 15 varieties of apples from late August through October. Families can also opt for curbside pickup and pre-order the apples online. Call or check the orchard’s website before you go to ensure your favorite variety is available.
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