Good thing Chicago-area orchards are keeping up with the demand. Apple Holler has a 74-acre orchard, which features more than 30,000 select dwarf trees so no ladder is required to apple pick. Save time to visit the Pumpkin Farm activities: opens mid-Sept corn maze, hayrides, farm animals, pumpkin picking, and many more fall favorites! There is a giant inflated jumping pillow the kids go nuts over, animals to feed, playground equipment and a not-too-haunted haunted forest walk, along with many other low-key but fun for young kids activities. Did we miss your favorite orchard? In addition to the solid selection of apples, the Barn Yard Play Area draws kids in with a giant jumping pillow, slides, duck races, hay bale pile, pedal trikes, rope spider web, tractor-driven barrel rides, apple shooting cannon and petting zoo. This orchard is open daily and specializes in apples and Asian pears. They also sell the best Apple Cider my family has ever had and before tasting theirs we didn't think we liked this drink! I feel that is excessive, regardless of how many apples I get, and we haven't done that portion of e farm for years because of it. .
Visit the Kids Farm to find a wide variety of animals to feed, Peter The Pumpkin Eating Dinosaur, pedal tractors waiting to plow imaginary fields, and a toddler-sized corn maze to tackle. Entrance to the play area is free on weekdays, with some exceptions, but there is a charge on weekends. We will be back next year, keep up the great work! Now folks come several times a season to pick apples, then back for pumpkins and fall hayrides and then again in December for that perfect Christmas tree! For an additional charge, kids can tire themselves out with the corn maze, tractor tire mountain, haunted forest suitable for tiny tots, humungous slide, pony rides, giant bouncy pillow, climbing web and much more. The harvest at Kuipers Family Farm begins mid-August with apple picking in the orchard on Saturdays and Sundays. On the up side, the weekends include baby pig races and the cafe is open. I go to the shop there for apples, popcorn seeds and lots of other treats!! From Chicago: 65 miles north The apples are just one of many reasons people flock to this Sturtevant, Wisconsin orchard.
The smiling faces and the squeals heard this weekend would say they have succeeded. What we have found getting more and more and expensive and less and less worth it is the apple picking. To make the experience even sweeter, County Line offers a bakery with plenty of sweet treats and fresh-baked doughnuts. I would take my daughter after school. Before you hop in the car for the inevitable nap time that occurs after that much excitement, mosey into the Orchard Shop and Bakery for their crave-worthy homemade apple cider donuts, caramel apples, fudge and freshly squeezed apple cider. From Chicago: 40 miles southeast Head southeast of Chicago and make your way to County Line Orchard.
The youngest animal is a 4-month-old calf named Norman. There is also a diaper-changing booth. Each child receives a Kuipers bookmark after the tour. While there are no apple orchards in Chicago, there are plenty within a 1-2 hour drive from the city. Our Pumpkin Farm Tour September 25 to October 31 is primarily unguided and allows groups to explore our activity area at their own pace.
The Apple Orchard Tour September 11 — October 4 is a structured, guided, educational tour that will discuss apple growing, bees and pollination, apple varieties, harvesting technique, and cider processing. As the little fall happening grew, the Kuipers purchased the 160 acre apple orchard known previously as Pine-Apple Orchard and renamed the now 230 acres Kuipers Family Farm. Featuring: Tractor Tire Mountain The Maize Corn Maze Haunted Forest Charlotte's Web Petting Zoo and Animal Barn Back 40 Playground And Much More! Homeschool groups can enjoy educational tours, providing a glimpse into work at the orchard and pumpkin patch. On August 31 , our apple orchard opens with limited activities and by mid September, we are in full swing of our fall festiv. The place is amazing for younger children with so many different activities that I wouldn't even come close to mentioning them all. County Line also offers a petting zoo, the Moo Choo, and a corn maze, perfect for the little ones. On field trips to Kuipers Family Farm, students will learn all about farm life.
Honey Hill offers more than a dozen types of apples to choose from. I have been to many fall orchards and by far this is the best! From Springfield, Irwin said the pigs are here for six weeks for the season. From Chicago: 80 miles northwest With over 120 beautiful acres of orchard near the Wisconsin state line, Royal Oak Farm Orchard has over 17,000 apple trees and more than 30 varieties of apples to choose from. Come shop and dine in our huge, brand new facility! You pay a fee to enter, and on weekdays, everything inside is included in that fee. During the weekend the place is a bit of a madhouse and there are extra charges for the jumping pillow and train ride.
Distance from city: 50 miles Since their start in 1998 as a pumpkin farm, Kuipers has grown to a 230-acre apple-growing powerhouse committed to showing families kid-powered fun focused on running, climbing, adventure and fresh air. Our comprehensive guides to fun things to do, party planning, special events, travel tips and fun family entertainment will keep you informed on all the latest information about having fun in Chicago and beyond. The crowd proved him right, as the contestants raced by. I went here with my daughters and grandson. Over 5 acres of Illinois corn now boasts over 2 miles of twists and turns and clues to complete your maze game. There is also a pumpkin patch and a food area limited and somewhat pricey menu that the general public can get to along with their apple orchard and Christmas tree area across the road with a huge general store for various specialty items.
Good to know: Be sure to call ahead to make sure the extra activities are open before making the drive. We are open mid July through October 31st with varying activities. Flip through our list to see where to reap the harvest. For a squealing good time, be sure to get a front row view of the pig races that occur every hour on the weekends. Keep reading to find out which apple orchard is best for you and your family or significant other. They have a very nice hayride out to the orchard with a great selection of apples to choose from.