Pick a variety of apples at apple orchards
Pick a variety of apples at apple orchards

Imagine a day spent in an orchard with your family, picking apples from the trees. Then you go home with bags of fresh fruit you’ve picked yourselves! For younger kids, “u-pick” farms and orchards are a great place to show them where food comes from and how it grows. For older children, picking fruit gives them a productive activity — even one they can do with friends. And it gives everyone a fun family time. Many orchards also have animals, corn mazes, cider, and baked goods, so you can make a day of it.

Here are some popular apple orchards around the USA and Canada. Wherever you go, contact the orchard ahead of time to get the picking schedule.

Alberta: Sweet Acres Orchards in Innisfail

Apple varieties
Apple varieties

Arizona: Apple Annie’s Orchard in Willcox

Iowa: Wills Family Orchard in Adel

Kentucky: Hidden Hollow Orchard in Louisville

Skytop Orchard in North Carolina
Skytop Orchard in North Carolina

Massachusetts: Honey Pot Hill Orchards in Stow

Minnesota: Luceline Orchard in Watertown

North Carolina: Sky Top Orchard in Flat Rock

Ohio: Apple Hill Orchards in Mansfield

Oregon: Hood River U-Pick in Hood River

Saskatchewan: Creekside Orchard in Melfort

South Dakota: Country Apple Orchard in Harrisburg

Originally published in The Pack’s Fall 2018 issue of Family Adventures Magazine.