Apple picking is one of those fall activities that my whole family enjoys. We all have fun picking fresh fruit from the trees and then eating apple cider donuts afterward. It has become a yearly tradition that we all look forward to. In the past, we’ve gone to the same orchard year after year, however, after learning about all the options we have in Illinois, we decided to branch out this year and try something new. There are plenty of options, whether you are looking for an orchard with entertainment for the whole day or just a small, family-run orchard to spend an hour picking apples. Our 2018 list will have the perfect place for you.
As always, we recommend that you call ahead to check picking conditions BEFORE you gather up the kids and head out. The harsh winter and extremely wet spring have left some favorite farms either not open or extremely limited hours.
Farms are listed alphabetically by city.
U-pick Apple Orchards in Lake CountyFind an apple orchard near you
1050 Crest Road (corner of Atkinson Road and Crest Road), Libertyville | (847) 770-3449
Anticipated to open Mid- September. Picking Friday – Sunday only
Heinz is a small family-owned orchard right here in Lake County. It is no-frills and is pure apple picking pleasure. Strollers and wagons are permitted, and they accept only cash. You must purchase at least one-half peck which is six pounds of apples. Check their Facebook Page for updates and be sure to read our review of Heinz Orchard.
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U-Pick Apple Orchards in Southern Wisconsin
500 S. Sylvania Avenue, Racine, WI | (262) 886-8500
Picking daily from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Last picking bag is sold at 4:30 p.m.
Anticipated apple picking is from early August through October.
Apple Holler has many varieties of pick-your-own apples, peaches, and pumpkins. As for activities, experience wagon rides, train rides, giant slides, pedal cars, a puppet show, and pony rides. Enjoy apple cider, pies, doughnuts, and other treats.
Harvest Time Orchard
36116 128th St., Twin Lakes, WI | (262) 877-4831
Orchard will not be open in 2019 for picking, they hope to re-open in 2020. They are open for wagon rides and plan on being open for pumpkins. Check out our 2015 Harvest Time Orchards review.
Where is your favorite place to pick apples?