Great places to go apple picking

    Great places to go apple picking

    Aug 23, 2018

    It's almost fall, so time for all things pumpkin and apple relate.  A much-needed break from that summer heat because this summer has been moody, full of hot days and unpredictable rain. Now is the time to cool off, grab a jacket and enjoy the relief. A classic, fun and active way to do this with your family is by apple picking. Here is a list of some great orchards that are just a car ride away:

    County Line Orchard

    200 S County Line Rd.

    Hobart, IN 46342

    (219) 947-4477

    Come fall, the gates of County Line Orchard open up for families and apple-pickers who head an hour southeast of Chicago to Hobart, Indiana for honey crisps, pumpkin donuts, mozzarella sticks, corn on the cob, and tractor rides. To avoid the crowds, arrive early on Saturday and Sundays; the parking lot fills up quickly.

    Jonamac Orchard, Inc.

    19412 Shabbona Road

    Malta, IL 60150

    (815) 825-2158

    Jonamac Orchard offers a large variety of apples to pick. Also available to amplify your fun is the Corn Maze and the Barnyard. Challenge yourself with the Corn Maze to see if you have the skills to make it through. In the Barnyard are slides, games and a ton of fun for everyone in the family.

    Kuipers Family Farm

    1N318 Watson Road

    Maple Park, IL 60151

    (815) 827-5200

    Here you can expect hayrides, duck walks and bean-bag tosses. Feel free to take a break from your apple-picking fun. You’ll need one after choosing from the 20 different apple options. With your $10, enjoy a hayride (weather permitting) and a quarter peck bag of apples. If there is a particular apple that you are fond of, check out the apple-picking schedule online to see when your favorites are ripe and in season.

    All Seasons Orchard

    14510 IL Route 176

    Woodstock, IL 60098

    (815) 338-5637

    All Seasons Orchard is a 1.5-hour drive northwest of Chicago and the trip is worth every minute. One of the biggest attractions, besides its delicious variety of apples, is the Shooting Gallery. Choose from one of three cannons (apple, corn or pumpkin) and test your aim. After giving it your best shot, head over to the orchard and grab a fresh, ripe apple.

    Apple Holler

    5006 S Sylvania Ave

    Sturtevant, WI 53177

    (262) 884-7100

    Apple Holler is an adventure away from home that is open year round. Yes it offers delicious apples, but being open year round means other yummy options. Come throughout the year for sugar snap peas, peaches, pears and pumpkins. With tasty treats and memorabilia, sleigh rides and hay rides,