The Little Lake County U-pick Apple listing includes some paid listings.
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 afterwards. 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.
Featured Apple Orchard:
Anticipated to open for the season on September 1st.
Open daily after that, rain or shine until November 3rd.
Fall family traditions start at All Seasons Orchard! Apple picking, pumpkin patch, corn maze, petting zoo, jumping pillow and a mini zip line are just some of the 30+ activities we offer at our orchard. Don’t miss Honeycrisp picking or the weekend magic shows and pig races! Grab lunch in the Country Kitchen or Country Concession. We also press apple cider on-site, make caramel from scratch, and make doughnuts daily. Fall fun and seasonal treats are what we do best! Open daily September & October.
We had a great family gathering this last weekend and had such a great time! Best apple picking I’ve been to so far! This is a great time for the littles with all the fun things to do here. Will definitely be back! – Marcia A
U-pick Apple Orchards in Lake County
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 for $10. Check their Facebook Page for updates and be sure to read our review of Heinz Orchard.
Ziegler’s Apple Orchard
32363 N. Bacon Road, Grayslake | (847) 546-1228
Picking on weekends only.
Call for 2018 opening dates and hours; picking usually beings in September.
Nine varieties of apples are offered here on hundreds of apple trees. This is also the only orchard in Lake County to have the Banana Apple variety, which I think everyone should try. There is no admission or parking fee at this orchard, but if you pick apples, you are required to buy a 3-pound minimum, per person, which was priced at $1.50 per pound in 2017. Children are included in the per-person count so come prepared. This orchard only accepts cash. You may bring in wagons, strollers, and pets. If you take a stroller or a wagon, know that the grass can be very long in places, making it nearly impossible to push a stroller through. Also, since pets are allowed, we had to be mindful where we were stepped.
U-pick Apple Orchards in McHenry County
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch & Apple Orchard
42W813 Reinking Road, Hampshire | (847) 464-5952
Open Daily 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Apple Orchard has apple picking available starting August 31 and a Fall Festival. Animals arrive at the farm in mid-September. Feed a giraffe, see the pumpkin eating dinosaur, and ride the Pumpkin Express train! Don’t leave without a homemade caramel apple and pumpkin picked from the field! We love this orchard for picking pumpkins, and would love to check this out for apples as well. 2018 pricing is: 1/4 peck bag $5 and 1/2 peck bag $10.
Find the rest of the McHenry County apple orchards at Little McHenry County!
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
Picking here occurs on Saturdays and Sundays only, from 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.; Red Barn Hours are 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Picking sometimes starts as early as Labor Day weekend in September. Because the picking schedule is determined upon weather conditions, the schedule cannot be released until mid-to-late August.
Harvest Time Orchard offers 13 different varieties of apples. In addition to apple picking, they offer pumpkin and cherry picking, too. Also located on site is a doughnut shop, a cider barn, a brat shop, a smoke shop, and of course the Red Barn. Check out our 2015 Harvest Time Orchards review.
Oriole Springs Orchard
35032 128th St., Twin Lakes, WI | (262) 877-2436
Anticipated to be open daily from 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
Call for exact hours and opening day.
Oriole Springs Orchard is a larger orchard with more varieties of apples, but has no shop or restaurant. There is no admission or parking fee, and only cash is accepted for apple purchases upon exiting the orchard.
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