There are so many festive fall things to help keep busy throughout the fall season in Los Angeles. A wonderful day spent with the family can lead to lasting memories. Local orchards and farms offer the opportunity for a day of merriment, cider and fun. These are four of the best spots in the Los Angeles area to take your family for a day of apple picking.
Brian Ranch Airport U-Pick Orchard
Leading off the list is a unique apple picking experience at a place that is much more than your average farm. The Brian Ranch Airport U-Pick Orchard is an eclectic way to spend a morning with everything from fruit picking to a skydiving club and flight school. The “cross over” airport and orchard allows visitors to pick five varieties of apples, as well as apricots, pears, cherries, nectarines, peaches and plums. There is also a gift shop and picnic area to enjoy an afternoon lunch. The orchard is open on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 am until 2 pm.
A visit to historic Riley’s Farm in Oak Glen is like stepping back in time to the Colonial era. Visitors can pick a wide range of fruits, including apples, pears, pumpkins, raspberries, blackberries and strawberries. This farm offers much more than just fruit picking. There are historic tours that feature life in Colonial days, theatrical dinner shows throughout the year, and the Colonial themed tavern Hawk’s Head, where patrons can enjoy many tavern favorites including their famous chicken pot pie. The farm is open Monday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm.
Riley’s Stone Soup Farm and Heritage Orchard
Another Riley family farm offers apple picking and many other fun fall festivities for visitors throughout October and November. The picturesque grounds are enough to draw in a crowd, but when you add apple picking, artisan workshops, school programs, cider pressing and candle making there is truly something for everyone. The farm is open September through November, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm and weekdays by reservation only.
Willowbrook Apple Farm
This apple farm is situated on a beautiful homestead setting that offers a feeling of Americana. With a white picket fence and traditional red barn, it’s hard not to have a feeling of being welcomed home each time you visit. The orchard is filled with century-old Stayman Winesap apple trees, with fruit that can be picked or purchased. In addition to apple picking, visitors can enjoy pressing their own apple cider, a vintage tractor ride, a visit to see the farm animals or shop from local jams, ciders and other apple delights. Guests can stop by in November on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.
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