Don't weep too hard at the passing of summer—focus on all of the fun fall brings. Such as apple picking in a picturesque orchard out in the country and drinking crisp cider and going on hay rides. And, yes, you can do all that within a short drive of Chicago. Now you just need to figure out what to do with the giant peck of apples you lug home.
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Visitors are greeted by chickens, billy goats and llamas at the free petting zoo. Head to the vast orchards for picking (one of the few places you can pick Honeycrisp apples!), enjoy the variety of barnyard activities from the cow train to the giant jumping pillow, and indulge in the new dessert bar with taffy apples and made-to-order desserts.Read more
Forty acres of U-pick apples await you at this Northwest Indiana orchard. But there is so much more to do. Visit the petting zoo or run through the corn maze. There are plenty of sweet treats to buy in the bakery, including fresh baked doughnuts or take it outside to the campfire to make your own hot dogs or s'mores. Weekends host local artists for a barnyard jam.Read more