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Where to go apple picking near Los Angeles

Take a drive out to these top u-pick farms this apple picking season, where you'll find fruit aplenty and family fun

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Apple picking season, which generally runs from Labor Day through Thanksgiving—give or take—draws apple-loving Angelenos to surrounding farms for a fresh taste of fall. While the trek may be an hour or two drive from the city, many of these u-pick farms offer a day of worthwhile activities, from fresh cider pressing to hayrides and archery—hence why it earns its spot in our guide to the best things to do in the fall. Here, we’ve gathered a list of the best u-pick apple farms around Los Angeles, the majority residing in the apple country of Oak Glen. Purists can eat their apples straight from the tree, while others may choose to press them into a cider or bake a sugary confection that could rival the best pies in Los Angeles. No matter how you slice it, countless farm fresh apples are awaiting so that you can stock up and finally get to having that apple a day, doctor’s orders.

Best places for apple picking in L.A.

Riley's at Los Rios Rancho
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Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho

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Ripe apples are in full bloom at Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho from now through Thanksgiving. There are 18 different varieties available for u-pick and bulk purchase, but be sure to check online to find out which types are ripe and ready to be picked. Fresh pressed cider is available and a necessary way to end your time spent in the orchard. The farm is open for apple picking on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

Willowbrook Apple Farm
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Willowbrook Apple Farm

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Do more than just pick your own apples at Willowbrook Apple Farm, where the fun continues beyond the field. After picking from their century-old Stayman Winesap apple trees, you can then press your own cider and indulge in a tasty caramel apple. U-pick apples are available Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm beginning on October 6 through November.

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Riley's Stone Soup Farm  & Heritage Orchard
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Riley’s Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard

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The first weekend in October is when the grounds of Riley’s Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard open up for apple picking. Their field of heirloom Stayman Winesap trees ripen throughout October and, during a good season, bear fruit into November. Before filling up your bags up, you’ll get a brief lesson from a farmhand on the history of Riley’s, how to properly pick the apples and helpful tips on tasting. While admission is free, you pay for what you pick at $3.25 per pound.

Riley's Apple Farm
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Riley’s Apple Farm

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Spend an afternoon at Riley’s Apple Farm (not to be confused with Riley’s Farm) for a blast from the past. Pick from different varieties of apples for $3 per pound starting Labor Day weekend, all the way through October or November depending on the season. On the weekends, you can partake in a number of different activities including archery, cider pressing and knife throwing. Leading up to the official opening Labor Day weekend, those eager to pick can head to the farm Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 3pm to pick ones that are already ripe. Be sure to check out their site to see which apple varieties are ready for picking. 

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Brian Ranch
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Brian Ranch Airport U-Pick Orchard

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After going for a spin in the air, spend some time picking your own apples in the orchard at Brian Ranch Airport. There are four varieties of apples that are available at different points in the season, which this year spans from mid-July to October. During apple picking season, hours are Saturday and Sunday from 8am to 2pm, as well as other times by appointment. Be sure to enjoy your pickings in their picnic area afterward.

Riley's Farm
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Riley’s Farm

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With more than 30 different kinds of apples from trees ranging from 1 to over 100 years old, Riley’s Farm (again, another Riley’s) is a great place for those that want a large assortment during their u-picking adventures. The farm specializes in heirloom apples, old varieties that you often won’t find in the grocery store. Starting August 18, you can head to the farm to get picking. Check online for the crop status and varying u-pick hours, which often fall on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

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Oak Glen
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