When you’re out and about with an infant or young toddler in tow, a little extra convenience goes a long way. If you’re searching for the best apple orchards for babies, a few family-friendly amenities at the farm can make all the difference in your experience. Whether they offer relaxing hayrides, little red wagons to tote your apple haul, exciting but not overstimulating kids’ activities, or the perfect treats for those who eat solid foods, these orchards are our favorites to visit in the baby days.
Pro Tips for Going to Apple Orchards for Babies
- Bring bug spray. Especially in wet weather, the bugs can be quite pesky. In warm weather be warned that bees abound.
- Skip the stroller. Bumpy, muddy fields are no place for a stroller. Opt for the wagon (available at select locations or bring your own) or use a baby carrier when possible.
- Carry a backpack. With apples to pick, pumpkins to carry, and little ones in your arms, having a free hand is key for a successful trip. When going to apple orchards for babies, toss all necessities into a backpack instead of your usual diaper bag.
- Bring an extra bag. Packing a large reusable bag with sturdy handles is also a great idea. You can use it to haul apples and pumpkins that you picked, to stash the muddy shoes when you load up the car, or to hide the donuts you secretly bought at the market!
Apple Orchard/Pumpkin Patch/Fall Fest Combo Experiences
Tuttle Orchards (East)
Tuttle Orchards is one of our favorite apple orchards for babies. Offering both apple picking as well as a pumpkin patch, you can work in both quintessential fall activities in a one car seat-buckling day of fun. Tuttle’s offers bags from $8-$25 per bag and you can pick as many as you’d like. The wagons are a big hit, giving babes a place to ride and parents a place to stash their stuff. Note that their wagons have flat beds and no sides…this isn’t a wagon to cart an infant!
Apple picking is open from late August through late October or whenever all apples have been picked. Free activities include a few farm animals to see as well as a bee hive. Hayrides, a corn maze, and a Tractor Town play area are available for a fee. Tuttle Orchards is open Monday-Saturday, 9 am-7 pm, closed Sunday.
Stuckey Farm (North)
Another pumpkin/apple combo site is Stuckey Farm. Take a wagon ride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin, and grab a bag for u-pick apples. Parents and children alike will enjoy watching the apple cider-making process, and young tractor lovers will especially enjoy the small forklifts that dump loads of apples onto the conveyer belt.
A fee gets you admission to the fall festival (Sat and Sun from mid-September to late October, under 2 are free) and includes parking, wagon rides, a corn maze, and Adventure Acres (perfect for older siblings with a giant tube slide and pedal cars) where the always-popular barrel train can be found. Pig Races and an Apple Cannon set Stuckey Farm apart, and don’t miss the apple slushie!
Pleasant View Orchard (Southeast)
Boasting more than forty acres of apple trees with twenty different varieties, Pleasant View Orchard is the perfect destination for those who love to make their own apple treats at home. The knowledgeable staff can help you select the best variety for your apple plans. Pleasant View has a pumpkin patch and a wagon ride to take you to and from the patch.
While they don’t have a lot of additional fall festival-type activities, it is a lovely location for a more low-key visit. Go on the weekends for delicious treats like fried biscuits with apple butter. Check out their website to see free events including live music, Silly Safaris, and wine tastings. Open daily 9 am-6 pm.
Anderson Orchard (Southwest)
Anderson Orchard sits on over 100 beautiful acres in Morgan County southwest of Indianapolis. If you’re visiting with little ones, you’ll appreciate that there’s no admission fee and, unless you attend the Apple Festival weekend, the environment is more relaxed. Choose from about 28 varieties of apples and just pay for what you pick.
There’s an area with kids’ activities, including a straw pile, a swingset with infant swings, and an apple tree photo opp, which your toddlers and preschoolers will love! On October weekends, you can catch the hayride for some gorgeous views of the countryside.
Fall is a fantastic time to get out and create memories as a family. Pair one of these apple orchards for babies with a perfectly crisp fall day and you’ve got the recipe for an experience with your little one that you’ll cherish for a lifetime.
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