From August to October, Indianapolis-area families can visit a u-pick orchard and enjoy the experience of picking their own apples from a tree! Apple picking is just the beginning of the fall fun available in the Indy area, but it is absolutely a highlight.
Every apple season, my children break out their Barbie Sweet Orchard playset and act out our adventures at the apple farm. If this isn’t enough of a sign that our kids love going apple picking, then I don’t know what is.
Children of all ages love the different colors of fruit on the trees and the crispy sound an apple makes when you bite into it. There’s an excitement to finding the perfect fruit, enjoying it, and dreaming about what will become of all of the apples you pick. Some of the best local farms have frozen apple cider slushies that make a warm day feel cool and a cool day feel just right. If it’s chilly out, warm up with hot apple cider or warm, fresh apple donuts. There’s more to the local apple farms than just picking apples. At most, you’ll find entertainment, food, and even places to play.
Where to go Apple Picking in Indianapolis
Pick your own apples at a u-pick orchard in the Indianapolis area or stop in a grab some that are already freshly picked. We’ve selected the best apple orchards in central Indiana, including Johnson County, Morgan County, Shelby County, Marion County, and Hamilton County.
Many local orchards have taken accessibility into consideration for their fall activities. Here are the best wheelchair-friendly apple farms and orchards.
Indy's Best Places to Pick Apples
Where to Pick Apples South of Indy
369 East Greencastle Road, Mooresville
U-pick apples, children’s activities, and their famous elephant ears are just a few of the attractions at Anderson Apple Orchard! Pick up fresh local produce at the Apple Barn or an apple cider slush at the concession stand. Check the website for apple varieties currently available. Apple picking begins August 6 and will last while there are still apples on the trees.
Pleasant View Orchard
10721 N. 850 W, Fairland
Pleasant View Apple Orchard offers u-pick apples, apple treats, and a concession stand open daily from 9 am-6 pm throughout September and October. Weekend hayrides and a playground for the kiddos are also available. Some varieties of apples will be available as early as July 9 in 2022, though most will ripen in August and September.
Apple Orchards West of Indy
Beasley’s Apple Orchard
2304 E Main Street, Danville
Beasley’s Apple Orchard boasts seasonal farm fun, a barn market, and many special events throughout the season. U-pick apples are available seven days a week, September through October, and they have pre-picked apples and produce in their market. Be sure to pick up a gallon of fresh cider before you leave!
U-Pick Apple Farms North of Indy
Stuckey Farm Market & Apple Orchard
19975 Hamilton Boone Road, Sheridan
Stuckey Farm Market & Apple Orchard has u-pick and pre-picked apples available, as well as other produce. The apple selection here is vast! Choose from 38 different varieties of apples, ranging from Fuji, to Cortland, to the ever-popular Honeycrisp. Spend a day around the farm, visiting their sunflower field, corn maze, cider mill, and farm store. And don’t forget they have u-pick pumpkins as well.
5054 North US 31, Peru
A small, family-owned and operated apple farm nestled in the rolling hills of northern Indiana, McClure’s Orchard /Winery offers u-pick apples, tractor trolley rides through the orchard, u-pick pumpkins, a playground area, a petting zoo, horse rides on the weekend, a café & gift shop, and more. Plus, you’ve got to try a boozy apple cider float and their famous apple cider slushies. U Pick available in September and October.
Fair Oaks Farms Apple Picking
856 N 600 E, Fair Oaks
Fair Oaks Farms is a fantastic destination for families. Just an hour and 45 minutes from downtown Indy, this day trip from Indianapolis is a hit for all ages. The orchard is open for apple picking all week long but on weekends, you can take wagon rides to the orchard and participate in fun fall festivities. Extend your trip by visiting the pumpkin patch, educational museums, and café.
Apples Already Picked for You/Pre-picked
500 W. Epler Avenue, Indianapolis
Adrian Orchards is the closest apple orchard to the heart of Indianapolis. A large variety of apples, fresh from the orchard, are available in the store throughout harvest season. Check their Facebook page for availability.
The Apple Works
8157 S 250 W, Trafalgar
Apples are picked and sold in the store. Farm activities available throughout the season.
The Conner Prairie Apple Store
13400 Allisonville Road, Fishers
The famous Conner Prairie Apple Store offers all the apple treats and snacks you can imagine! Caramel apples, doughnuts, fritters, pies, slushies, and fresh produce are available for purchase.
The Crabby Apple – Family Orchard and Market
6397 S IN-13, Pendleton
The farm store and bakery sells an abundance of apples, seasonal baked goods, apple butter, jellies, and gift items. You can also purchase admission to their petting zoo and variety of bounce houses. Open seasonally.
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