With that soft leafy crunch underneath our shoes, the changing colors of leaves, the cool crisp air each morning and the smell of pumpkin spice, I think it’s safe to say that Fall is officially here in Indiana. Fall means the opening of a lot of family activities; which of course includes a visit to an orchard to choose those perfect crisp apples and round pumpkins.
One orchard that’s always on my list each year is Anderson Apple Orchard. I grew up going to this orchard and have great memories of the fun picnics and apple picking with my family. Now I get to share those same moments with my sons each fall and I think that is what makes fall so exciting. Anderson Apple Orchard is located southwest of Indianapolis in Mooresville and offers a variety of apples trees to choose from. In my friend Erin’s experience, Anderson Orchard is wheelchair friendly.
Anderson Orchard Apple Farm and Pumpkin Patch
As you approach the orchard there are multiple entrances; the first entrance is a gravel road leading to the Apple barn, which offers designated handicap parking in-front of the barn and ample parking spaces around the barn for customers just wanting to purchase items from the apple barn. The second entrance leads to a grassy overflow parking area that is large and provides lots of parking spaces and its gravel road leads to the entrance of the apple trees for apple picking.
As you walk up to the apple barn or concession stand the ground is concrete making it easier for those in wheelchairs to navigate. Near the concession stand is a large red barn that has restrooms, they are in a typical stall form and were clean during our visit. There are also two green porta-potties located at the children’s activity area. There is ample seating and picnic tables at this apple orchard. Some picnic tables are located at the apple barn by the concession stand and lots more at the children’s area. The activities in this orchard are not in a large field and are separated by the gravel parking space and exit road.
We began our fun journey at the Apple Barn. The barn sells a variety of fresh apples from the orchard and locally homegrown fruits and vegetables. There were a large variety of jams, jellies, maple syrups, honey, candy, delicious baked treats and a variety of caramel apples. The apple barn offers lots of fall décor options and my favorite item to buy from Anderson apple orchard is their homemade apple butter and apple cider.
The concession stand boasts lots of items to choose from; a family favorite is the elephant ears with the famous Anderson orchard apple butter on top. There’s cold and warm apple cider, as well as slushy apple cider to choose from. You’ll want to try everything on the menu: the biscuits with apple butter, fried apple pies, soft serve ice cream, hot dogs and the apple orchard favorite, caramel apples and caramel apple fondue.
U-Pick apples are available and are priced based on bag size. You first choose your bag size then you are free to roam among the apple trees and choose the apples best for your family. After you pick your apples, you’ll pay for your bag. There are also U-Pick pumpkins available in a large pumpkin patch. A grassy area near the Apple barn has pumpkins and beautiful mums that are already picked.
In addition to the apple picking, my boys love the children’s area at the orchard. There is a large playground that children enjoy playing on. There are also a lot of swings for big kids and adults; as well as, new infant/toddler swings. Afterwards, head to the large hay mountain for cute pictures and some climbing fun. There is also a cute wooden apple tree photo cutout that makes the perfect picture place each year. If you homeschool, are part of a co-op or simply want to give your kiddos a quick apple lesson, the children’s area offers an education center that includes information on “How an Apple Grows”, “Inside the Apple”, and “Pick ‘N’ Learn Apples”. All of the children’s activities are free during your family visit at the apple orchard.
A popular attraction with kids is always the hayride, there’s something about riding behind a tractor that make kids want to hop on for a fun ride. The hayride took us through apple trees, near the beautiful fishing lake with its color changing trees, then by the pumpkin patch and through more apple trees before heading back. The hayride was $3 per person and free for children 3 and under. If your family loves fishing, then you have to try your hand at fishing at the Anderson Orchard fishing lake. Each year in October the orchard also hosts an apple festival & craft fair, a kid’s festival, and an Orchard dash.
Anderson Orchard has my family coming back each year for the beautiful apple trees, apple butter, and overall atmosphere. Call (317) 831-4181 for more information. While you’re in Mooresville, you might want to grab some baked treats at the Nosh Dessert Parlour.
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369 East Greencastle Road