Editor’s note: originally published in 2017 on Little Lake County.
The air is crisp, the leaves are starting to turn, and you can almost smell the scent of apples in the wind. Fall has arrived and with it comes an abundance of things to do in northern Illinois. If you’re looking for a fantastic apple picking experience with a hefty dose of fun, then head to All Seasons Orchard in Woodstock.
Our fantastic family day at All Seasons Orchard started with a wagon ride out to the apple orchard. We were met by greeters, who described the apples that were ripe and pointed us in the right direction. With 15,000 trees on the farm, there are sure to be enough for everyone. Even my two-year-old was able to find (and reach) perfect apples at just her height.
Once we climbed back aboard our tractor-pulled wagon, (heavily laden with bags of apples) we returned to the barnyard where there is something for everyone to do. From magic shows and pig races (on the weekends), to a petting zoo, gem mine, slides, pedal cars, a jumping pillow and more! My kids’ favorite attractions were the zip lines for all sizes.
In addition to the traditional hang zip lines, kids can also push each other on suspended swings and child seats. And starting in October, you can also take a wagon ride to the pumpkin farm.
If you’re a maze fan, All Seasons Orchard’s Corn Maze is of Super Mario proportions. Themes of Mario and Luigi run through the corn (in 2017), and you can pose at selfie spots along the way. The mini-maze takes about 20 minutes, and the full maze will take about 40 minutes to complete.
Once you have experienced more than 30 attractions here, there are plenty of places to refuel. All Seasons Orchard’s expansive market is only two years old but is worth a trip in itself. Not only can you buy pretty much anything made from apples, but you can also watch it being made from scratch. From the cider press to the apple cider donut bakery, to the caramel apple kitchen, fabulous food doesn’t get much fresher than made in front of your eyes. Besides, there are high-quality toys, games, candles, sweaters, and apples that are ready to go home with you.
If your tummy is still rumbling, the orchard kitchen is homemade food ready to eat in their lovely shaded patio. Sit by the bubbling waterfall and enjoy meals such as BBQ pulled pork, wraps, and cheeseburgers, or snacks such as apple cider slushies, kettle corn, and soft pretzels. No matter where you stop, you won’t walk away hungry!
My family was delighted during our trip to All Seasons Orchard. There is an incredible variety of activities to keep my two, six, and nine-year-old entertained, which can sometimes be difficult with a wide age range. It also felt very safe and was family-oriented. We felt like employees went out of their way to welcome us and, everyone was beyond friendly, and the orchard and grounds were immaculately clean. My only regret from the day was that we didn’t allow more time to visit!
What is your family’s favorite activity at All Seasons Orchard? Tell us all about it in the comments section below.
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This review is from 2017, at that time the writer’s experience at the orchard was compensated in order to facilitate this review. All thoughts and opinions are the writers own.