Fall is my season! I’m an October baby (Libra love) and I have the crispiness of autumn in my soul. Pumpkin spice lattes have been out for a week and I discovered a new “skinny” version with the help of my online friends. Every year when I want to go apple picking, I always go too late in the season. This year I decided to go early with my toddler and husband. I did a quick search for Apple Picking Near Chicago and found Kuipers Family Farm. I had been to Kuipers Family Farm before just to get apple cider donuts and figured the 25-minute drive from my house would be the perfect distance on a holiday weekend.
We went over Labor Day weekend and it was not crowded at all. We got there by noon and got a parking space right in the front. The entrance to the apple picking is on the right. Be mindful that stroller, wagons, backpacks, and diaper bags are not permitted in the orchard. I strongly suggest baby wearing. The walking is not that bad. A hayride takes you to the open sections and bag to the orchard entrance.
For $10.99 you get one ¼ peck bag that you can fill. I estimate a bag holds about 8-10 apples depending on the size of the apples. The best part was tasting the apples while you pick. Children under 2 are free and don’t get a bag.
Three variety of apples were available the day we went. The apples were plentiful. A larger selection on the top and bottom of the trees. My husband is 6’6” so the tops of the trees were easy picking. My son loved picking apples from the bottom of the trees.
Check the website in advance to ensure that there are still plenty of varieties to pick.
After picking we put our apples in the car and headed to the big barn which has the Orchard Shop and Bakery.
The Farmhouse Kitchen is in the lower level of the Orchard Shop beginning September 7th. It offers hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwich, mac & cheese, chili, and pizza along with an assortment of grab and go meals. There is indoor seating available.
The Depot is located at the train depot and burgers, hot dogs, brats, walking taco, chips, and kettle corn. Prices are reasonable.
There is plenty of outdoor seating available. We enjoyed our spiked cider slushies and doughnuts outside with the nice weather and the view.
Located in the Orchard Shop this is the highlight of my visit. This is where you can buy apple cider doughnuts by the half dozen or dozen. Along with pies, caramel apples, fudge, and apple cider. They were testing out new flavors and I tried the salted caramel flavor. It about changed my life!!! Probably one of the best things I have ever eaten. My only regret is that I didn’t get a whole dozen. Also available is a small wine tasting and spike apple cider slushies which were so refreshing.
The train ride is $5 in goes around the farm. Lap children are free. Plenty of cute photo opportunities. I love the “How tall this Fall” photo op. We met a family with a pre-teen daughter that told us they have been taking pictures of her with the prop since when she was my sons age. I would love to start a fun tradition like that. They also had a petting goat with some feed. Farm animals always excite my son.
Overall, we spent about two hours at the orchard and had a great time. My son just started saying the word “apple” so he really got into picking the apples. It was a perfect sunny day and we just enjoyed being outside. The doughnuts were the highlight and I might drive the 25 minutes just to have another salted caramel apple cider doughnut. If you are looking for apple picking near Chicago Kuipers Family Farm is great family time.
- There is a nursing and changing station outside near the train depot by the picnic benches.
- I could not locate indoor bathrooms. There is a portable potty in the orchard and several portable potties outside the Orchard shop.
Kuipers Family Farm
1N318 Watson Rd. Maple Park, IL
Apple picking is Saturdays and Sunday through October while supplies last. Open on Labor Day and Columbus Day.
9:00am – 5:30pm on Saturdays
10am – 5:00pm on Sundays