Disclosure: Our family was given complimentary admission to the Royal Oak Farm Orchard. I was not required to express a particular point of view and all opinions are my own.

Apple picking has become a tradition for our family ever since my oldest son was born. We love munching on delicious apples, enjoying the fall activities, and of course just being outdoors with the family. We are always on the lookout for new places to check out, and I was so happy to have visited Royal Oak Farm Orchard! In fact, it has become one of our favorite places for apple picking!

Nitty Gritty:

Location: 15908 Hebron Road, Harvard, Illinois
When: Open Monday – Saturday now until November 16, 2013. Closed Sundays. 
Admission: There is no cost to enter the orchards and play area. You will have to pay for the apples (and other vegetables or fruits) that you pick. The rides cost $2.50 each token. 
U-Pick prices: $20 for a peck (a bag full of apples); $40 for a half bushel; and $70 for a bushel
Parking: Parking is free and plentiful

Highlights:

  • Tons and TONS of apples to be picked. We visited just at the end of September and we were able to choose from (how many varieties of apples). 
  • Yellow flags clearly marked rows we could pick from.
  • Free tractor rides. Just in case you don’t want to walk to the orchards, there are 5 different pick up and drop off points.
  • Apple cider donuts and apple cider slushie! Seriously, some of the best apple cider donuts we’ve ate – and we’ve had our share of them. Must try ’em!
  • Check out the bees at the store!
  • More than just apples. During our visit, we could pick pumpkins and also raspberries.
  • Train fun! My toddler loved chugging around their Royal Oak Express (one token).
  • Fun play area. Have the kids climb over the fun play wooden play structures. 
  • See animals such as turkeys, goats, bull, and more! (for free)
  • Friendly staff.  From the food stands to the people in charge of the attractions, everyone had a smile on their face.  Must be because everyone was having such a great time!!

Bottom Line:

This is what apple picking should be like! Picking apples were, of course, the highlight, but having other kid-friendly activities added to the experience.


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