Fall has become one of our favorite seasons. I mean who can argue with apple and pumpkin picking, classic farm activities, the cooler weather, the beautiful scenery, and the delicious treats? Just recently we visited the family-owned All Seasons Orchard in Woodstock, and we fell in love! Read on to find out why.
Highlights at All Seasons Orchard:
- Apple-picking. Definitely one of the main reasons to visit All Seasons. There is nothing quite like picking and eating delicious, juicy apples from the tree. And as one of the largest apple picking orchards in the area, there are plenty to pick from. Loved that we visited in time to pick Honeycrisp apples. (It is $3 extra.)
- A relaxing ride. How fun is it to take a tractor-pulled wagon to the orchard?
- Delicious treats. Follow that smell to the farm market where all the fall treats are available. I’m talking hand-dipped caramel apples, apple cider, and of course their famous apple cider donuts! For other fall treats like kettle corn and apple cider slushies, go to the concession stand by the Country Kitchen. They even have a dessert bar that features an apple cider donut sundae. Man, we would definitely come back again just for their treats. Trust me – don’t leave without trying at least the apple cider donuts or caramel apples.
Their caramel apples have even been featured on WGN Chicago’s Best. Watch it here. Warning: You may go hungry after watching the video.
- Watch how it’s done. The farm market is a definite stop not only for the donuts, but to watch them being made. You can also watch apples being pressed into apple cider or caramel being made the old-fashioned way in a copper kettle.
- Good ‘ol classic fun! With over 30 activities, the Barnyard is where the fun was at. The whole family was kept busy from one activity to the other. Some of our favorites include:
- The cutest race ever. The pig races were just too adorable!
- Mini zip line park. Oh, the kids SO loved this. They had at least 6 different zip lines to choose from. It was perfect for both the young…
Plus, they have these cool swing seats so your littles can participate in all the fun! Love that!
- Fun roller wheel.
- Racin’ around in pedal karts.
- Petting Zoo. It was fun saying hi to bunnies, goats, pigs, and even Shetland Cattle. I am assuming it was a lil hard for this guy to see us though.
- Moo Moo! The cow train was loads of fun.
- Get lost in a fun corn maze. Their 10-acre maze this year has a Mario theme. It has both a shorter and longer path option, making it suitable for younger kids.
- Fun photo ops.
- Spacious. Even though the farm and orchard were busy, we never felt it was too crowded. Everything was spaced out nicely.
- ..we could come back for pear picking (mid to late September) and pumpkin picking (end of September.).
- ..they allowed outside food.
- Save money by checking out their Facebook page as they do weekly giveaways during the season.
- Have a favorite type of apple? Their apple picking page has updates on what’s available.
- Don’t know what to do with all those apples? Their blog is awesome! They posted a few of their recipes and we can’t wait to try it.
- Unfortunately, no food or drink is allowed so eat beforehand.
What a fun time with the family! We all loved spending time and having fun together. I have a feeling that visiting All Seasons Orchard will become a yearly fall tradition, along with getting a dozen apple cider donuts and caramel apples!
Location: 14510 IL Route 176 Woodstock, IL 60098
Hours: Weekdays: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Weekends, Labor Day, Columbus Day: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Cost: Apple picking: $13/adult, $8/kid ($3 extra honey crisp); Barnyard: Weekdays $10/person; Weekends $15/person, $9/seniors, free 2 and under. Pony rides ($5), Apple cannon ($5), pumpkins are extra. Combo: Weekdays $17/adult, $14/kid, Weekends $22/adult, $19 kid, $16/senior.
Stroller-friendly? Yes and wagon-friendly too. If you plan on going apple picking, there is a designated stroller parking.
Food: Oh, you better believe it. So many treats, so little time.They have a sit-down restaurant, Country Kitchen, with plenty of kid-friendly food. They also have food to purchase at the Farm Market. Their concession stand (outside the Country Kitchen) has food like funnel cakes and kettle corn.
Crowded: We visited first thing Saturday morning, and it while it was busy, it was not crowded because everything was really spacious.
What is your favorite part of fall?
Disclosure: Although complimentary tickets and food were provided, as always all opinions are my own.