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5 Best Places to go Apple Picking Near LA

With Fall being right around the corner, it’s time to start planning out what exciting, new activities will be on your bucket list. Apple picking is one of our favorite, most underrated activities that can be enjoyed with family, friends, or your significant other (it makes for the cutest date!). There’s no better time for apple picking than now, so go ahead and keep reading to discover some of our all time favorites.

The best part about apple picking is that there’s so much more to do than just pick apples. The farms and venues offer many extra activities like making your own apple cider, buying mini cider donuts, picking your pumpkins, and so much more. If you haven’t been apple picking before or are just eager and ready to go again, here are our recommendations for the best places to go apple picking near LA

1. Snow-Line Orchards Farm

Address: 39400 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399

Hours: Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm PST

Dates: September 5th – November

Head on over to this apple farm where you can buy pre-picked apples (you will be charged by the weight) while taking pictures and enjoying the view of the beautiful mountains. But, before gathering your basket of fresh picked apples, head on over to buy freshly made mini cider donuts. They pour their own apple cider into the mix and sprinkle the donuts with cinnamon sugar (yum!). The line is usually long, but definitely worth the wait once you take that first bite. Once you have your donuts, sample some of their quality and unique wines and hard ciders that Snow-Line Orchards Farm has available.  Sounds like the ultimate fall day to to us!

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2. Willowbrook Apple Farm

Address: 12099 Oak Glen Road, Oak Glen, CA 92399

Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm PST

Dates: September 30th – November

Opened only on weekends starting on October 1st, head on over to Willbrook Apple Farm to pick apples and enjoy the lovely outdoors. One of their most famous activities besides apple picking is creating your own apple cider. Hand crank the cider press to break down the apples into pieces, and press out the juices to make delicious homemade apple cider that you get to take home. Take pictures and videos of the whole process to share with friends and family, because this is one of those moments you don’t want to forget.

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3. Los Rios Rancho

Address: 39611 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399

Hours: Daily, 10 am – 5 pm PST

Dates: September 5th – November 25th

From September to November, Los Rios Rancho will offer apple picking Monday through Friday (they’re closed on the weekend boo). From apple picking, making your own cider, and a petting zoo, spending hours walking around can really get the family tired and hungry. Luckily, they will also have a farm kitchen which will include Tri-Tip Sandwiches, BBQ, cold beverages, and dessert, the list is endless. 

4. Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard

Address: 12131 Oak Glen Road, Yucaipa, CA 92399

Hours: Saturday & Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm PST

Dates: August – November

Stone Soup Farm & Heritage Orchard will open its apple picking from the first week of October until November. If you are looking to do more activities than just apple picking, then Stone Soup Farm should be at the top of your list. Guests will have the opportunity to participate in candle dipping, cider pressing, and gemstone panning. Visit their website to discover their Farm to Picnic Baskets that have a variety of fresh local ingredients that you can enjoy on your next Fall picnic.

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5. Julian Farm & Orchard 

Address: 4381 Julian Hwy, Ysabel, CA 92070

Hours: Friday – Sunday, 10 am – 4 pm PST

Dates: September 9th – End of October

After an hour or two of apple picking, you may want to take a break and find a new activity to enjoy. Well, Julian Farms will offer several activities starting from September 9th through the end of October, such as tractor-pulled hayrides, a petting zoo, picking your own pumpkins, and even axe throwing. With all of their options, everyone in the group will be left satisfied and probably exhausted from throwing all of those axes! Julian Farm & Orchard is quite the ways away from Los Angeles, almost a 2.5-hour drive, so be sure to time it right to miss some of that pesky traffic. 

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