Want to bring the family together in a fun activity? Get some exercise and plenty of sunshine? Well, how about apple picking? Generally speaking, and depending on the area where you live, apples are in season from August through November. Check your local orchard for exact dates. Just think – homemade apple pie, apple sauce, apple butter, fritters, candied and caramel apples – all luscious treats to bring back memories of days gone by with Grandma in the kitchen.
And today, Apple Orchards offer more than just apples. Petting zoos can be a side attraction to draw in the young. Country stores are also popular at the orchards and bring a cozy feeling, usually with mouth-watering aromas of home baked breads, pies, jams, jelly, honey, apple cider, and crafts and souvenirs of the area. Many of the farms will be selling flowers, plants, and trees. In many instances, there’s a restaurant or food court to accommodate your family’s needs as well as a play area for the children.
Going later in the season (October or November) also focuses attention on two of the most popular holidays around the country – Halloween and Thanksgiving, with decorations to suit the season. Plan on picking up your seasonal decorations right from the farm. Choose from pumpkins, gourds, colorful centerpieces for your table, stalks of dried corn for your door, scarecrows for the front lawn. If possible, find an orchard with a hayride or tractor rides. This always adds to the enjoyment of the day for the whole family. And, remember, call first to check on days and hours of operation before making a long trip. After an enjoyable experience, you’ll find you want to return again and again at any age.
Visit Getaway Vacation Ideas for great family fun at The Apple Harvest Festival in Gettysburg,PA.