Nevermind 4-wheeling in the middle of no-where through mud to get there. Apparently our GPS was set on "adventure, full speed ahead!" instead of using the traditional roads we were told lead to this place. If not for being pretty far out in the middle of nowhere, it was pretty awesome.
Admission prices range, but if you want a family pass (4-pack) to the maze and barnyard, it will run you just over $30. The maze and barnyard will run you around $5 each, but there is a combo pass you can purchase. Their website has full details.
A perfect place to take pictures of the kids! There is availability in season to pick your own pumpkin and apples. They even have a lovely gift shop where you can buy up some delicious treats as well. That was definitely the highlight for me! It will keep the kids busy and excited in a safe environment not too far outside the city that the kids are complaining in the car, but far enough away to make it a fun adventure!
Corn maze, barnyard, big huge chair they'll definitely try to jump up into, delicious treats, lots of room to roam, pony rides, fun games, and more! There is a vast pumpkin patch where the kids WILL get all muddy when searching for the perfect pumpkin to carve back at home.
Don't forget: Take a picture in the big chair out front! Everyone does! I think we managed to fit 6 people in that thing! Kids will love that.
Also, I'd suggest wearing old shoes. It can be quite muddy after a fall rain!
The Nitty Gritty: We went here in September to go apple picking. There is no entrance fee, and you pay only for your apples. Lots of families brought their wagons/strollers.
The fun: There is a nice sized play area for kids. We didn't take advantage because of the drabby weather. We did peek inside their Country Store and did buy some yummy donuts in different flavors. there are a few rows of apple trees, but we only allowed to pick from about 5 rows.
Son's fav moment: picking an apple and eating it
Parent's fav moment: Trying an apple cider donut
Bottom Line: We would have probably enjoyed it more had it not been rainy. It was a bit of a downer to just pick from a few rows of apples. I would not come back only because I know there are lots of other apple orchards to try. If you are in the area though, I would check it out.
Tip: Bring a lunch because there are plenty of picnic tables around. There is also a little concession stand selling snacks. If you are in the vicinity and it is open, check out the Waterman and Western Railroad.
We visited the Jonamac Orchard in late fall on a weekday with my 3 year old. It was too late to pick any apples, but they did have apples for sale in their shop. They also have delicious apple cider donuts that they mass produce.
Outside they have a kiddie area with a silo filled with corn for the kids to play in, duck races, mini cornfield maze and a giant slide. Overall we had fun, but it was a little dirty outside.
This orchard and pumpkin patch (when it's the season) is located in DeKalb county. Totally doable for a day trip. They have a cute little "country store" on the premises where you can buy already picked bushels, etc if you aren't into picking them right off the trees. They have very delicious apple cider doughnuts (and I believe pumpkin ones in the fall). There's a really cool little play area outside for the kids...things like a mini silo filled with corn kernels that the kids can jump and dig in, along with other typical farm like fun play.