There is nothing sweeter than delicious apples you’ve picked yourself and spending quality family time outdoors. Fun and safe adventures feel more important now than ever so today I’m sharing some of our Kansas City apple orchard favorites for apple picking and all things fall fun!
We visited Alldredge Orchard in Platte City, Missouri for the first time this fall 2021. The last few minutes of our drive afforded gorgeous views of rolling green pastures, horses, cows and that feeling of getting outside the city that makes you breathe in the air and feel your shoulders relax. Our mission was apple picking but on this small family farm, they have more than apples and enough kind employees to make you more than happy you made the trip.
We arrived at 9 a.m. when they opened and were among the first to enjoy feeding their chickens for 25 cents or included in your $3 entrance fee which also covers a small play area for the kids and a hayride.
After at least 30 minutes of the kids loving the chicken feeding, we made the short walk to pick our apples. Once again, the kindness of the staff shined through as they explained what apples we could pick today. We started with our favorites, the always sweet and delicious Honeycrisp apples, along with Gala apples and Hawkeye apples. We had never heard of Hawkeye apples, but they are beautifully red and the kids felt they were finding the perfect apples with their vibrant color and sweet, tart flavor.
The kids also enjoyed riding pedal tractors, taking a hayride (from a very kind man who may have been Santa himself for the likeness), checking out the adorably painted play houses and soaking up the freedom of playing outside in the fresh air.
Alldredge also has a rustic barn store with all the local flavor of mums, local honey and other treats. It is a wonderful, small farm which was the perfect 2-3 hours of fun for our family and we felt so thankful to have such a simple, joyous morning and plenty of apples for baking fun ahead! https://alldredgeorchards.com/
Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins
We visited Johnson Farms Plants and Pumpkins in Belton, Missouri for the first time in the fall of 2020. Johnson Farms is a 140 acre working farm with a lot to do for kids of all ages. Our kids loved the colorful jumping pad, play structures and the scrumptious pumpkin spice donuts and cider slushies.
You can walk out to the apple orchard to choose your favorite apples or ride a hayride the short distance. The apple picking rows felt more spread out than others we have visited which made it feel less crowded while picking compared with the bustle of the play area and jumping pad.
Kids could play for hours in the obstacle course, barnyard arcade, rally car course and so much more.
Our apple picking afforded juicy and delicious Honeycrisp apples. I also enjoyed the small sunflower field for photos and the u-cut option to take some of that vibrant happiness home.
Johnson Farms also has a stunning mum selection and we couldn’t leave without choosing several of the beautiful mums to take home. They also had a large retail store with a huge selection of seasonal crafts and offerings. https://www.johnsonfarms.net/
Cider Hill Family Orchard
We visited Cider Hill Family Orchard in Kansas City, Kansas for the first time in the fall of 2019. I was amazed that such a peaceful, beautiful farm is nestled just minutes from some of Kansas City’s busiest attractions.
Our family could not get enough of the delicious warm cinnamon cider donuts and fresh-pressed apple slushies. You can easily walk to the apple picking or enjoy the seasonal fun for the kids of a hayride.
Cider Hill Family Orchard is 38 acres covered with 1500 apple trees. My son Jonathan was very excited we got to pick Jonathan apples for the first time at Cider Hill which made for awesome memories. The staff shared that their first apples of the season are Pristine apples with more than a dozen varieties that end the season with Golden Delicious apples.
Our kids enjoyed the swings and posing for photos with the Wizard of Oz photo op.
The Fun Farm in Liberty, Missouri is always a hit with the kids. Our first visit to the Fun Farm was for pumpkin picking when the boys were toddlers. And while Fun Farm always seems busy, it is such a large place that it never feels overly crowded. Our kids love the two jumping pillows, feeding the farm animals, playing in the giant corn pit, sliding down the huge slides and exploring the giant wooden play structures (where they could play for hours). The kids also love the pig races and it is beyond adorable seeing those tiny pigs race around by cheering and adoring fans.
The Fun Farm is a little pricier than other stops but you get a lot for your money if you plan to do everything they have to offer. You should expect to spend several hours at Fun Farm because there is so much to do and lots of fun and memories to be made.
We’ve enjoyed picking apples and pumpkins and even stayed into the evening hours a few times for live music. Fun Farm is a fall favorite for our family.