Among the many fall activities to indulge in this season, apple picking is arguably one of the best. And fortunately, Iowa has no shortage of apple orchards and fruit-picking hot spots that ensure quality produce, long-lasting memories, and treats that are fit for the most quintessential autumn bake. Here’s a guide to the best apple-picking spots in Iowa.
Wilson’s Orchard and Farm
The charm of a quintessential orchard and farm come to life at Wilson’s Orchard and Farm—and Iowa staple that boasts everything from a farm market for a baked goods to a cider house for fresh, fruitful drinks and even an orchard where the real apple-picking fun begins. (Plus, a Des Moines location is slated to open in 2023!) For more information, visit www.wilsonsorchard.com.
Apple picking might get all the hype come fall, but there are plenty of other fruitful activities to enjoy all throughout the season that range in everything from cherry picking to pumpkin scouting—and all of which can conveniently be enjoyed at Allen’s Orchard. For more information, visit www.allensorchard.com.
The Big Apple Orchard
In the mood for some fresh produce, an apple donut, or even an ooey gooey cinnamon roll? All three can be enjoyed at The Big Apple Orchard—a family-run orchard and pumpkin patch that’s a hub for unforgettable food and fall-friendly activities. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/BigAppleOrchard.
In the case of iconic and timeless apple-picking destinations in Iowa, Ditmars Orchard reigns supreme. The family farm has been settled within the Council Bluffs community for more than 30 years, with lush orchards that have even expanded into a pumpkin patch. For more information, visit www.ditmarsorchard.com.
Little Sioux Orchard
While it might be one of Iowa’s newer apple orchards, make no mistake—the rural destination has quickly become a local favorite for its seasonal offerings like hayrides, corn mazes and fresh apples galore. For more information, visit www.littlesiouxorchard.com.