Best Places for Apple Picking

  • Apples and Granny’s Attic

    Parrish Pioneer Ranch (38561 Oak Glen Rd., Yucaipa; 909-797-1753) is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursdays through Mondays and is “your home for apples and fun.” Their apple season runs through the end of November and boasts several varieties of apples, including ones no longer commercially available. Kids will love checking out Granny’s Attic, full of fun vintage toys, books and apparel.

  • Apple Picking and Pumpkins

    Brian Ranch Airport U-Pick Orchard (34810 Largo Vista Rd., Llano; 661-261-3216) is open from early June through the end of October. They are open for picking from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and by appointment for large-group tours. Along with apples, the farm also offers apricots, pears, cherries, peaches, plums and even pumpkins during October.

  • Cider-Making and Archery

    Riley’s Apple Farm (12201 S. Oak Glen Rd., Oak Glen; 866-585-6407) sits on three acres of beautiful farmland and is a great spot for apple picking this season. The farm also features fun guided tours with apple cider making and archery classes for little ones.

  • SoCal’s Largest Apple Farm

    Riley’s at Los Rios Rancho (39611 Oak Glen Rd., Oak Glen; 909-797-1005) is Southern California’s largest apple farm and features more than 32 different kinds of apples. U-pick fruit is currently available on weekends only. Make sure to check out the farm’s country gift shop with a barbecue and deli counter, as well as a bakery.

  • 100-Year-Old Trees

    At Willowbrook Apple Farm (12099 S. Oak Glen Rd. Yucaipa; 909-797-9484) apple picking begins Oct. 7. The farm is open for u-pick apples on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Willowbrook has trees that are more than 100 years old, and also offers visits visits with farm animals and photo ops with vintage tractors.

Skip the grocery store and see what these fun U-Pick farms have to offer. Little ones will love exploring these fun farms and filling their bags to the brim with apples they picked themselves.

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