At this family-run business, we are more than an orchard and restaurant. We have a gift shop, bakery, live musical theatre plays for children and adults, barnyard animals to visit, and hayrides, to name a few. We have apple picking and pumpkin picking, and festivals throughout the year.
Indoor Kids Activities:
Outdoor Kids Activities:
Apple Picking, Pumpkin Farm, Sleigh / Wagon Rides, U Pick
the only reason i rated it a four instead of a five was because of the price of things. the food was great. i went here with my kids, husband and parents. we ate in the restaurant part and everyone loved it. then we went to the store part of apple holler and had some great apple cider. after that the kids went outside and got there faces painted. they turned out amazing and loved it. next we moved on to some games outside that the kids had fun playing and there also was a peddal car fun race which was cute to do. they are for all ages including adults. they also had a huge playground for kids to play in which was free and fun. then the kids all got to go on horse rides. all in all the kids had a great time, but it was quite expensive.
Price went up again! $44.00 for 4 people to enter the orchard. Plus everyone is required to have a bag. So if you take someone else with you, grandparents, aunt, etc. or have more than 4 in your household, everyone in your party is
required to purchase a bag of apples. Great place, but way to expensive. The parking lot is not free, but you can park in the street.
They are out of apples but still charging $40 to get into the orchard. If the orchard is picked bare they should let people know that up front. They have been out of Honey Crisps for over a month but they still have signs up saying they have them. Please don't be fooled too.
Wow, what a difference a year makes. Went to Apple Holler today and what a joke. This year they charge $5.00 to park, $5.00 to get into the area to pay more money to eat and have your kids do stuff OR $15.00 per person to pick apples. They sell tickets, but I think it is cheaper if you pay cash for food. Actually cheaper if you just don't go at all. We spent way too much money, but we were already there. Anyhow, we will never go back. I have never felt more nickle and dimed in my life. And it was CROWDED. I couldn't believe it. We will find a better orchard next season. I hear Jonamac Orchard in Malta is awesome and reasonably priced.
Lots of things for kids to do on weekends, but I would say not worth the $$ and the distance to drive there, since you can find the same kind of activities closer to home in some other farms (like the one in Bolingbrook for example) a little pricey but their bakery really is good for pies and apple cider.
Wow!! Where to start!! I guess the first clue that it was going to be an expensive outing was when there weren't any prices posted on the site but only which credit cards were accepted. It appeared at a glance that there was alot of things for my 6yr old son to embark on. However, on arrival we soon discovered that there is a $39.95 fee (for up to 4 people...$10 ea extra person) just for getting into the orchard and you have to pick a 1/2 bushel (nothing smaller) to start with. For the little bit included in the "family pkg" for the kids would have been $3 each anyhow, so the 1/2bushel ended up costing a whopping $30 ($18 at orchard down the road with just as much to do at no extra fees). We had been told "there are plenty of apples to pick". We had checked the web site prior to going on our 1hr road trip and were looking forward to getting some honey crisp which were posted "available for picking". On arrival, none are there for picking but "you can buy some in our store already picked and for an extra charge"- go figure. And unless your child can take flying leaps into the air and grab an apple up high, picking was slim for the little ones and difficult at times even for those of us at 6'0. And foraging through some very high uncut grass made for a tiring trek to find a tree with any apples on it. Included in the "family pkg" was a wagon ride. It ran, we were told, every 20-30mins but no one knew when the last one left, when the next one would be or anything. Very poorly run for the amount of money going in to this organization. After sitting and waiting for almost 20 mins with no "ride" in sight and no one knowing how much longer it would be, we ventured off to the "kids corral" play area. Splinters were plenty and system seemed very run down. Any of the other attractions, were "extra fees" and not up and running anyhow. Very disappointing. I could have taken my son to a closer orchard with similar attractions and still had money left over for some extra treats, all for what it cost to walk around an empty orchard and look at goats. Only saving grace, mother nature blessed us with a beautiful day and I have a son that is more about spending time together than what we are actually doing. Never again. Not worth the "new family package, so called value". Save your time and money folks. Try Royal Oaks Orchard (closed on Sundays though) instead....same type of activities which are actually up and running, friendly people who have answers to your questions, and prices affordable for a family outing without leaving your wallets empty. You only pay for what you pick and not the "number or people you bring in to the orchard". Apple Holler says it is a "new pricing system" this year. I think they need to go back to how it used to be, or from what I heard from others who had a pleasant experience in past years.
My daughter and her friends had fun picking apples and going through the mazes. We had plenty of apples to make 5 pies and give some away. We wish we could touch the animals. We waited a long time for the restaurant buffet and it was terrible. The bake shop was great!
I had never gone apple picking before and we took my daughter here today. It was so much fun! We all had fun! The food was great. We had brats and burgers and apple donut holes. It was definitely worth the trip. Parking was $5. A bag of apples was $39.95 but it holds a TON. I split the bag with my mom and sister. Alison adored the pony rides. She rode them twice. She also loved the corn maze. I would suggest renting or bringing a wagon as the apple bag gets really heavy. We did not eat in the restaurant, we just ate the grilled food available for purchase, so I cannot give a review on the restaurant food, but it was PACKED. We used the restrooms in the restaurant and they were always in there cleaning. The other bathrooms were port a potties and I declined using those with my daughter. They also have hay rides, zip lines, and a huge playground area, but we never made it over there as we needed to head home after a long day.
This was not what we expected after reading other reviews. The kids attractions were run down, wood splintered and in need of paint. Best attraction was a Rainbow playset, but we had to pay $3 for each child to play on it. Also charged $2 per child for the moon bounce and they only stayed inside for a minute. It was a peach festival but there were not peaches to pick, just peach items on the restaurant menu. That is not what we expected from a Peach Festival!
Last year we went apple picking and had a good time. It is very quite during the week and there is not much going on. If you go on the weekend, there are kids rides/activities and live music. But, it gets very crowded.