Last weekend, while my husband was out of town, I asked my son if he wanted to go apple picking the following day. I never considered how I would actually feel the next morning after a very chaotic week, but once you mention something to my son he never forgets. Our family has visited Grandad’s Apples in Henderson County, North Carolina for the past 4 years. It’s such an easy location and it has just enough to entertain the kids without overwhelming them.
I brought my mom along, and I bought a bag for a half peck of apples. I knew we’d buy a bushel for applesauce, but there was no way I was picking that many and carrying them around while wearing a baby and chasing a 5-year-old! The half peck was perfect for my boy.
Of course it was in the mid-80s when we were out there. Fall finally arrived this week, and I am not complaining.
Grandad’s had golden delicious, mutsu and one other apple available for picking. We picked Golden Delicious (which happens to be one my husband loves too.)
When we were done picking apples, we walked to the kid’s area. He was able to climb on the spider web, as well as get on top of the hay tunnel. He’s getting a little more fearless as he gets older, which is awesome to see. (Also, I love the photo of him on top of the hay!!)
We took one last photo with the giant bear before heading in to grab a bushel of apples and calling it a morning.
Grandad’s Apples also has a petting area with goats (and various animals), a corn maze and a few other activities for kids. These children’s activities were all free.
There are a lot of orchards in our area, some way more popular than this one. However, they aren’t as close (for me) to drive, and this one isn’t as overcrowded as it could be. It’s not overly expensive, and there’s plenty to do to keep little ones entertained! We’ll probably go back in a few weeks.