It would be hard for anyone in Indianapolis not to know that apples are in season – they seem to be everywhere! This means that people are piling in the car and taking trips to orchards to experience picking apples right off of the tree as a fun, family-friendly activity. Upon arriving at an orchard you’ll likely find trees as far as the eye can see and a market filled with apples in every form you can imagine, including apple cider.
Did you know that Johnny Appleseed’s first apple seeds were planted here in Indiana in the 1700s? Since then, Indiana has grown with over 70 apple orchards with many spanning over 50 acres. You could easily make a weekend out of touring a few at a time. Here’s a list of the orchards closest to Indianapolis for a day trip to experience fresh apple cider:
Adrian Orchards – Located in Perry Township just south of I-465, this 88-year-old orchard offers cider slushes through Halloween and fresh cider after September 14.
Anderson Orchard – Pick your own apples before enjoying a cup of cider or cider slush or any of the Dillman Farm butters and preserves. Open 7 days a week until just before Thanksgiving.
Beasley’s Orchard & Gardens – Head west to Danville to experience this orchard with award-winning apple cider from the Indiana State Cider Contest. Bring your kids for the hayrides and corn mazes!
Pleasant View Orchard – Take I-74 South to Shelby to find this orchard with u-pick apples and a concession stand with homemade apple cobbler with ice cream, fried biscuits, apple butter, apple fondue and of course, apple cider.
While they don’t have an orchard, Conner Prairie has The Apple Store. It’s only open September through October, but you can purchase apple cider slushes that kids and adults will enjoy. The fact that you can only get them once a year at this time makes them even more delicious. You’ll also find apple butter and other handmade edibles, and a new item this year – apple donuts and apple fritters from Jack’s Donuts.
Where will you be enjoying a cup of apple cider from this year? Leave a comment and let us know so we can add them to our list!