Apple Orchards, Cider Mills, and Corn Mazes in the Ann Arbor Area
There are several signs that fall is here…kids returning to school, apple picking, and corn mazes. For years, we have loved visiting the apple orchard or cider mill. More recently, we have also been visiting corn mazes. I’ve updated last year’s listing with information on 2016 opening dates.
I have compiled information on several of the local apple orchards, corn mazes, and cider mills. If I missed someplace, let me know in the comments or by email.
U-Pick Apple Orchards
Wasem Fruit Farm
Our favorite apple orchard to visit is Wasem Fruit Farm which offers a number of varieties of apples for u-pick. They also offer u-pick pumpkins later in the fall and raspberries early in the fall. They serve donuts and cider (which is also available by the gallon. I recommend arriving early and getting your donut and cider first as the lines get long. One of our favorite purchases there is also popcorn by the gallon (also available in smaller jugs). My husband loves popcorn. Last year we bought a gallon when we went apple picking and it was almost half gone by the time we went pumpkin picking.
Wasem Fruit Farm is on Judd Rd in Milan. They will open for the 2016 apple picking season on September 15. They are offering limited red raspberry picking now. We visited the apple orchard last September and had great picking conditions – perfect weather and the apples were plentiful on the trees.
Spicer Orchards in Fenton is another farm where we have picked both apples and cherries in the past. They are the best location for cherries offering both sweet and tart (pie) cherries typically in July. We usually visit other apple orchards to pick apples that are closer to our house, but have picked at the Spicer apple orchard sometimes since they offer earlier varieties of apples. They are already picking for the 2016 season on Labor Day Weekend. They also offer a lot of other activities such as inflatables, playground, animals, hayrides, pony rides, train rides, face painting, sand art, and more. Many of the extra activities have an added cost. They also offer a winery and a few indoor tables to enjoy your cider and donuts away from the yellow jackets.
Wiard’s Orchard and Country Fair
Wiard’s Orchard and Country Fair combines u-pick fruit with the activities of a country fair. The Country Fair opens on weekends starting Saturday, September 10. Beginning September 23 they will also be open Fridays in September and Wednesday-Fridays in October. In addition to offering u-pick apples starting September 10, they also offer family fun with corn maze, playgrounds, slides, inflatables, mini-golf and more. The downside is the admission price ($9.75/person Wednesday-Friday and $16.75/person Saturday & Sunday, free for babies under 2). Apple and Pumpkin picking are only for Country Fair guests. We only visited the market at Wiard’s (once), and never their orchard or Country Fair, largely due to the cost. Our visit was around lunchtime on a Sunday and the parking lot was crowded for the Country Fair.
Upcoming Sponsored Events
Wiard’s also operates Night Terrors on Fridays, Saturdays, and some Sundays plus Halloween beginning on Saturday, September 24. I recommend Night Terrors for tweens, teens, and adults.
Coleman’s Corn Maze
Starting in 2014, Coleman’s Corn Maze also started offering u-pick apples. We have never picked apples there, but it is certainly convenient to have both an apple orchard and a corn maze at the same location.
Cider Mills & Non U-Pick Orchards
Dexter Cider Mill
Dexter Cider Mill is located just a few blocks from Downtown Dexter on the Huron River. It is the oldest continuously operating cider mill in Michigan. They are now open for the 2016 season. They offer fresh cider and donuts and also have a winery. The Dexter Cider Mill is a nice place to stop for a donut and cider, but does not offer much in the way of entertainment. We visited a few years ago after school and my daughter and her friends enjoyed skipping rocks into the river.
Plymouth Orchards and Cider Mill
A word of warning, Plymouth Orchards does not offer u-pick apples. They offer apples for sale at the Cider Mill and “pumpkin picking” via hay ride. They will open for the 2016 season on September 3rd.
Three Cedars Farm
Three Cedars Farm in Northville offers a cider mill, hay rides, train rides, corn maze and a u-pick pumpkins. Don’t miss their storybook farm featuring Three Little Pigs, Little Red Hen, Peter Rabbit, and more. They open for the 2016 season on September 2. I have never visited Three Cedars Farm, but it has been recommended by readers and I know a number of people that return each year. FYI, payment is by cash or check only.
Talladay Corn Maze
Conveniently located next door to Wasem Fruit Farm is Talladay Corn Maze. They offer two mazes which open for the 2016 season on Friday, September 23. It will be open from 6-9:30p on Fridays, 1-9:30p on Saturdays, and 1-5:30p on Sundays. A third haunted maze will open on Friday, October 7 and operate on Friday and Saturday nights from dark until 10p. I recommend the haunted maze for tweens and teens, and not for younger kids. You can hear the haunted maze (screeching, chain saws, etc) from parts of the regular maze. If your child is particularly sensitive to these noises, I suggest visiting in daylight since the Haunted Maze doesn’t open until dusk.
In addition to the corn mazes, they offer the Kids Corner for kids ages 8 and under. The Kids Corner is a very reasonable $2/child including one barrel train ride and unlimited time on each activity (giant spider web, straw bale maze, straw pile, and games). Our 2013 visit to Talladay Farms Corn Maze was our first corn maze and we visited twice – once in the daytime and once in the evening. We’ve been to Talladay three times, including a trip around 6p and were able to complete the maze before it got too dark. After dark a flashlight is required. We had a lot of fun and hope to return to a corn maze again this year.
Coleman’s Corn Maze
Coleman’s Corn Maze is located in Saline. The Corn Maze opens on Saturday, September 10 for the 2016 season. They also offer a pumpkin patch (late September to October), hay pile climb, barrel train rides, and animals. I love that I can combine apple or pumpkin picking with our corn maze trip. Note – their website has information from past seasons, but the 2016 opening date is on their Facebook page.
Blast Corn Maze
Blast Corn Maze is located at 6175 Daly Rd, Dexter. Their corn maze has 3 levels of difficulty. They also offer u-pick pumpkins, mountain of straw, corn box, picture props, corn cannon, cow train, duck races, and pedal cars. Blast Corn Maze opens on September 24, 2016 for the season.
Debuck’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch
Debunk’s Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch has been recommended by readers in the comments section. They are at 50240 Martz Rd, Belleville. They offer 3 mazes with over 5 miles of trails plus a Night Maze (bring or rent a flashlight). Other fun at Debunk’s is pedal go-kart races, corn cannons, petting farm, super slide, and more.
Have I missed any apple orchards, cider mills, or corn mazes in the Ann Arbor area? Which is your favorite?
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