Afton Apple Orchard
HUGE orchard with pick your own apples and berries. Also a petting zoo and other kid friendly activities. The varietals rotate throughout the season so you can go often! Can get very busy on fall weekends, be prepared.
Fun day outing for families. Depending on the season there are raspberries and apples to pick. Entrance fee required for adults and children. Hay rides, large playground, petting zoo with llamas, climbing on old tires are some of the activities. The enclosed bouncy house costs extra. Shady areas with picnic tables available. Retail store sells pre-picked fruit, samples available. Area is clean, staff friendly and accommodating. Parking is free. The entrance fee was unexpected, exceeded our planned budget so we didn't buy apples. Our grandson loved the activities so we had a nice afternoon.
My family and I love picking berries, apples, etc. The experience is worth the price and effort. Unfortunately, the fact that Afton Apple charges $5 per person just to walk "in the door" was more than I could justify. We have been picking our fruit and pumpkins for over five years now and this was a first; disappointing. Rasberries: $3.99 per level pint Apples: Approx $2.30 per lb.
Hard to believe that they charge an admission fee to get into their apple orchard. We have been there in past years and have always paid the fee, with a little hesitation of just walking away instead. What really shows their greed is the fact that they charge an admission fee of $4.00 for children 4 years old and under. ARE YOU SERIOUS!!!!!!!!!! This isn't a Disney World experience....... The other funny thing is that they charge an admission fee, and only accept cash. I wonder how their admission fee tracking system works as far as keeping track on how much cash is taken in at the from gate, since there are usually two people standing there with their hands out, pocketing it and no admission ticket is needed. I notice they are holding a special event on the Wounded Warriors on the weekend of September 23rd and they are offering free admission, which is nice. the help there is average, othing spectacular. It's not like they knock your socks off customer service. my suggestion would be to make it more affordable for yong families.
Grandson was injured with 2 puncture wounds and a 3x7 inch scrape on his back when climbing out of the black tube in the play area back in the year 2014.(The staff was aware of the injury.) Took grandchildren Sunday and different grandson received same puncture wounds ( bolts??) and scrape. Once again staff made aware. Now I wonder how many children were injured the same way. I hope someone in authority at the Afton Orchards is made aware of this unsafe tube , gets it inspected and pads the end and the bolts that are obviously causing many children injuries at a place that should be for happy experiences not pain.