October is here and it’s time to get out and enjoy some apple orchards and pumpkin patches! Here is the 2016 list with 13 family-friendly places to visit that are an hour or less from the Green Bay area. I hope you and your family find time to check out at least one. (If you know of any that are not listed here and should be added, please let me know.) Happy Fall!!
1) Oneida Nation Apple Orchard
3976 West Mason St
Oneida, WI 54155
Distance: 22 minutes from Green Bay
Pick your own apples with over 20 varieties available.
2) Apple Valley
1670 Mar-El Rd
De Pere, WI 54115
Distance: 23 minutes from Green Bay
Apple orchard with eighteen varieties of apples available for picking. On the weekends, enjoy a wagon-ride to the apple trees. Large outdoor open grassy/picnic area with wooden train for kids to climb in, picnic tables and fun fall cut-outs for photo ops. There is also an animal zoo the kids are sure to love. Before or after getting your apples, take a walk to see the animals. They have everything from goats, sheep, peacocks, cattle and more. Admission prices for animal zoo is: $2 each for ages 13+, $1 each for kids 4-12 and FREE for kids 3 & under.
Store sells pre-picked apples as well as pies, cider, caramel apples, jams and jellies (food is sold to take-and-eat, no tables for eating in store). Also available for purchase are items for all of your fall decorating needs: pre-picked pumpkins, gourds, mums, corn cob bundles, corn stalk bundles and straw bales.
Tips: Bring your own containers (bags, buckets, pails, etc) for pick-your-own apples. Stop at the store for directions before going out to pick your apples.
Animal Zoo: Ages 13+ $2 each, Kids 4-12 $1 each, Kids 3 & under FREE
5687 Steinkraus Lane
Abrams, WI 54101
Directions Note: Abrams Exit 185—located on East Frontage Road, just north of McDonalds at the Farmhouse Ice Cream Parlor.
Distance: 30 minutes from Green Bay
Mon-Sun: 9-5:30 (through October)
Munchkin Maze, Ducky Derby, Pony Hops, Face Painting, Giant Bale Fort, Corn Box & Game Tent. Geared toward younger kids. Kid-friendly haunted hayrides every Sat & Sun (weather permitting) beginning last weekend in Sept from 10-4. Cost for hayride is $5/per person, which includes a “pick-your-own pumpkin” from the pumpkin patch.
Optional Hayride: $5/per person
4) Mulberry Lane Farm
W3190 Co Rd B
Hilbert, WI 54129
Distance: 45 minutes from Green Bay
Open through October 31
Mon-Fri: 10-5 (last admission at 3)
Sat-Sun: 9:30-6 (last admission at 4)
Note: Hours subject to weather (check website or call to confirm if unsure); also farm may close early based on attendance…example: if last family arrives at 1:30, farm would close 2 hours later at 3:30.
On weekdays, enjoy a guided, 45-minute tour of the farm that includes a chance to milk a cow, catch a chicken, kiss a pig, cuddle a kitten, feed the goats and sheep, ride a pony and enjoy a hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick your own pumpkin!! There is also an old-fashioned play area where kids can climb on and through huge tractor tires. On fall weekends, tour the farm at your own pace on a self-guided tour.
Also available for purchase at the concession stand in the barn are caramel apples, hot dogs, walking tacos, chili, chocolate chip cookies and hot apple cider and hot chocolate!
$13 per person over age 2
kids under age 2 FREE
5) Polly’s Pumpkins
N4367 Highway 57
Chilton, WI 53014
Distance: 48 minutes from Green Bay
Pick out your pumpkins and enjoy tons of fall fun with a hay bale climb, duck-n-frog races, pumpkin bowling, rope maze, hillbilly downs, corn cannons and a 13-acre corn maze. Also be sure to visit Polly’s Pets with barnyard friends goats, cows and pigs. Stop in Polly’s Country Store for fresh-baked pies (dutch apple, strawberry rhubarb, cherry, pumpkin and more), delicious caramel apples, snacks, soda and water. A variety of sandwiches will also be available for purchase on weekends.
Corn maze: The 2016 Maze Design is honoring Agriculture Education. 13 acres of fun with two different mazes, and two different games for one price. Cost is FREE kids 4 & under, $6 each for ages 5-12, $8 each for ages 13+ for daytime maze. You can also explore the mazes at night on Fridays & Saturdays–add $1 for night maze. Maze takes about 1.5 hour to complete. Maze could be muddy, so dress accordingly. Kids under 13 are not allowed in the maze without an adult. Maze & shop do not close until everyone is out of the maze.
Maze #1: There are 17 check points hidden throughout the maze. Uniquely shaped paper punches await the players at each station. Players search the field to find all of these stations and punch your card as proof of completing the game. The challenge is to get all the punches but is not required.
Maze #2: Adventures of Dottie continues this year. This maze is geared for younger kids. It’s easier to navigate and we have Dottie’s friends marked on your map, so you can find them easier!
Corn Cannons: Have fun launching corn cobs at targets for prizes, and if you make it in the barrel, win $50. Cost is 1 cob for $1, 4 cobs for $3 or 8 cobs for $5. Cash only.
On Saturdays & Sundays enjoy tractor-drawn wagon rides to the pumpkin patch from 10-4:30. Cost is $2 each for wagon ride and then you can decide if you would like to pick pumpkins for $3 each (any size). Cash only.
Optional corn maze, corn cannons & wagon rides—see above pricing.
6) Meuer Farm
N2564 Highway 151
Chilton, WI 53014
Distance: 60 minutes from Green Bay
Tue-Thur: 12-6 (ticket sales end at 5:30)
Fri-Sat: 10-10 (ticket sales end at 10; kids’ activity area closes at 8)
Sun: 10-6 (ticket sales end at 5:30)
Fall fun activities for people of all ages. Hayrides are 45-minute rides along 2 miles of trails. Huge corn maze—this year’s theme is “Service Motor Co”, helping them celebrate 100 years in business. Explore the maze during the day or at night. (Kids ages 12 & under must be accompanied by an adult in maze.) Activity area for kids with an 80’ tube slide, duck races, corn box, straw fort, corn cannons and animal area. Pick-your-own pumpkin patch with more pumpkins than can be counted. Take a ride to the patch in the pumpkin tram. Pre-picked pumpkins also available. Jumping Cow Café offers brats, burgers, hot dogs, pizza, bbq ribs, beer and other refreshments (no carry-ins allowed). Indoor seating in the main building with a view of the big screen TV for football games and movies.
Kids’ Activity Area: $3 per person*
Day Maze: $6 ages 3-11, $8 ages 12+
Night Maze w/Glo-Stick: $8 ages 3-11, $10 ages 12+
Hayrides (daytime only): $4 ages 3-11, $6 ages 12+
Day Maze/Hayride Combo: $8 ages 3-11, $12 ages 12+
*Activity area admission free with purchase of any corn maze, hayride or combo tickets.
NOTE: Ages 2 & under FREE for all activities except Kid’s Activity Area.
7) Star Orchard
253 County Rd CE
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Directions Note: About 4 miles east of Kaukauna High School
Distance: 38 minutes from Green Bay
Pick-your-own apple orchard with over 20 varieties of apples on 55 acres, plus a small corn maze and pumpkin patch where you can pick a pumpkin. U-pick apples are 75 cents per pound. The Orchard Store sells all sorts of treats from honey, jams, jellies and syrup to salsa, salad dressings, mustards, apple cider and 5-10# bags of pre-picked apples.
Tip: Don’t forget to bring a few containers or bags for picking.
8) Porter’s Pumpkin Patch
W4314 State Hwy 156
Bonduel, WI 54107
Distance: 39 minutes from Green Bay
Sat-Sun: 11-4 (weather permitting) through 10/30
Many fun activities to choose from in the “Big Pumpkin Village”: Scenic, relaxing wagon hay ride, 8-acre corn maze, corn cob chuck, pumpkin painting, scarecrow making or the “Little Pumpkin Village: old-fashioned water pump races, tug-o-war, silo graffiti, pumpkin checkers, pumpkin bowling, pumpkin tic-tac-toe, pumpkin twister, pumpkin toss, round bale hay play.
The Farm Store will be stocked with squash, ornamental corn, straw bales, corn stalk bundles and all sizes of pumpkins. Pumpkins range in price from $1 (mini) to $8 (huge). Drinks including apple cider, water and soda will be available for purchase. Patch Cafe serving food from 12-2 on weekends only.
1) FREE (just pay for pumpkins and/or any activities you choose to do as you go)
2) Little Pumpkin Village Wristband: $4 per person
3) Big & Little Pumpkin Village Wristband: $15 per person
9) Hofacker’s Hillside Orchard
W3964 Wege Rd
Appleton, WI 54913
Directions note: located between Green Bay and Appleton in the Town of Center
Distance: 38 minutes from Green Bay
Have fun picking your own apples. Also available for purchase are: jams, caramel dip, popcorn, pickles, honey, maple syrup, salsa, cider, caramel apples, straw bales, corn stalks and pre-picked pumpkins. Large and kiddie corn maze open on weekends in October (weather permitting).
10) Delzer’s Pumpkin Farm
9581 Delzer Circle
Oconto Falls, WI 54154
Distance: 46 minutes from Green Bay
Sat-Sun: 12-4 through October 30
Come enjoy some fall fun with haunted hayrides, corn mazes, an animal petting zoo, foods & crafts, a haunted granary, face painting and plenty of pumpkins! Kids can also have fun playing on the train cart ride in the yard. If you’re hungry (the kids always are) there will be a concession stand selling hot dogs, chili, nachos, popcorn, cookies, hot cider, hot chocolate and more with tables and chairs where you can eat. Pumpkins range in price from .50 (pie pumpkins) to $5 for large (basketball size) and up to $15 for giant size.
On Saturday October 29th from 7pm-10pm, we will be hosting a haunted corn maze and bonfire. Cost will be $7 per person. No carry-ins. Please call ahead at 920-373-1215 or 920-848-2510.
Optional activities: $5/ticket (includes 4 activities)
11) Blaser’s Acres
2556 School Lane
Suamico, WI 54313
Distance: About 10 minutes from Green Bay
Regular Corn Maze: Daily 8AM-6PM
Kids Trick-or-Treat Maze: Fridays & Saturdays in October 4PM-7PM
Haunted Corn Maze: Daily 7:30PM-10PM (last ticket sold at 10)
Blaser’s Acres features a pumpkin patch, hay ride, corn maze and petting zoo along with our regular produce and fall items for sale! Each year we turn our corn field into a designed maze that is open daily during September and October (we may close due to inclement weather). We also offer a kids trick-or-treating maze as well as a haunted maze. In the kids trick-or-treat maze kids make their way through the corn maze and trick-or-treat from characters like witches, pumpkins, skeletons and ghosts! The haunted maze is not intended for children. It is held during night with no lights and characters that jump out from behind corn stalks.
Regular Corn Maze: $3 per person (includes treat bag)
Kids Trick-or-Treat Maze: $5 per person
Haunted Corn Maze: $8 per person (includes glo-stick)
12) Groche Organic Farms
5463 Lade Beach Rd
Suamico, WI 54141
Distance: About 10 minutes from Green Bay
Saturdays & Sundays: 10AM-6PM
*October 27-28: 10AM-6PM
Come enjoy a 7.5 acre Corn Maze, Farm Funland Area, Food Tent and “Pumpkins! Pumpkins! & More” area.
The 7.5 acre corn maze is cut to the shape of some of your favorite vegetables…what fun you’ll have discovering the twists and turns of each path, traveling through vegetable shapes, tractor & barn and coming to many dead ends. Then it’s back-tracking a bit to find the right path and work your way to the end.
One of the best things about the corn maze is it’s grown organically, so rest assured that it’s “clean” for you to touch as you’re walking through. Suitable for any age (be sure parents/adults are with children), it takes 45 to 90 min to hike through the maze, find all the game stations and complete your word game and picture find. You’ll receive a map upon entering to can track your way through.
The Farm Funland will provide many family memories and photo opportunities to be treasured for years to come: pumpkin bowling, pumpkin checkers or tic-tac-toe, straw bale maze, straw bale mountain and duck races. In the Pumpkins, Pumpkins & More area you will find all of your outdoor fall decorating needs!
Farm Funland: $5 per person 13 & up, 3 & under FREE
Corn Maze & Farm Funland: $12 (ages 13 & up), $10 per person (ages 4-12), 3 & under FREE
13) Peter’s Pumpkin Patch
N181 State Hwy 55
Kaukauna, WI 54130
Distance: About 30 minutes from Green Bay
Daily until 8PM
Peter’s Pumpkin Patch offers pre-picked and PYO pumpkins and apples. They offer a large selection of pumpkins, specialty pumpkins, squash and gourds, hay bales in 2 sizes, corn stalks, broom corn stalks and Indian corn. Homemade jams, pickles and honey are also available!
No admission fees. Pumpkins range in price from .50 to $10 depending on size. Many varieties of apples are $1.25 per pound; Honeycrisp apples are $2 per pound.
Groche Organic Farms on Lade Beach Rd in Suamico has a corn maze, Funland, and Pumpkins area too! Check out their website.
Thanks for the info on Groche Organic Farms! It sounds like a great place. I have added it to the list!