A reasonable fee is charged immediately upon your arrival to Afton Apple Orchard. We find it nice to have that squared away, to know the children are now free to explore the very large, unique playground at will. Plan to park it there while the kids discover the “retread hill” (for the uninitiated, it’s a mountain of tires with tube slides running through it), swings, hay bales to climb, and a pretty decent petting farm.
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Tractor hayrides out into the expanse of the orchards are also included in the admission fee. And – best of all – you’re not required to pre-purchase a bag for picking. This spared us mucho disappointment during a year of poor harvest. Instead, we put the money towards picking fall raspberries – and were super impressed with the quality of the crop.
Afton turned out to be our family’s favorite of the East Metro apple orchards. It was large enough to offer activities suited to each member of the family, but at no time did we feel like we were picking on top of our neighbor. When fall rolls around and a free weekend pops up on the calendar the vote’s unanimous — time to head to the orchard!
This article was originally published by Anne on 8/25/15
Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Season
Pick-Your-Own Raspberry Season
Raspberry picking season runs from sometime in mid August through approximately mid-October or until the first hard freeze, whichever comes first. The best picking is usually later in the week because of the heavy weekend numbers. As with strawberries, call ahead.
Apple Picking Season:
The apple picking season starts on mid-August and last until the end of October. Hayrides into the orchard are available on weekends through Labor Day and daily after that. If you prefer a quieter visit, Afton recommends coming on weekdays. Weekend hayrides rung 10am-6pm, and week day rides are offered from 12pm-6pm (after labor day). Other activities include a HUGE playground, petting farm, Retread Hill, Straw Mountain and Johnny Combine. On weekends, enjoy them jump pad and "Moo Moo Choo Choo" or jump Each activity is $2 per person.
Afton Apple Orchard's Corn Maze:
The corn maze opens on Mid-September. Stay tuned for this year's theme.
Corn Maze Admission:
Adults 11 and older - $12.00 *tax included
Children ages 3-10* - $10.00 *must be accompanied by paid adult
2 and under - Free
Pumpkin Season begins in late September and runs through October. Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch to choose your own. A cover charge of $7/pp ages 5+, $5/pp under age 4, includes hay rides when available, use of the orchard's play equipment and the petting farm
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Afton Apple Orchard's Pet Policy:
Dogs are not allowed at this Orchard due to health regulations.
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