Autumn is just around the corner here in Kansas City. While that means different things to different people, just about anyone who has lived in the area for any length of time can agree on one thing: It’s apple pickin’ season!

Of course, autumn is about more than just picking apples. There’s falling leaves and Halloween, corn mazes and pumpkin-spiced everything. But apple picking time is an amazing time of year, and not just because of the fun of actually picking the apples. Think of everything else that comes along with apple picking: cider, apple pies, apple dumplings, caramel apples, you name it! Plus, many of the farms and cider mills in the Greater KC area feature other treats (and sometimes tricks) that are great fun for the whole family, from pumpkin patches to hayrack rides and a whole lot more!

If you haven’t yet experienced the wonders of apple picking in the Kansas City area or are just looking for a new place to enjoy some of the best that the season has to offer, here are a few of our favorite farms, orchards, and mills that are all just a short drive from the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton.

Johnson FarmsRight here in Belton, MO is our very own pick-your-own apple orchard and pumpkin patch, featuring the largest crop of garden mums in Kansas City! For the best selection of apples, come on out today and select from the fruits of more than 5,000 apple trees!

Cider Hill Family Orchard– This family-owned Kansas City, KS orchard is our top pick for the best cider donuts in the region. Cider Hill also offers apple cider slushies, kettle corn, and an event barn that can be reserved for weddings and other special occasions!

Alldredge OrchardsYou can find it all at Alldredge Orchards in Platte City, MO! It has local honey, a pumpkin patch, a play area for the kids, a petting zoo, and, of course, apples galore! There’s also the café, where you can pick up a delicious treat or two! Not to mention school tours, food trucks, hayrides, and special events!

Schweizer OrchardsNestled in the bluffs near St. Joseph, MO, Schweizer Orchards has been specializing in River Bend Apples for more than four generations! You can also get peaches, pumpkins, and even Christmas trees later in the season!

Historic Weston Orchard & VineyardOne of the largest U-pick orchards in the metro area, this historic orchard in Weston, MO also has the benefit of an on-site vineyard, which means wine tasting! That’s not all, though. The kids’ play area includes a zip line, not to mention seasonal fun such as a corn maze and hay mountain. Adults can enjoy shopping and delicious treats such as caramel apples and kettle corn!

Weston Red Barn FarmWhile you’re in the Weston area, stop by the Red Barn Farm to pick apples, take a hayride, and enjoy the country air!

We wish we could have included Stephenson’s Old Apple Farm in this list, but sadly the Independence, MO orchard closed after more than 90 years. If you’re old enough to remember, you know that the apple dumplings they had in their restaurant were the best!

Whatever you do to celebrate fall, there’s no better place to do it than in the Lazy Acres senior living community in Belton, MO. We’ve got tons of great attractions all within a short drive and a lovely community full of friendly neighbors. Just give us a call at (816) 331-4886 or fill out our online contact form anytime!