Best Cider Mills, U-Pick Orchards and Family Farm Activities in Southeast Michigan

Join the fall festivities in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and Washtenaw counties. Here are some great places to visit in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor in 2014.

Best Cider Mills U-Pick Orchards and Family Farm Activities in Southeast Michigan

Delight your taste buds with some fresh cinnamon sugar doughnuts and homemade apple cider at your local orchards and cider mills this fall. Bring out the whole family and make a day of it – head to one of your local orchards to pick apples, venture through a corn maze or one of the many other cool attractions offered. Many locations are open daily; some even year ’round. So head out to your hometown orchard to make sweet fall memories with your family and friends!

Macomb County

Blake Farms

  • Address: 17985 Armada Center Road, Armada
  • Hours: U-pick: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. daily until Oct. 31; store: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday till Dec. 23; U-cut Christmas trees in December
  • Phone: 586-784-5343

Blake is the ultimate harvest destination. You’ll find an orchard, cider mill and Haunted Blake’s in time for Halloween. Check out the full remodel of the interior of the store, plus added square footage to offer more sweet treats. Blake’s now offers hard cider, too, for mom and dad.

Hy’s Cider Mill

  • Address: 6350 37 Mile Road, Romeo
  • Phone: 810-798-3611
  • Hours: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays Sept. 6-Nov. 2

With a scenic overlook, Hy’s is a great Michigan spot to spend a day picking apples and drinking fresh cider from the working mill. Check the website for the dates to pick your own apples.

Middleton Farms Cider Mill

  • Address: 46462 Dequindre Road, Utica
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily September-Oct. 31; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Nov. 1-Thanksgiving weekend
  • Phone: 586-731-6699 (during season)

A family-owned spots with doughnuts made daily, old-fashioned pressed cider and a wide variety of gourds and pumpkins in season. Middleton Farms also offers homemade pies, caramel apples or candy apples.

Miller’s Big Red Greenhouses and Cider Mill

  • Address: 4900 32 Mile Road, Washington Township
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday-Sunday year-round
  • Phone: 586-752-7888

Fall weekend fun for kids features a petting zoo, climb up Straw Mountain, challenging corn maze and hayrides. Various U-pick seasons run June-October, and they’ve got an ice cream parlor and greenhouse, too. Tours available for 15-plus.

Stony Creek Orchard and Cider Mill

  • Address: 2961 W. 32 Mile Road, Romeo
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Sept. 14-late December; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday January
  • Phone: 586-752-2453

The store is stocked with fresh produce, locally made products and warm doughnuts, while the orchard offers U-pick apples, pumpkins and raspberries. Reserve a spot on the scare-free Moonlight Hayride Saturday evenings in October. (Note: Groups can call to book hayrides on Fridays.)

Verellen Orchards

  • Address: 63260 Van Dyke Road, Washington Township
  • Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday year-round
  • Phone: 586-752-2989

Pick up high-quality fruit including juicy strawberries, plump peaches and, of course, crisp apples. Pies and doughnuts are on the menu, too. Verellen holds a semi-annual frozen fruit sale in March and September.

Westview Orchard and Adventure Farm

  • Address: 65075 Van Dyke Road, Washington Township
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Farm Market daily until Dec. 24 (closed Thanksgiving); U-pick 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily until Oct. 31 (check site for specific event dates and hours); 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Cider Barn
  • Phone: 586-752-3123

Slide down the 40-foot Apple Shoot Slide and explore the rest of the three-acre playground, petting farm and cider mill. Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Schoolhouse Ice Cream & Sweet Shoppe, too, or romp around the corn maze in the fall.

Oakland County

Ashton Orchards Cider Mill

  • Address: 3925 Seymour Lake Road, Ortonville
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-6 p.m. Sunday September-Oct. 31; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Nov. 1-Dec. 23
  • Phone: 248-627-6671

A pastoral orchard where kids enjoy a wooden playground and parents soak up the landscape. Ashton has a variety of produce including apples, peaches, plums and sweet corn, though many visit for the cider and doughnuts.

Diehl’s Orchard and Cider Mill

  • Address: 1479 Ranch Road, Holly
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily until Oct. 31
  • Phone: 248-634-8981

Come enjoy cider and doughnuts! Head to Diehl’s on the weekend for the corn maze, playground and hayrides. Don’t miss the 33rd Ciderfest Sept. 27-28, which includes a craft show and live entertainment.

Erwin Orchards, Inc.

  • Address: 61475 Silver Lake Road, South Lyon
  • Hours: cider mill: 6 a.m.-7 p.m. daily until Nov. 2; 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 3-23
  • Phone: 248-437-0150

This local cider mill offers traditional homemade cider and doughnuts. Make a day of it and check out the other attractions. Activities offered include a daytime corn maze (family friendly), the Barn of Horrors and Corn Stalkers Maze, U-pick apples, pumpkins, raspberries and cherries.

Franklin Cider Mill

  • Address: 7450 Franklin Road, Bloomfield Hills
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Saturday-Sunday from Saturday before Labor Day till Sunday after Thanksgiving; also 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
  • Phone: 248-626-8261

Now in its 177th year, this local favorite is known for its non-pasteurized fresh cider and hot doughnuts. Pick up a delicious fresh baked pie, too, and stop and see the ducks by the river.

Goodison Cider Mill

  • Address: 4295 Orion Road, Rochester
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Sunday until Thanksgiving, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Saturday December
  • Phone: 248-652-8450

Come by for a gallon of fresh-made cider and apples to take home. On Sunday Goodison features entertainment by John the balloon guy, a moonwalk and music by a blue grass ensemble.

Long Family Orchard, Farm & Cider Mill

  • Address: 1540 E. Commerce Road, Commerce Township
  • Hours: Cider Mill: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily; U-pick: hours vary May-October
  • Phone: 248-360-3774

Pick your own apples and pumpkins, take a relaxing wagon ride and test your nerves in the Night Time Corn Maze. Try some homemade doughnuts and cider. Pick up some honey, apple butter, preserves and breads too.

Paint Creek Cider Mill

  • Address: 4480 Orion Road, Oakland Township
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. daily in fall, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. daily in winter, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily in summer
  • Phone: 248-656-3400

More than just a cider mill, this hub has a full menu of sandwiches, Coney dogs, pizza and ice cream. BBQ items now on the menu, too, plus try the homemade doughnuts and cider. Take a walk on part of the Paint Creek Trail and check out the giant water wheel in the fall.

Rochester Cider Mill

  • Address: 5125 N. Rochester Road, Rochester
  • Hours: 8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Sept. 1-November; 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. December
  • Phone: 248-651-4224

Take the kiddos out to climb the giant hay wall. Admire a collection of antique farm equipment outside and in, where you can guess what the old tools were used for by matching their number to a description.

Yates Cider Mill

  • Address: 1990 E. Avon Road, Rochester Hills
  • Hours: 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday-Sunday September-October; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday in November; hours subject to change, call ahead
  • Phone: 248-651-8300

Make sure to get a “pocket pie” – mini, hand-held pies available in flavors like apple, blueberry, raspberry and cherry. Let your kids take a ride on a pony (weekends only), visit the petting zoo and take a stroll down the river walk trails. Don’t forget to pick up fresh cider and doughnuts, too.

Washtenaw County

Alber Orchard & Cider Mill

  • Address: 13011 Bethel Church Road, Manchester
  • Hours: noon-6 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, closed Mondays Labor Day-Nov. 22
  • Phone: 734-428-9310

After cider and doughnuts, get lost in the seven-acre corn maze, pet some farm animals and enjoy live entertainment.

Dexter Cider Mill

  • Address: 3685 Central St., Dexter
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday beginning Aug. 22; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and Sunday in October
  • Phone: 734-426-8531

At north of 120 years, this is Michigan’s oldest operating cider mill. Bring your kids to watch the antique mill turning out some of the best cider around. There are baked goodies on hand, too. Dexter Cider Mill offers fresh doughnuts and apple nut bread daily. More homemade treats are available on the weekends.

Lesser Farms and Orchards

  • Address: 12651 Island Lake Road, Dexter
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, September-October
  • Phone: 734-426-8009

At this fifth-generation family farm, stock up on cider, eggs, homemade jams and jellies and beeswax candles.

Lutz Orchard

  • Address: 11030 Macon Road, Saline
  • Hours: Retail: 9 a.m.-noon Monday-Wednesday; U-Pick and retail: 4-6 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Phone: 734-429-5145

Fresh-picked “antique” heirloom apples are the stars here – they’re completely unique. Squash, pumpkins and other produce available, too. U-pick apple season starts in September. Locally produced honey. Call to book school tours.

The Frosty Apple

  • Address: 6884 Walsh Road, Dexter
  • Hours: 2-5 p.m. Fridays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 13-mid November
  • Phone: 734-426-2863

Leave the picking to the professionals and grab a variety of apples fresh off the tree at The Frosty Apple. A great way to directly support a local orchard.

Wasem Fruit Farm

  • Address: 6580 Judd Road, Milan
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily Sept. 7-Oct. 31; call ahead for hours after Oct. 31
  • Phone: 734-482-2342

While cider and doughnuts are lures, there are also cherries, gooseberries, currants, raspberries and peaches – plus famous jams and apple butters. Wasem holds tours for groups by appointment too.

Wiard’s Orchards & Country Fair

  • Address: 5565 Merritt Road, Ypsilanti
  • Hours: orchard/fair: 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday-Sunday Sept. 26-end of October; see website for specific hours for each attraction
  • Phone: 734-390-9211

The fair has mini golf, play areas, pony rides, a spinning vortex “splatter town” paintball, while the farm teems with U-pick apples and pumpkins, corn mazes and more. Older kids can brave the Night Terrors attraction (see site for times).

Wayne County

Apple Charlie’s

  • Address: 38035 S. Huron Road, New Boston
  • Hours: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. September-October; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. November-December; cider, pumpkin pies and other foods until Jan. 1 (call for details)
  • Phone: 734-753-9380

This family farm is celebrating its 59th year. Besides the typical petting farm fauna, Charlie’s has an ostrich, pigmy goat and a baby calf. Stop by on busy weekends to listen to live music and stroll this 95-acre farm for plenty of U-pick homegrown apples and fruits.

Obstbaum Orchards

  • Address: 9252 Currie Road, Salem
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturdays-Sundays (closes at 5 p.m. during daylight savings time) Sept. 6-Oct. 26
  • Phone: 734-560-2840

This family-run orchard, named the German word for “fruit tree,” has fresh-picked apples, pressed cider and apple cinnamon doughnuts. Obstbaum offers hayrides and U-pick pumpkins. Date night? Visit the winery; it also sells hard cider.

Parmenter’s Northville Cider Mill

  • Address: 714 Baseline Road, Northville
  • Phone: 248-349-3181
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. daily Aug. 30-Nov. 23

Since 1873, Parmenter’s has offered the best in fall fare, including pies, pumpkin butter, cider, roasted almonds and much more.

Plymouth Orchards

  • Address: 10685 Warren Road, Plymouth
  • Hours: Mill: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily September-early Nov. 2; secondary market (10260 W. Ann Arbor Road, Plymouth): 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily September-day before Thanksgiving
  • Phone: 734-455-2290

Take a scenic wagon ride through the 100-acre farm, visit the petting zoo, pick your own pumpkins and enjoy some cider and cinnamon doughnuts.

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