5 Farms Where You Can Pick Your Own Apples Near Columbus, Ohio

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Going apple picking, a classic fall activity in Central Ohio, is a sure sign of the changing seasons! Even if you live in the city of Columbus, a u-pick apple farm is less than an hour away!

5 Places to Pick Apples in Columbus and Central Ohio:

Our family loves to pick apples. We have traditionally picked our apples at Lynd Fruit Farm since we moved here in 2008, but  we have recently branched out (no pun intended) to try some other local apple farms! Though we haven’t tried every one of these, I wanted to include as many as I could find in the Central Ohio area!

Lynd fruit farm pick your own apples

If you’re planning your fall calendar, you’re going to also want to check out A Complete List of Pumpkin Patches and Fall Festivals in Central Ohio and 3 Can’t-Miss Pumpkin Patches near Columbus for more fall fun!

1. Branstool Orchards

apple picking at Branstool Orchard

Location: 5895 Johnstown Utica Rd, NE, Utica, OH 43080
Phone: 740-892-3989
Features: Pick your own apples 7 days a week! 37 Apple varieties are available beginning in July and running through late October! See our trip to Branstool Orchards here.

2. Cherry Hawk Farm

Location: 16220 Springdale Rd., Marysville, OH 43040
Phone: 937-642-6442
Features: Pick your own apples from July to November! Plus a sunflower field that blooms in late August and early September! 

3. Lawrence Orchards

Location: 2634 Smeltzer Rd., Marion, OH 43302
Phone: 740-389-3019
Features: 26 varieties of apples grown plus other summer vegetables, fruits, pumpkins and more! Apple picking typically begins in early September. Apple Cider is available after Labor Day! A farm market is open from June through Christmas with farm-made products!

4. Lynd Fruit Farm

pick your own apples at Lynd Fruit Farm

Location: 9393 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala, OH 43062
Phone: 740-927-8559
Features: Over a dozen apple varieties are available throughout the season! Apple picking typically begins at the beginning of September. Call the u-pick hotline for updates: 740-927-1333 for a recorded message. There is also a large farm market with homemade goods, fruits, vegetables and more!

5. Orchard and Company

apple picking at Orchard and Company

Location: 7255 US HWY 42 North, Plain City, OH 43064
Phone: 614-873-0510
Features: U-Pick apples available from August through October. Fall festival season begins in September and runs through October featuring fun activities for families! Read about our Plain City Apple Picking Adventures!

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Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus and Beyond

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Cutting down or picking out your family’s Christmas Tree is a fun family tradition! Looking for the best place to get yours? Check this list of Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus and Beyond!

This list contains a variety of options for picking out your Christmas tree around Central Ohio! If you want to drive out to the country, take a hay ride into the field and chop down your own tree, or you’d rather pull into a parking spot and pick out a precut tree (no sawing involved), you can take your pick!

Please double check times and availability by clicking each link or calling the specific farm you are interested in!

Christmas Tree Farms In Columbus Ohio and Beyond:

Christmas trees lined up at Christmas Tree farm near Columbus, Ohio

Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus (North):

Taylor Christmas Tree Farm

  • 3720 Wilson Rd., Sunbury, Ohio, (740) 965-3293

Cut your own, no credit cards accepted.

Joat-Mon Tree Farm

  • 1976 Klondike Rd., Delaware, Ohio 43015, 614-395-0083

Precut and pick your own trees, wood fire, hot chocolate.

Cackler Farms

Cackler Christmas Tree Farm near Columbus Ohio

  • 4971 Cackler Rd., Delaware, OH 43015, 740-524-5311

Cut your own tree. Also includes a live nativity with animals to visit, a play area for kids including a corn bin and straw bales.

Fly Away Farm

  • 1950 Lackey Old State Rd., Delaware, OH 43015, 740-548-7355

Cut your own tree, hayrides, free hot chocolate and cookies, campfire. No credit cards accepted. Only open the first weekend in December!

Country Cabin Tree Farm

  • 3600 Wilson Road​, Sunbury, OH, 614-832-9345

Precut trees available or cut your own, hot chocolate and cider available, holiday gift items for sale.

Christmas Trees Junction

  • 430 Willey Rd., Delaware, OH 43015, 740-363-9105

Cut your own tree, free candy canes.

Stonehaven Tree Farm

  • 6718 Perry Rd., Centerburg, Ohio, 43011, 614-668-6292

Pick your own tree, miniature horses, free hot cocoa and cookies and hay rides!\

Glass Family Farm

  • 6551 Lewis Center Rd., Galena, OH 43021

Does not accept credit or debit cards.

Heimbush Christmas Tree Farm

  • 21590 Northwest Pkwy., Marysville, Ohio 43040, 937-644-2455

Cut your own tree, no credit cards accepted, baked goods available.

Irwin Farm

  • 18961 Collins Rd., Marysville, Ohio 43040, 304-633-1728

Cut your own tree + hayride for $40. Open on the weekends.

Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus (South):

Albert Family Tree Farm

  • 7505 Bunkerhall Rd. & 8790 Gerhart Rd., Amanda, OH 43102

Precut, dug and balled trees, visits from Santa, petting zoo, refreshments at Gerhart location.

Lands Christmas Trees

  • 22796 Ringgold Southern Rd, Stoutsville, OH 43154

Precut and cut your own Christmas trees. 

Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus (East):

Old Log House Plantation

  • 8656 State Route 13 Somerset, OH 43783, 888.869.7424

Free hayride to pick out your tree, hot cider, popcorn and gift shop.

Timbuk Farms

  • 2030 Timbuk Road, Granville, Ohio 43023, 740-587-2178

Pick your own tree, enjoy hot chocolate, gift items and visits from Santa and Mrs. Claus.

The Walsh Tree Farm

  • 9068 Eden Church Rd, St Louisville, OH 43071, (740) 745-5040

Precut trees and cut your own. Craft items for sale during business hours.

Hickory Ridge Tree Farm

  • 3600 Johnstown-Alexandria Rd, Alexandria, OH 43001, 740-924-5054

Precut and pick your own trees available.

Lynd Fruit Farm

9399 Morse Rd SW, Pataskala, Ohio 43062, 740-927-8559

Christmas trees for sale, a Christmas Shoppe, activities for families on the weekends.

Mr. Tree Farm

  • 1099 Reynoldsburg New Albany Rd N., Blacklick, OH 43004, 614-577-0081

Precut trees and cut your own. Weekends include: hayrides, Santa’s workshop, petting zoo, hot chocolate and cider.

Timberpeg Tree Farm

  • 4544 Tschopp Rd NE, Lancaster, OH 43130, 740-503-1045

Precut and cut your own trees, greenery, hot cider, goats.

Needle and Pine Farm

  • 8312 Denune Rd., Johnstown, Ohio 43031

Christmas trees, hot cider and hot chocolate, and a gift barn.

Holiday Farm

  • 8656 OH-13, Somerset, OH 43783

Open November 22 – December 22, 2019, 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM every day. Santa will be there every Friday from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM. Reindeer on site until 5:00 PM. Cut your own tree until dark, precut trees also available. 

Christmas Tree Farms in Columbus (West):

Carl & Dorothy Young’s Christmas Tree Farm

  • 4968 US Rte 68 North, Yellow Springs, OH 45387, 937-708-6828

Precut and cut your own trees, free hot chocolate and popcorn.

Knoll Top Trees

  • 5221 Snyder Domer Rd., Springfield, Ohio 45502

Christmas Tree Lots in Columbus

These locations for picking out your Christmas Tree in Columbus are less about the farm experience, but are still a great option for getting a real tree locally!

Dill’s Greenhouse

  • 5800 Rager Rd., Groveport, OH 43125, 614-836-3700

Precut trees, poinsettias, ornaments, other gifts.

HTH Farm Market

  • 2340 W. Dublin Granville Rd., Columbus, OH 43235, 614-396-6313

HTH Farm Market

Precut trees to choose from, farm market sells produce, decorative items and gives out free cider.

DeMonye’s Greenhouse

  • 2500 Airport Dr., Columbus, Ohio 43219, 614-252-6046

Precut trees available, other gift and greenhouse items available in the shop.

Hoffman’s Farm Market

  • 800 Rome Hilliard Rd., Columbus, Ohio 43228, 614-878-5161

Precut trees for sale, other greenery available.

Oakland Nursery Tree Lots

  • various locations around Columbus (check the link for addresses)

Oakland Nurseries sets up several tree lots around Columbus to pick up a freshly picked tree.

Other Ideas

I’ve asked for input from my readers as to where they get their Christmas trees and some other ideas that were given to me were COSTCO, Whole Foods, Lowe’s and Straders. If you have one of these locations near you, this might be another easy option!

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16 Things to Do at Leeds Farm

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Leeds Farm in Ostrander, Ohio is the ultimate Pumpkin Farm experience! With activities for all ages, hayrides, a zip line, pumpkins and tons more, your family will enjoy a day out at Leeds Farm!

A big thanks to Leeds Farm for sponsoring this post!

*In 2019, Leeds Farm is celebrating their 25th anniversary by offering a 25% discount on regular admission and combo passes during opening weekend: September 21st and 22nd!*

Leeds Farm is HUGE. If you’re looking for a do-it-all and then some pumpkin farm experience, this is it! On our first visit, I was completely in awe! We knew they offered a lot of activities, but the size of the farm still took us by surprise! We look forward to visiting Leeds Farm each year!

16 Things to Do at Leeds Farm:

Leeds Farm North Barn

Don’t let the size and scope of the farm intimidate you though, because the size actually makes the experience better! We typically visit on opening day, at the same time as the Autism Festival, when there are tons of people there. The fact that the farm is so big and there are so many things to do means that it hasn’t felt jam packed and the lines for activities have not been super long. There are literally acres of space to spread out!

Leeds Farm Straw Barn

One of the great things about Leeds Farm is that there is truly something for everyone. If you have toddlers, there’s the corn bin, animals to feed, pumpkins to pick, and a hayride. If you have active elementary school kids, there are pedal carts, a mini zip line, the pumpkin jump (a big orange trampoline), big slides and more! If you have middle schoolers (or kids 52+ inches tall) and up, there’s The Big Zip Line in addition to all the other activities!

A full food menu is also available meaning you don’t have to leave the farm at meal time! And don’t forget to visit The Back Porch for kettle corn!

Wondering what there is to do at Leeds farm?

Here’s a break down of all the things there are to do at Leeds farm! Your admission allows you access to all of these activities except paintball and The Big Zip, so you can feel free to pick and choose the activities that are best suited for your kids without having to tack on additional costs.

If you have babies and toddlers, keep reading because I will also tell you how to experience the farm without paying for activities your little kids might not be able to do!

1. Take a Hay Ride

Leeds Farm Hay Rides

leeds farm hay ride

There are three Hayrides going at a time and the hayride lasts 10-15 minutes so the process operates like a well oiled machine! Throughout the ride, keep your eyes peeled for “animals” in the woods!

leeds farm hayride

2. Pick a Pumpkin

Leeds Farm pumpkins

There are lots of pumpkins to choose from and carts available to carry your treasures to your car! The pumpkins are outside the Farm Shop and inside are lots of other gourds, pumpkins and squash to choose from!

Leeds Farm pumpkin barn

Leeds Farm pumpkin picking

Leeds Farm pumpkin picking

3. Eat

Leeds Farm apple cider slushy

Inside the North Barn is a cafe with lots of food to choose from, from main courses like shredded chicken sandwiches, sausage, hot dogs and chili, to snacks and desserts such as nachos, soft pretzels, donuts, pie and my favorite, apple cider slushies!

Leeds Farm food

Don’t miss the Back Porch where the kettle corn is made and sold!

Leeds Farm Kettle Corn

4. Feed Animals

Leeds Farm feeding animals

Kids can feed the animals at the farm and cups of feed are $1/piece. (Cash only here.) My kids loved sending the food down the tubes to feed the donkeys! The feeding frenzy doesn’t stop in the barn!

Leeds Farm animal feed

Leeds Farm donkeys

5. Slide

Leeds Farm Slide

Leeds Farm

If sliding is your thing, you’ve got lots of options at Leeds Farm! There are at least 4 areas where there are slides and they are of varying heights and fear factors, including one slide coming from a combine!

Leeds Farm Slides

Leeds Farm Combine Slide

Leeds Farm Slide

6. Jump on a Humongous Pumpkin

Leeds Farm Pumpkin Jump

This big huge orange thing is a trampoline of sorts! It’s called the Pumpkin Jump and it’s tons of fun – I’ve done it myself!

7. Roll in a Tube

Leeds Farm Big Tubes

Want to roll around in a tube? You can do that too!

Leeds Farm Big Tubes

8. Ride in the Holstein Hustle

Leeds Farm Holstein Huddle

Anyone who can fit can ride in the Holstein Hustle for a trip around the farm!

9. Zip Line

Leeds Farm Big Zip

There are two options for zip lining: The Big Zip Line and the Mini Zip Lines. The Mini Zip Lines are perfect for those between 3 and 4 feet tall! The Big Zip is an additional cost and you must be at least 52 inches tall and under 250 lbs.

Leeds Farm Mini Zip Line

10. Play in Corn

Leeds Farm Corn Barn

You know this is where my kids spent the biggest chunk of their time – digging, scooping and dumping corn with vehicles! Warning: your kids will be covered in corn dust (is that a thing?) when they are done!

Leeds Farm Corn Bin

11. Play in a Straw Fort

Leeds Farm Straw Barn

This is a great play area for the younger kids. Parents can see in, nobody gets lost and it’s a fun space for the little ones to run around!

12. Watch Pigs Race

Leeds Farm Pig Races

We didn’t get to see a pig race firsthand, but several times a day, pigs are raced around this arena! I’m bummed we missed it because it sounds like a hoot!

13. Drive a Pedal Cart

Leeds Farm Pedal Carts

Pedal carts are fun for the kids and your little ones can get pushed if they can’t reach the pedals!

Leeds Farm Pedal Carts

14. Shoot a Paintball Gun

This activity is one of the few things that is not included in your admission but it is just $2 for a bucket of 15 paintballs or $5 for 50.

15. Climb the Tire Tower

Leeds Farm Tire Tower

New in 2018 is the Tire Tower! Lots of fun climbing entertainment right here!

16. Ride an Iron Horse

Leeds Farm Horse Corral

Another new addition in 2018 is the Iron Horse Corral! My youngest son LOVES horses so he did not want to leave this area until he had ridden every single horse at least 3 times. 😉

Leeds Farm Horse Corral

How to do it all: Admission to the farm includes all activities except paintball and the Big Zip. When you pay, you get a sticker to wear that allows you access to all of the activity areas. Check out the Combo Deal too! General Admission plus 1 Big Zip is $15 for Kids & Adults.

How to do some of it: A lot of the activities at Leeds Farm are geared toward ages 3 and up, but that doesn’t have to stop parents of babies from having fun! Or maybe you’re looking for a scaled down farm experience. If so, it is free to visit the animals in the barn (and a cup of feed is only $1). You can also shop for pumpkins, squash, and gourds with no admission fee. Pumpkins range from $2.50 for pie pumpkins up to $15 for the biggest pumpkins. You can also tack on a hayride a la cart for $5/person.

Know Before You Go:

  • Leeds Farm is only open on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM beginning September 21 through October 27, 2019. They are open one Friday only: October 18th, 2019.
  • Admission to Farm Activities is as follows:
    • Kids 3-18: $12
    • Adults 19-54: $10
    • Kids 2 and under: Free
    • Adults 55+: Complimentary
    • Group Rate ($9) is available for 10 or more General Admissions purchased at the same time or $14/person for 10 Combo Tickets. (Tip: Go together with another family or two to access this group rate!)
    • Parking: No charge
    • Big Zip: $5
    • Combo: General Admission and 1 Big Zip, $15 for Kids & Adults 
    • Paintball on the Porch: $2 for 15 paintballs or $5 for 50
  • Guests are welcome to visit the animals in the barnyard and shop for pumpkins, squash, gourds with no admission fee.
  • Check out the Farm Map to get your bearings before you go!

Hey Moms, does all of this look fun but you secretly wish you could do it without your kids? Then make sure you get tickets for Witches Night Out on October 2nd!

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