Keep South Shore Safe

Masks are required on public transportation, as well as in LaPorte County and on national park and state government properties, both inside buildings and in outdoor spaces where you cannot socially distance. Most businesses still require masks. If you have quesitons, please contact the business before you go. 

Read More
See More See More: Things To Do
See More See More: The Region

Orchards and U-picks in Northwest Indiana

There is nothing better than sipping apple cider slushies, picking out the best pumpkins, and walking through a corn maze on a chilly fall day. Lucky for us, Northwest Indiana is full of amazing orchards and farm parks that everyone can enjoy.

Fair Oaks Farms Orchard - apple on tree

Fair Oaks Farms

Fair Oaks Farms Orchard has added many new additions to their experience. To pick apples at their u-pick orchard you can rent a golf cart on the weekend to drive around the orchard and surrounding trails or ride the wagon out to the rows of apple trees. They also have a u-pick sunflower field! 

Their Family Pub, located in the corn maze, provides not only adult drinks, but also kid-friendly beverages and picnics to go. There are also yard games to play like cornhole, ladder ball, spike ball, giant checkers and more.

If you get hungry, Fair Oaks Orchard has some tasty treats such as apple donuts, pastries, kettle corn and other goodies. You can also indulge yourself with a harvest dinner from the Farmhouse Restaurant.

Plan your trip to Fair Oaks Farms here and check out their hotel packages!

Harvest Tyme

Harvest Tyme 

This farm park is located in Lowell and is full of fun for the whole family. If you are looking to spruce up your home with some u-pick sunflowers, make it through a corn maze, pick a pumpkin, and take a hayride, this is the place for you! Sunflowers are in season until late September and pumpkins are available for picking through the last weekend in October.

They have a kiddie corn maze with annual themes such as “Corn Story” featuring characters from the popular movie Toy Story. You can also go through the family corn maze for more of a challenge.

Harvest Tyme is full of games and amusement rides to entertain the kiddos all day. Stop by the petting zoo to feed and pet some familiar farm animals and then take a seat in the giant porch swing or rocking chair for a cute family photo op!

If you get an appetite, no worries, Harvest Tyme has snacks such as artisan pretzels, hot dogs, apple cinnamon donuts, kettle corn, and an assortment of food trucks every weekend.

Northwest Indiana Orchards - County Line

County Line Orchard

A Northwest Indiana classic, County Line Orchard is packed with fun for the whole family. County Line has u-pick fields, educational bee yurts, live music, two corn mazes, children’s train, kids farm with animals to feed and pet, campfires, and so much more.

County Line’s u-pick options include apples, sunflowers, and pumpkins. Corn mazes are themed every year - from a giant sunflower to a celebration of when the Cubs won the World Series. There's also a smaller soybean maze of an Albanese gummy bear, which is easier for the kiddos

Don’t forget to head inside the barn before you go for yummy fall treats like donuts, apple cider, honey, and many other fall necessities!

Johnson's Farm Produce in Hobart

Johnson’s Farm Produce

Johnson's Farm features multiple U-Pick fields open every weekend during the season, a garden center full of beautiful flowers, farm market with prepicked produce, “fun farm” for the little ones, and more! Their u-pick fields that are open on weekends for the rest of this season include the following:

  • Sunflowers
  • Zinnias
  • Raspberries
  • Pumpkins
  • Vegetables – Eggplant, Sweet Corn, Cabbage, and Cauliflower

Kregel's Pumpkin Patch

Take the entire family to Kregel's Pumpkin Patch for a traditional u-pick adventure. Take a hayride, get lost in the corn maze and pick your very own pumpkins. Kregel's also has a petting zoo, pony rides and their famous Pumpkin Peak Slide. You can always pop into their farm market for already-picked pumpkins, gourds and other local goodies. 

What's in Season?

Harvest seasons can vary based on the weather each year. Before you go, check the locations's social media or website or just give them a call to see what's ready.

  • Strawberries – June
  • Blueberries – around July 1 to early August
  • Raspberries – early July
  • Blackberries – July, early September
  • Apples - late August through October
  • Pumpkins – late September through October
  • Christmas Trees – end of November to mid to late December

Merrillville, Indiana Restaurants, Hotels and Things to Do

Plan a Getaway

Thinking about visting the area's orchards and u-picks? Plan an entire weekend getaway around it with more outdoor activities, fun attractions plus local wineries, breweries, restaurants and more!

Boy in a striped shirt holding a basket and eating an apple from Northwest Indiana Orchards

U-Picks & Orchards - Who Has What?

Below are even more u-picks and orchards to visit throughout the South Shore area. No matter which one you choose, you will not be disappointed. Make sure to share your experience by using #AlongTheSouthShore on social media so we can see your fun family experiences. Have a happy fall!

County Line Orchard
200 County Line Road
Hobart, IN 46342
Phone: 219-947-4477

Fair Oaks Farms Orchard
856 N. 600 E.
Fair Oaks, IN 47943
Phone: 219-394-2025

Garwood Orchard
5911 W 50 S
La Porte, IN 46350-9705
Phone: (219) 362-4385

Pavolka Fruit Farms
17776 N Wozniak Rd
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: (219) 874-6056

Radke Orchards
8999 W 200 N
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: (219) 872-3140

Williams Orchards
9456 N 500 East
LaPorte, IN 46350
Phone: (219) 778-2839

Spring Run Farm
2110 W. 169th Ave.
Lowell, IN 46356
Phone: (219) 696-9357

Johnson’s Farm Produce
8960 E. Ridge Rd.
Hobart, IN 46342
Phone: (219) 962-1383

A Few Shades Greener
9812 N. 100 E.
Lake Village, IN 46349

West Creek Bees
17006 Tapper St.
Lowell, IN 46356
Phone: (219) 741-5473

Harvest Tyme Farm Park
17904 Grant Street
Lowell, IN 46356
Phone: (219) 440-2386

Coulter’s Farm Produce
5433 S US 421
Westville, IN 46391
Phone: (219) 785-2406

Kregel's Pumpkin Patch
7705 W 159th Ave
Lowell, IN 46356
Phone: (219) 690-1503

Happy Harvest Sunflowers
17303 Holtz Rd.
Lowell, IN 46356 

Billy Boy's Blueberry Barn
650 Freyer Road
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: (219) 872-7477

Blue Sky Berry Farm
15552 S. 1050 West
Wanatah, IN 46390
Phone: (219) 733-2416

Blueberries of Indiana
2388 W 1000 N
Michigan City, IN 46350
Phone: (219) 326-8686

Fritts Berry Farm
10301 IN-10
Demotte, IN 46310
Phone: (219) 987-2228

Eenigenburg's Blueberries
6721 W State Road 10
Demotte, IN 46310
Phone: (219) 987-2957

Casto’s Corner
5865 South 600 West
North Judson, IN 46366
Phone: (574) 540-8793

Luedtke Blueberry Farms
725 E 1400 N
Wheatfield, IN 46392
Phone: (219) 956-3356

Stateline Blueberries
9957 N Frontage Rd
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: (219) 874-7721

VanKley's Blueberries
2666 W State Road 10
Wheatfield, IN 46392
Phone: (219) 956-3687

Grandma's Berry Patch
9895 W 1700 S
La Crosse, IN 46348
Phone: (219) 733-9080

Merrillville Farms
6716 Colorado St.
Hobart, IN 46342
Phone: (219) 947-0223

Rosey's Blueberry Farm
1066 N 1150 West
Michigan City, IN 46360
Phone: (219) 874-2981

7373 West 1700 South
Wanatah, IN 46390
Phone: (219) 733-2662

Egolf Christmas Trees
14594 S 700 W
Wanatah, IN 46390
Phone: (219) 733-2143

Guse Christmas Trees, LLC
6177 W 1450 S
Wanatah, IN 46390
Phone: (219) 733-9346

From Our Blog

View All

Weekend Getaway with Family + Apple Orchard = Everlasting Memories

  If you’re looking to experience a new apple orchard and pumpkin patch that’s not that far from home, then consider County...
Read More

Apples to Apples: Northwest Indiana Orchards

By Dani Howe Danhauer, Social Media Strategist and Carolyn Hricik, Communications Intern Apple
Read More

A Day at County Line Orchard with Older Kids

  One of the benefits of living in Northwest Indiana in the fall is the local orchards! There are a number of them here along the southern shore...
Read More

Request More Information

Would you like more information about the South Shore and the Indiana Dunes? Use the links below to request a visitor's guide be mailed to you, download our Indiana Dunes brochure, join our e-newsletter list or sign up for text alerts.

• Mail me a Visitor's Guide

• Email me the South Shore Explorer Newsletter

• Download the Indiana Dunes Brochure

• Send me Text Alerts