Fall Bucket List – Apple Picking In Southern California

When people hear Southern California, they immediately think of the beach, LA, and Disneyland. I’m telling you there’s so much more to this sunny state than what #southerncalifornia shows you on social media. I have two little kids, and I want them to have various experiences in the outdoors as much as possible. This year, to (pumpkin) spice things up, we decided to take them apple picking. I’ve discovered this local gem, Riley’s Farm, just a little over an hour outside L.A., nestled in the foothills near Oak Glen. Fall in Southern California is usually reasonably warm, so this out of town excursion gave us the much-needed breeze we’ve been missing in SoCal.  

Riley’s Farm is a working apple orchard and a living historical farm. They’ve outdone themselves by making learning fun with their living history education; from the gold rush to the civil war, you’ll surely pick something up from their educational tours. I can go on and on about the many things you can do here, but you need to see it for yourself to be able to appreciate everything this place has to offer. If you’re planning to head there soon, keep in mind that they are only open from Wednesday to Saturdays, 10 am to 4 pm. If you want to check all their activities off your bucket list, then you need to go early because there’s so little time but so much to do. 

We arrived at the Farm in the afternoon, and I swear, my kids were brimming with joy when I told them we were apple picking. If you’re a first-timer like me, don’t worry, the staff who were dressed from head to toe in traditional Colonial attire will guide you on how to pick apples. And yes, who knew there was a proper way of picking an apple?

To my surprise, my kids were naturals at apple picking! Now, what am I going to do with these bags of apples? Please share your favorite apple recipes in the comments; I need all the suggestions I can get!

After leaving Snow White with no apples left to eat, I thought they’d be exhausted and want to head home. Boy, was I wrong! Seeing the pumpkin patch and haystack maze got them all pumped up again. The endless pumpkin patches made it so difficult for us to decide on one, I mean four. Afterall, you can never have too many Jack-O’-Lanterns for Halloween.

In addition to the various activities, what I really enjoyed was strolling the peaceful country grounds. Compared to living in the city, the ambiance made me feel like it was straight out of a storybook. Our visit to Riley’s Farm had so many full-filled activities; there were so many kodak moments that I’ve literally run out of space on my phone storage now.

And, if you love seeing the beautiful colors of the fall season in SoCal, this place will definitely not disappoint. So if you’re looking for a nearby place to take your kids to, I highly recommend Riley’s farm! They definitely made my kids harvest wishes come true.

Riley’s Farm

12261 Oak Glen Rd

Yucaipa, CA 92399

What are the top 3 things on your fall bucket list… while keeping your family safe during COVID-19?

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  1. 10.5.20

    This is now on my bucket list of places to visit. We had planned a trip along the coast this past summer but our travel plans weren’t possible. We live in Canada and the border is closed. Someday we will get here.

  2. 10.5.20

    Oh my goodness your photos are so beautiful! I live in Oregon and we love visiting California. Thanks for the travel bug!

  3. 10.6.20
    Bri said:

    So pretty! Can’t wait until travel is deemed safe again!

  4. 10.6.20
    Monica Simpson said:

    Looks beautiful! We love apple picking, though our IL orchards aren’t nearly as beautiful as your Cali ones.

  5. 10.6.20

    So beautiful! We went apple picking a few weekends ago and the kids had so much fun!

  6. 10.6.20
    Alyssa said:

    I have to admit, even having looked at moving to San Diego, this was my impression of SoCal. Thank you for this perspective!

  7. 10.7.20

    This sounds like fun and looks so gorgeous. If only I could get to California!

  8. 10.7.20
    Marjie Mare said:

    Your post and pictures bring memories when I use to go apple picking with my girls in NJ.

  9. 10.7.20

    What a fun activity! I’ve never taken my kids apple picking and now feel a bit guilty about that! Adding it to the list 🙂 Beautiful pictures!

  10. 10.7.20

    Wow, love all your ideas to spend quality time with family. Due to Covid, I have not gone anywhere from the past 7 months. Hope, to go outside soon.

  11. 10.7.20
    Emily said:

    Apple picking is such a fun family time and it’s something I think a lot of people don’t think about trying. Your photos are gorgeous!