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Fall Family Apple Picking at Calico Ranch Orchard, Julian, CA

Apple picking at Calico Ranch Orchard in Julian, CA, is such a fun family activity! Plan to go apple picking in San Diego this fall and take a trip to Julian.

Apple picking at Calico Ranch Orchard, Julian, CA

Apple picking in Julian, CA

My kids have got it pretty good. I love to get outdoors and active, taking in all of the fun, and of course, my kids are in tow. We’ve been to Disney World, Disneyland for Mickey’s Halloween party, Sea World, Aquatica San Diego, the pumpkin patch, and so many more fun events this year. Add apple picking to the list!

Row of apple trees, Calico Farms Orchard, Julian CA

Visit Calico Ranch Orchard in Julian

We took a drive from San Diego to Julian, CA where the living is easy. It’s an older town in the mountains that has kept it’s historic buildings and farm-like charm over the years. As soon as you get into the area, you can feel the comforts of a small town. The sights, sounds and smells of Fall are everywhere!

Julian is about an hour drive from us and experience all 4 seasons, we don’t see too much of a seasonal change in San Diego! In the Fall, the apple orchards are in full swing, so we stopped at Calico Ranch Orchard to reap the harvest.

boy picking apples from tree

Fun apple picking at Calico Ranch

Calico Ranch is a small, family owned orchard right in the heart of town. Ten bucks will get you a nice sized bag of fresh apples or pears, you’ll pick them yourself! Navigate through the many trees they have, or take a break at the picnic tables under the oak trees. If you are not in the picking mood, they have barrels of freshly picked apples of hundreds of varieties that you can sample and purchase.

Fresh picked apples, Julian, California

You are allowed to eat a few of the apples right off of the tree, but don’t climb them.

mom and daughter picking apples from tree in Julian

Our time spent in Julian was the perfect outdoor family time activity. When we finished, we hit up downtown Julian to eat lunch. We found an old school Miner’s Diner with a real soda fountain! The kids loved it!

We sampled apple cider at the Julian Cider Mill and devoured some of Mom’s pies. OMG. You must try the apple boysenberry crumb pie with cinnamon ice cream. YUM!

Mom's Pies in Julian, CA

Enjoy apple picking in San Diego County!

If you love a good u-pick farm, you will love apple picking at Calico Ranch in Julian with your family this fall! Please visit their website to see the dates and times they are open.

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