All Fall Season, Find Apples & Adventure

For hand-picked memories that last a lifetime, now's the time to visit Arbor Day Farm in Nebraska City, Nebraska. Whether you pick apples in the orchard, sip cider pressed on-site, or snack on a hand-dipped caramel apple, you'll find classic fall season experiences all around this 260-acre property.

All Fall Season at Arbor Day Farm

  • Pick your own apples in the orchard. See when your favorite varieties document are at the peak of freshness.
  • Shop for pre-picked apples by the bag or the bushel at the Apple House Market.
  • Savor the season's best flavors: apple pies, hand-dipped caramel apples, apple cider, and more.
  • Taste the apples of yesteryear in the Preservation Orchard---several varieties of heirloom apples no longer available in stores.
  • Zigzag your way through the corn maze.
  • Choose the perfect pumpkin from the patch.
  • Climb aboard the Discovery Ride for a journey into the orchards or a free hayrack ride for general Arbor Day Farm transportation.

This and so much more is waiting for you to explore. Find a complete list of fall season events on our Events Calendar.

Explore The Preservation Orchard

A visit to Arbor Day Farm this time of year offers you the rare opportunity to explore the Preservation Orchard — a collection of apple varieties no longer commercially available. Heirloom apple tasting is available on fall weekends, as Nature Interpreters first show-and-tell about the Preservation Orchard itself, then slice and serve the rare fruits of its branches.

A few antique apple varieties worth noting:

  • Claygate Pearmain: common in Victorian-era gardens, this heirloom apple has a nutty aroma and a potato-like appearance.
  • Kandil Sinap: tall and cylindrical, this vintage apple originated in Turkey in the early 1800s. Crisp and juicy with a sweet and sour flavor.
  • Arkansas Black — a medium-sized apple from the 1840s. Glossy, dark red skin almost turns black when stored.

Arbor Day Farm's Preservation Orchard is one of just a handful of orchards in the United States where these rare heirloom apple varieties can still be found. Access to all of Arbor Day Farm's orchards is included with regular Tree Adventure admission.

Dates of Interest This Fall Season

  • date September 2
    Orchards Open for the Season

    • Pick your own apples in the orchards; or shop the Apple House Market for pre-picked apples by the bag, bushel, or box.
  • date September 9 & 30

    • Monarch Migration at the Tree Adventure, 11 am–3 pm
  • date September 16-17

  • date September 23 and October 7

    • Tree Climbing at the Tree Adventure, 10 am–5 pm
  • date September 23-24

    • Living History Weekend at Arbor Lodge, 11 am–4 pm
    • Pioneer Days
  • date September 30 and October 1

    • Living History Weekend at Arbor Lodge, 11 am–4 pm
    • Wheels of Transportation
  • date October 7 & 8

    • Living History Weekend at Arbor Lodge, 11 am–4 pm
    • Victorian Times
  • date October 8

    • Oktobefest Celebration at Arbor Day Farm Historic Barns, 1 pm–4 pm
  • date October 14 & 15

    • Living History Weekend at Arbor Lodge, 11 am–4 pm
    • Mountain Man Rendezvous
  • date October 14 & 21

    • Creepy Crawly Day at the Tree Adventure, 9 am–6 pm
  • date October 21 & 22, 28 & 29

    • Living History Weekend at Arbor Lodge, 11 am–4 pm
    • Vintage Halloween
  • date October 28

    • Pumpkin Party at the Tree Adventure, 9 am–5 pm
Find complete details about these events and more on our Events Calendar and download the Harvest Celebration PDF schedule document.