Every year, our family enjoys a day trip to St. Joseph, Missouri, where we spend a day of apple picking at Schweizer Orchards (5455 SE State Route Ff, St. Joseph, MO. 816.232.3999). Schweizer offers many varieties of apples and their orchard is so large, they'll have apples throughout the season (you should still call ahead for hours, ask which varieties are available, and check on special events)! They also feature a large playground for kids with swings, slides, monkey bars, and a giant wooden train my girls loved. There are picnic tables, and a gift shop with other delicious treats, craft items, and souvenirs. This year, apples are ready to enjoy already in Mid-August!