It's that time of year when the Lions play and drive families across the state to look for other things to do rather than wallow in the misery of another NFL season.

One of the great West Michigan traditions is picking your own apples, and when you ask around you invariably tend to get one answer, Robinette's Apple Orchard.

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Now to be clear, we have NOTHING against Robinette's, in fact, the addition of the winery has even brought a new element to the apple picking experience, but we know that people love to find new experiences.

So we present the following u-pick orchards in West Michigan that are worth the road trip.

Crane Orchards U-Pick and Corn Maze in Fennville
One of the top-rated orchards in West Michigan is in Fennville and boasts a number of different varieties, plus a walk over to Crane's Pie Pantry Restaurant & Winery after picking apples or walking the maze is a must.

📷 Crane Orchards/Facebook

Brookside Farms in Martin
While Brookside Farms is well known for its U-Pick Blueberry Farms, they also have a nice U-Pick Apple Orchard in Martin. Plus, the famous baked goods that they're known for in their Paw Paw & Gobles locations are now available in their new bakery in Martin.

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Summersweet Orchard in Caledonia
Summersweet Orchard is one of the closest orchards for those in Metro GR, in fact, it's just minutes away for those in Kentwood, Wyoming, Byron Center, and other southside communities. Plus, if you're more about the apples than the experience of picking them, they keep the store stocked and all their apples are ready to go.

📷 Summersweet Orchard/Facebook

Blok Orchard In Ada
For you Eastsiders, a trip to Blok Orchards makes a fun yet quick trip to grab your apples and enjoy some family time. Plus you can stock the pantry with a huge variety of veggies fresh from their farm market including cantaloupe, watermelon, broccoli, beans, eggplant, Bartlett pears, Stanley Plums, peppers, tomatoes, peaches, and of course apples. They usually have Zestar, Gala, Paula Red, Ginger Gold, Blondee & Premier Honeycrisp apples on-site.

📷 Blok Orchard/Facebook

Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm in GR

Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm is right in Grand Rapids and is a popular live event space as well as a working farm. So if you plan your day of apple picking right, you can end it at their popular patio, enjoying live music, and enjoying some of their great ciders and wines as you wind down a West Michigan evening.

📷 Ed Dunneback & Girls Fruit Farm/Facebook

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