Apple picking is a favorite activity in Northeast PA. Lakeland Orchard and Cidery makes it an attraction! The farm is less than six miles from Hotel Anthracite and a definite must-do on any outdoor fun list.
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A Tradition Takes Root
What began as a small orchard in Scott Township has grown into a full-fledged seasonal theme park of sorts. Apples continue to be the main attraction- 30 varieties among 20,000 trees- but now visitors can build a whole day around an apple picking outing. Features at the farm this include live music and axe throwing in the cider garden. The latest additions join a whole crop of family-centric activities.
Lakeland Orchard and Cidery takes pick-your-own strawberries to another level for its Strawberry Festival. Every Thursday through Sunday from June 4 to July 3 take a scenic wagon ride to the rolling strawberry fields to pick your own fresh fruit. Afterward, enjoy over 15 farm-themed attractions including the new Berry Blender amusement ride. There’s also live music and plenty of food.
Summer Fest from July 7-24 features live lumberjack shows every weekend. Enjoy pours from local wineries and breweries while listening to live music. Orchard food turns blue highlighing everything from blueberry lavender lemonade to blueberry donuts and blueberry lavender ice cream.
A Blooming Good Time
The Blooms and Butterfiles season begins July 28 and continues through August 28. Stroll five acres of Sunflowers, Zinnias, Snapdragons, Poppies and more to take some spectacular selfies and cut your own bouquet to take home. There will also be live music and cold hard cider to enjoy. A scenic wagon ride transports you to the flower fields and vegetable garden for a pick-your-own experience. Visit the Butterfly House and surround yourself with hundreds of beautiful butterflies all aflutter.
A Bushel of Fun
Apple picking gets underway on September 1. A High-Density Trellised System of planting means the apples are easier to pick because they’re in close proximity and near the ground. Discerning apple lovers can choose the variety they love best, from the early Zestar, Premier Honeycrisp and Blondee to the end-of-season Suncrisp, Northern Spy and Golden, plus everything in between! Pick a quarter of a peck or up to half a bushel. The orchard is open until October 30, weather permitting.
A Lot to Do and See
A day at the farm is full of activities and attractions for all ages. Older visitors will enjoy an expanded Cider Garden, which serves refreshing hard cider. The area also features an Axe Throwing activity where participants can try their luck. Live music is another new addition to the festivities on the farm. Every weekend brings a different band representing a variety of genres, from country and bluegrass to folk and rock. Returning favorite attractions include the Country Carousel. The 1952 Alan Herschel Carousel originally entertained crowds at the Catskill Game Farm in New York. It was in storage until it was purchased, repaired and restored especially for Lakeland Orchard and Cidery. Cow Train Express, a Giant Corn Box, Pumpkin Bounce, Duck Races, Yard Games and a Goat Corral round out the available offerings. There are a number of festival food options to satisfy every appetite. Visitors can enjoy Kevin’s Barbecue and The Burger Shop or a variety of snacks and refreshments in Orchard Café.
Lakeland Orchard and Cidery is open Thursday through Sunday plus Labor Day and Columbus Day.
A Fresh Getaway Idea
Northeast PA is at its peak during the summer and autumn seasons. Surrounded by mountains, Hotel Anthracite is perfectly positioned for you to enjoy every moment in Northeast PA. Spend one day at the orchard and another exploring the backroads or trails of Northeast PA. At the end of the day return to Hotel Anthracite where you can enjoy a luxurious stay, unparalleled hospitality and an elevated dining experience. Check our Specials and Packages offered throughout the year, then book your escape!