Tanners Orchard is a favorite field trip for my kids. It is located in Central Illinois, 740 State Route 40, on the corner of Route 40 and Route 17.
Tanners Orchard is more than a yearly, family experience for my kids. We get fresh air, exercise, and apples.
After parking, you can enter the orchards or an inside garage-area. The orchards are actually behind the indoor area where you can have samples of homemade food and apple cider. Guests can walk out to the orchard area, or walk inside for food samples (and possible purchases).
When you walk inside Tanners Orchard, you will get to sample apple cider. (This is a tasty part, but not the best).
You can have lunch there and the prices are reasonable. The indoor area also has fabulous fruits and vegetables for sale, as well as fudge and apple donuts. (Note: these donuts are the best part).
Heading outside, kids can interact with animals. This is probably what my kids look forward to when we head to Tanners Orchard.
A favorite – goat feeding.
My children remember the goats more than any other part of Tanners. The goats have a walkway that crosses over their heads. Human kids can feed the goats, and giggle as the goats lick their little hands.
Hanging out with a new animal friend.
In another outside section, kids can choose from several areas to play. They can ride on tractors, bikes, and a school bus.
Ty years ago riding on a tractor.
The school bus is in the background – we are on a wooden train here.
By the exit, visitors can pose for pumpkin pictures, and buy pumpkins too. (I think these pictures were taken in September).
Tanners Orchard is a loved experience for my kids and we I never make it through a year of only taking them once. It is a fun Peoria, IL kid activity.
Note to parents: I have taken my kids to Tanners Orchard probably a dozen times. You should bring:
* Quarters to buy the animals food.
* A clean shirt and pair of socks for the ride home. My kids normally spill on a shirt, and the socks have gravel by the end.
* Baby wipes or a clean rag. They do provide sinks for washing hands after feeding the animals, but the entire experience is an outdoor activity. Before eating goodies on the way home, I wipe my kids down.
* Water, or you can purchase it there.