Last weekend I took my 6 yr. old twins to Apple Picking.  I’ve been meaning to take them there for the past few years but always felt they were too young.  Besides, their dad was always working away from home so that made it a challenge to go anywhere as a family.

This year felt so perfect to bring them.  They are old enough to communicate their needs, wants, likes, and dislikes without a lot of drama.

We had a blast.  They both got to pick the apples using the apple picker and filed up the bags with apples.  They also got to see how apple cider is made.

It was a perfect day to enjoy apple picking surrounded by beautiful fall foliage.

If you live in the Los Angeles area or planning to visit here for fall, here are 15 fun and affordable things to do including apple picking that won’t put a hole in your wallet.

  1. Go Apple Picking in the desert like we did.  It’s free and you only have to pay for the apples you picked. Oh, they have more than one apple farm and they are next to one another.
  2. Fall is the best time to go Whale Watching, especially if your kids love animals and fish.  Go Whale Watching, 
  3. Go to The Broad. Once inside enjoy a mirror-lined chamber filled with a mind-blowing LED light display that makes you feel as if you’ve been transported to the Milky Way.
  4. Then walk over to the Disney Concert Hall, which is next door and see a show or take a tour.  
  5. Head to Griffith Park and let your kids experience from the carousel to mini-golf while you enjoy the beautiful view of the Hollywood sign.  And if you and the kiddos feel adventurous explore the ‘Bat Cave’ there.
  6. You can also blast off to the stars at the Griffith Observatory, which is a five-minute ride from Griffith Park.
  7. Check out IMAX movie.
  8. Go under the sea at any of these cool aquariums.
  9. Feed your kid’s need for speed at the racetrack.
  10. See the whole city before you when you whoosh down the glass Skyslide.
  11. Play rocket scientist with a private tour at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  12. Meet the peacocks at the LA Arboretum.
  13. Walk down Santa Monica Pier and take a ride on the Ferris wheel at sunset.
  14. Visit America’s oldest outdoor Christmas lights display: Candy Cane Lane in Altadena.
  15. Visit the antiquities at the Getty Villa, one of the most spectacular spots in the whole city, which happens to be one of my favorite places to visit.

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