Where to Pick Strawberries Near Orlando with Kids
December through March are prime strawberry picking months in the Orlando area. Spending a day at the strawberry farm is a great activity for winter fun and gives families an outlet to connect with nature while making sweet memories. We have compiled a list of farms in Central Florida that offer strawberry picking as well as some tips to make the most of your trip to the farm. Try making some delicious homemade ice cream to go with your fresh strawberries as well.
Be sure to save a date to visit the famous Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City, where visitors can enjoy fresh strawberries and strawberry-based foods. This 11-day festival offers headline entertainment, carnival rides and attractions, livestock shows, and more.
Prefer to stay home? Check out Poppins@Home. Orlando teens can learn how to make healthy lunches while young ones can play some Minecraft, or explore science. Kids can also get the wiggles out with a dance lesson or movement session.
While we try to promote safe activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by wearing a mask and maintaining appropriate distance. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our event calendar to find something else to do.
Strawberry Picking Farms Near Orlando:
1. Bekemeyer Family Farm—Winter Garden
This fifth-generation family farm offers hydroponic u-pick and pre-picked strawberries. U-pick citrus, fresh-picked vegetables, local honey, and jam are also available. The farm is open Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
2. JG Ranch—Brooksville
Open Thursday-Sunday (depending on weather and fruit availability), JG Ranch offers u-pick strawberries from November through April. Guests can feed the resident cows and chickens while visiting. Picnic areas are available, so pack a lunch and enjoy a family day at the ranch.
Mick Farms offers delicious fruits and veggies. Photo courtesy of Mick Farms
3. Mick Farms—St. Cloud
U-pick strawberry fields are now open at this family farm and market. The market is open daily with a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables; check the farm's Facebook page for current information on strawberry picking hours.
4. Oak Haven Farms & Winery—Sorrento
Located 30 minutes north of Orlando, Oak Haven Farms is a local favorite for pick-your-own strawberries. After picking, kids are sure to love the adjacent playground and zipline. A country kitchen is open on the weekends from late December through early March, serving u-roast hot dogs, chips, soda, and desserts such as strawberry shortcake and milkshakes. Adults ages 21 and up can participate in a wine tasting.
5. Pappy’s Patch U-Pick—Oviedo
This family-owned and operated strawberry patch on the outskirts of Oviedo is popular among Central Florida families. Visit the Pappy's Patch Facebook page for updates on operating days and hours. The patch also offers u-pick blueberries from April to June.
6. Southern Hill Farms—Clermont
Known for its blueberry fields and fun events, Southern Hill Farms now offers u-pick strawberries as well. There is no admission fee and reservations are not required, although we recommend arriving earlier in the day as the crop might be picked out prior to closing. A Kids Zone is offered on the weekends for $10 per person, which includes a jump pillow, cyclone swing, giant slide, obstacle course, wagon rides, and more. A covered playground area is available for the kids to enjoy, as well as an eatery, bakery, donut shed, and market. Note that face masks are required for all guests over age 3 while in covered barns and while standing in line, as well as any area where social distancing is not possible.
Strawberry Picking Tips
- Call or check each farm’s website or Facebook page before visiting as operating days and hours depend on crop availability and weather.
- Depending on how far the farm is from home, bring a cooler to preserve berries for the return trip.
- Some farms might require facial coverings when social distancing cannot be maintained. Bring face masks to be prepared.
- Most fields are not stroller friendly. We suggest wearing babies in a carrier instead.
- Instruct children to only pick berries that are ready so that others have time to ripen.
Places featured in this article:
Pappy's Patch U-Pick