Gilcrease Orchard Las Vegas

Gilcrease Orchard – Experience Fall In Las Vegas

Published On October 25, 2013 | By Melly Allen | Community, Family, Family Events, Fun

Gilcrease Orchard Las VegasFresh food and fresh air is the experience at the Gilcrease Orchard.  Sixty acres of  agricultural land in the Las Vegas Valley offer a diverse choice of fruits and vegetables that you can select and pick yourself.- Gilcrease Orchard

For Las Vegas families looking for an authentic pumpkin patch experience, Gilcrease Orchard delivers!

Recently I struck up a conversation with an East-coast transplant asking where my family goes to find “Fall activities”. It was her first Fall in Vegas, and I think the lack of season (more like lack of color) was troubling to her. See, I grew up here and the lack of fall colors is just the norm now. When I see photo’s of beautiful oranges and bright reds lining rows of towering trees, I think, it must be nice to actually have all that “Fall“.

Well, sorry to my east-coast locals looking for the vibrant turning leaves. I bet you do really miss that! However, if you’re looking to get more of a Fall-like experience in Las Vegas, there are places in the city to get your fill.

One of my families favorite Fall activities in Las Vegas, is visiting Gilcrease Orchard. Located in the northern part of Las Vegas, the sixty-some acres are a living pick-n-pay pumpkin patch during the Fall months.

Gilcrease Orchard Las Vegas

What You Need To Know

Gilcrease Orchard - Experience Fall In Las VegasThe Gilcrease Orchard is only open a handful of days a week, and as such, the weekends can become crowded. Fortunately we found our Tuesday afternoon visit not too over crowded. If you’ll be walking the orchard, make sure to grab a wagon. The more people, the less likely to snag one.

If you’ll be walking the property, be sure to take into account the weather. It was a bright, sunny, and warm day we visited and by the time we walked around, everyone was a tad bit cranky. I suggest having water for those sunny days, and if you forget there is a small food stand that sells bottles for one dollar each. Be sure to pack out what you bring in.

The roads and paths are gravel and/or dirt, so you may want to take that into account as well. When visiting places like this I pack a plastic grocery bag and an additional pair of shoes so my vehicle stays nice and new. Your kids will get dirty here!

Gilcrease Orchard Las Vegas

Vehicles are allowed to drive the one-way road that circles the property. If you’ll be driving, you can park on the side and walk around as well. I usually skip this because, like I said before, I keep dusty/muddy shoes out of my car. But if this is not a concern for you, I highly suggest driving the orchard.

IMG_20131022_105706If you’re looking for a shady spot or just need a rest after all the walking, there is a small picnic area set up by the cashiers.

We actually started our visit with the amazing apple cider doughnuts. They are topped with cinnamon-cream cheese! Needless to say, they were a hit with the kids. I enjoyed one too, but purely on research basis only ;-).  It will set you back two dollars for six of the mini doughnuts.

 

 

 

You’ll also find many fall photo ops during your visit. Hay bails and wagons bursting at the seams with plump pumpkins will no doubt have you whipping out the camera phone and instagramming your favorite family moments to share like the ones I shared on the official Recess Instagram page.

Once you’re done with all the picking fun, you’ll need to visit the cashier stand located by the entrance to weight and pay for you produce. You can also pick up additional items like apple cider, I grabbed a half gallon for four dollars. If you live close by, I have noticed quite a few families will take a bike ride through the trails, you may want to also enjoy the orchard from the seat of your bike.

For more fun activities for your family, be sure to check out Fall Family Fun in Las Vegas 2013 or the Recess events calendar for current events around the valley.


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Gilcrease Orchard is located at:
7800 N Tenaya Way,
Las Vegas, NV 89131

Fall Hours:
Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00 am – 12 pm
Saturdays 7:00 – 2:00 pm
Sundays 8:00 – 2:00 pm

Be sure to visit the Gilcrease Orchard website in advance to confirm hours of operation, pricing, and what variety is on hand for picking.

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About The Author

As the Community Director and Editor of Recess, Melly Allen is the Founder of the Recess Sandbox Revolution where she strives to unite Southern Nevada women by giving them a voice and place to connect and share. Melly is also a major Social Media Producer.

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