Wiard's Cider Mill and Apple Orchard was founded in Michigan by George Wiard in 1837. Visitors can enjoy u-pick apples, u-pick pumpkin patch, drink delicious cider, roam through a corn maze, climb on a hayride, or reserve a field trip, Wiard’s is the orchard for you. Wiard's is one of the most popular things to do in the Ann Arbor area – we are located in Ypsilanti Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan outside Metro Detroit.
Wiard’s Country Fair agri-entertainment park is fun for all: orchards, cider mill, u-pick apples, corn maze, u-pick pumpkin patch, apple cannon, giant inflatables, pony rides, Old West hayrides, petting farm, miniature golf, Straw Mountain, Haunted Barn, multiple children’s play areas, hot food and much more.
Visit our Country Store and Bakery featuring Michigan cider mill, donuts, fresh baked pies, jams, jellies, honey and apple salsas.
Wiard’s “Night Terrors,” the premier Haunted thrill park in Michigan, featuring 6 attractions for one low admission: the Haunted Barn, The Asylum, Splattertown, The Mindshaft, Hayrides of the Lost, and Alien Caged Clowns.
Wiard’s host corporate picnics, field trips, birthday parties, and family reunions.
Seven generations of the Wiard family have served Metro Detroit for over 179 years. Today the apple orchard and cider
mill near Ann Arbor covers nearly 100 acres, with many diversified operations. These include the Cider Mill, Country Store,
u-pick apples and u-pick pumpkin patch, Country Fair, Corn Maze, Field trips, corporate picnics, school trips, birthday parties, evening hayrides and Night Terrors. The greatest value and maximum scare in haunted house entertainment is in the month of October. Call (734) 390-9211 for additional details.
News & Updates
Being closed for the season gives ample opportunity for pondering; what did we get right during the season? what could we have done better? what were our strongest assets? our weakest? what do we want to tweak for the coming year? what will our customers want us to keep exactly the same? which staff members do we think will return? who do we foresee moving on to different ventures in the coming year?
November finds our think tank overflowing. What we know for the moment is this, our plans in November 2016 will surely change by September 2017.
Our strongest assets were our staff members and if it were up to us they would all return next season. Years of experience tells me that they will not all return; that we will hire a batch of new folks in August/September and start the training process over. It’s a good thing that we have years and years of experience in hiring and training staff in customer service and doing it quickly.
The thing that played most against us this season was the weather, too many rainy weekend days. We had some good weather days and for those we are thankful. And then there were those rainy days when we were ready but the customers simply did not want to come out of their cozy dry homes.
We do have some changes in the planning stages; more on those later. For now all I am going to say is that the changes will be easy for you to spot when we open again next fall.
As for what the customers want us to keep the same, yes, we will all go home everyday smelling like fresh donuts and yes, we will be constantly cleaning the freshly pressed cider spills, the bakery will be filled with the smell of baking pies and weather permitting we will have a glorious crop of apples to pick. And most of all we will have the staff trained and ready to greet each of you with a smile and a hello just as we have for 179 years!