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 182 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.
Wiard's Cider Mill and Apple Orchard was founded in Michigan by George Wiard in 1837. The u-pick apple orchard and cider mill was originally located on Wiard Road near what is now known as Willow Run Airport. In those early years, the Wiards operated an apple orchard, cider mill, vinegar mill and vineyards. In the 1940's, during World War II, the construction of the bomber plant at Willow Run forced the orchard and cider mill to be moved to our current location in Ypsilanti Township, Washtenaw County, Michigan.
The 1950's brought about the addition of a farm market at Wiards, which was remodeled in the 1960's into our current Country Store and Bakery featuring old-fashioned goodies and delicious cider mill Michigan donuts and pies. Also at that time, our current cider mill was constructed and pumpkin fields were added to our orchard and farming operations.
In the 1980's, at the forefront of the orchard and cider mill industry, Wiard's introduced their Country Fair agri-entertainment complex, including a giant slide, pony rides, Old West hayrides, corn maze, petting farm, face painting, moonwalk, u-pick pumpkin fields, Straw Stack, Haunted Barn, multiple children's play areas, hot food and more. This complex was a natural launch pad for Wiard's Company Picnics and the addition of a sports facility, complete with a softball diamond, basketball court and horseshoe pits.
2000-2012, brought the expansion of Country Fair and corporate picnic facilities with the addition of new restrooms, two large picnic pavilions, Wiard Miniature Golf, new hayride trails and expanded the orchards to over 5000 apple trees. We also completed "Night Terrors," the largest haunted thrill park in Michigan. Night Terrors features the Haunted Barn, The Asylum, The Labyrinth, The Mindshaft, Hayride of the Lost and Alien Caged Clowns.
In 2006, Wiard’s Orchard sold part of their property to Washtenaw County Parks in order to allow the county to expand Rolling Hills Water Park. The land sale lead to a complete redesign and rebuild of the Country Fair on the north side of Merritt Road in 2007. Although it was a lot of time and work, the newly constructed Country Fair was met with excitement and positive feedback by attendees both new and returning. Visitors were now able to do all the activities they loved during the Country Fair, shop in the Country Store, pick apples & pumpkins and also visit Night Terrors thrill park all from the same central location!
2014 was another year of fun new attractions and updates at Wiard’s both for day time attendees and night time attendees. The Country Fair opened the new Valley View Mountain Slide to entertain kids and adults. The Night Terrors Thrill Park made a significant change as well. They tore down the Labryinth night maze and replaced it with Splattertown paintball. Splattertown allows guests the fun of regular paintball with the thrills of playing it in the dark and targeting our monsters.
2016 Wiard's Haunted Hayrides, one of the 6 attractions at Wiard's Night Terrors was named the #6 hayride in the US and the entire thrill park, Night Terrors - Michigan's Premier Haunted Thrill Park was named in the top 10 Scream Parks in the US by the leading magazine in the industry, Hauntworld.
2017 was a year of remodeling; The Country Store was remodeled and the manor was added to the hayride trail.
2018 Promises some new and exciting activities at Wiard's Orchards daytime and nighttime.
Striving to meet the needs of our customers, many changes and improvements have been made by seven generations of the Wiard family. Today, there are 3 generations of the Wiard family actively working in the operation with the 8th generation in tow; eating apples, visiting with staff and enjoying the farm. Currently the apple orchard and cider mill cover nearly 100 acres with many diversified operations, including the Cider Mill, Country Store, u-pick apples and pumpkins, Country Fair, corn maze, field trips, company picnics, school trips, birthday parties, evening hayrides, Night Terrors and much more!----
News & Updates
Wiard’s Orchards in Ypsilanti, MI has been around for a very long time, since 1837. Some might wonder how the Wiard family has stayed in business for 180 years since most businesses do not achieve that kind of longevity. Just how did the Wiard’s pass the business from generation to generation for 7 generations and keep the orchards alive and well? It’s not a trade secret that has kept this operation alive and well for 182 years, but it could be some “family secrets”.
Wiard’s Orchards was created from necessity, the need to earn an honest living and stay on the farm. Wiard’s has had 7 generations with the same commitment to hard work and a vision for the business to make this work. Generation after generation at least one and usually more, family members shared the vision and worked shoulder to shoulder to keep the dream alive. Even during times that one specific family member carried the load he/she could count on other members of the family to step up and step in from time to time. One of the “family secrets” is that hard work pays off.
The family has worked alongside many, many non-family managers along the way; with a more than a few of these non-family members staying with the orchards for 30 years. This was possible because the Wiard family treated the non-family managers like family and kept the interest of everyone’s family at the center of the operation. One of the “family secrets” is that loyalty is earned not bought.
The Wiard family has always endeavored to serve the community in which it resides. Serving may be in the form of a donation, a free field trip for a service group, passes for a fund-raising raffle, some apples for a mission group, some pumpkins for a special project, some cider for a church party, or simply running the operation in a way that is not offensive to the community. One of the “family secrets” is to support our community.
Wiard’s Orchards and Country Fair and Wiard’s Night Terrors has changed many times over the years. We have in fact changed from a simple apple orchard into a full family entertainment center that offers something for folks of any age group, from toddlers to seniors. One of the “family secrets” is that change is a must to keep the business vibrant and current.