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The Big Apple, Colborne

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Stop off at The Big Apple, a country store and quirky cultural attraction. The main building resembles a big, smiley-faced apple, and houses a museum that explains the area's agricultural heritage. Elsewhere on the site, you'll find plenty of opportunities to tuck into apple-flavored treats, including the restaurant's apple pies, served with a big dollop of ice cream. With fun activities for guests of all ages, the extensive grounds also include a mini golf course, farm store, and smokehouse. To visit The Big Apple and get the most from your holiday in Colborne, create itinerary details personal to you using our Colborne trip itinerary planner.
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  • Try their apple pies or maybe buy some chocolates, have a wine tasting, have a burger & fries or have a go at table tennis. All these things & more are available at The Big Apple. Check out the pole t...  more »
  • Upon a recommendation from a friend we stopped in to buy a loaf of apple bread. We were sadly disappointed at the lack of apples in the bread. Mainly cinnamon with the odd minisule size of apple. I kn...  more »
  • Just walking in a smelling the delicious apples is lovely. Difficult to choose what to try there is so much choice. Great coffee too.  more »
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  • We're on our way to Montreal and speed the big Apple. I convinced my husband to stop, and I'm glad we did! We got to walk and stretch our legs. We viewed and feed the animals they had at the front of the property, and then walked to the back to take pictures with the big Apple. Inside are clean restrooms, a cute coffee shop, a cider bar, cafe, and market. Most things are Apple centric, but they have some nice honeys and maple items (candies, syrups, etc.). They have several free activities you can do on property (i.e. ping pong, shuffle board, and mini golf). You just need to go inside and ask for the equipment. They also have trains in the weekends for little kids. We didn't do any of this, as we were pressed for time. We tried the humble mumble pie, bought two bottles of the cranberry apple cider to take home as a gift, and drank a cherry Porter. We also got to sample done of the other ciders and beers they carried. Overall, a great stop. And definitely worth doing of you have a child with you on a long road trip.
  • Absolutely lovely cider, with a bar on site to sample the creations. Another bar is available on the restaurant side for common brand drafts and liquors. There's a considerable collection of sweets and many upon many items flavoured of apple pie. The pricing and style of the place is set up as a tourist trap. The highest appeal group would be to families with children looking for a break from the 401.
  • It's a nice place to stop and rest if you need to. We've passed this place probably 100 times and never stopped. They have a few animals to pet and feed. A free mini putt course. Possible like a little train ride like at the fair. It wasn't being used when we were there but is there. Candy shop inside. Over price but lots to choose from. Chocolate, fudge and much more. Restaurant as well. Also a Tim Hortons almost next door.
  • More to do than your average onroute pit stop. Be warned though it can get very very busy. Parking is abundant but a lot of people stop here as well as tour buses. Food is decent but quite expensive. The first time I came, I bought pie with ice cream. By the time I was able to pay for it, ALL the ice cream melted into liquid. Cashiers though focus only on taking your money. Seems stressed all the time and charged me for a pop I was never given. I bought 2 combos, etc. Bill came up to over $30. Inspecting my bill later, I noticed a pop was also charged separately but a cup was never given or told how to obtain. I didn't even know one was included so I never got this item. Cashier did not say anything but just charge you for it without you knowing. The food people nor the cashier gave me a cup for a drink. Lots of things to do like free mini-putt, table tennis, etc. However in order to play you must trek all the way to the opposite end of the facility to sign out the equipment.
  • The BBQ chicken here is the bomb. Dare I say, the best I've had in/near Toronto. Juicy chicken done properly in the smoker. They also have a fancy chocolatier and an on-site brewery and pie factory. Mini putt and petting zoo for the kids. Great place for a stop. Don't miss it.