What started as a simple roadside fruit stand grew to be a favorite destination for those seeking a slice of country life in the Missouri River Valley. Since 1925, apples, cherries and dozens of other fruits and vegetables have been produced in the rolling hills of southeast Nebraska. The Orchard is dedicated to agricultural education research, historic preservation and wholesome family experiences. We take pride in being a destination for fresh, locally-grown produce and other homegrown Nebraska products. A trip to Kimmel Orchards is a fun, educational experience for the whole family as well as an immersive, engaging setting for your next school field trip—just as the Kimmels envisioned.
Our many attractions include
Historic Apple Barn
Hay Rack Rides
U-Pick fruit in season
Tyler Vock Reservations and Information:
5995 G Road, Nebraska City, Nebraska 68410, United States
Adults $5; Children 4-12 $3; Kids under 3 Free; Seniors 65+ $3; Military/Veterans $3
Handicapped parking within 15 feet of the Apple Barn. Pollinator Playground is handicapped accessible.
Eco Friendly Notes
Kimmel Orchard is a working farm where visitors can experience education about how fruits are grown. University students conduct research. Guests learn about nature.
Locally or Family Owned Notes
Richard and Laurine Kimmel believed in the land and in sharing what the land produced with their neighbors. Since 1925, apples, cherries and dozens of other fruits and vegetables have been produced on their farm. Their history and mission guides us. Our goal is to enrich the land and the people on it, leaving an impact that benefits us all for generations to come.
Richard Kimmel grew up in Nebraska City and graduated from high school in 1915. He left Nebraska to complete his education, and after serving in World War I, returned to work in banking. In 1925, he established Kimmel Orchard in the rolling hills near Nebraska City and managed Kimmel Farms located a few miles west, which was established in the 1850s by his grandfather, John. Laurine Oetgen also grew up with the Kimmels in Nebraska City as neighbors. She attended the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where she developed a love for art and painting.
Laurine continued to perfect her painting and gained national recognition for her series of water color paintings titled “American Architecture,” depicting old outhouses. She remained active in the community, her painting and work with the orchard until her death in 1993 at the age of 92. The orchard’s establishment marked the beginning of a rich and innovative agricultural tradition in the Nebraska City area.