Best Minnesota Fall Activities

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Hello Fall!

Now that the fall season is officially here, it’s time to take in all the beautiful fall foliage, drink some warm coffee, and throw on our fall fashion.

There are so many festive fall activities to look forward to in Minnesota and anywhere you might live –  including all the driving and finding the best spots to see the best fall foliage in Minnesota, apple-picking, pumpkin picking, and carving, and finding those hidden gems to enjoy the sweet fall nights we could ever want.

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Not to mention grabbing a warm apple cider, or mulled wine and hopping on a hayride, or walking through a corn maze. 

You might have heard before that Minnesota is the best place to spend fall. There’s just something about the crisp air, the amazing and vibrant changing leaves, and all the fun activities for fall that makes Minnesota the perfect place to celebrate fall. 

During the winter, we tend to hibernate and don’t go outside very often unless it’s to go to work, get groceries, or get our kids from school. The snow in Minnesota can pile up fast and high and makes it hard to get out and drive and the below-freezing temperatures make it hard to even be outside for more than five minutes. 

While there are fun things about a Minnesota winter – Christmas time is dreamy, the first snowfall, making snow angels and playing in the snow, and so much more, it’s easy to talk about the negative around winter in Minnesota. 

This is usually why fall is such a sacred time in Minnesota. It’s a time for Minnesotans to enjoy being outdoors and enjoy the cooler weather without feeling like their fingers are going numb. Not to mention the fall fashion! We love our fall fashion here at c2s and have been sharing some of our favorite fall fashion pieces over on the newsletter. If you don’t subscribe, you definitely should. 

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We wanted to share a list of our favorite Minnesota fall staples and fall activities for you, your partner, and kiddos to enjoy- some of which include heading to the apple orchard, eating a caramel apple, drinking a pumpkin spice latte, and soo many other fun activities.

So if you’re ready to make the most out of fall this year, grab your favorite fall drink, throw on your favorite fall outfit, and walk out into the crisp air to start your fall adventure. 

Apple Orchard

The apple orchard is the perfect fall activity to get the whole family involved. Fall is THE time when apples are at their prime. There is just something about heading out to the apple field on the tractor and getting to pick those perfect apples to your liking. 

Also – it makes for GREAT photos. 

It’s a great way to bring the whole family together and make a family day out of it. It can be a time to get the kids outside and breathe in that fall air and enjoy time away from the screens and spend quality time together. 

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Our Favorite Minnesota Apple Orchards

Here are a few favorite Minnesota apple orchards to try out. Some even have adult cider and wine to try.. which we would highly recommend! So good and so fresh. 

  • Aamodt’s Apple Farm—Stillwater, Minnesota: This is one of the most popular choices in the Twin Cities. Stillwater is such a gorgeous area and only 30 minutes from the Twin Cities. Make a day out of it and go explore the city on the River and head to the apple orchard to pick some apples, take some amazing pictures, and indulge in their wine and cider. 
  • Afton Apple Orchard—Hastings, Minnesota: This one is a little farther from the twin cities – about 45 minutes, but not only are there 250 acres of apples, pumpkins, and other fruits, that you can pick from, they also have a ton of activities. Some of these activities include a 15-acre corn maze, plus a petting farm and hayrides, which make for the best memories.
  • Minnesota Harvest Craft Cider Bar & Orchard—Jordan, Minnesota. This one is also about a forty-minute drive from the cities, but it is worth the drive! I have grown up my whole life going to this orchard and it is such a fun one. They offer so many activities on top of picking your own apples. They not only have U-pick apples, but also sunflower fields, a corn maze and so much more. It’s also set in the middle of beautiful trees so you’re surrounded by the fall foliage the entire time you’re there. They also have the best pizza and cider on their patio, not to mention their apple cider donuts and caramel apples, which my family. indulges in every year. 

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  • Pine Tree Apple Orchard—White Bear Lake, Minnesota. This is another favorite because they offer so many activities for the family, but you can also go with your adult friends or make a date night out of it. You can pick your own apples, visit the homemade bakery, eat caramel apples, drink fresh cider, and pick pumpkins (which is a two-for-one!). We’ll get to pumpkin picking later on. They also host fun events and activities throughout the fall season. We definitely recommend checking them out. Check their website for a few fun events & activities happening throughout the season as well!
  • Sweetland Orchard—Webster, Minnesota: This one is also a drive from the twin cities – about forty minutes as well, but they offer unique activities for adults that you might not see at other orchards. For example, you can reserve an apple tasting kit that can also be hard cider or dessert cider. Although you can’t pick your own apples at this one, you can buy them at their store as well as enjoy all the fun activities. You can also plan a picnic with their yummy cider donuts, and meat & cheese options as well.

I am a big fan of the apple orchard because I have grown up going to them and I think they create the perfect fall day to spend time with your family and friends and leave the phones and screens at home. 

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Pumpkin Patches in the Twin Cities

Finding your perfect pumpkin is another Minnesota fall staple. We love going pumpkin picking because similar to the apple orchards, they usually offer more activities that can turn the pumpkin picking into a full fall day of fun! 

Here are some pumpkin picking spots to check out in Minnesota during this fall season.

  • Barten Pumpkins—New Prague, Minnesota: About forty-five minutes from the twin cities, this is a fun pumpkin patch if you want a day away from the city. You can shop for your pumpkins as well as your fall decor for your front porch. They have straw bales, corn stalks, and custom displays. Not only do they have pumpkin picking, they also have a pumpkin walk, a play area for the kiddos, and they also have food for you to try as well.
  • Klingelhutz Pumpkins—Chanhassen, Minnesota: This pumpkin patch is about thirty minutes from Minneapolis and Chanhassen offers so many other activities. Grab a bite to eat or walk around their downtown. This pumpkin patch is so fun to go to! Grab a wagon and find your perfect pumpkin. They have other goodies for you to shop for as well to, again, decorate your home, inside and out for fall. 
  • Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn—Shakopee, Minnesota: We love this one because it’s about thirty minutes from the twin cities, you can pick your own pumpkins and apples! They also have free hayrides and a corn maze. So this is one, again, that you can get a two for one with pumpkins and apples and also have a full fall day.
  • Waldoch Farms—Lino Lakes, Minnesota:  This pumpkin patch has so much to offer. A thirty-minute drive from the twin cities, this family-run garden center provides pumpkins, plants, produce and fall activities. They have so many activities for the kids such as a barnyard, corn maze, ropes course, pumpkin castles, and SO much more. 

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Fall Festivals & Events in the Twin Cities

Pumpkin patches and apple orchards are your typical fall activities, but we wanted to share a few more fun fall activities in the Twin Cities that you can participate in. Some of these are for the whole family, and some may be just for the adults. Here are some of our favorite fall activities.

  • Minnesota Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular—Brooklyn Park, Minnesota:  Take your kiddos to see some amazing hand-carved pumpkins all lit up in the night. You can also carve your own pumpkins and eat and drink here as while you stroll and admire the pumpkins. 
  • Sever’s Fall Festival—Shakopee, Minnesota: This might be one of the most popular fall festivals in the twin cities. This one is an absolute blast. They have a giant corn pit, food trucks, live music.. The list goes on. You will have TONS of Fall Fun at Sever’s. You can also pick your own pumpkins, go through the corn maze, or go down a giant slide. Head to the website to see the full list of activities. 
  • Trail of Terror—Shakopee, Minnesota: If you’re into scary movies or that side of Halloween, then this is the activity for you. This is not for kids, only adults! They have a taunted house as well as a haunted hayride and full of scary things! 
  • Twin Cities Harvest Festival—Brooklyn Park, Minnesota: This is a great activity for the whole family! This festival houses Minnesota’s Largest Corn Maze. They also offer fair foods, drinks, live music, a petting zoo, wagon wides, and a corn pit similar to Sever’s corn maze. They are only open in September until the end of October, so make sure you check this one out before the end of the month! 
  • ValleySCARE at Valleyfair—Shakopee, Minnesota: If you’re into amusement parks and live in Minnesota, chances are you have been to Valleyfair. What you might not know about Valleyfair is during the fall, they turn into ValleyScare. They have the Halloween Haunt on Fridays and Saturdays. Go on rides, go through haunted houses and mazes, and scare zones. For the kids, they have the Great Pumpkin Fest on Saturdays and Sundays. This is definitely a fun activity that you can partake in multiple times throughout the fall. A fun date night, a night out with friends, and with the kids! 

Scenic Drives in the Twin Cities

There’s nothing better than hopping in your car when the air is just getting crisp. Throw on a cozy sweater, go to your favorite coffee shop and throw on your favorite music, drive around, and admire those fall colors and the views of Minnesota. Here are a few favorites we love to take a drive and see.

  • St. Croix River Valley—Stillwater, Minnesota: Before you head to AAmondts apple orchard, drive around the river to see those fall colors.
  • Summit Avenue—St. Paul, Minnesota: Summit avenue hosts some beautiful homes and fall foliage. 
  • The North Shore – Minnesota: If you’re looking for a weekend getaway, head on up to the North Shore which hosts some of the most beautiful views you can see in Minnesota. This is the perfect weekend getaway or day trip. Drive to Duluth and walk around, then continue up to Split Rock Lighthouse and enjoy those views. 

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We have been partaking in these activities here at c2s and we can’t wait to continue to do more! Let us know what you like to do in the fall where you’re from. If you’re local to Minnesota, let us know some of your favorite fall activities that we haven’t listed! 

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