18 Things to Do in the Twin Cities This Fall

Updated 9.19.15


1. Pick apples at Afton Apple Orchard. {Hastings}

With so many varieties of apples, this is the destination if you are looking for a pick your own. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. they have festivals and lots of additional fall attractions on the weekends. {Local blogger Dining with Alice did a great review of everything they have to offer last year.}


Apple Jacks Fall 2014

2. Ride the cow train at Apple Jacks Orchard. {Delano}

If you live out in the Western or Northwestern suburbs it’s likely you’ve been {or your kids have been} to Apple Jacks a time or twenty but it is still a classic apple orchard and family fun day. From riding the cow train to jumping in the hay or on the giant pillow. The hayride is the same each year but you’ll do it every year just because of the driver/narrator.


Apple Jacks Orchard Fall 2013

3. Jump in the corn at 101 Market. {Otsego}


101 Market Fall 2012

What I love most about 101 Market is that you can make it as much or as little as you’d like whether that’s an after school trip to jump in the corn or the pumpkin bouncer or if it’s an all day Saturday adventure. They have duck races, pedal cart races, a maze, a petting zoo and jumping pillow.


101 Market Fall 2012

4. Take a hayride through Minnetonka Orchard. {Minnetonka}

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One of those orchards you can do anything at. From sharing a meal to kids playing, hayrides, picking pumpkins and more. You can make it a day and they are open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

5. Buy a Minnesota grown mum at the Minneapolis Farmers Market. {Minneapolis}

If you’ve never been to the Minneapolis Farmers Market, you are missing out! Runs each Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and is the best place to buy your fresh, locally grown produce, flowers and even plants.

6. Eat and drink all things pumpkin.

Pumpkin Spice lattes, Pumpkin flavored beer, pumpkin bread, cookies and even pie. ‘Tis the pumpkin season.

7. Speaking of pumpkins, pick your pumpkins at Eveland Family Farm. {Andover}


We visited this gem of a farm for the first time two years ago and we loved it. Open daily September 26-Halloween, it’s the perfect place to pick out pumpkins. A miniature maze, hayride and animals make this working farm a really unique fall attraction.

8. Go get lost in the maze at Severs Corn Maze. {Shakopee}

 It’s the 19th year for the infamous Severs Corn Maze and Fall Festival. The event grows larger every year and for many Twin Cities families THIS is their fall tradition. {I wrote a little something about their history and their owners last year.} Tickets start at $15/person over the age of 4 and they are open Friday-Sunday through October.

9. Visit the Foshay Museum and Observation Deck {Minneapolis}

Take in gorgeous fall views from the 31st floor. Kids 12 and under are free. Adults $8, Students & Seniors $5.

10. Go to a Gopher game.

11. Take family pictures.

With the holidays approaching, there really is no better time to take family pics than now. Find a photographer or call up old aunt Susie and get something on the books. You will want to remember this.

12. Get scared at Valley Scare. {Shakopee}

Whether you are looking for Halloween fun or something truly spooky, ValleyFair has it this October. Planet Spooky is daytime, family fun that is not scary and tickets start around $30/person. The Halloween Haunt begins after dark and you will leave terrified. Tickets start at $33.99/person.

13. Take in a local High School football game.

Cheer on the home team and support your local schools enjoying popcorn from a box and cold bleacher seats. It will bring back high school memories like no other and is more than worth the couple dollar admission.

14. Drink a stein full of beer at Oktoberfest. {St. Paul}

The second weekend of October the Minnesota State Fairgrounds will be transformed to a German Oktoberfest with music, dancing, lots of German food and of course, beer. Ages 21+ are $25 and tickets include a beer stein and a beer coupon. {Check Living Social for a BOGO deal!} Ages 12-20 are $5 and kids under age 12 are free. Hours: October 9 4 p.m.-11 p.m and October 10 12 p.m. – 11 p.m.

15. Take a scenic Fall Colors drive through Red Wing.

16. Don’t want to use up a tank of gas? Take a look at the fall colors at the Arboretum in Chaska.

For $12/adult {kids are FREE!} you can enjoy 1000+ acres of beauty. In the fall there is also a not to miss Apple House full of all of the University of Minnesota varieties. {There’s also a BOGO deal on LivingSocial right now! Check out the review local blogger MinneMama Adventures wrote about the different activities.}

17. Have a carmel apple sundae and take in some live music at Deer Lake Orchard. {Buffalo}

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Deer Lake Orchard Fall 2011

I’ve had a lot of carmel apple sundaes in my time but hands down my favorite, Deer Lake. Family owned and operated with a full petting zoo, a fabulous gift shop and plenty of apples, this is an orchard not to be missed.

18. Try a new orchard, maybe one that’s lesser known, or maybe one that’s real popular that you’ve never visited. Minnesota is the goldmine of orchards and fall festivals and harvest, make it count by exploring.

 What’s on your fall checklist?

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  1. I’m so excited to check out some of these places! Especially number 6 🙂

  2. These are all great ideas! I’ve been looking for fun places to take Oliver this fall!

  3. Howdy! I’m at work browsing your blog from my new apple iphone!
    Just wanted to say I love reading through your blog and look forward to all your posts!
    Carry on the fantastic work!