Top 5 Apple Orchards to Visit This Fall

Apple picking, corn mazes, scenic trails, baked treats—all you need for a great fall
Honeycrisp apple tree

Courtesy University of Minnesota

Updated for 2020, with COVID-19 safety measures.

  1. Aamodt’s Apple Farm, Stillwater
    This orchard has something for everyone. After you handpick apples from the orchard or purchase a pre-picked bag, don’t forget to select some homemade snacks, including apple oatmeal cookies and Honeycrisp salsa. Sit back with an apple bratwurst, the orchard’s own Thor’s hard cider, or wine from Aadmodt’s St. Croix Vineyards. (No Wagon rides and HoneyCrisp Express this year due to COVID-19.)

Open Friday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; picking hours Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (when available)

  1. Pine Tree Apple Orchard, White Bear Lake

    Situated on 300 acres of beautiful landscape and growing over 20 varieties of apple, this orchard hosts the pumpkin patch Oct. 3-25. Complete your experience exploring the corn maze, and picking up fresh-baked pies. (Wagon rides, pony rides, and live music expected to return in 2021.) 

Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  1. Afton Apple Orchard, Hastings

    This orchard has a recent addition: a 15-acre corn maze containing six miles of sharp twists and turns—a classic fall experience at a new level. If you make it out, be sure to participate in the upcoming Apple Fest (Oct. 3-4, 10-11).

Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., through October 31

  1. Apple Jack Orchards, Delano

    Located on the edge of the Crow River, this orchard offers a scenic lunch on the terrace, holiday decor and gifts, and U-pick fields. 

Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

  1. Pleasant Valley Orchard, Shafer

    Voted best Minnesota orchard in 2015 (WCCO), this orchard lets you handpick apples or purchase pre-picked bags, along with pumpkins and fresh-baked treats. Complete your experience with a hayrides (masks required), nature trails, seasonal foods, and music.

Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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