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

  1. Aamodt’s Apple Farm, Stillwater
    This orchard has something for everyone, from train rides to treasure hunts and the orchard’s own hard cider. Kids can ride the HoneyCrisp Express while adults sit back with an apple bratwurst and wine from Aadmodt’s St. Croix Vineyards. 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.

Open Friday-Sunday, noon-6 p.m.

  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 33rd annual Run & Walk for the Apples on Oct. 19—which goes through scenic trails—followed by apple treats to share. Complete your experience with a wagon ride, weekend live music, a corn maze, pony rides, and fresh-baked pies. 

Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 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 (Sept. 28-29; Oct. 5-6, 12-13) activities, including hayrides, a petting farm, cider-pressing demonstrations, and magic shows. (Stop by from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on September 28-29, October 5-6, and October 12-13.)

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 new zip lines, in addition to a corn pit, a seven-acre corn maze, farm animals, and a giant bouncy pillow—making it ideal for your next school trip, corporate event, or birthday party. 

Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 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 petting farm, hayrides, nature trails, seasonal foods, and music.

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

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