What’s the Best Apple Picking Orchard in the Twin Cities?

Don't have time to tour all the apple orchards in Minnesota? No need to worry. We compiled a list of the 9 best apple orchards for you. This is a must read for families, couples, and even individuals planning their fall outings.

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I love fall in Minnesota. The crisp, fresh air, the beautiful red, yellow, and orange leaves, and of course, apples! Fall is just around the corner, and I must admit I’m ready for the crisp fall air of I have visions of homemade apple pie, caramel apples and homemade applesauce in my head, and I could go for a cup of warm apple cider after a relaxing stroll in the park this morning.

Lucky for us, there are several great apple orchards in MN and around the Twin Cities to visit for a fun-filled day of apple picking from trees. Many of these apple orchards offer so much more than the traditional hayride to your choice of an apple tree, like corn mazes. So pack a picnic blanket, grab your camera, and get your family together for a day of exciting activities and good food at some of the best apple orchards in the Twin Cities and all of Minnesota. Move over pumpkins, and happy picking!

01. Aamodt’s Apple Farm – Stillwater

Open Friday to Sunday, 12:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address : 6428 Manning Ave., Stillwater, MN 55082

Phone : (651) 439-3127

Website : aamodtsapplefarm.com

Aamodt’s Apple Farm opens in August for the season! Visitors may pick their favorite varieties of apples (availability does vary) from trees or purchase a variety of apples and other goodies in the apple barn. Generally is September, Aamodt’s Apple Farm will also be hosting a variety of fun fall activities.

For example, families should plan on spending a few good hours at Aamodt’s because the kids will want to take a ride on the Honeycrisp Express kiddie train rides and try the FREE treasure hunt throughout the farm with a FREE apple donut at the end of the hunt (TIP: treasure hunt is only Monday through Thursday)! The apple tree farm also has a play structure to keep the kiddos entertained while parents sit on a picnic blanket and enjoy apple bratwurst and maybe even a glass of cider, or wine from St. Croix Vineyards.

There is no admission fee; however, most of the activities do require a small fee.

Be sure to show your Twin Cities Kids Club card card for a special deal when you visit Aamodt’s to pick apples and take fun rides!

02. Pine Tree Apple Orchard – White Bear Lake

Pine Tree Apple Orchard
Open Daily August – February, Weekends in March.
Call before stopping out because hours and activities do vary.

Address : 450 Apple Orchard Road, White Bear Lake, MN 55110

Phone : (651) 429-7202

Website : pinetreeappleorchard.com

Apple season begins mid-August at Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake. Be sure to call the apple orchard before planning your visit because hours and activities do vary throughout the apple-picking season, based on their trees. Check out their bakery for some yummy treats!

Pine Tree Apple Orchard grows over 20 varieties of apples, and families can purchase apples from the orchard long after the harvest season. However, families won’t want to miss the opportunity to visit the farm during the fall with the beautiful trees and family fun activities.

Families can enjoy a variety of activities at the apple orchard such as taking a scenic wagon ride, listening to live music on the weekends, and getting lost in a corn maze. Afterwards, stop by the orchard’s bakery and enjoy one of their famous, delicious homemade pies.

There is no admission fee, but guests should be prepared to pay a fee for some of the activities that are available, like the rides.

03. Afton Apple Orchard – Hastings

Afton Apple Orchard
Open daily, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address : 14421 90th St S, Hastings, MN 55033

Phone : (651) 436-8385

Website : aftonapple.com

If you are looking for a bargain this apple-picking season and still find your favorite varieties, consider visiting Afton Apple Orchard during the week when the “pick-your-own” apple orchard runs special deals on their trees.

Here’s a list of upcoming events you don’t want to miss:

Our apple festival runs September 28th & 29th, Oct 5th & 6th, and 12th & 13th, 2019!  We are open seven days a week from 10 am to 6 pm through Halloween. Afton admission is $5.00 for ages 5 and older and $4.00 for ages 4 and younger.

04. Applewood Orchard – Lakeville

Applewood Orchard
Open daily, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address : 22702 Hamburg Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044

Phone : (952) 985-5425

Website : applewoodorchard.com/applewood1/

The season at Applewood Orchard generally opens late August or early September. A variety of apples will be available to pick throughout September and early October. The apple orchard has even listed several great apple recipes on their website to give visitors some homemade ideas of what to make with their delicious apples. Forget buying your apple treats at a bakery.

Families may also bring their dogs to the orchard as long as their furry friends remain on a leash.

Applewood Orchard does not charge an admission fee; however, hayrides are available on weekends for a small price.

05. Minnetonka Orchard – Minnetrista

Minnetonka Orchard
Open daily, 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Address : 6530 County Rd 26, Minnetrista, MN 55364

Phone : (763) 479-6530

Website : minnetonkaorchards.com

U-Picking Sweet 16 and Honeycrisp Apples at Minnetonka Orchards starting mid-August. Other varieties will be available through the rest of the season.

This apple orchard does not serve food during the week, so pack a lunch and stay a while!

WEEKENDS Sat-Sun 10am-7pm $8.00 ADMISSION FEE

WEEKDAYS Mon-Fri 10am-7pm

$3.00 hayrides, kids play area, nature trails, corn maze and petting zoo plus animals to view.

$8.00 ADMISSION FEE covers unlimited hayrides, music on the hill from noon-4pm, nature trails, kids play area, petting zoo, animals to pet and feed, and corn maze. The apple season goes through October 31st, so stop out before all the varieties of apples are gone!

They are a family/Dog-friendly place that offers something for everyone.  Spend the day or just a few hours – there’s plenty to do

Minnetonka Orchards does charge an admission fee of $8 per person on the weekends, and this fee does cover weekend activities at the orchard. Children ages 3 and under are free and, although you avoid the admission fee during the week, hayrides are an additional cost of $3 per person.

06. Pleasant Valley Orchard – Shafer

Pleasant Valley Orchard
Open daily, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Address : 17325 Pleasant Valley Rd, Shafer, MN 55074

Phone : (651) 257-9159

Website : pleasantvalleyorchard.com

Pleasant Valley opens Labor Day Weekend 2019. Stop by August 31 to kick off the apple season. Hours: 10 am to 6:00 pm.

If you want to pick your apples, be sure to visit the apple orchard on weekends from Labor Day weekend through the end of October. Otherwise, guests may purchase a variety of apples and bakery treats at the farm throughout the harvest season.

The orchard will have a variety of activities going on throughout the fall on weekdays and weekends as well. Fall activities at the apple orchard include hayrides, a corn box, Kids Korral, farm animals, and a nature trail to explore. Food will be available at the orchard, including bakery items, and guests may listen to live music on Saturdays beginning September 15.

There is no admission fee, but guests should be prepared to pay a small fee for some of the activities that are available.

07. Apple Jack Orchards – Delano

Apple Jack Orchards
Open daily, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (September – October)

Address : 4875 37th St SE, Delano, MN 55328

Phone : (763) 972-6673

Website : applejackorchards.com

The Apple Market and Bakery open on August 19, 2019. Stop by from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at Apple Jack Orchards, and family-friendly fall activities will begin on Labor Day Weekend in September. The apple orchard offers a free play area for kids, and families may enjoy lunch outside while overlooking Crow River. Family-friendly weekend activities include a corn pit, wagon rides, apple picking, face painting, pony rides, an animal park, and an apple cannon. You’ll enjoy the variety of events this orchard plans throughout the fall.

There is no admission fee; however, most of the activities do require a small fee.

08. Emma Krumbee’s Orchard and Farm – Belle Plaine

Emma Krumbee
Open daily, 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM (Mid-August – October)

Address : 311 E Enterprise Dr., Belle Plaine, MN 56011

Phone : (952) 873-3006

Website : emmakrumbees.com

Emma Krumbee’s Apple Orchard and Farm offer ten varieties of apples throughout the apple picking season, which begins in mid-August. Many love the honeycrisp from here. The real fun starts in early September. Emma Krumbee’s is celebrating its 35th Annual Scarecrow Festival, which runs through late October. In addition to apple picking, the festival features a scarecrow display, WEEKDAYS Mon-Fri 10am-6pm.

There are so many family fun activities to do at Emma Krumbee’s Orchard and Farm, for instance:

  • Hayrides ($3.00)
  • Kids play area
  • Nature trails
  • Corn Maze
  • Petting zoo plus animals to view
  • Wagon rides
  • Farm animals
  • Giant haystack
  • Play area with monster trucks
  • A variety of food, such as, brats, ice cream, and apple treats will be available for purchase during the festival.

Admission during the Annual Scarecrow Festival has previously been $6.00 per person (plus tax), however, children ages 2 and under are free. Entry includes the scarecrow display and many other family-friendly activities.

09. LuceLine Orchard – Watertown

LuceLine Orchard
Open Saturdays and Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM (early September – end of October)

Address : 2755 Rose Ave., Watertown, MN 55388

Phone : (763) 670-3793

Website : lucelineorchard.com

Although a tornado hit LuceLine Orchard in the summer of 2015, the orchard is growing again and will be open for the 2019 fall harvest season. They have plenty of homemade food cooking and fun activities planned for families to enjoy!

In addition to stocking up on your apple supply at LuceLine Orchard, you and your family are encouraged to stay for a long day to enjoy some good food in the “Mess Hall” and a relaxing walk on the trails. There will be many chances to tire your kids out, too! The apple orchard will have a petting zoo, a hay mountain, a corn pit, and other activities going on throughout the fall.

There is no admission fee to visit LuceLine Orchard. There are fees for some of the activities including the hayride and corn maze.

Honorable Mentions:

North Metro

South Metro 

West Metro

*Apple Tree-O– Delano
*Fall Harvest Orchard – Montrose

Before planning your family’s visit to an apple orchard this fall, be sure to check the orchard’s website or Facebook page for more information about current deals and events. Twin Cities Kids Club will also be bringing our members some exclusive deals at our local Minnesota  apple orchards so be sure to check back with us often this fall. Lastly, don’t forget to preheat your oven so you can get those apple pies baking! Fall isn’t just about pumpkins!

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