I love fall. 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 crisp fall air. I have visions of homemade apple pie, caramel apples and 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 orchards to visit in the Twin Cities for a fun-filled day of apple picking, and many of these orchards offer so much more than the traditional hayride to your choice of an apple tree. 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.
01. Aamodt’s Apple Farm – Stillwater
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 apples (availability does vary) 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 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 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 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!
02. Pine Tree Apple Orchard – White Bear Lake
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. Be sure to call the orchard before planning your visit because hours and activities do vary throughout the apple-picking season.
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.
Families can enjoy a variety of activities at the orchard such as taking a scenic wagon ride, listening to live music on the weekends, and getting lost in a corn maze (might want to bring a GPS (We like the Garmin eTrex) for the kids to play with too!). 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.
03. Afton Apple Orchard – Hastings
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, consider visiting Afton Apple Orchard during the week when the “pick-your-own” orchard runs special deals.
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
Address : 22702 Hamburg Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Phone : (952) 985-5425
Website : applewoodorchard.com/applewood1/
Applewood Orchard generally opens late August or early September. A variety of apples will be available to pick throughout September and early October. The orchard has even listed several great recipes on their website to give visitors some ideas of what to make with their delicious apples. Families may also bring their dogs to the orchard as long as their furry friends remain on a leash, we also suggest something like a Gentle Leader which gives you total control of your pet.
Applewood Orchard does not charge an admission fee; however, hayrides are available on weekends for a small price.
05. Minnetonka Orchard – Minnetrista
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.
This 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 season goes through October 31st, so stop out before all the 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
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 season. Hours: 10 am to 6:00 pm.
If you want to pick your apples, be sure to visit the 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 orchard include hayrides, a corn box, Kids Korral, farm animals, and a nature trail to explore. Food will be available at the orchard, 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
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 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
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. 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 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
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 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 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.
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 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!