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Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to Apple Orchards
Pleasant Valley Orchard
Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard
Emma Krumbee’s Orchard and Farm
Applewood Orchard
Applecrest Orchards
LuceLine Orchard
Deardorff Orchards and Vineyard
Pine Tree Apple Orchard
Fall Harvest Orchard

Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to Apple Orchards

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Twin Cities-area apple orchards have already begun throwing their doors open to usher in the picking season! Find an old favorite or a new destination to spend a fall day from our Guide below.

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Pleasant Valley Orchard

Pleasant Valley Orchard is located near Taylors Falls, Minnesota, overlooking the beautiful St. Croix Valley.  The 2016 fall apple orchard season runs Sept. 3 through early November.

Weekend fall family activities include pick-your-own apples, and hayrides beginning September 17 and running through the end of October, 11am-5pm, $3/pp. There is also live music on select Saturdays, and special events around Halloween and MEA weekend.

Weekday activities include a nature trail, farm animals, Kids Korral, corn box, and picnic area.

Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard

Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard has fun for the whole family: pick-your-own apples, pumpkin patch, a corn maze, farm animals, and weekend wagon rides. Straw Mountain and the Apple Express are great fun for the kids and the farm animals love visits from people of all ages.

The Food Wagon is open on weekends, from late September through late October.

Emma Krumbee’s Orchard and Farm

Spend a day at Emma Krumbee’s Apple Orchard and discover a bounty of farm delights, including pick-your-own apples, raspberries, and pumpkins,  and an array of summer vegetables and plants.
Visit Emma’s famous Scarecrow Festival, open daily 10am-6pm, Sept. 10-Oct. 30, 2016. Visit the Farm Market, the bakery, Fizzy’s Soda Fountain, the farm animals, and browse gifts in the General Store. Daily admission to the festival is $5.50/person (plus tax), children 2 and under are free of charge.
Festival Features:
Over 100 unique, handcrafted, artistic, exciting scarecrows on display as well as -• Farm Animals
• Giant Hay Stack
• Tombstone Forest
• All Terrain Farm Trikes
• Emma’s Mountain Slide
• Wagon Ride
• Half Peck Play Area with Monster Trucks
• Train & Tractor
• Pirate Ship
• Goat Habitrail
• The Barrel Express

Applewood Orchard

Applewood Orchard, one of only a few Dakota County orchards that offer pick-your-own apples, has your favorite Minnesota varieties: Honeycrisp, Zestar! and SweeTango apples as well as fall raspberries and pumpkins.

Fall activities include weekend hayrides ($1/pp ages 12+), a hedge maze for little ones, and a classic corn maze ($7/pp ages 16+, $5/pp ages 6-15).

Orchard opens for the 2016 season on Aug. 27.

Applecrest Orchards

This working 10 acre orchard, nestled in the community of Hugo, features pre-picked Minnesota apple varieties only, including Zestar!, SweeTango and Honeycrisp.

Stop by this fall today to sample the apples, take an orchard walk, play yard games, feed the chickens, play at the tractor table, make an apple craft, and simply relax on the farm.

LuceLine Orchard

If you want to feel like you are down home on the farm, you will LOVE LuceLine.  Set along the LuceLine Route, this beautiful orchard is completely with a big farmhouse and sprawling grounds.  The gift shoppe is super cute and the staff is incredibly attentive. 

Special activities at this orchard include weekend hayrides, a corn maze ($6), hay mountain to climb, kiddie train ($3), a corn box and farm animals.

  • Hayrides (only available Saturdays and Sundays)
  • Hayride / Corn Maze Combo: $6 per person (kids age 2 and under are free!)
  • Corn Maze
  • Hay Mountain
  • Hay Hill
  • Kiddie Train Ride (only available Saturdays and Sundays): $3 per rider
  • Children of the Corn Box
  • Swings
  • Animals

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Deardorff Orchards and Vineyard

Deardorff Orchards and Vineyards is a family-owned orchard near Waconia. With 125 acres, the farm grows 10 varieties of apples on over 3000 trees. They also grow 5 varieties of grapes. Activities include Pick-Your-Own Apples, tractor wagon rides, red wagons for kids, petting farm, kid’s haystacks, and picnic areas. Pumpkins are also available. At this orchard, parents can grab a glass of wine and relax while the kids play.

Visit Deardorff Orchards’ Rustic Barn

The rustic barn was built in 1888. It now hosts a wine-tasting room, hand-made crafts, colorful mums, kitchenware, books, local honey, jams and jellies, apple cider, pumpkins as well as apples.

Bring Your Dog to Deardorff Orchards

Leashed dogs are always welcome. Please don’t bring them into the barn or tasting room and, as with anywhere, clean up after them.



Pine Tree Apple Orchard

Don’t come to Pine Tree Apple Orchard expecting to hit the orchard and pick yourself a peck of Zestars. The website is not technically misleading, but does not state that apples are strictly sold in their retail barn, displayed alongside a wealth of baked goods and other apple products. Strawberries are available for the picking in June, pumpkins are picked in October, but Pine Tree politely, though repeatedly, asks you to stay out of the apple orchard.

pine tree apple orchardWhich is something tough for my children to do. They love to spend a fall day wandering through an apple orchard and sizing up a good pick. Harvesting is half the fun. As a consolation, Pine Tree offers a very short “orchard trail” to walk with informational signs meant to teach about harvesting and such. Other educational opportunities exist inside the retail barn where my children could get up close to the processing of the apples.

We visited on a fall weekday when there were almost no other visitors to this pretty orchard on Pine Tree Lake. I’d have to think that weekends get hopping with families enjoying the live music, wagon and pony rides, corn maze and other various special events hosted by the orchard. Get the complete fall schedule here.

2016 Scenic Wagon Rides at Pine Tree Apple Orchard

Wagon rides run continuously when the Orchard is open beginning September 10 through October 30. 

  • Saturdays & Sundays 1-5
  • Weekdays, beginning September 13,
  • Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday 10-11 & 4-5
  • Fridays 1-5

2016 Corn Maze at Pine Tree Apple Orchard

The maze is open on weekends from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. from September 24th through October 23rd and requires an average of 30 minutes to finish. The maze will be open on weekdays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., beginning October 5th. Last guests will be allowed in at 4:00 p.m.

2016 Pony Rides at Pine Tree Apple Orchard

Pony rides have a 100 pound weight limit and are available weekends between 2:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. September 18th through October 9th.

2016 Pine Tree Apple Orchard Pumpkin Patch

This farm has a 6 acre patch of pick-your-own pumpkins. Pumpkin season is from October 1st through October 23rd (while supply lasts) on weekends. On weekdays it is open beginning beginning October 5th. 

Fall Harvest Orchard

Fall Harvest Orchard is about an hour Northwest of the Twin Cities. Apples are available in late August and pumpkins, squash and gourds are ready for picking in late September.
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Free at Fall Harvest Orchard:

This orchard has free admission and free activities, including a petting zoo with goats, pigs, cattle, baby chicks and full-grown chickens, peacocks & peahens, rabbits and turkeys. Visitors receive one free bag of oats to feed animals. Traditional farm fun is also free, including corn bins to jump and play in, a tire climb and a hay bale climb.
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Paid Activities at Fall Harvest Orchard:

Paid activities are $2.00/ticket. They include a train ride that is approximately five minutes long, 15 minute narrated wagon rides, and a corn maze with trivia.

Birthday Parties at Fall Harvest Orchard:

This orchard offers birthday parties, starting at $40 for 8 children ($5/each additional child) that includes 2 hours of a reserved birthday space, a ticket per child to use on one of the pay activities, a gift for the birthday child and two tickets for adult chaperones. Families can bring their own birthday fare or pay an additional $5 per child for a hot dog concession meal.

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