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Afton Apple Orchard

14421 So. 90th St., Hastings, MN 55033
651-436-8385
Admission: $5.00
Ages 4+ $5.00; Ages 3 and under $4.00
Concessions Available
2018 Apple Season begins August 17th! See below for hours.
Details:

A reasonable fee is charged immediately upon your arrival to Afton Apple Orchard. We find it nice to have that squared away, to know the children are now free to explore the very large, unique playground at will. Plan to park it there while the kids discover the “retread hill” (for the uninitiated, it’s a mountain of tires with tube slides running through it), swings, hay bales to climb, and a pretty decent petting farm.

Tractor hayrides out into the expanse of the orchards are also included in the admission fee. And – best of all – you’re not required to pre-purchase a bag for picking. This spared us mucho disappointment during a year of poor harvest. Instead, we put the money towards picking fall raspberries – and were super impressed with the quality of the crop.

Afton turned out to be our family’s favorite of the East Metro apple orchards. It was large enough to offer activities suited to each member of the family,  but at no time did we feel like we were picking on top of our neighbor. When fall rolls around and a free weekend pops up on the calendar the vote’s unanimous — time to head to the orchard!

This article was originally published by Anne on 8/25/15

Pick-Your Own Strawberry Season

Strawberry season begins in mid-June and runs until picked out. Hours are usually be 7 a.m. until picked out or 3 p.m (whichever comes first). However, as this is a real farm, schedules are dependent on weather and picking conditions, and it is best to follow their Facebook page or call ahead shortly before heading out. Picking conditions can change from hour to hour. The Berry Barn serves fresh strawberry shakes, smoothies, strawberry donuts and other treats during the picking season. The petting farm will also be open. 

Image courtesy of Afton Apple

Afton Apple Orchard

image courtesy aftonapple.com


Afton Apple Orchard 2019:

The apple picking season starts on mid-August and last until the end of October. Hayrides into the orchard are available on weekends through Labor Day and daily after that. If you prefer a quieter visit, Afton recommends coming on weekdays. Weekend hayrides rung 10am-6pm, and week day rides are offered from 12pm-6pm (after labor day). Other activities included with general admission include a HUGE playground, petting farm, Retread Hill, Straw Mountain and Johnny Combine.

Afton Apple Orchard

image courtesy www.aftonapple.com

Afton Apple Orchard's Corn Maze :  

The corn maze opens on Mid-September. Stay tuned for this year's theme.

Corn Maze Admission:
Adults 11 and older - $10.00 *tax included
Children ages 3-10* - $8.00 *must be accompanied by paid adult
​2 and under - Free

Afton Apple Orchard's Pet Policy:

Dogs are not allowed at this Orchard due to health regulations.

Café ala Apple

The cafe offers concessions including fresh apple fritters, apple donuts, cider brats, and Fritter Sundaes.

Birthday Parties at Afton Apple OrchardBirthday Parties at Afton Apple Orchard

The Orchard offers Hall Rental for birthday parties and other private events. The space includes space for up to 300 people and tables. Additional options include tractor drawn hayrides, horse drawn wagon rides, picnic facilities, a playground. Catering services are available or you can bring in the caterer of your choice.

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