Twin Cities Apple Orchards: A Family Guide

The Twin Cities is perfect for a crisp fall day that begs for a family day of apple picking. It’s an autumn tradition that our team’s families – including 12 children – would not miss. We hope you’re able to use our Twin Cities Apple Orchards Guide to find details on the most kid-friendly apple orchards in the metro, rediscover an old favorite or try out a new destination:

MAP OF TWIN CITIES APPLE ORCHARDS
WHERE TO FIND THE BEST APPLE ORCHARDS IN MN

WEST METRO FAMILY FRIENDLY APPLE ORCHARDS

For more on our visits with kids: Twin Cities Apple Orchards: Fresh Picks in the West Metro.

Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to Family Friendly Apple Orchards

Apple Jack Orchards | Delano

4875 37th Street SE, Delano, MN 55328
Hours: Daily, 10am-6pm (last Fun Farm entry at 5pm)
Cost: Starting Labor Day weekend, admission is free Mon-Thurs but PYO apples and most of the activities are closed. Fri-Sun, admission costs $5/pp and includes a wagon ride ticket. There are extra fees for additional activities or you can save $ with an all-access wristband ($10-$15).
Picking & more: Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins fresh from the patch. This orchard literally bursts with fall activities (but bring your wallet for activities like the jumping pillow, cow train and apple cannon). There are a few free diversions such as a play area and petting farm. A cafe and bakery onsite will fill your dining needs.

Apple Tree-O | Delano

5667 90th St. SE (Franklin Township Rd) Delano, MN 55328
Hours: Call ahead for picking times 763-390-7795.
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: PYO apples & pumpkins. Weekends bring occasional activities.
Girl learning to blacksmith at Apple Tree-O Orchard in Delano, Minnesota
Learning to Blacksmith at Apple Tree-O

Deardorff Orchards & Vineyard | Waconia

8282 Parley Lake Rd, Waconia, MN 55387
Hours: Orchard: Wed-Sun, 10am-6pm & Winery Tasting Room: Friday 3-8, Sat & Sun 12-6
Cost: Free admission, free family activities
Picking & more: Ride the tractor into the orchard to pick your own apples. There is a limited amount of free activities; adults may enjoy the onsite winery.

Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to Family Friendly Apple Orchards

Fall Harvest Orchard | Montrose

345 County Road 30 SE, Montrose, MN 55363
Hours: Thurs-Sun, 10am-6pm plus Labor Day and Wed of MEA weekend
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: Pick-your-own apples & pumpkins available. There are lots of free family activities to enjoy at this sweet, family-operated farm (corn boxes, tire mountains,  hands-on animal encounters). Have you ever been dying to feed a cow? At this apple orchard with animals, we found it strangely fascinating to watch them chow down on apples. A few diversions require a small fee such as the jumping pillow and corn maze.

LuceLine Orchard | Watertown

2755 Rose Ave, Watertown, MN 55388
Hours: Wed-Sun, 10am-6pm
Cost: Free admission, some fees for additional activities
Picking & more: Apples are now pick-your-own while supplies last! There are lots of other activities onsite to stay busy, including some that are open on weekdays such as the hay mountain, petting farm, corn boxes and swings.

Minnetonka Orchards | Minnetrista

6530 County Road 26, Minnetrista, MN 55364
Hours: Daily, 10am-7pm
Cost: Free admission weekdays, $8/pp weekends covers all activities including hayrides.
Picking & more: PYO apples. Visit during the weekday if you can to take advantage of lots of free activities – hayrides are $3.

Minnetonka Orchards


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EAST METRO FAMILY FRIENDLY APPLE ORCHARDS

For more on our visits with kids: Twin Cities Apple Orchards: East Metro

Aamodt’s Apple Farm | Stillwater

6428 Manning Avenue North, Stillwater, MN 55082
Hours: 10am-6pm daily, PYO 10am-5pm daily
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: Possibly the closest apple orchard to Saint Paul, pick your own at this apple orchard in Stillwater. Pay for the bag in advance in quarter or half peck sizes. Not all apple varieties will be available when you come out so you’ll want to check their picking schedule (website) or call in advance. There are a couple free activities (such as meeting the resident goats) and much to do that requires a small fee (sweet little wagon rides pictured below.) Adults who’d like something to sip on may enjoy the onsite winery or hard cider, also brewed right on the farm. Plus treats galore in the Apple Barn.

Twin Cities Apple Orchards

Pine Tree Apple Orchard | White Bear Lake

450 Apple Orchard Rd, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Hours: Click here for current hours.
Cost: Free admission, additional fees for activities
Picking & more: Pre-picked apples only among other offerings – make sure you don’t head out expecting to pick your own. Instead, take a long wagon ride through the orchard (7 days a week starting Sept 10), challenge yourself to take on the corn maze and listen to live music on the weekends. Take your little ones through the big red retail barn; they’ll be mesmerized by the apple sorting equipment.

White Pine Berry Farm | River Falls WI

1482 Oak Drive River Falls, WI 54022
Hours: Every Saturday and Sunday “Fall Family Day”
Cost: Free admission, call or check Facebook before heading out!
Picking & more: Honeycrisp, Zestar, Sweet Sixteen, Harrel Red. Family Fun: corn maze, pumpkin patch, corn boxes, jumping castles, tire mountain, farm animals, guided wagon ride tours, food & berry desserts, raspberry picking.


SOUTH METRO FAMILY FRIENDLY APPLE ORCHARDS

For more on our visits with kids: Twin Cities Apple Orchards: Southern Hospitality.

Afton Apple Orchard | Hastings

14421 South 90th Street, Hastings, MN 55033
Hours: Daily, 10am-6pm
Cost: Admission is $5/pp ages 5+, $4/pp under 5, includes some orchard activities.
Picking & more: Come pick your own apples, fall raspberries & pumpkins on a crisp fall day. There is lots to do here that is included with the admission fee such as the playground, huge tire mountain and petting farm. We’ve easily made a full day of it just with those diversions and riding the hay wagon into the orchard. It’s almost impossible to bypass the cow train (and your tots will want to ride it) but it’s a little easier to avoid paying extra for the jumping pillow and corn maze (opening Sept 14) if you’ve got a budget. Limited hayrides will be offered weekends 10am-6pm until Labor Day. Starting September 8th, hay rides run Monday-Friday 12pm-6pm and Saturday-Sunday 10am-6pm.

Twin Cities Apple Orchards

Applewood Orchard | Lakeville

22702 Hamburg Ave, Lakeville, MN 55044
Hours: Tues- Sun, 10am-6pm
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: This little haven is one of the few places to pick-your-own apples in Dakota County.

Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center Orchard | Hastings

12805 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033,
Open: Daily, 8am-4:30pm (nature center hours)
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: Pre-picked apples only from St Croix Valley’s own orchard. Stop in at the nature center for some animal exhibits. The annual Apple Festival will be held October 10, 2021 and is free to attend (hayrides! Stuff for kids!)

Emma Krumbee’s Orchard & Farm | Belle Plaine

311 E Enterprise Dr, Belle Plaine, MN 56011
Hours
: Daily, 9am-7pm; Scarecrow Festival open daily early Sept-Oct, 10am-6pm
Cost: Admission to the Scarecrow Festival is $6/pp+tax
Picking & more: Call the crop hotline at 952-873-3006 before coming out to get the schedule for PYO apples, raspberries & pumpkins. Emma’s is busy with activities and a restaurant.

Fisher’s Croix Farm Orchard | Hastings

12971 St. Croix Trail South, Hastings, MN 55033
Hours: Tue-Thur: 12pm – 6pm; Friday, Saturday & Sunday: 9:30am – 5:00pm; Closed Monday
Cost: Free admission, fees for additional activities
Picking & details: Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard is a beautiful apple orchard run by a multi-generational family. A sampling of some of the ways to spend a fall day: Scout for apples (pick-your-own and pre-picked), climb the hay pile, or take a wagon ride out to the corn maze ($3/pp, weekends only).

Sponsel’s Minnesota Harvest | Jordan

Apple Lovers Lane, 8251 Old Hwy 169 Blvd, Jordan, MN 55352
Hours: Daily, 10am-5pm
Cost: Weekdays are free, weekends are $2/pp or $5 per car Sept-Oct
Picking & more: PYO apples ($20/bag paid in advance). One of the apple orchards with animals, you’ll want to visit the barnyard for a visit with the critters, try out the apple cannon or brave the corn maze.

Whistling Well Farm | Hastings

Whistling Well Farm, 8973 St Croix Trail S, Hastings, MN 55033
Hours: Daily, 9am-6pm
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: The draw here is a lovely small farm setting scattered with chickens and a picturesque well (fall family photo op, anyone?). There are pick-your-own apples or pre-picked options available.

Twin Cities Apple Orchards


NORTH METRO FAMILY FRIENDLY APPLE ORCHARDS

For more on our visits with kids: Twin Cities Apple Orchards: Pickings in the North Metro.

Sunrise River Farm
How does she do that without her two front teeth? Sunrise River Farm.

Applecrest Orchards | Hugo

7306 24th Avenue North, Hugo, MN 555038
Hours: 2pm-6pm weekdays; 10am-4pm weekends. Or by appointment.
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: Under new ownership this year. Only pre-picked apples this year.

Knapton’s | Rockford

5695 Hwy 55, Rockford, MN 55373
Hours
: Daily, 9am-5pm
Cost: Free admission
Picking: Pre-picked apples; pick-your-own pumpkins. Children must be supervised.

Pleasant Valley Orchard | Taylors Falls

5695 Hwy 55, Rockford, MN 55373
Hours: Daily, 10am-6pm
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: Pick your own apples available weekends only, pumpkins can be picked mid-Sept thru October. Free activities and – kinda fun and unique for an orchard – an annual 12 Days of Halloween event. We’ve enjoyed this orchard so much we include it on our list of the Top 8 Things for Families in Taylors Falls.

Twin Cities Apple Orchards
My pumpkin baby was actually born on Halloween!

Remick’s Orchard | Anoka

2418978 Lake George Blvd. NW, Anoka, MN 55303
Hours: Daily, 9am-6pm.
Cost: Free admission on weekdays, $8/pp weekends ages 4+ for fall fun activities.
Picking & more: Now featuring pick-your-own apples. Activities (weekends only) include crowd-pleasers like duck races, a train ride, straw bale maze and more.

Sunrise River Farm | Wyoming

7602 Wyoming Trail, Wyoming, MN 55092
Hours: Tues-Sun, 10am-6pm
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: Pick your own apples in a quiet, charming atmosphere with free family activities such as a farmyard and small play area. Take some time to groom the pets and let your teen push you on the tire swing (it may even take a couple years off your life!) There are also train and wagon rides for a small fee.

Twin Cities Apple Orchards

Victoria Valley Orchard | Shoreview

4304 North Victoria Street, Shoreview, MN 55126
Hours: 9am-6pm
Cost: Free admission
Picking: While there is no pick-your-own option and no kid-activities, this may be the closest apple orchard to Minneapolis if you are just looking for farm-fresh apples.


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