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:



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

Opening Day: August 17, 2020
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

Open/Hours: 2020 season TBA
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: PYO apples & pumpkins. Weekends bring occasional activities.

Deardorff Orchards & Vineyard | Waconia

Open: 2020 season TBA
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

Open: 2020 season TBA
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

Open: 2020 season TBA
Wed-Sun, 10am-6pm

Cost: Free admission, some fees for additional activities
Picking & more: Apples are pre-picked, but 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

Open: 2020 season TBA
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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For more on our visits with kids: Twin Cities Apple Orchards: East Metro

Aamodt’s Apple Farm | Stillwater

Open: 2020 season TBA; Family fun starts after Labor Day
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

Open: 2020 season to start in September; fall activities through October
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

Open: September 19th – October 31st 2020  
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.


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

Afton Apple Orchard | Hastings

Open: Mid-August-End of October. 2020 Apple Festival: September 26th & 27th, Oct 3rd & 4th, and 10th & 11th,
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

Open: Aug 29th or Sept 5, 2020. Call first to find out, 952-985-5425.
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. Family activities and maze are cancelled for 2020.

Carpenter St Croix Valley Nature Center Orchard | Hastings

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 & 11, 2020 and is free to attend (hayrides! Stuff for kids!)

Emma Krumbee’s Orchard & Farm | Belle Plaine

Open: Mid-August through October, 2020 season TBA
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

Open: Beginning Tuesday, September 8, 2020.
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

Open: Aug 15-Oct 31, 2020
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, visit the barnyard for a visit with the critters, try out the apple cannon or the corn maze.

Whistling Well Farm | Hastings

Open: 2020 season TBA
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 shoot, anyone?). There are pick-your-own apples or pre-picked options available.

Twin Cities 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

Open: Mid-Aug through Oct, 2020 Opening August 29, 2020.
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

Open: Late August-October, 2020 season TBA
Hours: Daily, 9am-5pm
Cost: Free admission
Picking: Pre-picked apples; pick-your-own pumpkins. Children must be supervised.

Pleasant Valley Orchard | Taylors Falls

Open: Labor Day weekend – October 2020
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

Open: Sept 5-27, 2020
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

Open: 2020 season TBA; check their website for opening day information
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

Open: 2020 season TBA
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.

Apple Crafts to Make With Kids

Gianna and Occasions with Character Midnight Princess visit Kare11 with some apple crafts for kids and other ideas to embrace autumn apple season at home.

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