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:

Family Fun Twin Cities Guide to Family Friendly Apple Orchards

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
Open: Through Oct, 2019
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: Mid-September 2019, then fall weekends, hours TBD
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: PYO apples & pumpkins. Weekends bring occasional activities.

Deardorff Orchards & Vineyard | Waconia
Open: Sept 7-Oct, 2019
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: Aug 29-Oct 27, 2019
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: Aug 31-Oct, 2019
Hours:
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: Aug 31-Oct, 2019
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


EAST METRO FAMILY FRIENDLY APPLE ORCHARDS

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

Aamodt’s Apple Farm | Stillwater
Open: Aug 4-Oct, 2019
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: Salesroom open Aug 20-March, 2019; 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: Late August – October for Apples
Hours: Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays 9am-2pm (or by appt.)
Cost: Free admission, call or check Facebook before heading out!
Picking & more: Honeycrisp, Zestar, Sweet Sixteen, Harrel Red. No activities announced for 2019 yet. The Minnesota/Wisconsin state line is just a good apple growing area. If you are looking to check out apple orchards near Minnesota, start with White Pine.


SOUTH METRO FAMILY FRIENDLY APPLE ORCHARDS

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

Afton Apple Orchard | Hastings
Open: Aug 24-Oct, 2019
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.

Twin Cities Apple Orchards

Applewood Orchard | Lakeville
Open: Aug 31, 2019
Hours: Daily, 10am-6pm
Cost: Free admission
Picking & more: This little haven is one of the few places to pick-your-own apples in Dakota County. There are also limited free kids activities. Teens might enjoy the 10-acre corn maze; they pay only $5 apiece for a run-through.

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 12 & 13, 2019 and is free to attend (hayrides! Stuff for kids!)

Emma Krumbee’s Orchard & Farm | Belle Plaine
Open: Mid-August through Oct, 2019
Hours: Daily, 9am-7pm; Scarecrow Festival open daily early Sept-Oct, 2019, 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: Mid-Sept-Oct, 2019
Hours: Tues-Sun, 9:30am-5pm
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 17-Oct, 2019
Hours: Daily, 10am-6pm
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: Aug 31, 2019
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


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
Open: Sept-Nov, 2019
Hours: Daily, 9am-7pm
Cost: Free admission
Picking: Pre-picked apples only

Knapton’s | Rockford
Open: Late August-October
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: Sept 5-Oct, 2019
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 beginning October 20, 2019. 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

Remick’s Orchard | Anoka
Open: Sept 8-Oct, 2019
Hours: Daily, 9am-6pm.
Cost: Free admission on weekdays, $8/pp weekends ages 4+ for fall fun activities.
Picking & more: Apples are pre-picked, pick your own pumpkin for .39/lb. Activities (weekends only) include crowd-pleasers like duck races, a train ride, straw bale maze and more.

Sunrise River Farm | Wyoming
Open: Sept 3-Oct, 2019; 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: Sept-Oct, 2019
Hours: 9am-6pm
Cost: Free admission
Picking: Pre-picked apples only, This may be the closest apple orchard to Minneapolis.


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