Twin Cities families, it’s that glorious time of colored leaves. Of apple orchards and fall festivals and corn mazes. Oh, and pumpkin patches, too! It’s all about Twin Cities fall fun.
The fall season is a perfect time for families to explore all kinds of different things to do across the metro area and beyond into greater Minnesota.
Visit an apple orchard in September
Take a crisp morning or an afternoon and spend time together in one of the beautiful apple orchards that dot the The Twin Cities. It’s an autumn tradition that our team’s families – including 12 children – would not miss. Our metro area is FULL of orchards to the north, south, east and west. Some are free to enter with a la carte fees for activities that interest you. Others have an entrance fee that includes many of the activities. And some of the best charge nothing to get in and offer diversions for free. Pick your way through our apple orchard guide to find what fits for your family:
Follow up with a pumpkin patch in October
Do your kids enjoy carving pumpkins or making pumpkin pie and pumpkin bars made from fresh pumpkin? And what is more iconic than spending a night in a pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin?
Escape a corn maze
We’re glad that corn mazes in the Twin Cities come in all shapes and sizes because we acknowledge that they’re not for everyone. From the monster maze at the Twin Cities Harvest Festival to sweet little puzzles at family-run orchards, check out the different options your family can enjoy escaping together.
You need not harvest to enjoy a fall festival
Because Minnesota is one of the most beautiful settings for fall fun, it seems natural that its folk is out celebrating the season each weekend. Our calendar of completely family-friendly fall festivals books up September & October. Some of our favorites include the Lone Oak Days at Holz Farm (below) and Celebrate the Harvest at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista. Get ready for wagon rides, corn boxes, cider pressing, farm animals and all the rest.
Scoop up fresh produce at a fall farmers market
We think a trip to a fall farmers market trumps a traditional grocery run any day of the week. Stacks of brightly-colored autumn produce is just waiting to be turned into cozy family dinners. We’ve rounded up 8 fall farmers markets in the Twin Cities we think go above and beyond by offering not only a fresh selection of food, but an atmosphere that will appeal to the youngest shoppers.
Visit a nature center in the fall
Bonus – there’s no charge to enjoy the fall colors and activities at nature centers. While dressed in their autumn best, a few go all out!
Sept 14: Wild Rice Festival | Harriet Alexander Nature Center, Roseville
Games for all, activities with Gibbs Farm, Native American dancing and drumming, hands-on demos and much more. 10am-4pm, FREE admission.
Sept 28: Fall Raptor Release | Carpenter St. Croix Valley Nature Center, Hastings
The Raptor Center releases rehabbed birds at 11am & 2pm plus wagon rides, kids activities and educational displays. 10am-3pm, FREE admission.
Take a fall color tour
Enjoying the changing leaves in the Twin Cities can be blink-and-you’ll-miss-them quick. With only a narrow window of time to enjoy them, it’s time to plan ahead for a Fall Color Tour. We’ve rounded up ten places – by way of water, rails or foot – you can bring your family to enjoy the beauty of the season.
Eeek! It’s Halloween!
And finally, we’re getting excited about all the fun that comes with Halloween events! Browse all kinds of completely family-friendly, not-so-spooky activities going on throughout the month of October.
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