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 a list of orchards spanning the four corners of the Twin Cities metro area, visit our FFTC Guide to Twin Cities Apple Orchards.
TWIN CITIES EAST METRO APPLE ORCHARDS
Our first installment of the Family Fun Twin Cities Apple Orchard Guide looks to the East. There are some heavy hitters out there: Aamodt’s Apple Farm in Stillwater has been open close to 70 years. Pine Tree Apple Orchard of White Bear Lake is well-known for its bakery menu. And Afton Apple Orchard of Hastings sprawls over 190 acres into the pastoral country. Read on to find out how they stack up – and why visiting an apple orchard is one of my family’s favorite ways to spend a fall day.
Aamodt’s Apple Farm | Stillwater
Choosing to head to Aamodt’s on a gorgeous fall weekend is also agreeing to spend that day shouldered up against half the Metro. Plus a bus tour or three. At least, this was our experience a few years ago. Part of the popularity of the orchard is due to the winery on property. Personally, I would have loved to explore St. Croix Vineyards, but the children in the party had other ideas. They made a break for the toddler-sized John Deere trikes and giant hay bales. But wait! Don’t forget to bring cash for the activities: Aamodt’s charges small fees for the trikes, hay maze, a tractor-pulled kiddie train, and hayrides into the orchard. (The fees don’t seem quite so small when you’ve got a larger-than-average family, however.) Admission to the orchard itself is free as is the small goat petting farm. Read More
We’ve worked really hard to sprinkle this month’s celebration suggestions with things kids love, a little Minnesota trivia and history, as well as ways to sneak in some education for curious kids. Remember you don’t have to celebrate every day. Pick your favorite August Family Holidays from our list, make up your own, skip a week, skip a month. Have fun with your family and maybe learn a little something along the way.