Things to do in Minneapolis & St Paul this weekend!
Welcome to the weekend! In search of some inspiration on how to spend what’s predicted to be a lovely couple of fall days with colors close to peak and Halloween creeping ever closer? We’ve spotlighted some best bets for October Weekend Family Fun — fall festivals, pumpkin patch rambles and not-so-spooky holiday treats with a road trip thrown in if you’re feeling extra adventurous. For more ideas for this weekend and beyond, zip over to our October Family Guide, our Ultimate Fall Fun Guide or our Family Fun Calendar.
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PUMPKIN PATCH PICKS
Patches are in full swing this weekend, and we’ve got the details on 15 we think are worth checking out for their fall activities, farm animals, and fresh produce. Peter’s Pumpkins & Carmen’s Corn in Shakopee offers free weekend hayrides to pick-your-own pumpkins from the field. Enjoy the working farm and work your way through the corn maze. Weekdays 11am – 6:30pm, weekends 9am – 6:30pm. Jump over to Pick One: Twin Cities Pumpkin Patches or click the graphic for more outing ideas.
KIDS IN THE (CORN) MAZES
Love them, fear them, however you feel about corn mazes, they are a staple of outdoor fall fun in Minnesota. Several are opening this weekend, or are already open to challenge you with their latest design. Here are a handful of our favorites:
- Twin Cities Harvest Festival Corn Maze | Brooklyn Park
This is the king of all Minnesota corn mazes at 20 acres. Please note: In 2020, only the pumpkin patch, sunflower field, market & corn maze will be open. General admission is free; corn maze tickets are $6-$8/pp. Daily, Sept 19-Nov 1, 2020. Weekends 10-6pm.
- Afton Apple Orchard | Hastings
3 levels of difficulty suit all ages at this 15-acre corn maze. The orchard has more to explore, like pick-your-own apples and pumpkins. Maze open Sept 19 – Oct 31, 2020. Sat 10am-10pm, & Sun 10am-6pm. $8-$10/pp, under 3 free.
- Fischer’s Croix Farm Orchard | St. Croix Trail South, Hastings
Corn maze suitable for what we would call “beginners” (like us). Plus pick-your-own apples. Weekends, 11am-4:30pm. Free admission to orchard, $3 to ride the tractor to the corn maze.
Find more of our suggestions for Twin Cities corn mazes.
FUN IN THE PARKS
PunkinMania | 1520 Mahtomedi Ave
Games, inflatables, treats and, true to the name, a pumpkin patch! (Pumpkin prices $2-$4/each.) Oct 10, 9am-3pm.
Art Walk in the Park | Westwood Hills Nature Center, St Louis Park
Local mini-murals will be on display along walking trails around the renovated nature center. Come check out what’s brand new! October 10-11, during park hours.
Candle Dipping at the Pond House | Pond Dakota Mission Park, Bloomington
Living history Sunday open houses are BACK ON at the Pond House. This weekend try outdoor frontier games such as stilt-walking, Stick and Hoop, marbles, and checkers. , 1-4pm. Suggested donation of $2/pp.
ALWAYS FREE TO VISIT WEEKENDS
Please keep in mind that there will likely be visiting restrictions and other safety precautions, including possible required reservations to limit the number of visitors.
Minneapolis Institute of Art – NOW OPEN, FREE BUT TICKET REQUIRED.
Minneapolis Sculpture Garden – adjacent to the Walker Art Center. Follow the link to reserve your required tickets to visit the museum.
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory – ADVANCED RESERVATIONS REQUIRED.
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