Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Did you know that apples and pumpkins are both grown on farms? Sometimes the same one? It's true, city folks. The country is a magical place!
Don't waste time and GPS battery driving the family through the (stunningly beautiful) country twice. Pick-your-own apples and pumpkins can be had at these fun orchards/farms/pumpkin patch combos.
We know how you Twin Cities families are about efficiency.
This orchard has long been a JuiceBox favorite, and it tops most other local lists. The bakery with pies is a big reason, as are these two words: goat pen. Oct. 18 is a cook-off with 40 different chefs.
Is 15-acres too much or just enough for a corn maze? There’s a hay bale maze for the skittish. Also: a bakery, and fall raspberries! And a tire hill—here, it makes perfect sense. Apple Fest is the first three weekends in October.
There’s a playground, and on weekends there’s live music. JuiceBox once met a giant docile dog the size of a horse here. (The owners said he ate a live goat once.) If you can, go midweek—no admissions charge. October 11 and 12 is CiderFest—bring or buy a pail and take home cider for wine and hard cider. (Note: no pumpkins. Still great, though.)
Petting Zoo. Pumpkin patch. Horse rides. Live music. Yummy food. And you’re close to the Kerfoot Canopy Tours, which have got to be blazing this time of year, and which we highly recommend for you and your older kids (10 and up).
A full day out with hay rides, corn maze, farm babies, pony rides, and (yup, we’re gonna say it) mini donuts.
Many varieties of apples. Plus a play area, petting zoo, and wagon rides. There’s live music on weekends. There’s also an adorable gift shop. Oct. 4 and 5 is Harvest Fest — live Irish music both days.
It’s kind of a hike south, but for $2 per person you can ride in the Cinderella carriage there. For $3 per person you can play nine holes of mini-golf. Enter the Scarecrow-building contest, you could win it back and more—the grand prize is $100.