As we venture further into September and cooler temperatures start to roll in, our minds inevitably begin to turn towards our favorite fall activities. Pumpkin patches, scenic drives, corn mazes and of course the American classic of apple picking. Apple picking in Minnesota is an activity the entire family can enjoy. Explore the outdoors, breathe in the fresh air and reap the benefits of freshly picked fruit. At the end of the day you are sure to have sore are, full bellies and memories to last.
Minnesota is filled with dozens of orchards for you explore this autumn. Whether you are looking for simple, laid back picking experience, or you desire something more with added activities and attractions, there is a Minnesota apple orchard to fit every fancy. Don’t want to pick apples, but would like to enjoy the orchard atmosphere? We’ve got that too. Keep reading to see our list of Minnesota apple orchards for your festive fall fun.
Pleasant Valley Orchards
17325 Pleasant Valley Road
Shafer, MN 55074
For those looking for the laid back apple picking style of days past, Pleasant Valley Orchards is the place for you. Overlooking the beauty of the St. Croix River Valley, this relaxed orchid offers a nice change in pace from other crowded and commercialized orchards.
Afton Apple Orchard
14421 S. 90th St.
Hastings, MN 55033
If you are looking for a little more than apple picking this fall, be sure to check out Afton Apple Orchard. This local apple orchard offers traditional pick and bag apple picking with a number of additional activities. Enjoy your choice of attractions including playground, straw mountain, petting farm, train or 15-acre corn maze or try them all. Before you leave make sure to pick up a pre-made pie at the farm’s bakery to take home and back in your oven.
Pine Tree Apple Orchard
450 Apple Orchard Road
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
For those who enjoy the atmosphere of the orchard life, but just don’t think apple picking is for them. Pine Tree Apple Orchard has the solution. Pine Tree offers fresh fruits and baked goods all for sale at their on-site store. The crowds can get a bit large, but rumor has it that the freshly baked treats are worth it. The farm also hosts the Run for Apple‘s annual 5K which draws runners from all across the state.