Minnesota is apple-growing country and there are plenty of apple orchards and farms where you can pick apples near Minneapolis and St. Paul.
The state's apple-picking season starts in mid- to late August and lasts until October. Many farms grow several varieties, including the popular and delicious Honey Crisp apples, which are usually available in stores by mid-September, and the University of Minnesota's Zestar and SweeTango varieties.
Check your orchard's website to verify opening hours and directions. Make sure to ask whether the farm has apples left for picking before you travel. Apple supply varies significantly, depending on the weather, the season and how busy the apple orchard has been.
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Afon has several varieties of apples to pick, and other produce too, such as raspberries and pumpkins. Also on-site are a corn maze, a petting zoo, tractor rides and baked goods for sale. Look for the Apple Festival, with lots of family entertainment and fireworks, usually held during the first three weekends of October.
Afton Apple Orchard
14421 South 90th Street
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A cheerful family-run orchard, this farm has lots of apple varieties, including the University of Minnesota's SweeTango variety. There are lots of things for children, like a play area, a petting zoo and wagon rides all week. Plus, there's entertainment and live music on the weekend.
Apple Jack Orchards
4875 37th Street SE
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There are lots of fall attractions at this popular farm, which include picking your own apples, a petting zoo, a maze, a restaurant and an annual scarecrow festival. Take a tractor ride out to the apple orchards to pick apples at your leisure.
There is an admission charge for some attractions at the farm.
US Highway 169
501 East South Street
Belle Plaine, MinnesotaContinue to 5 of 13 below.
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McDougall's, situated in scenic St. Croix Valley, has pre-picked apples for sale, as well as a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, a children's playground, rides and a corn maze.
McDougall's Apple Junction
4325 South 110th Street (County Road 78)
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Like many orchards, there are more than just apples at this farm. it has a petting zoo, a playground, a pumpkin patch, a corn maze, horse rides, live music and seasonal entertainment, plus apples galore.
Minnesota Harvest Orchard
8251 Old Highway 169 Boulevard
Jordan, MinnesotaContinue to 9 of 13 below.
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This apple orchard is a popular destination with lots of attractions, hayrides, a playground, seasonal events and entertainment. Minnetonka Orchards charges an entrance fee, but only on the weekends. The thrifty can save by visiting during the week.
6530 County Road 26
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Sweetland Orchard focuses on growing great produce including apples, plums, and pears, all pre-picked for you to purchase. The farm is perfect for a peaceful day out in the country, although there may be noise from a kids play area in the barn.
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