13 Fun Apple Orchards near Minneapolis and St. Paul

Today's apple orchards also have pumpkin patches, hayrides, zoos and more

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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
    Hastings, Minnesota

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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
    Delano, Minnesota

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    This farm has plenty of things to do that can turn apple picking into a full family day of fun, from hay rides, a corn maze, a petting zoo, food for sale and pony rides to a pumpkin patch and every other kind of classic fall farm fun.

    Anoka County Farms
    125 Bunker Lake Boulevard
    Ham Lake, Minnesota

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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, Minnesota

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    This apple orchard, located about 40 minutes south of Minneapolis, also grows Halloween pumpkins, and it has a collection of vintage tractors to admire.

    Fireside Orchard and Gardens
    2225 Lonsdale Boulevard
    Highway 19
    Northfield, Minnesota

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    Homestead, which owns 8,000 trees, claims to be the oldest and largest apple orchard in the area. Here, there is also a pumpkin patch, a petting zoo, free hayrides, a jumping castle and a straw pile. It's fall fun at its finest.

    Homestead Orchard
    1080 County Road 92
    Maple Plain, Minnesota 

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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)
    Hastings, Minnesota

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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, Minnesota

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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.

    Minnetonka Orchard
    6530 County Road 26
    Mound, Minnesota

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    Pick your own apples at Natura Farm, as well as other seasonal produce like red raspberries and grapes.

    Natura Farms
    19060 Manning Trail N
    Marine-on-St. Croix, Minnesota

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    Pine Tree Apple Orchard has pony rides, a corn maze, a pumpkin patch and weekend entertainment for folks visiting the farm.

    Pine Tree Apple Orchard
    450 Apple Orchard Road
    White Bear Lake, Minnesota

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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.

    Sweetland Orchard
    26205 Fairlawn Avenue
    Webster, Minnesota

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    Whistling Well Farm is one of several in the pretty St. Croix Valley. This farm is just south of Afton State Park. Here, you can pick your own apples from the orchard's 5,000 trees, or you can pick pumpkins from the patch. 

    Whistling Well Farm
    8973 South St. Croix Trail,
    Hastings, Minnesota