Fall is many a Minnesotan's favorite season. The overbearing heat and humidity of the summer are over and the mosquitoes are gone, making way for mild autumn days, fall foliage, and so much more. If you are visiting the Twin Cities during the fall season, here are the best things to do while in town.
Go Apple Picking
Apple picking at a local farm is one of the finest of fall traditions, and a must do in Minnesota. Depending on which farm you choose, it can be a peaceful, or perhaps romantic day in the county, or a fun-filled family day out. Fireside Orchard and Gardens is 40 minutes south of the Twin Cities, and the closest option, but there are several other apple picking options about an hour or so away. The picking season begins in late August and usually runs until late October, depending on the weather conditions.
Visit a Pumpkin Patch
Visiting a pumpkin patch is a great fall activity, particularly if you have children. The Twin Cities' pumpkins are ready to pick by the end of September or early October at the latest, visiting a local farm, such as Afton Apple Orchard cannot be compared to purchasing one from the supermarket. Many pumpkin patches are also part of apple orchards and have lots of extra children's entertainment, so you and your family can plan to spend a full day at the farm.
Attend the Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Over eight weekends in September and October, an open field just outside of Minneapolis in Shakopee is transformed into Olde England for the annual Minnesota Renaissance Festival. Costumed characters, music, farm animals, fire breathers, jousting, and much more make this festival fun for all ages. Come dressed in period wear and you will fit right in. Huzzah!
Go Leaf Peeping
It's no secret that Minnesota experiences beautiful fall colors. The colors start to change in northern Minnesota first sometime around mid-September. Then, the Twin Cities and southern Minnesota follow suit a few weeks later, in early October, and the leaves typically peak in mid-October throughout the state. The autumn leaf colors are usually the most intense and dramatic in hilly areas, making the North Shore of Minnesota a classic fall destination for leaf peepers. The St. Croix Valley, just to the east of the Twin Cities, is very beautiful as well, and usually a little less crowded with autumn enthusiasts.
It's never too early to start your Halloween planning including what your costume will be and where you will choose to celebrate this year. Halloween events take place all month in the Twin Cities and begin with a Zombie Pub Crawl in early October. This kick-off to the Halloween season gathers a frightening amount of zombies to Minneapolis' Cedar-Riverside neighborhood. Haunted houses in the cities begin opening in October, as do haunted corn mazes, and there are a number of Halloween events on the calendar at zoos, museums, parks, and attractions throughout the area.