Fall is a beautiful time to visit Minnesota. As the leaves change color and birds migrate south, Minnesota luxuriates in everything that’s great about this season, from chunky cable knit sweaters to pumpkin spice lattes! Whether you’re taking a walk through one of our glorious city parks or enjoying beverages on a heated patio, there are tons of special ways to celebrate before winter sets in.
Head south of the Twin Cities to Shakopee to experience Sever’s Corn Maze. For over 20 years the Sever family has created a massive, hand-cut maze for groups and families to conquer. You can pick a pumpkin, ride a pony, and pet exotic animals while you’re there. There’s also live entertainment, an obstacle course, and a massive corn pit. And for those of you wondering: “What’s a corn pit?” - you need to see it to believe it!
Once the leaves begin to turn, follow the trails to Deardorff Orchards in lovely Waconia - about 30 miles southwest of Minneapolis. The Deardorff family business has over 20 acres of apple trees and boasts a partnership with a local winery. Your entire group can enjoy the many activities available here: there’s a historic barn, locally-sourced food products for purchase, tours, and hayrides. You can even sip freshly-pressed cider. If you’re not near the west side of town, another option is the Pine Tree Apple Orchard in White Bear Lake, located northeast of St. Paul.
40 minutes northeast of the Twin Cities is a frightening adventure you won’t soon forget. Only the brave of heart should venture to The Dead End Hayride in Wyoming, MN. This local attraction is open from late September to early November and provides three haunted areas: the trail, the hayride, and the cornfield. Beware of monsters - they will reach out and grab if given the chance! Check out the Dead End Hayride on weeknights or off-peak hours for an easy experience without the crowds.
If haunted coasters are more your style, drive on down to Shakopee for ValleySCARE. Roaming monsters, haunted mazes, and spooky rides are in store for anyone aged 13 and up at this amusement park, typically known as ValleyFair.
The Landscape Arboretum in Chanhassen is a vibrant and educational place to visit in the fall. Escape into a leafy paradise for an afternoon of peace and relaxation. The Arboretum hosts an annual Harvest Festival in addition to its regularly scheduled autumn programming, at which the whole family can enjoy art, music, and tasting local treats. Wander through the garden or wind your way through the entire property to witness the fall colors in all their glory.
Head due north to the Duluth area for world-class hiking opportunities. You can explore the Superior Hiking Trail (which runs all the way into Canada), or check out the Aerial Lift Bridge, a unique and historic architectural feat that’s over 100 years old. Or simply mosey along the coast, taking the chance to stop at some of the various parks and recreational areas along the way.
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