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5 Fall Things to Do in the Twin Cities Area
Dated: September 16 2020
Crisp air, brightly-colored leaves, pumpkin spice everything… the signs of fall are here! With the gorgeous new weather and cozy atmosphere come beloved fall things to do in the Twin Cities; namely, picking your own apples and pumpkins. And no matter what part of the Twin Cities you call home, a fun day of outdoor enjoyment is just a drive away. Just because COVID has changed our everyday lives doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice the memory-making, family-friendly activities that bring on all the warm fall feelings.
Here are a few safety-focused apple orchards and pumpkin patches here in the Twin Cities area. Each location on this list has a COVID protocol in place so you can feel good about protecting your family’s health while enjoying the festivities:
1. Afton Apple Orchard
Enjoy picking apples, raspberries, and pumpkins for pies, preserves, crisps, and whatever else your heart desires at this orchard in Hastings. From their you-pick produce to their corn maze and more, this location is perfect for the entire family to experience.
2. Pine Tree Apple Orchard
Looking to pick some apples and enjoy a few fresh-from-the-bakery donuts with cider? Pine Tree Apple Orchard, nestled in Whitebear Lake and boasting an impressive 25 varieties of apples, is the place for you.
3. Waldoch Farm
Pick the perfect pumpkin for a jack-o-lantern and deck out your garden for fall all in one place! Waldoch Farm has a pumpkin patch and garden center so you have a one-stop shop for all your fall decorating. Though the pony rides and mazes are on hold for this year, there’s still plenty to do.
4. Country Sun Farm
If you’re looking for a little extra caution, Country Sun Farm takes reservations to make sure there’s only a small number of people on-site at a time. Enjoy plenty of social-distanced fun by picking pumpkins, taking a walk through the petting farm, hopping on a hay ride, or grabbing a harvest snack at the concessions stand.
5. Aamodt’s Apple Farm, Bakery, and Store
Cider for the kids, hard cider for the grownups - there’s something for everyone! Pick some apples, taste some wine, and even bring the family dog along as well. For the little ones, there’s the chance to ride the Honeycrisp Express, a tractor-pulled mini train that runs through the orchard.
In order to keep you and your family healthy, many of the farms and orchards in the area have specific hours. Make sure to check their calendars to take full advantage of the safe, fun activities! Whether you’re carving pumpkins, baking up fresh apple pies, enjoying a corn maze, or simply taking a stroll in the Twin Cities foliage, you’re sure to have a blast with any of these fun fall activities!
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