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Fall Fun Guide


By Elsa Cremer

Now that summer is coming to an end and the pools are closing, the beaches are clearing, and the boats are going into storage, what are you going to do with the kids for fun until the water freezes on the lakes, the snow tubing hills open, and the winter carnival begins? Don't stress, there are plenty of exciting fall activities for the whole family to enjoy. Here are just a few of the many places and events that come to life as the days get shorter.

Minnesota has some of the best apple orchards in the nation and they aren't just for kids either. Many orchards and farms have great wine selections, caf├ęs, hayrides, handmade art for sale, and other yummy treats.

Some great apple orchards in the Twin City area include:

Emma Krumbee's Apple Orchard
Location: 501 East South Street. Belle Plaine, MN
Phone: 952- 873-3006
Open: September 1 - October 27, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily
Offers you-pick apples, pumpkins, baked goods, gifts, apple sampling, and cider tasting.
Wagon rides through the orchard are available during the fall.

Afton Apple Orchards
Location: 14421 S 90th St Afton, MN
Phone: 651-436-8385
Open: June - July from 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. or until picked out daily. Open August - October from 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily.
A large selection of pick your own apples, pumpkins, strawberries, and raspberries (in season). Pre-picked fruit is also available as well as, honey, jam, cider, and maple syrup. Weekend hayrides are available in the fall.

Apple Jack Orchards, Inc.
Location: 4875 37th St SE, Delano, MN
Phone: 763-972-6673
Open: Apples are available, mid August - December, 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Visit the big barn full of handmade crafts, gifts, and tasty treats. There are weekend wagon rides a corn maze, pony, and cow train rides, family entertainment as well as a large selection of apples.

Croix Farm Orchard "Fischer's"
Location: 12971 St. Croix trail S Hastings, MN
Phone: 612-437-7126
Open: September - November, 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. daily
Located on the scenic lower St. Croix River, there is plenty to pick here. Vegetables, raspberries, apples, not to mention honey, maple syrup, a corn maze, farm animals, hayrides, and a press-your-own cider maker.

Fall is chock-full of festivals-- any excuse to enjoy the outdoors before the frost comes is reason enough in Minnesota! Pack up the kids (or just the husband) and head out to one or all the following exciting fall events:

Minnesota State Fair
Date: August 23 - Labor Day
Location: 1265 Snelling Ave N, St. Paul, MN
No explanation necessary! The Great Minnesota Get Together is notorious for fun, food and entertainment for all ages. www.mnstatefair.org

The Minnesota Renaissance Festival
Date: August 18 - September 30
Location: Hwy 169 in Shakopee
Phone: 763-445-7361 for more information
Bringing history alive with entertainment, great food and music straight from the middle- ages. Come and visit King Henry at his 16th century European Village rain or shine. www.renaissancefest.com

Minnesota Food and Wine Festival
Date: September 7- 9
Location: 6693 County Road 34, Alexandria MN 56308
Phone: 320-846-5443
This annual festival features wine tasting, great food, live music and other great activities. Come watch the grape stomping competition or better yet, join in the fun and sign up to participate! The festival is being held at the largest winery in Minnesota. www.carloscreekwinery.com/grapestomp

Excelsior Apple Day
Date: September 8
Location: 339 Third Street Excelsior, MN
Phone: 952- 474-5880
This annual main street event is held in the small town of Excelsior, located on the shores of Lake Minnetonka. Browse antiques, collectables, hand-made crafts, foods, and produce. There are walking tours, a Red Wagon Parade, entertainment, and boat rides on the lake. www.ci.excelsior.mn.us

James J. Hill Days
Date: September 8 & 9
Location: Downtown Wayzata
Phone: 952- 473-9595
This family oriented arts festival offers arts and crafts, a parade, kids activities, steamboat Minnehaha rides, a food fair, retail store sales, dachshund races, music and a model train show. www.wayzatachamber.com

Halloween is the official start to the fall holiday season. Impress your little monsters with these fun and safe alternatives to trick or treating.

Trail of Terror
Date: October 12 - 31
Location: 12364 Chestnut Blvd. Shakopee, MN
Phone: 952-445-7361
This is the largest Halloween event in the mid-west with more than 2.5 miles of scares and horror. There is also an indoor, heated maze for those frightfully chilly nights.

Shadows and Spirits of the State Capital
Date: October 19 & 20
Location: State Capital, St. Paul
Phone: 651-296-2881
Take a spooky tour of the dimly lit State Capital. Weave and wind through the creepy halls as historical costumed characters greet you. Learn about the history of the state capital during your spooky visit.

Boo Bash
Date: October 27
Location: Grand Ave, St. Paul
Phone: 651-699-0029
A Saturday filled with the beauty of fall including harvest trends, hayrides, great shopping, kids' activities and entertainment, and yummy fall foods. Come and taste some pumpkin ice cream, chicken apple salad, and much more.

Zoo Boo at Como Zoo
Date: October 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Location: Como Zoo
Phone: 651-487-8229
Presented by Cub Foods, this non-scary Halloween fundraising festival is a fun and safe alternative to trick and treating. The zoo is transformed into a fairytale world with over 200 costumed characters. Kids are encouraged to dress up too!

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