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The 10 Best Apple Orchards, Pumpkin Patches, & Corn Mazes Near Minneapolis

With the arrival of fall comes crisp air, colorful leaves, and apples and pumpkins ripe for picking. And with dozens of farms and orchards near Minneapolis-St. Paul, there’s no better fall activity than getting outside for a full day of apple picking and farmyard yard. So if you’re ready to enjoy the breathtaking colors of autumn, here are the best places to go pick your own apples, choose a Halloween pumpkin, and explore a corn maze just outside the Twin Cities. 

Afton Apple Orchard

Location: Hastings, MN

Main Attractions: Apple Picking, Pumpkin Patch, Raspberry Picking, Corn Maze

If there’s one orchard near Minneapolis that has it all, it’s Afton Apple Orchard. With over 250 acres, this orchard has so many fun fall activities that you won’t know where to start! For pick your own activities, they offer apple picking, pumpkin picking, and raspberry picking. For the weekends of October 5 - 6 and 12 - 13, they even have an Apple Fest where you can enjoy a hayride, petting farm, cider pressing demonstrations, live music, cow train rides, and a magic show. Plus, throughout their apple season, they have plenty of delicious treats including apple donuts, fresh cider, hot chocolate, caramel apples, and more. 

And if all that wasn’t enough for a full day of family fun, the orchard also boasts a fifteen acre corn maze. It’s open late on Fridays and Saturdays, so you can wander through it by the light of the moon or get an earlier start during the daytime to get through its six miles of twists and turns. The only downside to Afton? They do charge admission fees. The orchard is $5 for ages five and up ($4 for younger), the activities like the cow train ride cost $2 per person, and the corn maze is $10 for ages eleven and up, $8 for ages three to ten, and free for two or younger.

Apple Jack Orchards

Location: Delano, MN

Main Attractions: Apple Picking, Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze

For just $5 on Fridays, you can enjoy a corn pit, jumping pillow, and corn maze at this apple orchard and farm as well as apple and pumpkin picking. Their other farm fun includes a cow train, apple cannon, wagon ride, hay bale maze, and a children's play area. They also have a bakery and store on-site where you can get fall and holiday decor, jams, sauces, soup mixes, and more. 

Dehn’s Pumpkin Patch

Location: Dayton, MN

Main Attractions: Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze

This local farm features a twenty acre pumpkin patch for your pumpkin picking enjoyment. They also have a five acre corn maze that you can wander through during the day, or go to one of their nighttime flashlight events to explore it on weekend nights. Their other attractions include a big corn pit for the kiddos, giant slides, bounce houses, scenic hayrides, and a gourd catapult. 

Fall Harvest Orchard

Location: Montrose, MN (five miles from Delano)

Main Attractions: Apple Picking, Pumpkin Patch, Corn Maze

A couple weeks ago, we talked to Minnesota blogger, Nicki Bruenner, about her favorite fall outdoor activities. And the Fall Harvest Orchard is one of her family’s favorites! The family-owned apple orchard and farm is about thirty miles outside Minneapolis and offers both apple and pumpkin picking as well as a corn maze. Their free activities include animals to pet and hold, corn pits, and hay bale climbing. There is no admission fee for the orchard, but the corn maze, train and wagon rides, and jump pillow are ticketed.

Minnesota Harvest

Location: Jordan, MN

Main Attractions: Apple Picking, Cidery, Corn Maze