Fall brings out much of the harvest and while pumpkins are certainly most desired amid October, a more all-season appeal of the season is apples. While pumpkins feel more limited in their usage as Halloween decorations and pies, apples have a wider range of use beyond pies. You can cider them, bake them, coat them in caramel or just sink your teeth right into one. And there’s plenty of apples for the picking in the numerous apple orchards in the area. Here are some of the best places to go apple picking near Minneapolis.
6530 County Rd 26, Minnetrista, MN 55364
A hot spot perfect for apple picking is that of Minnetonka Orchards. Located in Minnetrista, the orchard is home to a lot of activities that are unfortunately mostly closed. That being said, you can still venture out this fall to pick from their wide variety of Haralson, Sweetango, Honeygolds, and many more types of apples. Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 AM to 6 PM.
Orchard Hill Apple Orchard
131 Wentworth Ave W, West St Paul, MN 55118
Conveniently located in West St. Paul is the quaint Fall pleasures of Orchard Hill Apple Orchard. If you’re looking for the best destinations to go apple picking near Minneapolis, this orchard has a large selection of Honeycrisp, Sweetango, and Haralsons. On the other hand, they also have plenty of apple treats in the form of caramel apples and half-gallons of cider. Unfortunately, there’s no apple picking at their location at this time. Open Thursday-Sunday, 11 AM to 6 PM.
Victoria Valley Orchard
4304 Victoria St N, St Paul, MN 55126
Another premiere destination of St. Paul for apples, there’s plenty of flavor and beauty around Victoria Valley Orchard. Over 21 varieties of apples to choose from will give visitors quite the choice in the fruit of the season. In addition, this apple orchard also boasts such delicious additions of unpasteurized honey, caramel apples, frozen apple pies, and frozen apple crisps. Open seven days a week, 9 AM to 6 PM.
Deardorff Orchards and Vineyard LLC
8282 Parley Lake Rd, Waconia, MN 55387
Positioned near Lake Waconia, Deardorff Orchards and Vineyard is 125 acres of locally-grown Fall goodness. This apple orchard features over 3,000 trees and the finest apples in 10 tasty varieties. There’s also plenty of history for boasting a barn that was built as far back as 1888.
Pine Tree Apple Orchard
450 Apple Orchard Rd, White Bear Lake, MN 55110
If you live on the other side of the Twin Cities towards White Bear Lake, Pine Tree Apple Orchard can fulfill your apple picking needs on the east side. Their orchard specializes in providing the highest quality of apples and strawberries, as well as catering to more of the family crowd with plenty of pleasant activities. These activities are unfortunately closed for now but will likely return in 2021.