Clear skies, cooler temperatures, low humidity: Fall’s arrived in Minnesota! The leaves are starting to turn and apples are ripening in the orchards around Buffalo, Delano, Rockford, and St. Michael. It’s time to enjoy the season at some of the area’s best fall attractions.
Buffalo: Apple Picking and Foodie Festival
As the locals know, Buffalo is a great place to celebrate autumn. Many families choose to spend the day at Deer Lake Orchard. Aside from apple picking, you can take a wagon ride, try your luck in the corn maze, and hunt for the best jack o’lantern pumpkin. The kids will enjoy the animal area, hale-bale maze, and outdoor games. The orchard runs its own store with pies, apple crisp, brats, and apple cider.
On September 24, the Buffalo Chamber of Commerce will host A Tasteful Night in Buffalo. This adults-only event runs from 5:30 to 8 pm at the Buffalo Civic Center. Sample foods and libations from Buffalo-area eateries.
Delano: Apples and Wine
Buffalo has Deer Lake Orchard. Delano has Apple Jack Orchards. Spend a crisp fall day picking apples, riding the cow train, or shooting an apple out of a cannon. Kids will enjoy the play area, animal park, and dry corn pit. Everyone will have fun on the huge jumping pillow. Enjoy treats from the barn store at one of the orchard’s scenic picnic areas.
Looking for something a little stronger than cider? Check out Woodland Hill Winery. The tasting room is open on weekends. For only $6, you can enjoy wines selected just for you. Purchase your favorites to take home or enjoy while lounging in their gazebo.
Rockford: Pumpkins and a Park Reserve
If you want to pick your own pumpkins, take a drive down to Knapton’s Raspberries, Pumpkins, and Orchard. The farm specializes in large, carving pumpkins. If you get there early enough in the season, you’ll be able to pick your own raspberries, too. The farm also grows apples and sells a variety of produce and preserves.
If you’ve already done your apple and pumpkin picking for the season, enjoy some quiet outdoor time at Lake Rebecca Park Reserve. Part of the Three Rivers system, Lake Rebecca offers trails for hiking and biking, an off-leash dog park, picnic areas, and even horseback riding. Kids will enjoy hunting for treasure through the park’s geo-caching program. The park hosts a Family Fall Colors River Paddle on October 18.
St. Michael: Time Travel and Peaceful Wilderness
If you’re really looking to get away from it all, consider visiting the St. Michael area. The Oliver Kelley Farm is in nearby Elk River. The working farm and living history museum is managed by the Minnesota Historical Society. Step back in time to the 1860s. Help farmers work the fields, tend the animals, and put up food for the winter.
To get even further away the hustle and bustle, visit Crow-Hassan Park Reserve. Like Lake Rebecca, Crow-Hassan is managed by Three Rivers. It features miles of trails through preserved prairie. Look for bald eagles, hawks, deer, fox, and coyotes. Park your car, take a hike, and take in all the natural beauty fall has to offer.
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