14 Awesome Fall Activities to Do in Minnesota

Fall Activities to do in Minnesota

Fall is an Incredible Season in Minnesota

Fall might be the most beautiful season in Minnesota. With cooler temperatures, and colorful leaves, pumpkins, and hot apple cider, the only disappointment is that the season seems to pass by so quickly. Although, perhaps that just makes us appreciate this magical season even more. There are many ways to celebrate this season! Read on for the fourteen best things to do for fall in Minnesota.

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1. Pick Your Own Apples

Not many things say fall like apple orchards. Picking your own apples is a great activity for adults and children, and it’s an opportunity to spend the day outside enjoying the cool weather. Most apple orchards offer pies for sale and additional activities like a hayride or walking through sunflower fields. Some highly recommended apple orchards are:

Fall Activities to do in Minnesota
Fall Activities to do in Minnesota
Fall Activities to do in Minnesota

2. Take a Hike and Go Leaf Peeping

Hiking is one of my favorite things to do any time of the year, but it’s especially stunning during the fall. In Minnesota, we are spoiled because we have so many incredible hikes with breathtaking views. From the North Shore and Lutsen Mountains to Bluff Country and the Great River Drive, it can be hard to determine where to go first. It’s best to use the DNR’s fall color tracker so you can go hiking where fall colors are at their peak. You could spend roughly six weeks chasing the colors from Grand Marais to Winona. Here are a few of the best spots for incredible fall hikes.

Pumpkins

3. Visit a Pumpkin Patch

Who doesn’t love a pumpkin patch? Just like apple orchards, these are great places to bring friends, family, and children. Often these types of places have additional things like corn mazes, hayrides, pies, and ciders for sale. One popular spot near the Twin Cities is Peter’s Pumpkins in Shakopee, Minnesota.

Lutsen Lake Superior
Lutsen Lake Superior
Lutsen Lake Superior

4. Ride the Gondola at Lutsen Mountains

Riding the gondola at Lutsen Mountains may be one of the most unique things to do in the fall! Enjoy the five-minute ride to the top for breathtaking views of Lake Superior and the endless sea of colorful trees. You can also enjoy many hiking trails around the mountain before taking the gondola back down to your car. It’s $29/per person and truly worth it! It’s one of the most beautiful things I’ve seen!

Fall Activites in Minnesota

5. Take a Scenic Drive

While hiking is my favorite way to see fall colors along the bluffs and rivers, a scenic drive can be great if you want to cover more ground. We are so spoiled in Minnesota to have incredible scenic byways with jaw-dropping views. Some of the best include:

  • Arrowhead Loop and Rengo Road in Hovland
  • Historic Bluff Country Scenic Byway
  • Honeymoon Loop in Lutsen/Tofte
  • Gunflint Trail and County Road 60 in Grand Marais
  • The North Shore All-American Scenic Byway
  • Richey Lake Loop in Schroeder
  • The St. Croix Scenic Byway
Duluth
Awesome Stillwater, Minnesota Lift Bridge

6. Grab Drinks on a Patio

We love checking out new breweries, and we really love sitting on a patio, grabbing a snack from a food truck, and trying a flight of new beers or ciders. A lot of breweries have fire pits to keep you warm as the cold weather rolls in. Some of our favorite patios and rooftops are the Hewing Hotel in Minneapolis, Imminent Brewing in Northfield and Bald Man Brewing in Eagan.

Creative ways to enjoy minnesota summer season
Creative ways to enjoy minnesota summer season

7. Visit a Pizza Farm

Picnics in general are a fun way to be outside, but why not do it at a pizza farm? When we went to the Red Barn Farm in Northfield, we brought our own chairs, blanket, wine, and dessert. There are also horses and chickens, visitors are encouraged to walk around and enjoy the property.

Minnesota Camper Van
Minnesota Camper Van
Minnesota Camper Van

8. Go Camper Vanning

Camper vanning in the fall can be a great time to go because it’s not too hot or too cold at night. I recently went on my first camper van trip with my dog, Ole and it was a really fun and unique experience! Being able to hit the road and go wherever you want and then wake up with an incredible view inside a state park, or with views of Lake Superior is the best part of the camper van experience.

Arboretum

9. Visit the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum is a great place to visit during the fall. They create several incredible pumpkin displays that make for a great photoshoot. They also have the AppleHouse where you can buy apple cider donuts, pies, freshly picked apples, and mums.

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10. Sip Hard Apple Cider

We only recently started visiting cideries and have really come to appreciate the wide variety. Number 12 Cider in Minneapolis has a large outdoor patio with fires and heated lamps. And they even have a pizza truck onsite. In Duluth, we love visiting Wild State Cider and Duluth Cider! There seem to be so many cideries around Minnesota as they become more and more popular!

St. Paul

11. Go to a Sporting Event

Fall is a great time to enjoy outdoor sporting events! Catch a game at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis and watch the Vikings, or head to Allianz Field in St. Paul and catch a United FC soccer game. I’ve been to a handful of games over the years and it’s always a great time.

Fishing
Fishing

12. Go Fishing

Fishing is a great fall activity. Not only is the weather beautiful, but the fish are extra hungry as they prepare for winter. That means you’re more likely to get a bite! Be sure to get your fishing license from the Department of Natural Resources before heading out.

Camping BWCA
BWCA Camping

13. Go Camping

Like most activities in the fall, it’s the weather that makes it so enjoyable. If you’re sleeping outside, why do it when the nights are hot and humid in July, or you’re shivering in February? Minnesota has a plethora of camping sites so there is no shortage of places to go!

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14. Visit a Museum

Museums are great year-round, but they can be an especially great fall activity on those cold windy days. Some of the museums we visit most often are the Museum of Russian Art and the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Both have great exhibits that are updated regularly. We also really love the Minnesota Marine Art Museum in Winona, which has Monet, Van Gogh, underwater photography, and furniture from the Titanic.

Fall Activites in Minnesota

Enjoy This Beautiful Season

There are so many great things to do in Minnesota during the fall. I hope these six ideas inspire you to fully enjoy the cool weather and changing colors! Looking for more ideas? Check out my blog posts on fall day trips to WinonaRed Wing, Stillwater, and Montgomery!

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