For parents, fall memories are incomplete without apple orchard outings. With fall upon us, here are three local orchards for you and yours to enjoy the crisp taste of fall while creating memories to last long after the season has passed.
Aamodt’s specializes in delivering fall nostalgia, while also taking a sustainable approach to farming. Orchard-goers will enjoy apple picking, hay wagon rides, a goat farm, wine tasting for adults at St. Croix Vineyards and for kids: rides on a tractor pulled kiddie train called the Honeycrisp Express. Owned and family-operated since 1948, you won’t want to miss these time-tested and perfected apples.
6428 Manning Ave., Stillwater
Boasting 25 different apple varieties, you’re sure to find your favorite flavor at Pine Tree Apple Orchard. Beyond apples, visitors are invited to enjoy decadent treats from the famous Pine Tree Homemade Bakery, which offers a wide selection of pies and other treats. Be sure to check their website for a plethora of fall activities, including scenic wagon rides, a corn maze, pony rides and the Taste of White Bear Lake, a food and wine tasting event. (Apple picking is not offered.)
450 Apple Orchard Road, White Bear Lake
This orchard is a kid’s wonderland, offering many different activities for family fun. Take a ride on the cow-themed kiddie train, test skills in the 15–acre corn maze, feed goats at the petting zoo, go on a hayride or enjoy slides and multiple different play surfaces to get all of that energy out. Pick your own apples from Honeycrisp to Zestar and attend the annual Apple Fest, held September 26–27, October 3–4 and October 10–11.
14421 90th St. S., Hastings