Minnesota Harvest, Jordan
$15pp (under 2 free), comes with a season pass. Under new ownership, it is open 10am-6pm on the weekends – admission required to enter the orchards and activities, but purchase once and enter as many times as you want, all season long! Farm animals, wagon rides, corn maze, spinning apple ride, pedal tractors, corn pit, straw bale pyramid, gem mining, apple cannons, cow train, barnyard basketball, wall ball, tug-o-war, ring toss, duck races, duck pond, playground, pumpkin jump pads.
Afton Apple Orchard, Afton
$7pp ($5 for children under age 4). Playground, petting farm, straw mountain, retread hill, spider web, tire swing corral, johnny combine, Grammamals barnyard, giant rocking chair, giant swing, hayrides, jump pad and cow train, corn maze, pick your own pumpkins and gourds, u-pick apples, fall raspberries, gift shop and retail store.
Luceline Orchard, Watertown
Free admission; sunflower field, corn maze, farm animals, jumping pillow, apple slinging, hayrides, train rides, pumpkin picking, tot zip line, hay mountain, swings, face painting, u-pick apples, food and live music, nature trail and more.
Pinehaven Farm, Wyoming
Wall ball games, photo ops, corn pit, play area, cluck truck, ladder ball, corn maze, apple blasters, farm dinos, zipliners, slides, swings, u-pick pumpkins, tug-o-war, pedal trikes, barrel broncos, gem mining, jumping pillow, pirate band, Pineducky derby, Spidee climber, trolley rides, pumpkin eating dragon show, petting zoo, corn cannon and more. $13-$19pp, children ages 2 and under free.
Farmyard Fun Fair, Barnyard Buddies, Lakeville
Open 10am-5pm. Bounce house, ball pit, pony rides, petting zoo (ducks, goats, mini cows, big cows, calves, pigs, piglets, mini horses, emus, peacocks, sheep), animal feed available ($1-$10); hot cocoa, apple cider, popcorn and sno-cones for purchase. Cash only. Open 9/24, 9/25, 10/20, 10/21, 10/22 and 10/23. $3pp donation.
Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, MN Zoo, Apple Valley, Oct 1-Nov 5
Explore the glowing trail with thousands of artistically carved pumpkins. Animal viewing available in Discovery Bay until 8pm.
Renaissance Festival, Shakopee, Weekends, August 20-Oct 2nd, 9am-7pm.
Ren Fest is not just for adults! Kids won’t want to miss the Fairy Wing Forest (make your own fairy wands, meet your favorite pixies and more), Wizard’s Flight School Zip Line, Magic the Live Unicorn, Mermaid Cove, Kids Craft Corner (make a pirate hat!), Cock-A-Doodle-Zoo, Princess Court, Jousts (11am, 1pm, 3pm and 5pm), Parade (1pm) and Games and Rides, in addition to fantastic entertainers! Don’t forget the elephant, camel and pony rides! There is a children’s costume contest daily, if your child wants to dress up! Children’s Knighting ceremony at 3:30pm. Irish cottage has stories and cooking demos. The Palace Garden has adventure stories. Visit the Juggling School to learn how to juggle. Bringing a stroller – make sure it’s all terrain/jogging stroller due to unpaved ground. Online rate: $23.95pp, $15.50 per child (ages 5-12)
Sever’s Fall Festival, Shakopee, Weekends, September 17-October 30, 10am-7pm.
A tradition for many Twin Cities families, you’ll want to enjoy the Sever’s Fall Festival! Corn maze, giant slide ($3pp), extreme corn pit, jumping pillows, petting zoo, pumpkin blasters ($5 per 8 shots), obstacle course, straw bale maze, tire mountain, zip lines, pig races, photo opps, wildlife shows, live music, kiddie train, straw sculptures, llamas, magic shows and comedy juggler, pony rides ($5pp), hay rides ($2pp), pumpkins (.49 cents/lb), apple express ($5pp), Kidsdance, food and beverages and more. $19pp (online price)), 3 and under free. Season pass $45pp.
Tricks and Treats at ValleyFair, Shakopee, Weekends, September 30-October 31
Halloween fun for the whole family, featuring the “land of tricks” and the “land of treats”.