Autumn in Minnesota is bittersweet. The warm days of summer are over signaling that the long stretch of winter is soon upon us. But in the interlude between summer and winter lies the crisp fall days of mild temperatures, golden leaves and more family-friendly activities than we can squeeze into these fleeting weeks before the snow flies. Being a true Minnesotan means taking advantage of every opportunity for outdoor fun that comes our way. Here are a few fun activities that are great for kids and adults alike and will have you smiling at the simple joys our state can bring.
1. Minnesota Renaissance Festival – Running from late summer to early October, this gathering of pirates, kings, villagers, belly dancers and more provides many activities for people of all ages. Jousting, elephant rides, a fairy forest, stage shows and countless food options are just a small sampling of things you will find at this expansive festival located off of Hwy 169 just south of Shakopee. For hours, schedules and more please visit: http://www.renaissancefest.com/MRF/
2. Apple Orchards - There are hundreds of apple orchards in Minnesota from small family operations to large companies. Many orchards feature hayrides, apple tastings, pumpkin patches and other activities. For a list of Minnesota orchards, information on apple varieties and other apple-related info, please visit: http://minnesotaapple.org/
3. Corn Mazes, Pumpkin Patches & More – there are many options for people looking for fun fall and Halloween-themed activities like Valley Scare, Trail of Terror and Severs Corn Maze. For information, visit: www.valleyscare.com/, trailofterrorfest.com/ and http://www.cornmazesamerica.com/minnesota.htm.
As you can see, the possibilities for fall fun are limitless. Take the whole family and spend some quality time together celebrating autumn in Minnesota!