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Best Fall Activities for Families in the Twin Cities

Are you trying to take advantage of a few fall activities in the Twin Cities before all the leaves officially drop and winter starts knocking on the door? Here are my top 5 favorite fall activities for families, so you and the kiddos can enjoy the remaining nice weather and create new memories.

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Stop #1 - Minnetonka Orchards

Stop #1 on the fall activity bucket list is Minnetonka Orchards, located just 30 minutes straight west of Minneapolis. This is one of the top ranked apple picking spots in MN and it made my list for overall family fall activities because they offer a range of things to do. Including:

  • Unlimited Hayrides
  • Animal Barn
  • Food Booths
  • Giant Hay Mountain

They are open daily from 10am - 6pm. However, only the apple picking is available on weekdays.

On the weekends admission is $10 for adults and $7 for kids 3 to 12 years old. Fun fact - this is also a dog friendly spot, so feel free to pack up the WHOLE family for your visit.

Stop #2 - Zero Hour Escape Rooms

The next stop is Zero Hour Escape Rooms in Minneapolis! Zero Hour has a few different room options but the ones that are most loved by kids are the Mad Tea Party and Prison Break rooms.

They do suggest that the rooms are best suited for kids 8 and older because the rooms are puzzle-solving areas, but kids under 8 are more than welcome to join the family and they get to play for free.

I can say from experience, that this activity is fun for families of all ages! My family played while my sisters and I were in college and we had a blast! Tickets are $32 per person and can be booked on their website.

Stop #3 - Twin Cities Maze

The third fall activity that I highly recommend for families is the Twin Cities Maze located in Brooklyn Park. Every year they change the maze to be a popular Minnesotan theme. This year the maze is designed off of the MNUFC soccer team.

They have plenty of other activities on site in addition to the maze, but the must do spot in the giant corn pit. You will end of crazy dusty after, but it is so worth it. The activity area is $12 per person and they are open from 10am to 6pm daily.

Stop #4 - Driving Tour of Decorated Homes in Anoka

Up next is a drive-around tour of the house decorating contest in Anoka. Did you know that Anoka is considered the Halloween Capital of the WORLD?! So the residents go all out for their home decorating.

The public viewing is from October 28-29th, 7pm-9pm and the official address list is available starting October 26th. It really is a blast and kids love to see the creativity in the set ups.

There are a few other events that Anoka puts on during the last part of October to help them keep their Halloween capital title, so feel free to check out their website for other fun things to do.

Stop #5 - Big Stone Mini Golf Course/ Sculpture Garden

The final family fall stop that is a hidden gem in the Twin Cities region is Big Stone Mini Golf course. Big Stone is a fun combo of mini golf as well as a sculpture garden, but my favorite part is that it is hands on interactive! I used to nanny 2 young, VERY active boys and to this day they STILL talk about our outing here.

Tickets at $12 for adults and $10 for kids 8 and younger. But a local tip before you go - they do not accept credit card, so make sure to pack your cash or checks in the car.

Now that you have a few new fall activities to add to the bucket list, you will be able to keep the kids busy this fall and end the season with wonderful new memories as a family.

In my next post, I will highlight a few of the top family restaurants to check out this fall in the Twin Cities Region!

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