In case you didn’t know from the scent of pumpkin spice wafting from every coffee shop in town, fall has officially arrived. Ushering in cooler temperatures, shorter days and a slower pace of life, fall is time full of festive actives. From pumpkin patches to hay rides and homemade apple pie, tthere is no shortage of ways to spend your free time this fall.

To join in on the seasonal excitement of fall, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite fall activities.

We’ve started the list with our first three favorite fall activities. Come back next week as we finish off our list of festive events.


Visit a Local Pumpkin Patch

Nothing says fall like a trip to a country pumpkin patch. Load up the family and head to one of Minneapolis’ many local pumpkin patches like Afton Apple Orchard Pumpkin Patch, Peter’s Pumpkins or McDougall’s Apple Junction Pumpkin Patch. After you have finished the hunt for the perfect pumpkin, take it home and have a pumpkin carving party with the family. For a less messy options, paint your pumpkins and display them on your porch.  

Test a New Pumpkin Recipes

Speaking of pumpkins, we are strong supporters of hopping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon during the fall months. So go ahead and add pumpkin to every recipe you have. After all, it’s only acceptable once a year. These recipes for ooey gooey pumpkin bars, pumpkin dip, pumpkin French toast and pumpkin nutella cookie bars are just a few of our favorite.

Enjoy the Fall Foliage

Minnesota is beautiful 365 days of the years, but September through November is when the Gopher State’s landscape really comes to life. Explore the rich colors of fall by taking your Land Rover for a drive through the Mississippi River Bluffs or along Minnesota’s North Shore, go for a hike at Lebanon Hills Regional Park, or go for a stroll down Summit Avenue in St. Paul. Biking enthusiast should check out our guide to biking in the fall for some of the areas most scenic trails.

Like what you see or notice something we left out? Click here for part 2 of our Ultimate Fall Activity guide and three more of our favorite fall activities!

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