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2022 Fall fun activities in Minnesota and Wisconsin

Fall apple orchard

Fall in Minnesota and Wisconsin is undeniably special. Be sure to enjoy the vibrant colors, crisp air and seasonal events by taking part in the variety of activities hosted across both states. From evening events on haunted ships to days spent at orchards with apple picking and hard cider, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

1. Visit the Minnesota Zoo for the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

While the Minnesota Zoo is a favorite place for those who want to observe and learn about wildlife, this season it also features thousands of enchanting carved pumpkins at the month-long Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. This “naturally magical experience” is ticketed, so be sure to reserve your spot in advance.

Date: Oct. 1 – Nov. 5, 2022

Time: View the website for specific times

2. Check out the MN Landscape Arboretum’s Scarecrows in the Gardens

The Minnesota Landscape Arboretum gets extra festive this time of the year. Visit their event, Scarecrows in the Gardens, for an interesting twist on an area favorite. Expert gardeners and artists share their knack for displaying autumnal plants and scarecrows.

Plus, you can enjoy the typical Arboretum amenities, like the shop and eatery, to complete your visit to this seasonal event.

Date: Sept. 17 – Oct. 31, 2022

Time: View the website for specific times

3. Experience Tricks and Treats at Valley Fair

Get ready to enjoy the exhilarating rides of Valley Fair with a seasonal twist. Tricks and Treats is a double event featuring both spooky Halloween festivities and nostalgic fall attractions.

Everything from live music, haunted stories, sweet treats and 21+ brews will be featured at Tricks and Treats. And, don’t forget to wear your Halloween costume! Event-goers are encouraged to dress for the holiday.

Date: Sept. 30 – Oct. 30, 2022

Time: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

4. Sign up for a spooky streetcar ride

The Como-Harriet Streetcar Museum is hosting six different fall-themed trolley rides to celebrate the beauty of the lakes and Minnesota’s history – all while getting festive. This year’s rides include a Trick ‘r Trolley ride, Transylvania Trolley night and so much more! Remember to wear your Halloween costume in exchange for a Halloween treat.

Date: Oct. 15 – 29, 2022

Time: Visit the website for specific times

5. Get tickets to the Duluth Haunted Ship

The historic and infamous William A. Irvin Ship transforms into a haunted boat every fall. Book your Duluth Haunted Ship tour to get in the Halloween spirit – and for a promised “real scare.”

Date: Oct. 6 – 31, 2022

Time: Visit the website for specific times

6. Celebrate Oktoberfest in New Ulm

For two entire weekends in October, New Ulm is filled with German cuisine, live music and craft shows for their very own Oktoberfest. This Oktoberfest is inspired by one of Germany’s largest celebrations, making it extra festive for attendees.

Date: Oct. 7, 8, 14 and 15, 2022

Time: Visit the website for specific times

7. Visit the Sever’s Fall Festival

Head over to Shakopee, Minnesota to solve the Sever’s Corn Maze. This hand-cut corn maze has been around since 1997, but features a new design each year. In addition to the maze, check out the Fall Festival events like the corn pit, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, food and live music!

Date: Weekly, Saturday and Sunday from Sept. 17 – Oct. 30, 2022, plus Thursday, Oct. 20 as part of MEA weekend

Time: Visit the website for specific times

8. Book a farm tour at Eagle Eye Farm

Hoping to spend extra time outside this fall? Plan a visit to Eagle Eye Farm in River Falls, Wisconsin where you can experience unique events like farm tours and alpaca yoga while enjoying the fall weather.

Both public and private tours are available, so be sure to check the website to book a ticket for the event that best suits you.

Date: Daily

Time: Visit the website for specific times

9. Explore the Fall Color Finder in MN state parks

Make a plan to adventure on your own fall color tour. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources provides an interactive Fall Color Finder tool that allows outdoor enthusiasts to discover where fall colors are the brightest. This activity is fun for everyone! Plus, you can customize your tour to fit any day and time within your fall calendar.

Find more information on Minnesota State Parks, including hours and guidelines, here.

Date: Daily

Time: 8 a.m. – 10 p.m.

10. Pick apples and drink cider at MN Harvest Apple Orchard

Visitors of all ages are bound to enjoy the fall festivities at MN Harvest Apple Orchard. Here, guests can mine for gems, jump in the corn pit, go for a wagon ride and of course, pick apples! After a fun-filled day at the orchard, fill up on refreshments and delicious goodies like classic apple cider, hard cider, pizza and seasonal baked goods.

Date: Daily

Time: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Check out the fall housing market

Whether you’re hoping to buy or sell a home this fall, be sure to reach out to Edina Realty or your agent. By moving forward with a trusted Realtor, you’ll be on your way to a successful home sale or purchase this season.

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