Apple TreeWith just a few short weeks until the snow flies, we want to make sure everyone takes some time out to enjoy this beautiful Minnesota Season!  Here are 10 ways to enjoy the fall in Minnesota!

  1. Go to a high school football game.  Throw on the school colors, bring a fleece blanket, and get out and support your local team!  It’s a cheap Friday night that lets you connect with your neighbors and enjoy some entertainment.  Buy a styrofoam cup of hot chocolate and some nachos from concessions while you’re at it!
  2. Go apple picking.  Bundle up in a hoodie, and get out and pick some apples.  When you get home, gather the family and make some apple pies (you can freeze them for later in the year!), some applesauce and some apple crisp.
  3. Carve a pumpkin.  It’s even more fun if you visit the pumpkin patch and pick one out yourself.  Whether you get fancy and download a template, or draw your own in Sharpie, you’re sure to make awesome memories.
  4. Rake the yard.  We know- it doesn’t sound like a blast, but it can be.  Make a day of it!  Get some music going outside, buy decorative bags so it’s really more like decorating, and prepare hot cider and chili for when you’re done.
  5. Go for a drive to see the fall colors.  Some beautiful places to check out this time of year: Red Wing/Lake Pepin, the drive up to Duluth, and Taylors Falls.  Keep in mind- the leaves change earlier the further north you get!
  6. Take a bike ride.  The weather is cool enough that you can ride comfortably, and the sites are gorgeous this time of the year.  A few ideas: the Greenway is an awesome trail that takes riders throughout the cities, Eden Prairie boasts miles of trails, and the trails along the Mississippi River are gorgeous this time of the year.
  7. Get lost in a corn maze. There are a bundle of options throughout Minnesota, and it’s a great way to soak in the fresh fall air.
  8. Go tailgating. Gather a group of your favorite people, and bring your favorite foods and tailgating games.  Some key things to remember: a folding table, napkins, silverware, trash bags, and cleaning wipes for when the party is over.
  9. Have a bonfire. Don’t forget the s’mores!
  10. Spend a day doing some fall baking. Make banana bread, pumpkin muffins, zucchini bread… Yum!