Fall Fun in the Twin Cities

It’s easy to see why autumn is the favorite time of year for so many - especially living in beautiful Minnesota. From pumpkin patches to warm coffee, there’s so much to see and do before winter hits! I’ve rounded up some of the best activities that aren’t too far from home, so keep reading if you’re in need of some weekend plans!



If you’ve got the gang together for an afternoon, there’s nothing better than a classic fall festival. Our favorite is Sever’s in Shakopee, where you can get lost in a corn maze, pick out a pumpkin, and even hear some live music! Even if you’re a big kid - aka, all grown up - you’ll love all the seasonal activities, like their signature corn pit (trust us when we say to just dive right in and have fun)!

There’s SO many fairs & festivals throughout the state, and one of the great things about Minnesota is the small town traditions. A quick search on Explore Minnesota’s website will give you all the info you need to plan a perfect fall day, from celebrating the Harvest Moon in Ely to experiencing old-fashioned farm life at Lone Oak Days in Eagan!



We are in the land of 10,000 lakes, you know - so why not see some this fall? You don’t have to go far for beautiful scenery, and there’s plenty of fall colors to see even within city limits. Take a stroll through Boom Island Park (one of my favorite places to shoot outdoors) for views of the skyline, the Mississippi, and the changing leaves. For a quieter afternoon, try Lake of the Isles or Theodore Wirth Park - you won’t believe that you’re only a few minutes from town!

Of course, we all know how beautiful the drive Up North is, so if you want a little break from Minneapolis, be sure to load up the car and check out those Lake Superior views before the snow arrives!


With cooler temperatures hitting, it’s a great time of year to get outside and support a great cause! If you love getting active, try a 5k, like the Hot Cider Hustle in Bloomington. Runners get a sweatshirt, a mug, and of course, hot cider! Proceeds from the race go to Special Olympics Minnesota, which offers children and adults with intellectual disabilities year-round sports training and competition. There’s lots of events like this throughout the state each fall, from the Twin Cities Marathon to Halloween Costume Fun Runs - all you need to do is find the one for you!



Minnesota is known for it’s apples, which makes autumn in Minneapolis the ultimate time to have some cider! There’s well-known Northeast hangout Sociable Cider, where you’ll be able to play some games and see some dogs. Or try the newer Number 12 Cider right here in the North Loop, serving up fun seasonal flavors and house-made pizza.

Not a big alcohol drinker? No problem! There’s plenty of warm drinks for everyone. I love to head over to Moose and Sadie’s, just a few blocks from the studio, in the North Loop, for a hot tea when it’s getting brisk, and my assistant’s favorite for fall is a vanilla latte & a crepe from Penny’s in downtown.



What’s more Halloween than a jack-o-lantern? Lucky for us, there’s 5,000 on display in Apple Valley every fall, at the Minnesota Zoo. Whether you’re looking for a good scare or trying to get some inspiration for your own carving at home, taking a nighttime stroll through the pumpkins is just what you need! It’s definitely a one-of-a-kind experience


This fun activity will be a bit different than the ones I mentioned above, because if you’re a photographer like me, you’ve just started your busiest time of year! The weeks leading up to the holidays are absolutely jam-packed with shooting, editing, and designing. That’s why my must-do for photographers this fall is… relax! Curl up under a soft blanket with your favorite fall movie, or take a walk to see the leaves. However you treat yourself, now’s the time!

And there you have it! A quick guide to some of the best fall activities, close to home. No matter how you spend your fall, I hope you head outside to see the colors and get to experience all that our cities have to offer!

Meghan Doll