Minneapolis skyline in autumn with yellow leaves on trees nearby.

Fun fall activities around Minneapolis for college students

Fall is one of the best seasons for outdoor activities. In Minneapolis, there is no end of things to do here in the fall. Here are some of the local favorites that students and their friends can do this fall season.

Take a trip to the apple orchard

One of the most classic fall activities is going to the apple orchard. It’s a great opportunity to get outside and enjoy the crisp fall weather before it gets too cold. It also provides students with the opportunity to support small businesses in Minneapolis. Here are some apple orchards students can visit around the metro area:
Pine Tree Apple Orchard, in White Bear Lake
Expanding over 300 acres of land, Pine Tree Apple Orchard offers a variety of treats and activities for visitors. They have activities such as a corn maze, tennis, and the 2021 Run & Walk for the Apples. Students can also walk around the orchard and pick their own apples, strawberries, and pumpkins.
Afton Apple Orchard, in Hastings
Afton Apple Orchard offers a variety of activities and food that students can go and pick for themselves. Students are able to pick their own sunflowers and zinnias, 15 varieties of apples, raspberries, blackberries, squash, and corn. For activities, Afton has things like a petting zoo, hayrides, the giant swing, and much more.

The Twin Cities Harvest Festival

One of the most popular fall activities for Minneapolis locals is to attend the Twin Cities Harvest Festival. This festival happens once a year. Open from September 18th to October 31, this festival has no shortage of things to do. Students can navigate Minnesota’s largest corn maze. They can also pick pumpkins, apples, and flowers. There is a marketplace where students can explore different artisan crafts as well. This festival also has different food trucks, like corn dogs, hot dogs, mini donuts, cheese curds, hamburgers, and more.

Visit U.S. Bank Stadium

Football season is officially upon us, and North Central University is a great location for those who love going to football games. U.S. Bank Stadium is within walking distance from campus, and it is a great way to get out and enjoy a short walk and also enjoy an NFL game, practically right outside your door. While students are able to attend Vikings games at the stadium, U.S. Bank also offers tours, so students can see more of the stadium than if they were to go to a football game. There are also quite a few concerts that are held at the stadium.

Minnesota Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

One of the most exciting places students can go around Minneapolis is the Minnesota Zoo. They have a large assortment of animals and attractions that people can see. This is the third year that the Minnesota Zoo is holding an event called the Minnesota Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. During the evening, a large variety of Jack-O-Lanterns is displayed throughout the trails and paths. The beautiful sight of glowing jack-o-lanterns is an attraction for Minnesota citizens everywhere. Tickets are currently available for students to purchase.

See the fall colors

Minnesota has some of the most vibrant colors during the fall. Students can see the bright colors of the changing leaves almost everywhere they look. The Minneapolis area has great trails and parks students can visit to walk along and admire the changing leaves. Here are some of the best trails and parks around Minneapolis:

Students at North Central University have easy access to all of these exciting fall events. If you would like to live in a location that is right in downtown Minneapolis and has lots of fun fall activities like these and more, click here to get more information about North Central University!

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