Minnesota Apple Orchards That Allow Dogs

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Fall in Minnesota is an all-too-fleeting beauty with a bit of a bite. So naturally, we pack in as many outdoor activities as possible. There’s no shortage of things to doo, and a few that are practically required, like an annual apple orchard trip (or five).

Wondering where you can find a dog-friendly apple orchard near you? Take your pick from our list of Minnesota apple orchards that allow dogs, then go forth and slurp up our furbulous fall with your furry bestie.

Note: Pups are allowed on orchard grounds only, not in most buildings.

Dog-Friendly Minnesota Apple Orchards

Aamodt’s Apple Farm, Stillwater

10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, seasonal 

Aamodt’s is sheer apple heaven, with apples, apple cider, seriously delicious apple brats, and a bakery with apple pies, deep-fried apple muffins, and apple cider donuts. And this apple farm also happens to share its acreage with two friendly goats, the award-winning Thor’s Hard Cider taproom, and Saint Croix Vineyards winery. Salut!

There’s no U-pick on weekends, only on weekdays, but still plenty to sniff, eat, and drink.

Carlson’s Orchard, Winsted

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesdays–Sundays, September 1–November 23

Ahhh, fresh autumn air! Dogs love a good romp in the great outdoors, and Carlson’s Orchard and Bakery lets them gallivant freely. Pounce just 45 miles west of Minneapolis to this orchard and restaurant that is pawfect on a beautiful fall day. Pick your own apples, get your paws on a pumpkin, and enjoy the orchard views on a hayride.

Fairhaven Farm, South Haven

10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, seasonal 

Choose from over 25 varieties of apples (or just get some of each!) at Fairhaven Farm. They also produce raspberries, pears, plums, grapes, and more. Plus they offer a corn maze and horse-drawn hayrides in the fall. Credit cards accepted on weekends, but bring cash, check, or Venmo on weekdays.

Fall Harvest Orchard, Montrose

10 a.m.–6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, August 27–October 30

Before picking apples at Fall Harvest Orchard, say hello to the farm animals and climb to the top of the hay bale mountain. Bring the whole fam cuz there’s lots to do including a corn maze, wagon rides, classic red train, cow barrel train, jump pillow, pedal carts, and giant corn pit ($3/activity). 

Gilby’s Orchard, Aitkin

9 a.m.–4 p.m. daily, seasonal 

Wanna get away? Head “up north” to Gilby’s and you might see pheasants and deer as you walk the orchard trails. Floof can burn off the puppy energy in their corn mazes or strolling in the pumpkin patch. Enjoy the hayride or corn maze for $6/person.

Luceline Orchard, Watertown

10 a.m.–5 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday–Sunday

At 155 acres, LuceLine is the Great Dane of apple orchards. Ultra-friendly and bred for both work and play, this orchard offers a variety of apples, pumpkins, and squash, loads of apple-y fare, and tons of space to pick, walk, ride, watch, and romp.

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Nelson’s Apple Farm, Webster

10 a.m.–6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, September–October

Enjoy apple picking and wagon rides with the apple of your eye! Sprawled across 15 acres, at Nelson’s you’ll find 25+ varieties of apples to satisfy your taste buds. Visit the store for pre-picked apples, jams, jellies, trinkets, take-n-bake apple pies, and more.

Pleasant Valley Orchard, Shafer

10 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, seasonal

Pleasant Valley Orchard offers a fun fall experience for the whole family. In addition to your favorite MN-grown apples (pre-picked and ready for you), you’ll find an amazing array of pumpkins, a bakery, and a gift shop.

Sapsucker Farms, Mora

12–8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 12–6 p.m. Sunday, seasonal

Sapsucker Farms is a unique organic farm that started with maple syrup, which quickly followed with an apple orchard, honeybees, laying hens, and many other organic crops (hello plums, cherries, and pears!). Between their crafted kombucha, rotating food trucks, and Yellow Belly hard cider, there ought to be something pupper will love.

Bonus: They encourage doggos in the hard cider taproom! Check out their food truck calendar here.

SOGN Valley Orchard, Dennison

12–6 p.m. daily (closed Wednesdays), September–October

SOGN Valley is a beautiful orchard with the best (we hear) apple cider you’ll ever taste! The owner, John, also has a Border Collie who might just be your pup’s new best friend. With more than 1400 apple trees, you’re bound to find all your faves. 

Sweetland Orchard, Webster

3 p.m.–sunset on Friday, 10 a.m.–sunset on Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. Sunday, seasonal beginning Labor Day weekend

This southern gem offers a lip-smacking selection of pre-picked apples, along with cider for sale and for tasting, tours of the cidery and orchard, a kids’ area in the barn, and free-range chickens. Bring your pooch and a picnic to spend a quiet day in their gorgeous world at Sweetland.

Want to taste their hard cider? Order a tasting kit at least 12 hours in advance to have it delivered to your table.

Whistling Well Farm, Hastings

9 a.m.–6 p.m. daily, September–October

Whistling Well Farm is raisin’ the woof this year with live music on the weekends, pick your own pumpkins, dig your own fall mums, or shop for jams, ciders, gourds, squash, honey, fall decorations, and ornamental corn. Oh and don’t forget to get your paws on their bakery treats—we’re talking apple pies, fritters, apple cider donuts, and more!

Did we miss any Minnesota apple orchards that allow dogs? Let us know in the comments, and we’ll add them to our list!

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