Minnesota Apple Orchards That Allow Dogs

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).

If you’ve ever wondered “Where can I find a dog-friendly apple orchard near me?” then we have your back. 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.

(Editor’s note: Pups are allowed on orchard grounds only, not in most buildings. Please wear a mask and remember to keep your distance from other apple pickers during these times. At the time of writing this, we looked up COVID restrictions. Since these things change daily, we recommend calling before your visit. Stay safe!)

Dog-Friendly Minnesota Apple Orchards

Aamodt’s Apple Farm, Stillwater

10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, open now

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! Note: There’s no u-pick on weekends, but still plenty to sniff, eat, and drink.

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Pupper’s only problem at Aamodt’s? Deciding which tree to sniff first. | @golden_zoey_mn

Deardorff Orchards & Vineyard, Waconia

4 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, open now

Deardorff has closed U-pick apples for the season, but you can still mosey over to the winery for some award-winning Parley Lake wine, then head down the road to pup-paradise Carver Park Reserve dog park.

Note: Reservations are only required for 15+ people at the winery.

Fairhaven Farm, South Haven

10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, open now

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. Cash, Venmo, or check only on the weekdays.

Fall Harvest Orchard, Montrose

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday, open now

Go for a free informational walking trail at Fall Harvest Orchard, or try your luck in the corn maze for $3 before picking your apples. Want more than farm fresh apples? They also have corn pits and a tire climb for the kiddos, live music on select days, and yard games.

Gilby’s Orchard, Aitkin

9 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, open now 

Wanna get away? Head “up north” to Gilby’s and you might see pheasants and deer as you walk the orchard trails. While there is no pick-your-own apples this year, you can burn off the puppy energy in their corn mazes or strolling in the pumpkin patch.

Luceline Orchard, Watertown

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, open now

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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An apple a day keeps the doctor/veterinarian away, right? | Natalie Grainger

Nelson’s Apple Farm, Webster

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, open now

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 much more.

Pleasant Valley Orchard, Shafer

10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, open now

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, open now

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 your pupper will love.

Bonus: They encourage doggos in the hard cider taproom!

SOGN Valley Orchard, Dennison

12-6 p.m. daily (closed Wednesdays), open now

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.

Sweetland Orchard, Webster

3 p.m.-8 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, open now

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–and enjoy a quiet day in their gorgeous world at Sweetland.

Tastings look a little different this year; order a tasting kit to have delivered to your table.

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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10 thoughts on “Minnesota Apple Orchards That Allow Dogs

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    1. Stephanie Figy

      Thank you, Val! We removed them from the list for this year. We did our best to confirm all listings remain dog-friendly, but still recommend calling first since times are so unpredictable.

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  2. Carolyn

    And actually it looks like deardorff is temporarily closed. 🙁 might wanna take that one off. So disappointing I love waconia!

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    1. Stephanie Figy

      Thanks! I made a note that U-pick is closed for the season. It looks like the winery is still open tho if that’s of interest.

      Reply

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