Because ‘winter is coming’ holds a far more ominous meaning here in Minnesota, we take full advantage of October’s bright blue skies and comparatively balmy breezes. Among the best adventures: venturing out to a pumpkin patch near you for a few jack-o-lanterns and pie supplies. The fur-kids wanna come, too, because #somanysmells. So give your pup a break from raking leaves (we can dream, right?) and head out to one of these dog-friendly pumpkin patches in Minnesota that welcome your whole pack.
Note: We researched in advance, but because COVID changes happen so quickly, we recommend calling ahead of your visit. We know choosing that perfect pumpkin is part of the magic, but this year it’s recommended to only touch the pumpkin you pick.
Collegeville Orchards, St. Joseph
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Pumpkins and mini pumpkins of all shapes and sizes are at Collegeville Orchards for the picking. Also on hand: 20 varieties of apples to pick, farm animals to pet and feed, wagon rides, pumpkin painting, and shopping in the vintage country store.
Deardorff Orchards & Vineyards, Waconia
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday
After picking pumpkins (and apples) at Deardorff, mosey over to the winery for some award-winning Parley Lake wine, and then head down the road to pup-paradise Carver Park Reserve dog park.
Note: Reservations must be made for both the orchard and the winery, with a 1 hour and 2 hour maximum respectively.
Fairhaven Farm, South Haven
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily
Pick the perfect pumpkin or choose from 20+ apple varieties fur you and pup to snacc at Fairhaven Farm. They also produce raspberries, pears, plums, grapes and more. Cash or check only
Fall Harvest Orchard, Montrose
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday
Go to Fall Harvest Orchard for a free informational walking trail or try your luck in the corn maze for $3 before picking your pumpkin.
Note: Buy apples, jams, honey, and more to pick up curbside by appointment 7 days a week from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Gilby’s Orchard, Aitkin
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily
Head “up north” to Gilby’s and your dog might see pheasants and deer as you two stroll the orchard trails. Pick your pumpkins, gourds, jams, and jellies, then let pupper ‘splore the walking trail and spruce maze.
New this year: a drive-up window to get your apple fix without ever leaving the car.
LuceLine Orchard, Watertown
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday
At 155 acres, LuceLine is ultra-friendly for dogs who ruv to roam and romp. There are pumpkins and squash to pick, along with loads of apple-y fare.
Pleasant Valley Orchard, Shafer
10 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily; U-pick pumpkins weekends only Sept. 26 thru Halloween.
An amazing array of pumpkins await you at Pleasant Valley, along with a gift shop, pre-picked MN-grown apples, and a bakery that turns out apple turnovers and the like on the daily. We’re not drooling, you’re drooling.
Wash your paws at the extra handwashing stations you’ll find around the orchard. Picnic tables will be regularly sanitized and checkout operations have been spread out for social distancing.
Tom’s Pumpkin Farm, Lindstrom
10am – dusk Sunday – Thursday ; 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. Friday & Saturday; opens Sept. 26
Come for the $3.99 pick-your-own pumpkins and stay for the 8-acre corn maze at dog-friendly Tom’s Pumpkin Farm.
Don’t furget to check out dog-friendly Minnesota apple orchards too.
Know of any other Minnesota pumpkin patches that allow dogs? Bark at us in the comments!
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