A day late and a dollar short, but here it is! Our family’s Fall Minnesota bucket list. I have to say that we tore through our Summer to-do’s and now that it’s officially fall, I’m eager after a few weekends of relaxation to get back out there and see what this city has to offer during one of my favorite seasons! We’ve already checked off #8, but I kept it on the list because I highly recommend it for anyone who hasn’t been…
1.Minnehaha Falls-The falls are located near the entrance of Minnehaha Park in Minneapolis, which is divided into two main portions, an upper section above the falls which is kept trimmed and maintained like many other city parks, and the lower section which is largely left in a natural state which is largely popular for free climbing due to the steep terrain. Before the falls freeze, I want to get a glimpse and enjoy some hiking while the weather is crisp and cool.
2.) Sever’s Corn Maze– Who doesn’t want to try and get lost in a corn maze? The Sever’s attraction has grown to include live music, magic shows, a giant slide, a straw bale maze, pig races, a petting zoo and food for sale. New this year is an even bigger pit filled with bushels of corn kernels and a spider web playground. Sounds like the quintessential fall activity to me.
3.)Aamondt’s Apple Orchard-I’ve never gone to an apple orchard before, and while I’m sure the apples I bring home will be more costly than just picking them up at the local farmers market, I still can’t wait. This is something I wanted to do last fall but we just didn’t get a chance with the chaos of the move. It makes for a nice day outside and you can’t get fresher fruit than when you pick it yourself!
4.) Monster Dash 5k-One reason I love fall so much is that it makes for perfect running weather. Plus the scenery is just gorgeous. Since I have been practicing running with the stroller, I thought it might be fun to make a family activity out of the Monster 5k Dash, happening on Halloween weekend.
5.) Host a Pumpkin Carving Party-I’m a fan of carving pumpkins with friends vs. solo. I’m not the best at it so a little wine, snacks and bonding time with friends makes it much more enjoyable. For those of you that don’t feel like putting in the work, here is a few ideas on how to decorate a chic pumpkin (minus the carving!)
6.) Three Rivers Park District has a great fall color festival coming up, which includes a tractor-drawn wagon ride and sampling extracted honey. They allow you to press and taste old-fashioned apple cider and you can enjoy a fall campfire and cook a hot dog over the coals.
7.) Make Apple Crisp-Never a good enough baker to make a perfect, homemade pie…so I have instead mastered the crisp. You can really substitute apples for almost any fruit, but for the fall, the traditional apple crisp is my favorite. Served with some vanilla bean ice cream, it’s one of my favorite fall desserts. Recipe found here.
8.)Minnesota Renaissance Festival-We’ve already accomplished this one and I have to say it was worth the ticket price. Chris and I had always heard about the Renaissance Festival when we lived in Charlotte but never went. We decided to venture out this year and while we probably wouldn’t go as far as to dress up, we did enjoy the comedy shows, good craft beer, the food and just taking in the sites. Plus, I was able to ride an elephant! How many people can say they get that opportunity? For me, that was worth the ticket price alone.
9.) Oktoberfest-What would October be without attending an Oktoberfest? I love a good beer and food festival and from what I hear, Gastof’s is the best in town. From the polka dancing to the souvenir mugs, I plan on attending and devouring a combination of pretzels and sausages.