Cool crisp weather, the changing palatte of colors on the trees and the emergence of pumpkin themed décor are all sure signs that it is time to celebrate the arrival of autumn.  The beautiful scenery and a wide variety of entertaining experiences make fall a great time of year to explore the Twin Cities and Inver Grove Heights. 


With cooler weather and spectacular fall foliage, there is no better time to hit the links.  Inver Wood Golf Course sits on 275 acres of rolling, wooded terrain with an 18 hole championship course and a 9 hole executive course.  Golfers of all levels will enjoy the challenges presented by the course and the peaceful surroundings. 

Arbor Pointe Golf Club is a challenging 31 par 9 hole executive course set among rolling hills and trees in the Arbor Pointe neighborhood of Inver Grove Heights.  This beautifully designed course has water on 7 of the 9 holes with extensive bunkering for an exciting round of golf.

Arbor Pointe Golf Course

Pumpkin Season

Pumpkins are the quintessential fall produce and are the feature of many a latte, centerpiece and Halloween celebration.  Pay homage to the star of autumn at Gerten’s Pumpkin Fest.  Their annual fall celebration includes activities for the whole family including face painting, pumpkin painting, fall treats, a petting zoo and more! 

If you’re looking for a little artistic inspiration for your next jack-o-lantern look no further than the Minnesota Zoo’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular running October 4th-31st.   An enchanted forest of over 5,000 illuminated carved pumpkins of all sizes and shapes will be displayed from ground to tree-top.  There will be a variety of musical vignettes and fog to set the mood for an unforgettable fall outing.

Gertens Pumpkin Fest

Apple Picking

Did you know that Minnesota is home to the Honeycrisp apple?  It makes sense that there are a number of orchards in the Twin Cities that offer the hands on experience of picking one of Minnesota’s most-loved produce straight from the tree.  Afton Apple Orchard celebrates the apple harvest with an apple festival on weeks September 29th to October 14th.  Their festival includes cider pressing demonstrations, old-fashioned hayrides a petting zoo and more! 

Whistling Well Farm is located in the beautiful St. Croix River Valley and in addition to apples and other produce has a country store onsite where you can find preserves, pumpkin butter, maple syrup and much more! 

Operated by third and fourth generation apple growers, Aamodt’s Apple Farm has been growing apples for 70 years.  Aamodt’s is an expert in fall fun for the whole family, with pick-your-own-apples, a tractor-pulled kiddie train, an onsite shop and wine-tastings from Saint Croix Vineyard’s and much more!

Apple Picking

Corn Mazes

When the corn is as high as an elephant’s eye, then it is time to challenge yourself to navigating your way out of a corn maze.  Sever’s Fall Festival creates unique designs in their cornfield with a new theme each year.  This year’s delightful design is an “Dive Under the Sea” depicting various sea creatures when viewed from an aerial perspective.  

Waldoch Farm’s corn maze opens September 22nd and is open daily until Halloween.  In addition to their maze they offer a pumpkin patch, barnyard, hayrides and delicious foods!


River Cruises

Fall is the perfect time to take a leisurely river cruise to take in all the spectacular fall colors.   In Minneapolis, step aboard a Paradise Charter Cruises riverboat for a cruise on the Mississippi River.  On your cruise you’ll enjoy spectacular views of the river bluffs, downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota Campus riverfront areas.  The Stillwater River Boats cruise on the scenic St. Croix River and offer a wide variety of public cruises to enjoy. 

Hiking and Biking

Fall is the perfect time to check out the Mississippi River Bike Trail.  Along the path you’ll find stunning views of the river from Swing Bridge Park.  Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area boasts breathtaking views of the river valley below as well as scenic trails that are off the beaten path.  These are some of the best places to spot fall color in Inver Grove Heights!

Mississippi River Trail


Munich may be thousands of miles away, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate Oktoberfest with a stein of beer, lederhosen and a lively polka dance.  Mississippi Pub celebrates their 5th annual Oktoberfest celebration with live polka music, authentic German foods, hammerschlagen and much more on October 6th

St. Paul Oktoberfest kicks off with a horse drawn beer wagon parade on September 14th and features beer hall contests, cultural demonstrations, authentic German food live music and much more!

Mississippi Pub’s Oktoberfest


All this fall fun can be a bit exhausting!  Luckily the hotels in Inver Grove Heights offer comfortable, affordable and friendly accommodations that are close to all the autumn action in the Twin Cities.  Book your room today!