Inver Grove Heights Convention & Visitors Bureau

By Stacy Brooks, Blogger, for Visit Inver Grove Heights

Colorful leaves, fresh apples, and piles of pumpkins—fall is here, and Inver Grove Heights is a great destination for seasonal family fun!  Whether you want to decorate for Halloween, admire the foliage, or visit a local orchard, here’s your guide to family-friendly fall activities in and around Inver Grove Heights.

Photo Credit: Gertens

  1. Decorate for the season

Gardening isn’t just for spring and summer!  Gertens has a great selection of seasonal fall plants, including mums, hanging baskets, and decorative kale.  If you’d like to enjoy your outdoor space before the temperatures get really cold, consider investing in a fire pit.  Gertens also stocks Halloween lights and decor, pumpkins, and pumpkin carving tools for kids of all ages.

In addition to in-person shopping, Gertens offers many products via curbside pickup.

5500 Blaine Ave., Inver Grove Heights; 1-866-GERTENS; gertens.com

Photo Credit: Inver Grove Heights Parks and Recreation

  1. Admire fall foliage

Find an outdoor escape in the heart of Inver Grove Heights at North Valley Park.  There’s plenty of fall color on the 58 wooded acres, and older kids can play a game of disc golf or pickleball.  If you’d like to enjoy an autumn picnic, there are picnic tables and grills available.

Combine leaf peeping with a family bike ride on the Mississippi River Regional Trail.  The paved trail is also perfect for walking and in-line skating.  Be sure to stop at Swing Bridge Park and check out the view from the walking pier that juts out 680 feet over the Mississippi River.

For a more rustic experience, visit Pine Bend Bluffs Scientific and Natural Area.  The 200-foot bluffs are one of the best places in the Twin Cities metro area to see the Mississippi River in its natural state, and the hiking trails offer a great opportunity to spot fall foliage and wildlife.

Photo Credit: Aamodt’s Apple Farm

  1. Visit nearby orchards and farms

Aamodt’s Apple Farm has been a fall destination for over 70 years.  Stop by the apple barn for fresh apples, apple baked goods, and gifts.  If you’d like to pick your own apples, check the website or call the orchard for availability.  In addition, Aamodt’s is home to some friendly goats and a taproom serving Thor’s Hard Cider, which is made from apples grown and pressed on-site.

6428 Manning Ave., Stillwater; 651-439-3127; aamodtsapplefarm.com

Afton Apple Orchard offers a variety of apples for picking, as well as pre-picked apples, seasonal treats like apple donuts and fritters, and a corn maze.  Hayrides out to the orchards run daily—consider a weekday visit for a less crowded experience.

14421 S. 90th St., Hasting; 651-436-8385; aftonapple.com

Applewood Orchard has plenty of apple varieties available for pick-your-own, as well as pre-picked apples, caramel apples, jams, jellies, and more available for purchase.  Checkout is outdoors to ensure social distancing.

22702 Hamburg Ave., Lakeville; 952-985-5425; applewoodorchard.com/applewood3

Photo Credit: Schiltgen Farms

Schiltgen Farms grows over 40 different varieties of pumpkins, as well as squash for eating and baking recipes, gourds, and decorative corn—everything you need to decorate for fall and cook some tasty meals!  Pick up a hay bale or two to create a fall display, and get some firewood for a backyard bonfire.

Manning Ave. & 30th St. S., Afton; 651-503-5629; schiltgenfarms.com

Whistling Well Farm is open daily for pick-your-own apples, in addition to pre-picked apples.  There’s also a store stocked with jams, jellies, pumpkin butter, maple syrup, and more.

8973 St. Croix Trail S., Hastings; 651-998-0301; whistlingwellfarm.com

Photo Credit: Visit Inver Grove Heights

Make Inver Grove Heights your base for fall family fun!  Inver Grove Heights hotels are conveniently located to downtown St. Paul, the Mall of America, Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and they have implemented additional processes and cleaning protocols to protect the safety of guests.  Book your stay at these Inver Grove Heights hotels today!