Fall in Minnesota is magical. Truly!

Whether you're new to the area and haven't experienced fall in Minnesota, or you're just looking for some new ways to enjoy this short but sweet season, try some--or all!--of the activities on this list. You'll be glad you did!

Take in the Fall Colors with a Hike or Walk

Visit parks in the Rochester area to take in the crisp fall air, hear the crunch of leaves under your feet, and see all of the vibrant colors of autumn. Go for a hike at Quarry Hill, Chester Woods, or Root River. Take a stroll around Silver Lake or Cascade Lake or play in the leaves at one of Rochester's dozens of neighborhood parks. See a beautiful tree? Stop and take some impromptu photos for lasting fall memories.

Quarry Hill ParkQuarry Hill Park | AB-Photography.US

Take an Autumn Adventure on Wheels

Explore the miles of paved bike trails throughout Rochester, or head out of town on the Douglas Trail. Check out some of the best Bike Rides in Rochester, MN for ideas. Or, for a different kind of adventure, take a ride on the Trolley! The Trolley tours run through the fall, with special tours in October. More about that next! 

Spooky Fun

Halloween-themed fun is on throughout the month of October. Take the Haunted History Trolley Tours, aboard the “Trolley of Doom.” Your Ghost Host will tell you all about the paranormal activity, plus a mini-investigation, on the tour. For other hair-raising fun, you won’t want to miss the Creepy Dolls exhibit at the History Center of Olmsted County, which runs throughout the month of October. The Creepy Dolls Cocktail Party at Chateau Theatre on October 13 is an annual 21+ only event featuring specialty cocktails, live artist painting, live music, and of course: creepy dolls. 

Apples, Apples, and MORE Apples!

We might be a little biased, but we're sure that Minnesota has the best apples! Don't believe us? Try for yourself! Check out one of the area's apple orchards and try a few varieties. Buy a larger bag and try making applesauce or baking a pie. Bring home a jug of apple cider to sip during the cool evenings. Most apple orchards offer other family-friendly activities as well, such as hayrides, mazes, pick-your-own apples, and more. And while you're there, don't forget to pick up pumpkins and mums for your front step!

Pick an apple at Sekapp Orchard in Rochester, MN

Visit a Fall or Harvest Festival

Fall festivals are a great way to pack a season of fun into a few short hours. Fall Fest is happening on October 19 at the History Center. Experience autumn with pumpkin painting, historic baseball with 1860's rules, food, activities, and so much more.

Treat Your Tastebuds

The abundance of autumn is on full display during the fall in Minnesota. From the Rochester Farmers Market to our many local breweries and wineries, there's certain to be something for everyone.

Rochester Farmers Market

Attend Other Fall Events

Teen Night at Chip Shots is October 14. Enjoy live music, unlimited simulator and court play, and a costume contest! 

NerdinOut Con 5, October 6-8 at Mayo Civic Center, is Minnesota's Pop Culture Expo. Experience a weekend full of events including movie stars, tv stars, vehicle attractions, comic artists and so much more!

iLuminate, an immersive mix of dance, music, light and laughter, comes to Mayo Civic Center on October 18!

Go shopping for boutique clothes, jewelry, home decor, furniture, candles, gourmet foods, and lots more at Junkin' Market Days at Mayo Civic Center on October 27 & 28!

However you experience fall this year, make it a great one!