Aamodts Apple Orchard

 Aamodt’s Apple Orchard is a very well known and loved orchard in the Twin Cities area.  It is located just off of Highway 36 on Manning Avenue and frequented by many.
Going to Aamodt’s is completely free.  There is no admission fee. You can enjoy the orchard  as much as you want.

However,most activities costs a small fee.  The wagon ride was $2.  Unfortunately, we weren’t on the ideal side of the wagon?

 Wordgirl pointed out all the Milkweed as opposed to enjoying the cool looking apple trees and vineyards.

 It was a fun ride, however.  The pure fact that they got to ride on a wagon was so much fun for them.  And after a little while, we did turn and got to look at the pretty apple trees!

 The hay mound was free.  The kids had a blast climbing around on that.  It was funny because they are city kids who aren’t used to the smell of mildewy straw.  For me, it took me back to growing up!

The goats were free, too.  However, they were too far away to touch.  I think the noisy crowds made them a bit shy.

 The barrel train cost $2 per barrel and each barrel fit 2 people.  So if you put 2 children in each barrel it was like $1 per child.   They also had a hay bale maze that cost $1 per person.

 Not far from the goats was a small swing set that the kids loved to play on.  Who wouldn’t like to swing on a big rubber ball?

And then, we picked apples.  Haralson were available to pick.  We were directed to pick in the low lying area.  Even though it took a while for us to find a tree with actual apples, they were fun to play under.  Mr. T. called it their Apple Castle.  And Wordgirl called it their fort.

 After we picked apples, we went into the grainery and had lunch.  You can bring your own lunch or during the weekend, they offer apple brats and hot dogs and other food for purchase.

Aamodt’s Apple Orchard
Hours of operation: 10:00 am-6:00
6428 Manning Ave. N. Stillwater

What I thought

  • It’s beautiful and very easy to get to minus the construction on 694. 
  • I like that they have a lot of different pre picked apple varieties. 
  • This is the only place that I know of that offers hot air balloon rides.  (The rides cost $200 per person, but they are available)
  • It was nice to have a place where you could eat inside–be aware that it is a bit squished in there. 
  • I didn’t like picking apples in the parking lot–or in reverse, I didn’t like parking where lots of people were picking apples.  It wasn’t the safest way to host apple picking.  And I wasn’t thrilled that we had to walk far back into the trees to find on that even had apples.
  • 1/4 a peck cost $7 and a full peck cost $23.  That was the most expensive peck of apples yet.  And I don’t even like haralson.  Oh,well.
  • I’m glad they offered apple picking because for my children, that’s the whole reason to go to an orchard.
It’s an easy drive and it is very beautiful.  I would go again with adults and enjoy the gifts shops more than with the kids!

About giannarae

I am a child of God who has been given the humbling job of being a wife and a mother to 4. Those whom He has given to me are my Sweet Peas and Buddies and one Honey.
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