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Ahh Fall — one of the most beautiful times of the year. As the leaves begin to change colors and the harvest season draws near, now is the perfect occasion to begin planning your Autumn visit to Shakopee! In addition to all of the incredible outdoor activities to explore in the area, during this time, there are a plethora of local events and festivals to really give you a taste of the regional flair.
From exciting outdoor adventures to relaxing family fun time, your autumn schedule will be chock full of things to do after you schedule your Shakopee vacation this year. Here are six ways to celebrate Halloween and the upcoming season:
Have you ever wanted to swim across a sea of corn kernels? Well, your day has come — Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival has exactly what you’ve been searching for. In addition to the Corn Pit, you will also find giant jumping pillows, an exotic animal zoo, a pumpkin patch, and of course, 2016’s corn maze.
Throughout the year, Valleyfair remains one of the most spectacularly fun places to visit in all of Minnesota and the midwest region. But when fall rolls around, Shakopee’s famous amusement park turns into the seasonally festive ValleySCARE! Visit their scary “Carnevil” rides and adventures, the spooky Blood Creek Cemetery, and even go back to the land before time with Dinoslaughter. Get ready for a terrifyingly wild ride this autumn at Valleyfair!
If you are looking for something on the scarier side this year, be prepared to shake in your boots at the Trail of Terror. Explore the haunted woods, Hotel 666, the Hogtied Pub Crawl, and many more terrifying attractions. For the more faint of heart, scare free attractions are also offered during the Halloween season.
As the official harvest season begins, it is time to gather the delicious fall fruits and veggies we’ve grown all year. And nothing says fall more than some warm apple pie! Minnesota Harvest Apple Orchard is the perfect space to pick over 25 varieties of apples, take a hayride, and spend the day with your family. Be sure to take a visit before Halloween this year to experience the beauty and fun for yourself!
Speaking of apples, Jim’s Apple Farm is another to add to your Shakopee visit list! Jim’s is the largest candy store in the state and is only open June through November. Get all of your Halloween candy in one place this year by paying a visit!
If you have children ages 10 and under, Shakopee has the perfect event for your family: Pumpkins in the Park! Hosted by the Shakopee Chamber & Visitors Bureau, the event will include a trick-or-treat trail, games, beverages, snacks, and even festive face painting.
One of Shakopee’s biggest annual festivals returns! The 2016 Minnesota Renaissance Festival kicks off late summer and continues until October. From themed weekends, to a unique marketplace, and live entertainment, this is the perfect event to bring your entire family.
What are your plans this autumn? If they don’t include a weekend in Shakopee, you’ll surely be missing out on fall family fun!