As cooler weather comes and we get further into fall, it’s apple cider time! Several locations in the Twin Cities area are offering apple ciderÃ‚ programs through September and October. Costs vary, but some of the programs are free and many are low-cost.
Dodge Nature Center (West St. Paul) –Ã‚ Two Events
Dodge Nature Center in West St. Paul is having two apple cidering events: choose from Apples & CiderÃ‚ on Saturday, 10/1 from 1-2:30 p.m. or Apples & OrchardsÃ‚ on 10/14 or 10/15 from 10-11:15 a.m. You’ll need to register in advance for any of these events. For the Apples & Cider event, cost is $7/adult or child or $20/family. The Apples & Orchards events are more preschool-focused and are $7/person.
Three Rivers Park DistrictÃ‚ – LOTS of Events
The Three Rivers Park District always has a lot of apple cideringÃ‚ events, and this year is no different. There are many different events going on in September and October, starting with an Apple Cider Demonstration this Sunday (9/25) at Eastman Nature Center in Dayton.
Events are generally low-cost or free. Bring the kids to Richardson Nature Center in Bloomington to make and taste old-fashioned apple cider, or visit The Landing in Shakopee for a themed living history event. You can even make your own hard cider at Gale Woods Farm in Minnetrista (that one is $65/person).
Wargo Nature Center (Lino Lakes) – Fall Festival
Come to Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes for the Wargo Fall FestivalÃ‚ on Sunday, 10/16 from 2-4 p.m. They’ll crank up the cider press, play pioneer games, and have self-guided nature activities available.
Wood Lake Nature Center (Richfield) – Apple Cidering
Bring the family to Wood Lake Nature Center in Richfield for a Sun Special: Apple Cidering event on Sunday, 10/9 from 3-4:30 p.m. Cost is $3/person, free for members.Ã‚ Discover the history and traditions of cidering while milling and pressing applesÃ‚ into cider. Sample a variety of apples and enjoy a short hike while the apple mashÃ‚ sweetens.
For a comprehensive guide of Twin Cities apple orchards, be sure to check out Family Fun Twin CitiesÃ‚ for lots of options and details.