Autumn Leaves and Fall Festivities in Little Falls, MN

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Happy Fall

It’s that time of the year! The leaves are changing and there’s a nip in the air. It’s officially fall! With the cold weather setting in, everyone is excited to break out their cozy sweaters, grab a warm drink, and get into the fall spirit! We have everything fall from where to spot the best leaf colors to where to go for spooky fun!

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park

Fall Colors

One of the best parts about fall is the stunning red, oranges, and yellows that brighten the outdoors. Little Falls has lots of wonderful lookouts to spot the best color changes this fall.

Charles A. Lindbergh State Park has lots of hiking trails with towering trees to brighten any hike. There’s nothing quite like breathing in the fresh air, and listening to the sounds of the creek rolling and the leaves crunching under your feet. Explore the fall colors along the 8 miles of hiking trails or bring your bike out and travel along the Camp Ripley Veteran’s State Trail.

Another great place to see the leaves change is at Maple Island Park. Not only will you get a stunning view of the Mississippi River and the Little Falls Dam, but you’ll also be able to see the many vibrant colors of the maple trees as they change. Stroll the walking paths, settle down for a picnic, and take in the beauty of the season at this wonderful park.

Crane Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is another great location to enjoy the fall colors. The refuge has several walking paths of varying lengths. Take a quick stroll along the river or soak in the serene sounds of nature along a longer stretch. With a lovely look out over the river and a wide range of wildlife, you won’t want to miss this amazing location this fall.

Starry Eyed Brewery Company

Seasonal Food and Drinks

Fall is also known for its assortments of seasonal drinks and delicious dishes. Caffè Strolaga unveiled their new fall menu during their 2nd Annual Sip and Shop event and it’s amazing! For coffee lovers, they have a wide selection of both warm and cold drinks. Enjoy the classic pumpkin drinks of the season, try one of the many lattes, or go for a delicious mocha. They also have a fantastic collection of foods from snacks on the go to a warm meal at lunch. You can find their fall menu and more here.

Starry Eyed Brewing Company is a favorite with their unique drinks and handcrafted brews. They have over 40 handcrafted beers, seltzers, and ciders to try. They also have non-alcoholic options. Grab a pint of your favorite drink or try a few different flavors with a flight. They also have pizza, popcorn, and other snacks to pair with your drinks. Enjoy indoor seating on a cold night or play a game of cornhole and keep warm by the fire outside. Pets are welcome!

The Little Falls Bakery and Deli never disappoints with their assortment of fun, themed cookies. Choose from a wide variety of witches, pumpkins, ghouls, and more! They have lots of baked good and drink options to choose from. Stop in at lunch time to enjoy a hot meal, with seasonal, daily specials every day!

Triple S Pumpkin Farm

Pumpkins

And what’s fall without the pumpkins? Many local farmers and gardeners have pumpkins for sale around Little Falls, some right in their yard and others stationed around town. On Wednesdays and Saturdays in October, the Little Falls Farmer’s Market will be open for business with pumpkins as well as some fresh vegetables, handmade crafts, and more! You can find them in the parking lot at the Boys & Girls Club from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Ten miles south of Little Falls is a wonderful pumpkin patch in Royalton, MN. Make the drive out to Triple S Pumpkins for all kinds of fall fun. This incredible pumpkin patch has tons of pumpkins to pick from! You can go out in the field yourself and find the perfect pumpkin or you can sort through the many pumpkins already hand picked for people to purchase. Not only do they have pumpkins, but they also have a playground and petting zoo for kids to enjoy as well as lovely spots for photo ops, a corn maze with a scavenger hunt, and giant pumpkins! It’s the perfect spot for a day out to enjoy the wonderful fall season.

Another great pumpkin patch is the Maus Fall Festival in Pierz. This great location has a wide selection of fun things to do! You can pick your own pumpkins in their pumpkin patch or browse the selection of their hand picked pumpkins. They also have a petting zoo, corn maze, bounce house, pumpkin games, and more! The Maus Fall Festival is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Shoppes of Little Falls

Clothes and Décor

Fall also comes with great style. We love breaking out the flannels, boots, and fall themed décor around the house! If you love to shop fall like we do, you have to visit the Shoppes of Little Falls. With over 90 vendors, there’s lots of fun fall décor and clothes to browse through.

Another great stop is Dandelion Lane Home. This small business changes out inventory for every season and fall is no exception! Come find adorable fall accents and spooky items for your home. They also have a great selection of clothes and accessories.

Just up the road from Dandelion Lane Home is another great small business, Pretty Kinz Boutique. This wonderful shop is going to have everything you need to restock your fall wardrobe. They have cute skirts, overalls, shirts, boots, and, of course, flannels. They also have a wide selection of accessories, snacks, and everyday essentials!

BooFest

Events

With fall comes a wide selection of spooky and seasonal events! Kick off the fun fall events on Friday, October 13th, 2023 with the 7th Annual Trunk or Treat at the Morrison County Fairgrounds from 5 – 6:30 p.m. Rain or shine, everyone is welcome to come enjoy this free event!

The following day, Saturday, October 14th, 2023 Pine Grove Zoo will be having its annual Smash Bash. Visitors can watch the animals smash, stomp, and dig into pumpkins with the purchase of regular admission. And don’t forget the zoo’s annual BooFest the following weekend. All ages are welcome to dress up in their best Halloween costumes to enjoy the many fun activities, play in the bounce house, tour the Howling Haunted Mansion, collect candy from local businesses, and say one final farewell to the animals for the season during this spooktacular event!

For those who love fall food, you won’t want to miss the Kinship of Morrison County’s annual Soup and Chili Cook-off on Monday, October 23rd, 2023. There will be lots of food, drinks, music, competition, fun, and comradery during this wonderful fundraiser.

On Thursday, October 26th, 2023 visitors can an enjoy Great River ArtsOctober Sip and Paint class. Grab a drink at GRA’s bar and get ready to create a spooky fall painting from 5 – 7:30 p.m. This month’s painting will be of a cat perched on a pumpkin in front of a full moon. This is a 21+ event and pre-registration is required.

And, of course, we can’t forget trick-or-treating on Halloween! The Little Falls Chamber of Commerce and Tourism will be having its annual Business Trick or Treat on Tuesday, October 31st, 2023. Kids and their guardians are welcome to walk around downtown Little Falls to collect candy from local businesses. Show off your Halloween costumes and enjoy exploring our beautiful, historic downtown.

Just outside of Little Falls, the Wicked Woods Haunted Attraction in Royalton will open be open Fridays and Saturdays from September 29th – October 28th with an additional opening on Thursday, October 19th, 2023. They have a Big Scare for adults from 8 – 11 p.m., but they will also have a Little Scare, with little to no scare, for kids from 6 -7 p.m.

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