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Best Apple Orchard

Apple Jack Orchards

The time of year when both the humidity and leaves are dropping rapidly means a few things for those living in the state of a million lakes. First, we probably won't be using those lakes to cool off much longer; and second, we better enjoy our time outdoors before those lakes are frozen solid. Lucky for us, sandwiched between the stifling summer heat and the frozen winter tundra is the best season of the year: autumn. Who can resist a stroll in the crisp October air, crunching over red and orange leaves while sipping warm apple cider? And the best place to enjoy all this and more is at Apple Jack Orchards. Trust us, this place has so much to do, we guarantee you'll want to block out at least a couple of afternoons this October. Pick your own raspberries or apples, or hop on a wagon to the cleverly designed five-acre corn maze. Kids will love the mini maze, cow train, and farm animals. Adults can browse the gift shop or shoot the exhilarating apple cannon. Whatever you do, don't eat lunch before you head to the orchard. The café offers soup, pulled pork, and brats for your midday meal, and so many freshly baked goodies that having seconds is practically mandatory. Top the day off with some live music or a pony ride and we bet you'll be planning a return before the season is over.

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