School has officially begun which means fall is right around the corner. Even though fall is nowhere near as long as I'd like it to be, there are still some really fun activities we Minnesotans love to do every fall, like apple picking, going to corn mazes, and leaf peeping. Later we'll check out some of the apple orchards you can visit in our area but first let's talk about when the fall colors will be at their peak this fall in southeast Minnesota.

It's so pretty when the leaves change colors. It's especially a great time to go on a hike at your favorite park because all of the trees will be amazing colors! If you'd like to plan out a trip somewhere to see the colors you'll want to make sure you know when the colors are expected to be at their peak.

These predictions are according to an interactive map put together at SmokyMountains.com, they have a fall foliage map that they release every year. According to their website, right now the trees way up north in Minnesota are barely starting to change.

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But skip ahead to the beginning of October...

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And the leaves down here in southeast Minnesota are beginning to change! So we still have about 3 weeks before we'll start to see the colors changing. And if you're wanting to plan a trip up north to see the fall colors, it looks like the end of September/beginning of October is the time to do that.

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By around October 17th, our fall colors are expected to be 'near peak'.

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And then around October 24th, we'll be at our peak colors.

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And if you miss out on getting out to see the peak colors in our area, just head west around Halloween, which is when they're expected to hit peak color.

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You can also check out an apple orchard while doing some leaf peeping. Keep scrolling for some orchards to check out in the area.

List of the Best Apple Orchards in Southeast Minnesota!

It's apple-picking season and the orchards are ready for all of their guests to come and pick a bag of apples. If you are looking for an orchard nearby, check out the list below to see some of the best orchards in Southeast Minnesota.

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