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Fall Family Fun Guide in Lanesboro, Minnesota

Welcome to Lanesboro, Minnesota, a charming town nestled in the picturesque Driftless Region, where fall brings vibrant colors and plenty of family-friendly activities. Whether you're a nature enthusiast, angler, or festival-goer, Lanesboro offers something for everyone during the autumn season. In this guide, we'll explore a variety of fall family fun activities, from leaf peeping to pumpkin patches, ensuring an unforgettable experience for all.

Fall colors on the Root River Bike Trail
Beautiful fall colors on the Root River Bike Trail.

Experience the breathtaking beauty of fall foliage on a scenic trail ride from Lanesboro to Whalan.

Follow the Root River State Trail as it winds through picturesque valleys and alongside the tranquil Root River, offering stunning views of vibrant reds, oranges, and yellows. Be sure to pack a picnic lunch and take breaks along the way to soak in the autumn vistas and capture memories with your camera.  And once you’ve arrived in Whalan be sure to grab some snacks and souvenirs from the historic Whalan Depot.

Lanesboro Bass Pond in the Fall
The Lanesboro Bass Pond in the fall. Photo courtesy of Commonweal Theatre Co.

For families who enjoy angling, Bass Pond offers a serene destination right in the heart of Lanesboro.

Spend a day casting lines and making memories amidst the stunning fall scenery. The pond, located within Lanesboro proper, and just below some stunning bluffscape views, is stocked with bass, trout, and other freshwater species, providing ample opportunities for fishing enthusiasts of all ages. Remember to pack your fishing gear, bait, and a cozy blanket for a relaxing day by the water's edge.

Corn maze at Big Springs Farm
The 2023 corn maze at Big Springs Farm. Photo courtesy of Big Springs Farm Pumpkins & Corn Maze, LLC.

Immerse yourself in the spirit of fall by exploring the corn mazes and pumpkin patches at local farms.

Near Lanesboro you'll find Big Springs Farm Pumpkins and Corn Maze. Navigate through twisting paths and select the perfect pumpkin for carving with your family. Many farms offer additional activities such as hayrides, petting zoos, and pumpkin painting, ensuring a fun-filled outing for kids of all ages. Lose yourself in the maze, breathe in the crisp autumn air, and savor the sense of adventure that comes with exploring the farm's fall attractions.

Fall decorations in Lanesboro, MN
Fall decorations on a crisp day in downtown Lanesboro.

Join the community celebration at Fall into Lanesboro, an annual festival that showcases the best of fall in the region.

Enjoy horse drawn wagon rides, arts and crafts provided by Lanesboro Arts and family-friendly activities throughout the weekend. Scavenger hunts will take you all through town finding hidden treasures and landmarks throughout Lanesboro, and discounts deals and autumnal specials abound on Fall into Lanesboro.

A vendor at the Lanesboro Area Art Trail.
A vendor at the Lanesboro Area Art Trail. Photo courtesy of the Lanesboro Area Art Trail.

Explore the vibrant arts scene of Lanesboro by following the Lanesboro Area Art Trail.

Visit galleries, studios, and public art installations scattered throughout the town, showcasing the work of local artists and artisans. From paintings and sculptures to pottery and jewelry, you'll find a diverse array of artistic expressions inspired by the beauty of fall in the Driftless Region.

Folks enjoying a beer around a bonfire at Sylvan Brewing in Lanesboro.
Folks enjoying a beer around a bonfire in Lanesboro. Photo courtesy of Sylvan Brewing.

Savor the flavors of fall at the Beer and Wine Fest.

At this annual event Sylvan Brewing auctions off artisanal Steins and our bars and restaurants come together to celebrate those special hops and fancy grapes. Sample a variety of craft beers, ciders, and wines, each showcasing the unique flavors of the region. Pair your drinks with delicious snacks and enjoy live music and entertainment throughout the event. Whether you're a beer connoisseur or a wine enthusiast, the Beer and Wine Fest is the perfect way to toast to autumn in Lanesboro.

Fall colors overlooking Lanesboro
View of fall colors from the Church Hill Overlook in Lanesboro. Photo courtesy of Commonweal Theatre Co.

With its stunning natural scenery, outdoor adventures, and lively festivals, Lanesboro, Minnesota, is the perfect destination for fall family fun.

Whether you're leaf peeping on a trail ride, fishing at Bass Pond, getting lost in a corn maze, or exploring the local arts scene, there's something for everyone to enjoy in this charming town. Plan your fall getaway to Lanesboro today and create unforgettable memories with your loved ones amidst the splendor of autumn.