Deardorff Orchards in Waconia, Minnesota
Dog owners can pick apples at the sprawling 125-acre Deardorff Orchards, just outside of the Twin Cities. The farm features more than ten varieties of apples on over 3,000 trees. The orchard is also home to 13-year-old Smoky, a British Black Labrador and you’ll most likely see Smoky next to Lin Deardorff, the orchard’s owner.
Dogs can enjoy water stations around the orchard, waste bags and treats for good behavior. The orchard staff asks that pet parents pick up after their dogs and keep their pets out of the on-site barn.
“We welcome furry friends with open arms, and they will likely get an overly-enthusiastic greeting from any one of our barn employees,” says Jessica Sanford, an orchard employee.
In general, Bennett recommends making sure your dog is laid back enough to visit an orchard before you go. Dogs that are more willing or able to thrive in new environments will do well in the orchard, she says, and if your dog is more anxious and doesn’t do well in large crowds, it’s probably best to leave him at home.