More Than 5,000 Glowing Pumpkins Will Light The Night At Minnesota’s Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular This Year

A fun, family-friendly event is returning to Minnesota! The pumpkin trail at Minnesota Zoo is back and promises to be a ton of fun. During this event, a glowing pumpkin trail known as the Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, guests will wander past more than 5,000 glowing pumpkins that light up the night through the month of October and beyond. Read on below to learn more about this Minnesota pumpkin trail and the elaborately carved gourds that turn it into the most spectacular art exhibit in the state.

For more information about the Minnesota Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular, including dates, tickets, hours, and more, visit the Minnesota Zoo website. And if you know of any other great fall activities in Minnesota, let us know by filling out our nomination form.

What’s your favorite fall day trip in Minnesota? Share it with us in the comments below — we love hearing from you!

Address: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN 55124, USA

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September 01, 2022

What are some other fun fall day trips in Minnesota?

There’s nothing quite like fall in Minnesota, and it’s the perfect time to get out and explore someplace new. Some of our favorite fall day trips in Minnesota include: the mountain coaster at Spirit Mountain, zip lining at Kerfoot Canopy Tour, the Hemker Zoo, the North Shore, and Black Beach (yes, it’s too cold to swim, but this shoreline is STUNNING when framed by fall foliage!). Speaking of fall colors, we absolutely love exploring our Minnesota State Parks in the fall; some of our must-visit places include Interstate State Park, Split Rock State Park, Fort Snelling State Park, Great River Bluffs State Park, Jay Cooke State Park, Banning State Park, Saint Croix State Park, and Maplewood State Park.

In fact, with regard to Maplewood State Park — go there, now! It’s a total hidden gem day trip in Minnesota, and during the fall, its beauty will sweep you off your feet. Maplewood State Park is a little-known park in Pelican Rapids, Minnesota. It’s about 200 miles northwest of Minneapolis, in Otter Tail County. The park covers more than 9,000 acres, and is best-known for its trees. Maplewood State Park is home to hardwood forests of maple, basswood, and oak. In the fall, their leaves turn beautiful shades of yellow, orange, and red, and it’s prettier than any postcard! There’s plenty to do to occupy yourself in the park. There are 25 miles of hiking trails and 20 miles of horse trails that will bring you up close to the leaves. Picnic areas make it easy to stop for a lovely autumn lunch, turning this state park into a wonderful day trip destination.

Address: Minnesota Zoo, Apple Valley, MN 55124, USA

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