A visit to a pumpkin patch is a great family-friendly weekend fall activity. Other than picking out pumpkins, both kids and adults alike can enjoy Fall activities including hayrides, petting zoos, and going through corn mazes.
Good thing there are a number of pumpkin patches around the Chicago area to choose from!
13341 W. 151st St., Homer Glen, IL, 60491
Just a 30-mile drive from Chicago, Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm has been a family favorite fall tradition. In operation for 37 years, Bengtson’s offers a variety of activities such as pig races, tractor-pulled wagon rides, a petting zoo, camel and pony rides, and a corn jump—and that’s just the activities. A family-owned farm, people also come to Bengtson’s for the best home-cooked food they can snack on; favorites are their apple cider donuts, barbeque, and funnel cakes.
The Bengtsons constantly push themselves to make their pumpkin fest better year after year. This year, new attractions include twirling honeypots, a Cow Spinner (mini roller coaster), a pumpkin launcher and drop tower. Discounted admission starts at $9.99 for weekdays, with different rates for the weekend. The pumpkin farm is open until October 30th.
40W Higgins Road, South Barrington, IL 60010
People have been flocking to Goebbert’s since its humble beginnings as a pumpkin stand by the road in 1948. Since then, the farm has expanded to include a corn maze, animal farm, and a Fall Harvest Market. While mom is shopping for fresh produce, the kids will enjoy riding the famous Pumpkin Express, seeing their famous pumpkin-eating dinosaur, and doing other activities such as pig racing, giraffe barn, pony rides, haunted house, gem mining, and carnival games.
The Pumpkin Farm is open all year round, but the Fall Festival only happens ‘til October 31st.
200 S. County Line Road, Hobart, IN 46342
If you want to sneak in a road trip, why not cross over to the next state? County Line Orchard in Hobart, Indiana is a cool 40-mile trip away from Chicago. Here you can enjoy activities such as tractor rides, pie making, and Jack-o-Lantern carving. Known for their u-pick apple orchard, County Line Orchard is also a great place to stop by for pumpkins as large as small children, gourds, hay bales, Indian corn, corn stalks, zinnias, sunflowers, and mums.
Another thing worth checking out are the bee yurts. Admission for rides starts at $5 with an all-access pass at $10. The Orchard is open daily from 9am to 6pm.
16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Lincolnshire, IL 60069
In operation since 1912, and open all year round, Didier Farms becomes more alive when September and October come around for their annual Pumpkinfest. If you want to add a twist to your Halloween, grab their pumpkins, which come in orange, speckled, green, and white varieties as well. The farm features several activities for children, such as pony and camel rides, a carousel, ferris wheel and a straw bale mountain they can conquer.
There is no admission to the farm, save for tickets to select attractions. The Pumpkinfest runs until October 31, and the farm is open daily from 9am to 6pm.
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