Take time out this fall and explore the best Chicago pumpkin farms to visit in 2015!
Its fall in Chicago and that means it’s time to get out and enjoy Chicago’s best pumpkin farms again! With Halloween 2014 right around the corner, take the time to explore these excellent pumpkin patches and have some festive fall fun before the weather turns cold again. One of the most popular, traditional Chicago Halloween activities is taking the family to visit a pumpkin patch to enjoy apple cider, pig races, corn mazes, kiddie rides, haunted houses and, of course, to pick pumpkins to carve.
The best Chicago pumpkin patches to visit in 2014 blend traditional fall fun activities with wilder, more extreme experiences. You can feed giraffes or shoot zombies at the pumpkin farm this year if you are looking for a fun new experience. Or, you can visit a traditional pumpkin farm and watch the pig races while you enjoy an ear of roast corn fresh off the grill. The Chicago area offers a wide variety of farms that cater to both families of young children and teens. You also don’t need to have kids to enjoy the fall festivities at these farms.
Check out these wild and unique Chicago pumpkin farms for both traditional and fun new experiences this Halloween, and see why they are the best around.
5. Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm, Waukegan
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm is another great, traditional pumpkin farm for families. It doesn’t draw the insane crowds like some of the other farms, so it is a great place to really slow down and enjoy a crisp, fall day with your family. They have a corn maze that opens September 12th. They have the typical farm animals, and it’s not impossible to get up close like it is at some of the more crowded farms. They also offer hayrides and a large pumpkin patch where you can find your perfect pumpkin.
This is the most traditional pumpkin farm on this year’s list, and is a great choice for a more laidback and low-key experience. One thing to note: they are cash only, but do have an ATM. So you might want to bring cash with you. For more information, check out www.krollsfarm.com or call 847-662-5733
4. Konow’s Corn Maze, Homer Glen
Starting September 20th, Konow’s Corn Maze is open daily from 10am-8pm. As the name suggests, they do have a corn maze, in fact they have 2 different mazes to choose from. They also have a petting zoo (typical farm animals like pigs, sheep, goats, alpacas, deer and cows), a “cow train,” jumping pillow, tractor pedal car track, pony rides and hayrides. In addition to outdoor fun, they have indoor activities that include a corn pit for kids to play in, a mechanical bull, duck races, a straw playground and a shooting gallery.
They may not be the most “famous” name in Chicago pumpkin farms, but Konow’s has solid family fun and a traditional pumpkin farm atmosphere. For more information and prices check out www.konowscornmaze.com or call 708-301-8845
3. Odyssey Fun Farm, Tinley Park
Located across from the Odyssey Fun Park in Tinley Park, the Fun Farm brings a bit of modern fun to your traditional pumpkin farm experience. They offer traditional elements, like a 15 acre corn maze, pumpkin patch, train rides and petting zoo. But, they also offer some new-fangled fun as well. They have a zombie safari hayride that opens on September 26th. They also have an inflatable fun zone with bouncy toys for the kids to jump around on and pig races.
One word of caution, the Fun Farm gets very busy very fast, especially after dark for the zombie hayrides. Last year, we ventured out to give the zombie hayride a try, but after seeing how long the wait was we gave up and went to the arcade instead. Go very early if you want to do the paintball safari with a minimal wait. For more information and prices, check out: www.odysseyfunfarm.com or call 708-429-3800
2. Siegel's Cottonwood Farm, Lockport.
Siegel’s boasts more than 25 attractions included with admission, which include slides, a pumpkin patch, several different train rides, a petting zoo, a chick nursery, a costumed pumpkin princess, an interactive show, 3 themed playgrounds and a corn maze.
However, where this farm really shines and shows up unique flavor is in its hard ticketed activities that you pay a surcharge for. The hard-ticketed activities include pony rides, a climbing wall, a jumping blob, gem mining, and the Statesville Zombie Paintball Ride. Their country store has a wide variety of homemade goodies, including pies, fudge, chocolate, jams and jellies. On the weekends, they have a soda cart that sells home brewed soda made with cane sugar.
Not only does this farm offer a great experience, but it’s on the cheaper range of activities if you don’t do any of the hard ticketed activities. Admission is only $14 a person on weekends and $12 on weekdays. As an added bonus, anyone with an active military ID gets in for free. Menards is also carrying discount tickets again this year. You can also take a survey on their website and get a coupon for $2 off admission. For more information, check out: www.ourpumpkinfarm.com or call 815.741.2693
1. Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center, South Barrington.
Once again, Goebbert’s stands out as the best pumpkin farm around Chicago. While the other farms in this list are impressive, they just can’t top the offerings at Goebbert’s. Goebbert Farm is simply the best Chicago Pumpkin Farm out there. Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center pulls out all the stops for their Fall Festival. First, they offer a huge farm stand store selling everything from fresh popcorn kernels to homemade apple cider. They also sell a wide variety of apples, sweet corn, and pumpkins of all sizes.
The farm stand is not the main attraction, though. The main attraction is the exotic petting zoo they offer. You and your kids can feed giraffes, get your picture taken with baby kangaroos, ride camels or sit back and enjoy a good, old fashioned pig race. The farm also has a haunted house, corn maze, playground and a pumpkin smasher.
It is no secret that this farm is the best, so you can expect crowds to match, especially at the location in South Barrington. The petting farm that includes zoo animals is quite a draw, and it can literally turn into a zoo at times. Be prepared to pack your patience. If you’re looking for lighter crowds, they also have a location in Huntley that does not quite reach the levels of madness that the South Barrington location reaches.
For more information, check out: www.goebbertsgardencenter.com or call 847-428-6727
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