If you grew up in Lake County or anywhere in the Midwest, chances are you’ve saddled up on a fun-filled hayride at some point! The smell of and scratchiness of the hay, the growl of the tractor, the bumps and rattles of the wagon bopping along–there’s nothing quite like it. So hay fever be gone! Relive some of your youth and introduce your kids to this fun fall tradition in Lake County. There’s a hayride location perfect for everyone, from pumpkin patches and farms to the woods. Happy riding!
Hayrides in Lake County
Didier Farm Pumpkin Festival
16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire | (847) 634-3291
Open from September 23 through Halloween from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily, hayrides are $3 per person. Or you can buy a hayride and corn maze combo for $5 per person. The tractor-drawn hayride travels down the dirt farm roads through the corn fields where the friendly scarecrows stand guard over the rows and rows of mile-high cornstalks. The farm also has a concession stand and bake shop, pumpkins, mechanical kiddie rides, pig races, a camel, and lots of other fall fun for the whole family!
Goebbert’s Farm and Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington | (847) 428-6727
Great fun for all ages, this farm is open September 23 through October 31, seven days a week. There is no fee for general admission, and parking is free, but the individual rides are by ticket admission. The wagon ride is $5 for children and adults, while children younger than age two are free. There are various other activities including a corn maze, animal rides, and a pumpkin eating dinosaur, as well as an on-site restaurant, Red Barn Cafe & Bakery, and a harvest market.
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 Townline Rd., Waukegan | (847) 662- 5733
At Kroll’s, hayrides are $3 per person, but children age two and younger ride free. The best part of this hayride is that the driver educates patrons about the different crops grown on the farm and explains different aspects of farming, which might include growing gourds, corn, pumpkins, honey bee pollination vs. wind pollination, crop rotation, and hay vs. straw. There is a question and answer time during the hayride for your curious kids. General admission is free — you just pay (cash only!) for the activities you’d like to do. Open seven days a week; hours vary.
5900 Kelly Rd., Wadsworth | (847) 336-0120
Hayrides at Patch 22 are horse-drawn or tractor-drawn, and the cost is $2 per person. Patch 22 is open to the public in October on Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., including Columbus Day this year.
Richardson Adventure Farm
909 English Prairie Rd., Spring Grove | (815) 675-9729
This fun farm is open Wednesday through Sunday from September 2 through October 29 (varying hours). The fastest way to get out to the pumpkin patch is on Richardson’s one-of-a-kind wagon ride. This wagon features real bus seats! Admission to the farm for ages 13 and older is $16, children age 4-12 is $13, and kids age 3 and younger enter for free. Admission includes TONS of fun: entrance into the maze, observation tower, train, wagon ride, carousel, pig races, pedal bikes and trikes, slides, and more. Pumpkins, food items, and other activities such as zip lining, paintball and gem stone mining are available for an additional fee.
Special Events with Hayrides
Hayrides at the Park (Barrington)
BPD Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington | (847) 381-0687
October 6, October 13 and October 20: 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Take a hayride through the park, and afterwards enjoy cocoa, cider and s’mores by the fireplace. Registration is required for this event.
Haunted Trail and Bonfire (Lindenhurst)
Forest View Park | 513 Forest View Rd., Lindenhurst | (847) 356-6011
October 14, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 pm
Admission is free, activity prices vary. Wagon rides in the woods are $1 or one canned food donation. There’s a costume contest, trick or treating, a haunted trail, and much more. End the night around a bonfire, started safely by the Lake Villa Fire Department.
Fall Festival (Northbrook)
River Trail Nature Center| 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook | (847) 824-8360
October 15, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Enjoy hayrides, storytelling, beekeeping demonstrations, pumpkin painting and more. Admission is free, however there are small fees for some activities (or you can bring a non-perishable food item to donate to The Greater Chicago Food Depository in exchange for activity tickets). One food item equals one activity ticket.
Great Pumpkin Celebration (Round Lake)
Robert Roleck Community Center | 814 Hart Rd., Round Lake | (847) 546-8558
October 21, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
In addition to hayrides, this free event will feature a costume contest, indoor trick-or-treating and much more.
Where do you take your family for a hayride? Let us know in the comments section.