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
These locations offer hayrides all season long:
Didier Farm Pumpkin Festival
16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire | (847) 634-3291
Open through Halloween from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily, hayrides are part of a 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! Read Loralie’s 2011 review.
Goebbert’s Farm and Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington | (847) 428-6727
Great fun for all ages, this farm is open through October 31, seven days a week. Wagon rides are included in Animal Land Admission. 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. See website for full pricing. Read Tracy’s 2016 review.
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 Townline Rd., Waukegan | (847) 662- 5733
At Kroll’s, hayrides are $4 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 versus wind pollination, crop rotation, and hay versu straw. There is a question and answer time during the hayride for your curious kids. General admission is free — you pay (cash only!) for the activities you’d like to do. Read Melissa’s 2011 review.
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., Read Loralie’s 2013 review.
Special Events with Hayrides
These one day or weekend events will also have hayrides:
Hayrides at the Park (Barrington)
BPD Citizens Park, 511 Lake Zurich Rd., Barrington | (847) 381-0687
October 12 & 19, 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Your entire family can enjoy the closeness of snuggling together atop cozy hay bales as you wind along the trails of Citizens Park. When you return from your ride, we’ll have hot cocoa, cider, and s’mores waiting to warm you up by the fireplace. Registration is required for this event. Cost is $8-10.
Halloween Movie & Hayride
Highland Park County Club, 1201 Park Ave. W, Highland Park
October 12, 6:30 p.m.
Board the hayride after dark then cozy up for a Halloween movie on the big screen with a bonfire. Cost is $5 for the hayride, cash only. Food will be available for purchase.
Central Park Aquatic Field, Central Park, Grayslake | (847) 223-7529
October 18, 5:30 p.m.
Bring the kids to Central Park for an evening of festive fall fun! With a Halloween character path, games, hay rides, a costume contest, moon walks, and more. Pre-registered for $8 per child, day-of registration is $13 per child, adult admission is free with paid child’s ticket.
Haunted Trail and Bonfire (Lindenhurst)
Lippert Community Center, 200 Grass Lake Rd., Lindenhurst | (847) 356-6011
October 13, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
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.
Great Pumpkin Celebration (Round Lake)
Robert Roleck Community Center | 814 Hart Rd., Round Lake | (847) 546-8558
October 20, 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.
Fall Festival (Northbrook)
River Trail Nature Center| 3120 Milwaukee Ave., Northbrook | (847) 824-8360
October 21, 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 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.
Trick-or-Treat Candy Stroll
Downtown Highland Park | (847) 780-4293
October 25, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Enjoy free Halloween activities at Renaissance Place and Port Clinton Square! Activities include: music, face painters, balloon artists, pony rides, hay wagon rides, and trick-or-treating from business to business!
Wheeling Park District, 333 W. Dundee Rd., Wheeling | (847) 465-3333
October 26, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Children, ages 10 years and younger, are welcome to spend a bewitching afternoon at the CRC (Creepy Reeky Castle) filled with spook-tacular fun! Decorate your own pumpkin and create a craft. Enjoy spooky storytelling, hay rides, and a giant spider-web maze in the gym.
Mundelein Community Center, 1401 N Midlothian Rd, Mundelein | (847) 566-0650
October 27, 3:30 – 6:30
A free Halloween themed event for the entire family. Candy and treats are provided by local businesses. Other activities include: games and prizes, story telling, and visits by familiar costumed characters. Local sponsor giveaways will be provided, too. Tractor pulled wagon rides are provided by Lake County volunteer tractor and wagon enthusiasts. This event is held rain or shine. No registration required and costumes are encouraged.
Where do you take your family for a hayride? Let us know in the comments section.