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One of the things I look forward in the fall is our annual visit to a pumpkin patch. Like many others I know, I just go to the same patch year after year. This year I would like to branch off the vine a little and try out a new farm. We happen to live in an area that has a variety of pumpkin patches. Find the perfect jack-o-lantern to carve with the kids or gourds to arrange into a festive fall display. Or purchase pumpkins for pie baking, or just plan a fun, family-friendly activity for a brisk fall day. You are sure to find what you are looking for at one of Lake County’s pumpkin patches.
Lake County Pumpkin Patches
Please remember that many of these are working farms and therefore will be muddy and cash is always preferred. Please be sire to check the links in the listings for the most up to date information on each farm.
21675 W Hawley St., Mundelein|(847) 949-5931
Stop by this new pumpkin patch located in Mundelein. They grow and sell their own pumpkins! Stop by to pick your own or choose from the ones for sale at their stand. While you are there stop by and say, “Hi” to their goats, Sven and Olaf.
27691 N. Gilmer Rd., Mundelein | (847) 566-2176
While Country Bumpkin doesn’t have U-pick pumpkins, it does have a Pumpkin Fest, which is GREAT for toddlers. Our writer Cheryl has gone before and had a great experience. The pumpkin festival features a barrel train ride, moonwalks, a petting zoo, a straw maze and pumpkins for sale. Paid admission is required to enter, although their website sometimes has coupons.
16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Prairie View, Lincolnshire | 847-634-3291
Pumpkin Fest at Didier Farms has all you need for the perfect day-long, fall adventure. Enjoy carnival-style rides, bounce in inflatables, ride ponies and pet exotic animals such as kangaroos. New to Didier Farms this year is ice cream for purchase, gem mining, a carousel, and pumpkin painting. Admission and parking are free, but most activities cost money. Be sure to read Loralie’s 2011 review .
Didier Farms also has a trick-or-treat event on Halloween. Every child that comes dressed in costume will receive a FREE Halloween trick-or-treat bag with which they can then go trick or treating around the farm from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm
40 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington | 847-428-6727
(There is also a second location in Hampshire; see website for details.)
I went to Goebbert’s last year for the first time and was completely blown away by its greatness. Yes, it is that good. Goebbert’s attractions include an animal farm (with a real giraffe that you can feed carrots), pony rides, camel rides, wagon rides, a haunted house, a corn stalk maze, a straw town maze, a giant corn pit complete with a slide, and weekend pig racing. There is even a huge robotic dinosaur that you can feed pumpkins to (at an additional cost). The fall harvest market includes pumpkins, gourds, apples and apple cider. There is also a fudge shop, kettle corn, a cafe, bakery and corn roasting on the weekends. While there is no admission price or parking fee, attractions do cost money. See website for pricing and discounts. Watch for an upcoming review!
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 W. Townline Rd., Waukegan | 847-662-5473
Open daily; see their website for hours.
Kroll’s has everything from hayrides, farm animals, a large corn maze, pumpkin sales and more. Most pumpkins at Kroll’s range in price from $1 – $20. Also, there is no admission or parking fee here. As far as activities go, you can pay for what you want to do. Read Melissa’s 2011 review .
NW corner of Hwy 41 and Kelly Rd, Wadsworth | 847-336-0120
This farm includes, hayrides, a hildren’s haunted loft, petting farm and Halloween decor. While this is not a U-pick pumpkins farm, they still have pumpkins available for purchase. You can also purchase gourds, taffy apples, refreshments and hay bales. There is no admission or parking fee, but activities do have small fees. Check the website for details, and take a look at Loralie’s 2013 review.
*Need a pumpkin but don’t think you will make it down to a patch? Check out the Fall Festival at the Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate center in Grayslake on October 8th. The first 500 children will receive a free pumpkin! **
McHenry Area Pumpkin Patches
14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock | 815-338-5637
While you may know this establishment as an apple orchard, they have a great pumpkin patch, too. You can either pick your own and pay for pumpkins at $0.49/lb or you can purchase pre-picked pumpkins. They have pre-picked specialty pumpkins pre-picked such as Cinderella pumpkins and swan gourds. After an afternoon of picking the perfect pumpkin, head to the barnyard for activities. The barnyard features a corn maze, a goat bridge, a petting zoo, inflatables, a zip line, and a pedal car track. Then eat at their country kitchen. Parking is free at All Seasons, but there is an admission charge.
Dave’s Pumpkin Patch
9112 Algonquin Road, Huntley | 847-217-7767
3500 IL-47, Woodstock | 847-217-7767
Dave’s Pumpkin Patch is known for great pumpkins, affordable pricing, and a relaxing atmosphere. All pumpkins are $6 regardless of size. As if that was not enough reason to bring the kids to Dave’s Pumpkin Patch, they also have antique pedal cars, a sandbox, photo opportunities, and a small corn maze for kids that are completely free. The only activity that costs money is the tractor pulled, spooky hayride which costs $2 to ride.
Richardson Adventure Farm
9407 Richardson Rd., Spring Grove | 815-675-9729
Richardson is home of the World’s Largest corn maze! Here you will also find a wooded picnic area, campfires, bunnyville, punching pumpkins game, a chicken show, tube slide, orb riding, pedal carts, a pumpkin patch, pig races, weekend wagon rides, zip lines and concessions.
Royal Oak Farm
15908 Hebron Rd, Harvard | 815-648-4141
Royal Oak has a play area, carousel, free petting zoo, wooden playground and houses to play on,a country restaurant, and a train ride make this a great place to spend a fall afternoon. They also have some of the best apple cinnamon doughnuts cooked there as well. The best part? Free admission and parking! Prices for pumpkins vary by weight of the pumpkin.
Stade’s Farm and Market
3709 W. Miller Rd, McHenry | 815-675-6396
Parking is free, but there is an admission fee. However, don’t let this be a deal breaker – once you are in most of the activities are free which actually saves you money in the long run. Admission is $15 for pumpkin lovers aged 3 – 64, and 65 and older are $10. Activities include a petting zoo, giant slides, pumpkin cannons, a hamster run, corn maze, inflatables and more. After playing in the farm festival take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to find your very own pumpkin to take home.
Tom’s Pumpkin Farm
10214 W Algonquin Rd, Huntley | (847) 669-3421
Open for pumpkins on October 1st , open daily see website for hours
Their pumpkin patch features a petting zoo, pony rides, a bunny village, an inflated train, a corn maze, and delicious donuts. They even have a make and take scarecrow workshop and a paint your own pottery center. I am dying to try out their moonlight corn maze this year, it looks great! 2016 admission has yet to be announced, but 2015 admission was $5 for adults on weekdays and $7 for kids. On the weekends admission was $10 for both adults and children, children under 2 are free. You can pay per activity or you can buy an all you can ride wristband to save money. Our writer Shelby goes every year; check out her list why you should go too.
Southern Wisconsin Pumpkin Patches
The Elegant Farmer
Highways ES & J, Mukwongo, WI | (262) 363-6770
Their Autumn Harvest Festival is sure to please the whole family. Here, you can hop aboard a train, walk through a 5 acre corn maze, pick a pumpkin, and enjoy pony rides. Make sure you come hungry as you can make your own Caramel Apple, enjoy BBQ pork sandwiches, hot cider, ice cream sundaes, or eat apple pie baked in a paper bag at the restaurant. Be sure to visit the market for specialty food items and a selection of local farm-raised fruits and veggies.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Dr. (Hwy 20), Waterford, WI | (262) 534-2891
“Green Meadows Farm is truly one of those rare places you visit with your kids, that you cannot say enough good things about. It is seriously a hidden gem, and I cannot recommend it enough.” – Little Lake County Writer Heather
With their hands on experiences with pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, turkey, ducks, geese and horses your kids will not be bored. You can also jump in a haymow, picnic area, pony rides, ride tractor drawn hayrides and pick your own pumpkins in October. General admission is $13.75 per person, seniors are $11.75 , and children under 1 are free. There are also frequently Groupons available making it much more affordable- be sure to check that out before heading up. Check out Heather’s review.
Happ’s Pumpkin Patch
24120 Wilmot Rd, Trevor WI | (262) 862-6515
This pumpkin patch is ranked one of the best in state because of their train rides, hayrides, a “ghoul bus,” a corn maze, carnival games, a Thomas the Train climbing feature, and a haunted house. They also often sell pumpkins by the trunk.
Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm
7150 18th Street, Kenosha, WI | 262- 859-2645
Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin farm has pumpkins, hayrides, animals,concession style food, a haunted forest, face painting, a 6 acre corn maze and rides. Admission and parking are free, but attractions cost money. All attractions are weather permitting and have pricing ranging from $3-$5. Check out Dawn’s Review .
Thompson Strawberry Farm
Hwy 50, Bristol, WI | (262) 857-2353
Thompson Farm has U-pick pumpkins and gourds. Check the conditions page on the website before you go to make sure the pumpkins are ripe. Sometimes they close if there has been too much rain as the fields get too messy. What is unique about Thompson Strawberry Farm is that you can pay a set fee which allows you to fill up your car with as many pumpkins as you can fit. You will be the kid’s hero for letting them take home a whole trunk full of pumpkins! You can also purchase individual pumpkins here.
Where will you be finding this year’s Great Pumpkin? Tell us in the comments!
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