Pumpkin Picking Road Trips
Whether you are looking for a family friendly trip to the pumpkin patch or searching for something to do on date-day, here are five great pumpkin patches and farms that are just a short drive away.
2855 Hart Road, Aurora, IL
Abbey Farms is a small not for profit family farm. Their Pumpkin Daze festival runs from September 19 through November 1. Enjoy a 40-acre pumpkin farm, petting zoo, corn maze, and plenty of family friendly activities. Enjoy a glass of wine or beer while listening to live music. The Tumbleweed Grill serves up fall friendly eats like chili and bratwursts. Enjoy apple cider and pumpkin spice donuts from the bakery. Unique household items and gifts are available at the Farmstead Emporium store. You can even order a special picnic basket in advance that you can enjoy anywhere on-site.
Dollinger Family Farm
7420 E. Hansel Road, Channahon, IL
The Dollinger family has been growing pumpkins since 1989. Since then, their farm has evolved into a must-visit fall attraction where you can purchase a variety of sizes of pumpkins, as well as gourds, squash, corn shocks, straw bales, and mums. Dollinger Family Farm even has a Bee Barn where you can learn how honey is made! Climb into the corn bin or check out the Native American tipi. On weekends kids can enjoy face painting and hayrides. When you get hungry, enjoy favorites like homemade donuts and fudge, garlic po'boys and sausage sandwiches. Make sure you check out the special events for unique weekend experiences.
710 W Boughton Rd, Bolingbrook
Johansen Farms is home to 25,000 pumpkins, so you can be sure to find the perfect choice for your fall decorating needs! They also have a petting zoo with hundreds of animals including chicks, llamas, ponies, pigs, lambs, and an area called Goat Mania. Check out their Fall Market for food items, mums, and other fall decorations. The on-site bakery serves up tantalizing treats like apple cider donuts and freshly baked pies. Families will also enjoy the miniature golf course, train rides, corn maze, and more.
37W446 Fabyan Pkwy, Geneva, IL
During the fall, Windy Acres Farm celebrates the harvest season with their Apple and Pumpkin Festival. Attractions include a trackless train, pony rides, corn maze, giant jumping pillow, mini-golf, a petting zoo, and plenty of family friendly rides and attractions. Adults will enjoy the beer garden with ales and apple cider slushes, live music, and a Build Your Own Corn Cob bar.