One of the best things about Fall in the Midwest is going to a pumpkin patch. These outdoor festivals not only offer the giant orange squash, they also have hayrides and corn mazes. Some even have petting zoos, carnival rides, and ziplines. It’s a fun way to get outside for a day and enjoy the cooler temperatures. If you’re looking to get out of the city, we’ve found the best pumpkin patches in the Chicago area.
Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch in Lowell, Indiana, is a family-owned farm where you can pick your own pumpkin, or choose from some they’ve already selected. Admission is free, and there’s a small charge for the corn maze, pony rides, and some of the attractions. You can try your luck at the carnival games, and decorate your home with their selection of corn stalks, hay bales, and mums.
With over 30 attractions, Siegel’s Cottonwood Farms is a full-day affair. Attractions include a mountain slide, Bubbe Ducks Waddle Races, and Kaden’s Birdie Barracks, a play area of kid-sized cedar birdhouses. There’s a different theme each year for their 15-acre corn maze, and this year’s is “Fly the W” to honor the World Series winning Chicago Cubs.
Bengston’s Pumpkin Fest celebrates its 37th year, and after you’ve had their cider doughnuts and barbecue you’ll know why they’ve been around for that long. Be sure to stop by their petting zoo to see the llamas and kangaroos, and then take a spin on the roller coaster and hunt for gems in the mining sluice.
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch and Farm is so popular they’ve got two locations, one in South Barrington and one in Hampshire. They’re known for, besides pumpkins, their giant pumpkin-eating dinosaur and their giraffes. You can feed these long-necked mammals at eye level, which is a treat for both of you.
When you’re looking for Fall fun, you can’t go wrong with a pumpkin patch. These are some of our favorites in the Chicago area. Do you have one? Please let us know on Twitter and Facebook!