Hayride Round Up In Lake County {2015}

hay rides in lake countyAs a boy mom, it is kind of an obligation to like all kinds of trucks, cars, tractors, trailers and, my favorite, hayrides. There is something special about sitting on a bale of hay with the family and not having to worry about strapping someone into a car seat. However, since Susanna Farms closed, I lost my go-to hayride location. Fear not, though! You and your family can still enjoy this classic fall activity here in Lake County, and I’ve done the leg-work required to point you in the right direction for your family hayride!

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Hayrides in Lake County

Didier Farm’s Pumpkin Festival 
16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire | 847-634-3291
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Open from September 19 – Halloween, hayrides are only $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 cornfields where the friendly scarecrows stand guard over the rows and rows of mile-high cornstalks. See our review!

Goebbert’s Farm & Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Rd. South Barrington | 847.428.6727
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Hop on the wagon and travel a cornstalk trail to the Haunted Barn. Great fun for all ages, this farm is open September 19- October 31, seven days a week. No general admission is charged, and parking is free. Individual rides are by ticket admission. The wagon ride is five dollars for children and adults while children younger than 2 are free.

Kroll’s Harvest Farm
13236 W. Town Line Rd. Waukegan | (847) 662-5733
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At Kroll’s, hayrides are $3 per person with children 2 and younger riding free. And this hayride is educational. The driver talks about the different crops grown on the farm and explains different aspects of farming. Some of the different subjects that might be covered include gourds, corn, pumpkins, pollination- honey bees vs. wind pollination, crop rotation, hay vs. straw, and a question/answer period.

Patch 22
5900 Kelly Road, Wadsworth Il |847-336-0120
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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.

Richardson Adventure Farm
909 English Prairie Rd Spring Grove | (815) 675-9729
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The fastest way to get out to the pumpkin patch is on Richardson’s one-of-a-kind wagon ride. The people at the farm created a one-of-a-kind wagon using actual bus seats! Admission is $15 for adults 13 and older and $12 for kids younger than 13. Wagon rides are an additional fee.



Special Events with Hayrides

Boo Bash {Mundelein}
Saturday, October 24, 2015  4:00- 7:00 p.m. 
FREE! Come in your costume and go trick or treating.  Tractor rides are provided by the Lake County Farm Heritage Association. Games, a straw pile, and favorite characters will be here.

Halloween Fest at the Libertyville Sports Complex {Libertyville}
Thursday, October 29, 2015, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 

The Libertyville Sports Complex is hosting an indoor spooktacular party. Family fun for kids 10 and younger. Hayrides, train rides, spooky climbing mountain, and a pumpkin patch are sure to be crowd pleasers. If you pre-register kids are $5 and $8 at the door while parents and grandparents are free.

Hallowscream Party {Gurnee}
Friday, October 16, 2015, 6:00PM – 8:00 p.m.
Enjoy crafts, games, a howling hayride (weather permitting) and the new interactive Spooky Town!  This is a drop off program for kids 4-9 years old. The cost is $9 for residents and $11 for non-residents.

Hayrides in the Park {Barrington}
Fridays in October 6pm-7:15pm, 6:45pm-8 p.m.
Take an old-fashioned hayride through Citizens Park and enjoy hot cocoa, cider, and s’mores by the fireplace when you return. The fee is $8 in-district and $10 out-of-district. Please note that pre-registration is required.

Long Grove Oktoberfest 
September 12-13th, 2015 
Free hayrides all over the historic town of Long Grove along with beer tents and live entertainment make the Long Grove Oktoberfest enjoyable for the whole family. Don’t miss this one if you’re in the market for a good hayride and a good brew!

The Great Highwood Pumpkin Festival {Highwood}
October 9-11, 2015

Hayrides, pumpkin carving, a petting zoo, games, and seasonal food make this Highwood event awesome. There will be a $2 per day admission and a $10 per day unlimited kid activity wristbands good for the pumpkin maze, hayride, and bouncy house.

Trucks, Trunks, & Treats  {Vernon Hills}
Saturday October 10, 2015 11:00am -1:00 p.m.
Wear your Halloween costume and trick-or-treat at this touch-a-truck-like event! There will be free hayrides, a bounce house, and food available for purchase. The cost is $2 per child, and children younger than 2 are free.

Halloween Hoopla {Deerfield} 
October 23 – 24, 2015 
Halloween Hoopla is back for another year of inflatable games, face painting and more! New activities and entertainers rides and great giveaways.  On Saturday, they’ll have a haywagon trip around the park. Admission is free, along with many activities but there is a fee for wristbands and food purchases.

Zion Park District Halloween Party {Zion} 
Friday October 30, 2015, 5:30 – 9:00 p.m.
This free event includes a hayride, costume contest and fair games.


About Tracy Rubel 72 Articles
Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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