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 the hay, scratchy bales, the growl of the tractor, 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
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These locations offer hayrides all season long:
Goebbert’s Farm and Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington | (847) 428-6727
Opens September 19, 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 the website for full pricing. Read Tracy’s 2016 review.
New Procedures: masks need to be worn in buildings and on the wagon ride. Admission and tickets are required for weekends and Columbus day.
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 Townline Rd., Waukegan | (847) 662- 5733
The best part of this hayride is that the driver educates patrons about the different crops grown on the farm and explains various aspects of farming, which might include growing gourds, corn, pumpkins, honey bee pollination versus wind pollination, crop rotation, and hay versus straw. There is a question and answer time during the hayride for your curious kids. Read Melissa’s 2011 review.
New Procedures: timed tickets are required for weekends. Masks are required when interacting with staff and on the hayride.
15900 Kelly Rd., Wadsworth | (847) 336-0120
Hayrides at Patch 22 are horse-drawn or tractor-drawn, and the cost is $3 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.
New Procedures: masks are required.
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 1,2,3 & 8,9, 10
Your entire family can enjoy the closeness of snuggling together atop cozy hay bales as you wind along the trails of Citizens Park. Registration required for this event, they are only doing private rentals this year.
Great Pumpkin Celebration (Round Lake) canceled for 2020
Robert Rolek Community Center | 814 Hart Rd., Round Lake | (847) 546-8558
In addition to hayrides, this free event will feature a costume contest, indoor trick-or-treating, and much more.
Where do you take your family for a hayride? Let us know in the comments section.
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