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
These locations offer hayrides all season long:
Didier Farm Pumpkin Festival
16678 W. Aptakisic Rd., Lincolnshire | (847) 634-3291
Opening September 21 through Halloween from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. daily, hayrides are part of a corn maze combo. 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. The farm also has a concession stand and bake shop, pumpkins, mechanical kiddie rides, pig races, a camel, and lots of other fall fun for the whole family! Read Loralie’s 2011 review.
Goebbert’s Farm and Garden Center
40 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington | (847) 428-6727
Opens September 14 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 website for full pricing. Read Tracy’s 2016 review.
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 Townline Rd., Waukegan | (847) 662- 5733
At Kroll’s, hayrides are $4 per person, but children age two and younger ride free. 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. General admission is free — you pay (cash only!) for the activities you’d like to do. Read Melissa’s 2011 review.
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.
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 4 & 11 5:30 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Your entire family can enjoy the closeness of snuggling together atop cozy hay bales as you wind along the trails of Citizens Park. When you return from your ride, we’ll have hot cocoa, cider, and s’ mores waiting to warm you up by the fireplace. Registration required for this event. Cost is $9-11.
Great Highwood Pumpkin Fest
Daily admission is $3/day
Come kick off the Fall festival season with friends and family with fan-favorite activities! Activities include trick or treating, costume contests, hayrides, a petting zoo, kids crafts, pony rides, live music, carnival rides, food and beverage vendors galore and more.
Central Park Aquatic Field, Central Park, Grayslake | (847) 223-7529
October 17, 5:30 p.m.
Bring the kids to Central Park for an evening of festive fall fun! With a Halloween character path, games, hayrides, a costume contest, moonwalks, and more. Pre-registered for $8 per child, day-of registration is $13 per child; adult admission is free with paid child’s ticket.
Haunted Trail and Bonfire (Lindenhurst)
Forest View Park, 513 Forest View Drive, Lindenhurst | (847) 356-6011
October 19, 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Admission is free, activity prices vary. Wagon rides in the woods are $1 or one canned food donation. There’s a costume contest, games, a haunted trail, and much more. End the night around a bonfire, started safely by the Lake Villa Fire Department.
Great Pumpkin Celebration (Round Lake)
Robert Rolek Community Center | 814 Hart Rd., Round Lake | (847) 546-8558
October 19, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.,
In addition to hayrides, this free event will feature a costume contest, indoor trick-or-treating, and much more.
Community Recreation Center, Wheeling | (847) 465-3333
October 25, 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Children, ages 10 years and younger, are welcome to spend a bewitching afternoon at the CRC (Creepy Reeky Castle) filled with spook-tacular fun! Decorate a pumpkin and create a craft. Enjoy spooky storytelling, hayrides, and a giant spider-web maze in the gym.
Where do you take your family for a hayride? Let us know in the comments section.