Once the winds turn cool and the leaves start to change it’s all pumpkin all the time. I <gasp!> am not a fan of pumpkin spice, but I am a fan of pumpkins and gourds piled up and down my front porch. We happen to live in an area that has a variety of pumpkin patches. Find the perfect jack-o-lantern to carve with the kids or gourds to arrange into a festive fall display. Or purchase pumpkins for pie baking, or just plan a fun, family-friendly activity for a brisk fall day. You are sure to find what you are looking for at one of Lake County’s pumpkin patches.
Lake County Pumpkin Patches
Please remember that many of these are working farms and therefore will be muddy and cash is always preferred. Please be sure to check the links in the listings for the most up to date information on each farm.
21675 W Hawley St., Mundelein|(847) 949-5931
Posted on September 9: It is becoming evident that we will not have enough pumpkins to be open this year for picking your own. The flooding, excessive rain, and overall poor weather this summer have destroyed most of our crop.
27691 N. Gilmer Rd., Mundelein | (847) 566-2176
While Country Bumpkin doesn’t have U-pick pumpkins, it does have a Pumpkin Fest, which is GREAT for toddlers. Our writer Cheryl has gone before and had a great experience. The pumpkin festival features a barrel train ride, moonwalks, a petting zoo, a straw maze and pumpkins for sale. Paid admission is required to enter, although their website sometimes has coupons. Begins September 23, 2017
16678 W. Aptakisic Road, Prairie View, Lincolnshire | 847-634-3291
Pumpkin Fest at Didier Farms has all you need for the perfect day-long, fall adventure. Enjoy carnival-style rides, bounce in inflatables, ride ponies and pet exotic animals such as kangaroos. New to Didier Farms this year is ice cream for purchase, gem mining, a carousel, and pumpkin painting. Admission and parking are free, but most activities cost money. Be sure to read Loralie’s 2011 review .
Goebbert’s Pumpkin Farm
40 W. Higgins Rd., South Barrington | 847-428-6727
(There is also a second location in Hampshire; see website for details.)
Goebbert’s attractions include an animal farm (with a real giraffe that you can feed carrots), pony rides, camel rides, wagon rides, a haunted house, a corn stalk maze, a straw town maze, a giant corn pit complete with a slide, and weekend pig racing. The fall harvest market includes pumpkins, gourds, apples, and apple cider. There is also a fudge shop, kettle corn, a cafe, bakery and corn roasting on the weekends. While there is no admission price or parking fee, attractions do cost money. See website for pricing and discounts. Read Tracy’s review.
Kroll’s Fall Harvest Farm
13236 W. Townline Rd., Waukegan | 847-662-5473
Open daily; see their website for hours.
Kroll’s has everything from hayrides, farm animals, a large corn maze, pumpkin sales and more. Most pumpkins at Kroll’s range in price from $1 – $20. Also, there is no admission or parking fee here. As far as activities go, you can pay for what you want to do. Read Melissa’s 2011 review .
NW corner of Hwy 41 and Kelly Rd, Wadsworth | 847-336-0120
This farm includes hayrides, a children’s haunted loft, petting farm, and Halloween decor. While this is not a U-pick pumpkins farm, they still have pumpkins available for purchase. You can also purchase gourds, taffy apples, refreshments, and hay bales. There is no admission or parking fee, but activities do have small fees. Check the website for details, and take a look at Loralie’s 2013 review.
McHenry Area Pumpkin Patches
14510 IL Route 176, Woodstock | 815-338-5637
While you may know this establishment as an apple orchard, they have a great pumpkin patch, too. You can either pick your own and pay for pumpkins or you can purchase pre-picked pumpkins. After an afternoon of picking the perfect pumpkin, head to the barnyard for activities. The barnyard features a corn maze, a goat bridge, a petting zoo, inflatables, a zip line, and a pedal car track. Then eat in their country kitchen. Parking is free at All Seasons, but there is an admission charge.
Dave’s Pumpkin Patch9112 Algonquin Road, Huntley | 847-217-7767
3500 IL-47, Woodstock | 847-217-7767
Dave’s Pumpkin Patch is known for great pumpkins, affordable pricing, and a relaxing atmosphere. They also have antique pedal cars, a sandbox, photo opportunities, and a small corn maze for kids that are completely free. The only activity that cost an additional fee is the tractor pulled and spooky hayride.
Richardson Adventure Farm
9407 Richardson Rd., Spring Grove | 815-675-9729
Richardson is home of the World’s Largest corn maze! Here you will also find a wooded picnic area, campfires, bunnyville, punching pumpkins game, a chicken show, tube slide, orb riding, pedal carts, a pumpkin patch, pig races, weekend wagon rides, zip lines, and concessions.
Royal Oak Farm
15908 Hebron Rd, Harvard | 815-648-4141
Royal Oak has a play area, carousel, free petting zoo, wooden playground and houses to play on,a country restaurant, and a train ride make this a great place to spend a fall afternoon. They also have some of the best apple cinnamon doughnuts cooked there as well. The best part? Free admission and parking! Prices for pumpkins vary by weight of the pumpkin.
Stade’s Farm and Market
3709 W. Miller Rd, McHenry | 815-675-6396
Parking is free, but there is an admission fee. However, don’t let this be a deal breaker – once you are in most of the activities are free which actually saves you money in the long run. Admission is $15 for pumpkin lovers aged 3 – 64, and 65 and older are $10. Activities include a petting zoo, giant slides, pumpkin cannons, a hamster run, corn maze, inflatables and more. After playing in the farm festival take a wagon ride out to the pumpkin patch to find your very own pumpkin to take home.
Susie’s Garden Patch
10258 US Highway 20, Garden Prairie| (815) 597-3011
Come on out and enjoy gathering your pumpkin from the field. Pricing is reasonable as they only charge $4 a Pumpkin, $1.50 a pie Pumpkin, $1 a squash,& Gourds/Mini Pumpkins $.50 each. In addition to great pumpkins, they also have honey crisp apples, cider, cider donuts, corn stalks, and pony rides.
Tom’s Pumpkin Farm
10214 W Algonquin Rd, Huntley | (847) 669-3421
Opens September 30, see website for hours
Their pumpkin patch features a petting zoo, pony rides, a bunny village, an inflated train, a corn maze, and delicious donuts. They even have a make and take scarecrow workshop and a paint your own pottery center. What is nice about Tom’s Farm is that you pay one time for a wristband versus paying for each individual activity. Our writer Shelby goes every year; check out her list why you should go too.
Von Bergen’s Country Market
9805 Rt. 173, Hebron | (815) 648-2332
While they do not have rides or many frills, they do have pumpkins!
Southern Wisconsin Pumpkin Patches
The Elegant Farmer
Highways ES & J, Mukwonago, WI | (262) 363-6770
Their Autumn Harvest Festival is sure to please the whole family. Here, you can hop aboard a train, walk through a 5-acre corn maze, pick a pumpkin, and enjoy pony rides. Make sure you come hungry as you can make your own Caramel Apple, enjoy BBQ pork sandwiches, hot cider, ice cream sundaes, or eat apple pie baked in a paper bag at the restaurant. Be sure to visit the market for specialty food items and a selection of local farm-raised fruits and veggies.
Green Meadows Petting Farm
33603 High Dr. (Hwy 20), Waterford, WI | (262) 534-2891
“Green Meadows Farm is truly one of those rare places you visit with your kids, that you cannot say enough good things about. It is seriously a hidden gem, and I cannot recommend it enough.” – Little Lake County Writer Heather
With their hands on experiences with pigs, cows, goats, sheep, chickens, turkey, ducks, geese, and horses your kids will not be bored. You can also jump in a haymow, picnic area, pony rides, ride tractor-drawn hayrides and pick your own pumpkins in October. Check out Heather’s review.
Happ’s Pumpkin Patch
24120 Wilmot Rd, Trevor WI | (262) 862-6515
This pumpkin patch is ranked one of the best in the state because of their train rides, hayrides, a “ghoul bus,” a corn maze, carnival games, a Thomas the Train climbing feature, and a haunted house. They also often sell pumpkins by the trunk.
Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin Farm
7150 18th Street, Kenosha, WI | 262- 859-2645
Jerry Smith’s Pumpkin farm has pumpkins, hayrides, animals, concession style food, a haunted forest, face painting, a 6-acre corn maze, and rides. Admission and parking are free, but attractions cost money. All attractions are weather permitting and have pricing ranging from $3-$5. Check out Dawn’s Review .
Thompson Strawberry Farm
Hwy 50, Bristol, WI | (262) 857-2353
Thompson Farm has U-pick pumpkins and gourds. Check the conditions page on the website before you go to make sure the pumpkins are ripe. Sometimes they close if there has been too much rain as the fields get too messy. What is unique about Thompson Strawberry Farm is that you can pay a set fee which allows you to fill up your car with as many pumpkins as you can fit. You will be the kid’s hero for letting them take home a whole trunk full of pumpkins! You can also purchase individual pumpkins here.
Where will you be finding this year’s Great Pumpkin? Tell us in the comments!