Plan a fall family getaway with apple picking, farm markets, and outdoor activities in the Aurora Area of Illinois, just 40 miles west of Chicago.
The seasons change just like that, and along with crisp autumn air and the turning of leaves along the Fox River comes outstanding opportunities for a fall getaway with family and friends. Keep reading to find out more about hidden gem destinations and things to do throughout the Aurora Area.
Abbey Farms Pumpkin Daze
Sitting just off I-88 at the border of Aurora and Batavia, Pumpkin Daze at Abbey Farms offers an abundance of fall activities for Chicagoland families. This 40-acre pumpkin farm has everything you need to make lasting memories. Kids can enjoy the petting zoo, ride the zip line, tackle the Tractor Tire Mountain, hop on the Bouncing Cow Train, and embark on many more adventures prior to entering Chicagoland’s largest corn maze. Amenities for parents and adults include a craft beer & wine tent as well as live music on weekends all season long. Fuel up with food from the grill and gather around the fire pit for a meal or tasty apple cider donuts, hot out of the oven.
For more information visit abbeyfarms.org/pumpkin-daze.
Abbey Farms is located at 2855 Hart Road, Aurora, IL 60502.
Saturday & Sunday fall festivities are offered on the weekends at Keller's Farmstand in Oswego, Illinois. Bring the kids out to pick apples from the orchard or pumpkins from the patch, shop the farmstand, and walk the 10-acre corn maze with 3 observation decks. Kids can also enjoy a play house with slide, rope maze, farm animals, tire stack, and several areas offer photogenic backdrops for lasting family memories.
For more information visit kellersfarmstand.com/fall/.
Keller's Oswego Farmstand is located at 2500 Johnson Road, Oswego, IL. Saturdays & Sundays only, rain or shine.
Sugar Grove Pumpin Farm
Experience a charming, vintage family farm for a beautiful fall experience with family and friends. Varieties of hand-picked carver, heirloom, and mini pumpkins are on offer at Sugar Grove Pumpkin Farm, as well as seasonal squash, stalks, straw bales, and ornamental corn. If you're on a mission for true local honey, look no further — Sugar Grove Pumpkin Farm carries delicious liquid gold harvested just a short walk from the farm. Enjoy a small corn maze and family activities, perfect for those looking for a dose of nostalgia.
Learn more about this mom n' pop pumpkin farm at sugargrovepumpkinfarm.com
Woody’s Orchard in Plano, Illinois, is a grower of many different varieties of apples, sure to please all tastes. Woody’s offerings include a fresh farm market and an agricultural themed playground for kids of all ages to enjoy, including a custom-built railroad, perfect for getting a scenic view of u-pick orchards and all of the family fun available at the farm. Let the kids enjoy the hamster rollers and giant launch pad, cedar playhouses and duck racers, then select your very own Woody’s Orchard apples to take home along with bakery items like seasonal blueberry, apple cider, and pumpkin spice donuts. Bring home more farm-fresh tastes from the market, stocked up with delicious salsas, jams, jellies, and butters, along with fresh baked pies and kettle corn. Food trucks will be on-site during the weekends, check Woody’s Orchard on Facebook for updates and schedule.
For more information about Woody’s Orchard, visit woodysorchard.com.
Woody’s Orchard is located at 3223 Creek Road, Plano, IL 60545.