Aurora, Ill. 60506
Cost: $8, $7 kids and seniors; $5 resident, $4.50 resident kids and seniors.
Hours: May 1-Sept. 30, 2013. 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and holidays; 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Historic Blackberry Farm celebrates the pioneer days of the 1800s, bringing yesteryear to life amid a beautiful setting of modern amenities and attractions. The living history museum on Aurora's southwest side recently underwent a modern makeover. The multi-level adventure playground will delight the kids with its network of climbing decks, slides, ropes and catwalk-style bridges connecting an array of playhouses - and a zip line. Admission also includes unlimited rides on the steam-engine replica train, hay wagon, carousel, ponies and pedal tractor course. In the summer months, paddle boats are free for visitor use on Lake Gregory. Visit the farm animals and learn about pioneer life from the costumed historical interpreters posing as rug-weavers, silversmiths, quilters, blacksmiths, soap-makers and cooks. New improvements include a large performance shelter for live entertainment, modernized restrooms and concessions, expanded group picnic areas and a boathouse shelter / pavilion