6 fall wagon rides for every type of family

Hopping on a wagon ride is a quintessential fall family activity. But not all wagon rides are created equal. Whether you prefer a simple ride through the forest or something else a little spooky, here are suggestions for fall wagon rides for different types of families.

Moonlight Hayrides

Best for: Good old-fashioned fun under the moonlight

Where: Primrose Farm, 5N726 Crane Rd., St. Charles

When: Oct. 4-5, 11-12 and 18-19 starting at 5:30 p.m.

Cost: $12, $8 residents and free kids under 1

See Primrose Farm like you’ve never seen it before–under the moonlight aboard a tractor-drawn wagon ride! After the 30 minute ride, gather around a bonfire for a marshmallow roast, hot chocolate and hot cider. Registration required beforehand.

October Hayride & Campfire

Best for: Families that enjoy fun around a campfire

Where: Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive, Palos Heights

When: Friday, Oct. 25 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Cost: $10 per person

October is “pumpkin time.” This hayride/campfire will feature pumpkin painting, pumpkin treats and songs around the campfire. Register in advance at the Nature Center.

Haunted Wagon Rides

Best for: Families that don’t mind a little spook

Where: Sonny Acres, 29W310 North Ave, West Chicago

When: Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday in October until Halloween from 7-9:40 p.m.

Cost: $10 per person                                

Ghouls and goblins have taken over Sonny Acres and are ready to give you a fright as you travel through the woods. Looking for more scares and screams? Then their Haunted Barn is right up your alley.

Fall Festival

Best for: Families that want to combine a hayride with a trip to the zoo.

Where: Randall Oaks Zoo, 1180 N. Randall Rd., West Dundee

When:  Weekends Sept. 21 through Oct. 27, hayrides from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $2 per person, children under age 2 are free

Spend the perfect fall day seeing your favorite farm animals during Randall Oaks Zoo’s Fall Festival. No visit is complete without hopping aboard a hayride around the park.

Haunted Hay Ride

Best for: Families on a budget looking for a no-frills farm

Where: Dave’s Pumpkins, 9112 Algonquin Rd., Huntley

When: Weekends and Columbus Day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Cost: $3 per person; free children ages 2 and under

Don’t let the word “haunted” fool you. At Dave’s Pumpkins, the hayrides aren’t too scary for littles and are actually more on the mild side with Halloween decorations. The 15-minute hayride will take you through acres of wetlands, woods and nature trails. Spend time enjoying the rest of the farm with activities such as a mini corn maze, antique pedal tractors, and pumpkin bowling. 

Hayride to the Pumpkin Patch

Best for: Families that want a hayride to pick pumpkins

Where: Stade’s Farm & Market, 3709 Miller Rd., McHenry

When: Weekends and Columbus Day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Cost: Hayride is free with pumpkin purchase. Any pumpkin from the field is $7.

Hop on a free hayride to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin straight from the vine. With more than 30 acres and 25 different varieties, you’re bound to find the perfect pumpkin for your pumpkin.

Follow Cheryl’s family adventures at O the Places We Go.

This article originally appeared Oct. 4, 2018 and has been updated with the most recent information. 

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