Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm offers fun family experiences in Chicago’s south suburbs

Since this is technically our first year to enjoy a pumpkin patch visit with our daughter, I asked some friends on any recommendations they might have on good ones in our area. There are quite a few options to choose from: Sonny Acres, Siegel’s Cottonwood Farms, Bengtson’s, Konow’s, and a few others. However, I have always heard about how nice of an experience Bengtson’s puts together every year so we decided on that one.

If you go

Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm

13341 W. 151st St.

Homer Glen, IL. 60491

(708) 301-3276

We didn’t arrive until later in the day, about 3 p.m. (they close at 8 p.m.), and it turned out to be a perfect amount of time. Admission was just under 20 dollars for my wife and I, and kids age two and under are free.

They offer plenty of carnival style rides, and we would have loved to try them all, but they were just too crowded. There are pig races, electronic moving/singing figures, a haunted barn and a fun barn, a corn maze, and lots of food options for the foodies like myself. We had some BBQ brisket sandwiches from one of the BBQ vendors, and it was very good. Just remember to bring some extra cash, as not all of the vendors except credit. It also tends to be a little pricey, so don’t be surprised to pay 10 dollars for a sandwich. Oh, and don’t forget to try the apple cider donuts. They are worth every penny!

My daughter, who just turned one, really enjoyed the petting zoo. It’s free to get in and you can purchase “snacks” for the animals if you choose to feed them. There are quite a few different breeds to see, and some exotic ones as well, including a camel and a zebra.

There wasn’t a big selection of pumpkins left, which was to be expected considering we visited a little last-minute in the season, but I prefer to buy pumpkins elsewhere because they are usually more expensive at the patches. Also, the day we were there, there happened to be a mishap with the hay ride tipping over. We walked past quite a few news crews out front interviewing people.

Altogether, Bengtson’s is a great place to bring your kids if you’re in the Chicagoland area. It was clean, inviting, extremely kid-friendly and not too expensive.

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