A Day on the Farm
Although the Southland region surrounds the city of Chicago, there’s also ample amounts of greenery and open space in the outlying suburbs. It’s the best of both worlds. All the amenities of the city are in our backyard, but so are several farms where you can do everything from hayrides to horseback riding to picking your own vegetables. Here’s a few:
Bengtson’s Pumpkin Farm, Homer Glen
Fun seasonal spot where you can get a pumpkin from the patch and partake in fun activities that include amusement rides, pig races, petting zoo, pony rides, hayrides and more.
Bengtson’s Christmas Trees, Peotone
Make it an old-fashioned Christmas and venture out to cut down your own tree.
Bultema Farms, Lynwood
U-pick vegetable farm (beans, peppers, pickles, tomatoes, cucumbers, eggplant and more).
The Center, Palos Park
Kids can explore the animal pens, take a hayrack ride or a pony ride during the farm’s open farm days.
Forest View Farms, Tinley Park
If you love animals, you’ll want to visit the petting zoo that is open Tuesday-Sunday from June-October. You can also do trail rides and haunted hayrides in October.
Konow’s Farm, Homer Glen
Lots of fall fun awaits you here - a corn maze, animal barn, campfires, historic barn and more.
Odyssey Fun Farm, Tinley Park
There’s so much to do, you won’t know what to do first. Petting zoo, corn cannons, pig races, cow train, zip line and duck races are part of the fun.
Paarlberg Farmstead, South Holland
Dating back to 1870, this historic farm homestead was one of the first in area settled by Dutch immigrants. Don’t miss the annual Heritage Festival held here each year on Labor Day.
Trantina Farm, Homer Glen
Part of Homer Township’s Open Space Program, the southern portion of the farm has a two-acre dog park divided into sections for small dogs and for large dogs. The farm has a fire pit, gardens, historical buildings, an interpretive center, limestone trail, native prairie restoration, picnic area, playground and restrooms.