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.
Silver Stallion Ranch, Markham
First opening in 1992, the Silver Stallion Ranch's objective is to give inner-city children an appreciation of nature and the simple joys of hard work, outdoor activity and equine culture. For over 20 years, Silver Stallion Ranch has been hosting annual events, group outings and plenty of family fun!
Stellwagen Farm, Orland Park
Bring the family for a stroll around historic Stellwagen Farm. This farm dates back to the 1860's. Visitors can see the original farmhouse and its outbuildings, including a milk house, dairy barn, silo and more. The farm has been owned and operated by the Stellwagen family for eight generations!
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.
The Wildflower Farm, Monee
The u-pick flower field is open early-to-mid July through late September. Family fun includes animals, tractor displays, live music on weekends and a variety of special events during the summer and fall.
Windmill Acres, Beecher
Windmall Acres is a small, family-owned and operated greenhouse. Opened in 1997, Windmill Acres hosts events throughout the spring and fall, and sells flowers, vegetables and herbs when they are in season. Kids will enjoy the playground and the adults can kick back, relax and smell the flowers!