YORKVILLE, IL — Not even pumpkin patches are escaping the coronavirus in 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic means some of the Chicago area's pumpkin patches have had to adjust hours, regulations and activities as they head into fall. But pumpkin picking — and other fall fun like apple orchards — can still happen with safety measures and social distancing in place.
Fortunately, the coronavirus has only changed — not completely closed — your favorite pumpkin patch and its offerings this fall. Below is a list of some of our favorite pumpkin patches and places to get pumpkins near Yorkville.
Address: 909 English Prairie Road, Spring Grove
Season opening date: Sept. 12 to Nov. 8. Pumpkins likely not ready for picking before Sept. 24.
Hours of operation: 3 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Columbus Day, Monday, Oct. 12. The maze is also open until midnight on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2 and 3. Last admission is two hours before closing.
Attractions: The 28-acre maze —which the farm touts as the world's largest — celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day Along with the maze, there's a 700-foot zip line and 50-foot observation tour; Zorbing; live pig races; jumping pillows; giant slides, pedal carts and wagon rides; paintball and campfires. Masks required in all buildings and when social distancing can't be maintained.
Pumpkins and produce: The farm has pick-your-own pumpkins
Address: 710 W. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook
Season: Sept. 18 to Nov. 1.
Hours of operation: Hours vary; check the website on zoo opening dates.
Attractions: Attractions include holding a baby chick, miniature golf, pony rides, hayrides, train rides, air slides, corn maze, pumpkin bouncer and more.
Pumpkins, produce and more: There is free parking and no charge to visit the pumpkin patch and open market area. There is a pie house and bakery, fall decor and autumn treat shop.
Cost: Admission price includes all animals, rides and activities. Admission is $9.95 per person on weekdays, $14.95 per person on the weekend and Columbus Day. Free for kids ages 23 months and younger; $1 discount for seniors on weekdays and $3 discount for seniors on weekends and Columbus Day. Free for anyone with a military ID, active or veteran.
Address: 2500 Johnson Road, Oswego, IL 60543 - Use driveway entrance off Johnson Road only, not Schlapp Road.
Season: Through Oct. 25.
Hours of operation: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday; "Call for holiday hours." Ticket reservations needed (see below).
Attractions: Ticket reservations needed for Fall Festivities/Farmland only. Enjoy the 10-acre corn maze with 3 observation decks; play house with slide; rope maze & brick maze; farm animals; tire stack for climbing; old tractors for sitting and taking photos on kids play area with pirate ship; castle and Noah’s ark; pumpkins, produce and more. As of Sept. 24, the apple orchard is closed temporarily." Check the Apples webpage for updates.
Cost: Admission for activities is a $9 wristband per person ages 5 to adults. Children 4 years and under are free, however, children ages 2 to 4 years will need a reserved ticket even though they have free admission. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult with paid wristband/ticket. Keller's kindly asks that you limit your visit to 2 hours to allow other families the opportunity to participate in their activities. Masks must be worn while shopping at the farmstand, and when entering the orchard and weekend fall festivities.
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