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Blackberry Farm

100 S. Barnes Road, Aurora, Illinois ● 630-892-1550      Directions

Blackberry Farm is a living history museum where pioneer life is re-created through educational demonstrations and hands-on fun. Admission to Blackberry Farm includes unlimited rides on the train, hay wagon, pedal tractors, paddle boats, carousel and ponies.

See park features and attractions in this HD photo tour!

  • Adventure Playground: An extensive network of climbing decks, slides, ropes and catwalk-style bridges connecting an array of playhouses on multiple levels with zip line.
  • Discovery Barn: See chickens, sheep, piglets, baby goats and more
  • Pioneer Cabin (1840s): Dutch oven cooking, candle dipping, soap making, heirloom gardens, butter making
  • Wagner House (1840s): Post-and-beam constructed home from early downtown Aurora
  • Pottery Shop (1850s): Visit P.H. Smith’s Shop and experience many facets of 19th century pottery making–fired on site
  • Blacksmith Shop (1900s): Watch the blacksmith at work on our forge
  • Weaver’s Cabin (1860s): Busy spinners card and spin wool and flax while weavers weave rugs and textiles on our antique looms
  • One-Room Schoolhouse (1880s): See what learning was like for children in the classroom
  • Huntoon House (1890s): Victorian room settings, treadle sewing, quilting, demonstrations and exhibits
  • Early Streets Museum: Features 12 old-fashioned shops
  • Carriage House: Offers horsedrawn vehicles
  • Picnic Areas: Several public picnic areas are available throughout the park
  • Summer Kitchen Concessions:  View full menu

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2016 Season Hours

Regular Season: May 1 to Oct. 30

Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

June to August
Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

September – Open Friday through Sunday
Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day (Oct. 10): 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

December (Holiday Express)
Fridays – Dec. 2 (Special Needs Night), Dec. 9 & Dec. 16: 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturdays/Sundays – Dec. 3/4, Dec. 10/11 & Dec. 17: 2 to 6 p.m.

Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Holiday Hours

Daily Admission

Regular Season Admission (May to October)


Children under 2 Free
Children/Seniors $4.50
Adults $5


Children under 2 Free
Children/Seniors $7
Adults $8

Holiday Express (December weekends)

Children under 2 Free
Ages 2Y & up $5
All amenities included

FREE Family Fun Days

On select dates throughout the summer, Blackberry Farm hosts Family Fun Days that provide FREE admission for Illinois residents as part of a statewide free museum days promotion. All guests must have a valid ID providing proof of Illinois residency.

Please be advised that Family Fun Days tend to be quite crowded. Large crowds will result in longer wait times for rides and attractions. Blackberry Farm reserves the right to refuse admittance when park attendance reaches capacity. Admission will be closed during these times and allowed only in accordance with guests exiting.

Group reservations cannot be scheduled for free days.

Upcoming Special Events

Holiday Express
Dec. 3 & 4, Dec. 9, 10 & 11, Dec. 16, 17 & 18

fvpd14_expressBring the family for a magical and memorable experience – just like visiting the North Pole! Blackberry Farm is a winter wonderland amid thousands of twinkling lights, festive holiday decorations and happy holiday music. Take a ride on the Holiday Express train – a charming tour around scenic Lake Gregory – and enjoy a hay wagon ride, too. Back in the historic pioneer village, you’ll enjoy crafts, reindeer food bar, story readings of holiday classics at the one-room schoolhouse and… a special visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Food and drinks available for purchase. ONLINE TICKETS GO ON SALE Nov. 16 at 9 a.m. Purchase ahead of time to enjoy quick entry and no waiting in lines. $5 per person – children under 2 are free

Season Passes

Purchase a season pass at any community center or

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Regular Season Rates 
Children Under 2 Free
Individual $30
Family of 4* $100
Each addl’ family member $20



Regular Season Rates
Children Under 2 Free
Individual $40
Family of 4 $140
Each addl’ family member $25

*A family is a maximum of 2 adults and unmarried children 21 and under living at the residence. Children 22 and over living at home, and any other relative or individual may not be included in this household. They are considered individual residents and must be set up and entered into our system as an individual household.


Reservations & Parties

After-hour and daytime reservations are available for celebrations of all kinds!

Weddings • Receptions • Family Reunions • Graduation Parties • Baby Showers • Meetings • Retreats • Company Picnics • Special Events

View more information about Blackberry Farm’s Reservation Opportunities and Birthday Party Packages

Weddings at Blackberry Farm
School Programs & Field Trips

Our educational experiences complement classroom curriculum for grades Pre-K and up. Topics and hands-on activities align with Illinois State Standards.

For more information or to reserve a visit, please call 630-892-1550.

Guided History Adventures

  • Apple Hayride
  • Destination: 1800s
  • Pioneer Exploration
  • One-room Schoolhouse

Self-guided Field Trips

  • Aurora History
  • On the Farm
  • A Day at Blackberry Farm

History in the Classroom

Programs At-A-Glance
  • Outdoor Facilities
  • Ages 0-2
  • Ages 3-5
  • Ages 6-8
  • Ages 9-12
  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Active Adults
  • Leagues
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