Fox Valley Park District

Blackberry Farm

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

Holiday Express – 8 Magical Days in December

All aboard! Take a magical ride on the Holiday Express train. You’ll see Lake Gregory and Blackberry Farm in all its holiday glory amid the twinkling lights (3.5 miles worth)  and songs of Christmas. Back in the village, enjoy storytelling of the classics, festive decorations, reindeer food bar, hay wagon rides and a visit with Santa! And don’t miss the famous Adventure Playground – decorated as Candy Cane Village! It all happens on 8 magical days in December. Admission is just $5 per person. Tasty concessions menu with seasonal favorites and drinks (non-alcoholic) available.

Fridays (Dec. 8 & 15): 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturdays (Dec. 2, 9 & 16): 2 to 6 p.m.
Sundays (Dec.  3, 10 & 17): 2 to 6 p.m. (Note: Dec. 3 tickets are sold out)

CLICK AND YOU’RE IN! Pre-purchase your tickets online to get instant admission and avoid lines at the ticket window.

Holiday Express Admission

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

General Information

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.

 

 

 

  • 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

View map of Blackberry Farm

Deck the Streets of Blackberry Farm

2017 Season Hours

Regular Season: May 1 to Oct. 29

May
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 1 to August 27
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.

September 30 (Pumpkin Weekends)

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

October (Pumpkin Weekends)
Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day:
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

December (Holiday Express)
Fridays (Dec. 8 & 15): 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturdays (Dec. 9 & 16): 2 to 6 p.m.
Sundays (Dec. 10 & 17): 2 to 6 p.m.

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

FREE Family Fun Days
May 10 & 24
June 7 & 21
July 6
Aug. 9

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. For the safety of patrons and our ponies, Pony Rides will close at noon and the zipline will be closed for the day on Free Days.

Group reservations cannot be scheduled for free days.

Daily Admission

Regular Season Admission (May to Sept.)

NOTE: Resident rates apply to those who live in Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery and Sugar Grove. Proof of residency (driver’s license) is required. If you are uncertain about your status, view the Fox Valley Park District Resident Boundary Map.

Resident

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

Non-resident

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

Pumpkin Weekends (Oct. weekends & Columbus Day)

Children under 2 Free
Ages 2Y & up $7
All amenities included

Holiday Express (December weekends)

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

Purchase a season pass at any community center or

Click here to purchase online

RESIDENT Through April 30 Beginning May 1
Individual $25 $30
Family of 4* $80 $100
Each addl’ family member $20 $20

 

NON-RESIDENT Through April 30 Beginning May 1
Individual $35 $40
Family of 4 $120 $140
Each addl’ family member $25 $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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