Fox Valley Park District

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.




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2018 Season Hours

Regular Season: May 1 to Oct. 28, 2018

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 26
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.

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

December (Holiday Express)
Fridays: 5 to 8 p.m.
Saturdays: 2 to 6 p.m.
Sundays: 2 to 7 p.m.

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

FREE Family Fun Days
2018 Dates

  • May 9
  • May 23
  • June 6
  • June 20
  • July 11
  • Aug. 8

On select Wednesdays 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 close at noon and the zipline is not available on Free Days.

Group reservations cannot be scheduled on Free Days. Due to the volume of guests on Free Days, Blackberry Farm reserves the right to refuse any group over 10 people from entering the park for the safety of young children. Busses are no allowed to park in the lot on these days due to lack of space.

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 is required. Acceptable proof of residency is a driver’s license, state ID, utility bill with picture ID, rental/house contract with picture ID, or insurance card. If you are uncertain about your status, view the Fox Valley Park District Resident Boundary Map.


Children under 2 Free
Children/Seniors $6
Adults $6


Children under 2 Free
Children/Seniors $9
Adults $9

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 TBA
All amenities included
Membership and Season Passes

Enjoy visiting Blackberry Farm as many times as you wish – for one, low fee – with a season pass! In 2018, your season pass grants you admission every day from May 1 through Oct. 28.

NEW season pass features for 2018:

  • Each membership can include up to 2 adults that reside in the same household
  • One named adult must be present during each visit
  • Children are no longer named on the memberships and do not have to reside in the same household as the adults
  • Great for grandparents and childcare providers
  • Children under the age of 2 are free

Purchase a season pass at any community center, Blackberry Farm (after April 30)  or

Click here to purchase online

RESIDENT By April 30 After April 30
Individual $25 $30
Family of 4* $80 $100
Each addl’ family member $20 $20


NON-RESIDENT By April 30 After April 30
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. 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.

2018 Special Events – Spring

Information coming soon

Special Event FAQs

Who do I need to purchase a ticket for?

Everyone ages 1 and up who is attending an event that includes a meal or give-away will need a ticket. For any event that doesn’t have a specific give-away and is part of park admission, ages 2 and up need tickets. This information is included in the event details online and on Facebook events listings.

What happens if there is inclement weather on the day of an event?

Blackberry Farm is open rain or shine. We do everything in our power to stage every special event. This may require postponing or relocating to an indoor facility. If there is lightning in the area, the park will close operations until it is safe to be outdoors, which is indicated by our lightning detection service – or 30 minutes after the last observed lightning strike.

Occasionally, if the weather is deemed too severe for the event to proceed, Blackberry may reschedule the event for another day. If this occurs, no refunds will be made for tickets.

Watch the Blackberry Farm Facebook page for updates when the weather is questionable. Cancellation or postponement of events will be posted as soon as possible or at least 2 hours ahead of the scheduled time of the event.  

I am no longer able to attend the event for which I purchased a ticket. Can I get a refund?

No. All ticket sales are final. Most of our events sell out and are in high demand. You are welcome to post in the event’s Facebook page listing to sell your ticket to another patron. Blackberry Farm does not provide assistance in the resale of tickets.

How should I dress for my event? 

Blackberry Farm is an outdoor facility, so always be sure to dress for the weather. We suggest always packing heavier coats in your car just in case the weather becomes chilly. Blackberry is subject to windy conditions due to the park’s open terrain. If you’re attending a character event, many children dress as their favorite character for pictures.

The event is sold out – can I just get two more tickets…please?

Unfortunately, once an event is sold out we cannot add more tickets. We want to ensure our guests have a great experience at every event, and staying within the specified ticket limit for the event is an importance aspect to that. Many times, if guests are unable to attend an event, they post in the Facebook event listing to sell the tickets they will not use. Blackberry Farm does not facilitate third-party ticket transactions.

Rides and Historical Attractions

Big Rock Steam Train: All aboard! The steam-engine replica train and its open-air passenger cars take you on a 3/4-mile tour around scenic Lake Gregory – about a 7-minute ride across the grounds of Blackberry Farm. See historic pioneer cabins and enjoy sites of turtles sunbathing and even the occasional bass leaping in Lake Gregory. The train is wheelchair accessible. Those needing accommodations should line up on the wheelchair ramp; staff will assist prior to the train boarding.

Paddle Boats: Float on Lake Gregory is a four-seat paddle boat. We also have one ADA-accessible paddle boat that has a hand crank, rather than a traditional foot pedal.

Carousel: Enjoy the old-fashioned merry-go-round reminiscent of fairs and carnivals of yesteryear.

Hay Wagon: Hop aboard the hay-less hay wagon to enjoy a ride in the same way pioneer farm kids used to get around.

Pony Rides: Children delight in saddling up for a ride in the pony ring. For the safety of the ponies, this attraction is restricted to children under 70 pounds.

Little Farmer’s Junction: Tot area geared for children ages 6 and under. Children can ride bikes and toy cars around a paved bike track and enjoy the nearby sensory tables.

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
General Information


Don’t want to pack a lunch? The Summer Kitchen concession stand offers a great menu with a variety of favorite food items as reasonable prices. Click Here for the 2018 Summer Kitchen menu.


Parking is always free at Blackberry Farm. During busy days, overflow parking is available across the street at Splash Country Water Park.


Rent an all-terrain stroller at the admission window for your visit. Strollers are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Single stroller: $8
Double stroller: $10


Click here for a full-color, illustrated map of Blackberry Farm


Visit Blackberry’s General Store Gift Shop at the end our your trip to bring home a memento of the day. The gift shop features merchandise for all ages ranging in price from under $1 to $29.99. Purchase items like local honey, delicious pumpkin butter or a plush animal for the kids.

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
For more information