The carousel is down until further notice. We apologize for the inconvenience. 

We’re very excited to welcome you back to Blackberry Farm!

The health and safety of our guests, staff, and animals continue to be our top priority. Operations of the park will be managed accordingly. Blackberry Farm Daily Admission tickets are valid for one (1) entry on the selected date. Resident admission is valid for residents of Aurora, North Aurora, Montgomery, and Sugar Grove, a valid driver’s license or state I.D. will be required when ticket is presented to verify residency. Every guest ages 1 and up must have a ticket. All ticket sales are final, refunds and ticket transfers are not available after purchase. Ticket must be presented upon arrival to Blackberry Farm.

2022 Season Hours

May 1 to 31

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 21

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.

August 26 to September 25

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.

FREE Family Fun Days 

2022 Dates: June 8 & 22, July 6 & 20, and Aug. 3 & 17

October 1 to 30 (Pumpkin Weekends)

Saturdays, Sundays and Columbus Day: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


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

  • Daily Admission
  • Our Location & Parking
  • Rides and Attractions
  • Historical Sites
  • Stroller Rental, Concessions & Shopping
  • FREE Family Fun Days
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact Us
  • Daily Admission

    Daily Admission

    Admission can be purchased for Blackberry Farm prior to arriving by purchasing your tickets here. Tickets will also be available for purchase at the park entrance for walk up purchase.

    Resident Admission Fee Non-Resident Admission Fee
    Under 1 Free Free
    Ages 1 & up $7 $10
    Seniors (65+) $6 $9
    Pumpkin Weekends
    (Oct. weekends & Columbus Day)
    Admission Fee
    Children under 1 Free
    Ages 1 & up $8
    Seniors (65+) $7
    All amenities included

    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.

    Our Location & Parking

    Blackberry Farm

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


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

    Rides and Attractions

    Rides & Attractions

    All of Blackberry Farm’s rides including the train, hay wagon, paddle boats, carousel and ponies are available during your visit. Little Farmer’s Junction pedal tractors will be available for children to enjoy. The sensory table will be closed due to the high touch features. Adventure Playground & The Discovery Barn will also be available during your visit. Animal feed can be purchased at the entrance to feed the animals.

    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. One passenger must be a minimum of 16 years old (I.D. Required). Passengers under age 18 require parent/guardian permission waiver.


    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. Please note, the ponies take 15-minute breaks at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

    Little Farmer’s Junction

    Tot area is geared toward 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.

    Historical Sites

    Open May through September

    (Note: Due to the high-skill requirements of our historical interpreters, not all sites are open every day.)

    Museum Sites

    All museum sites are available for guests to enjoy, each museum site will have a capacity limit posted at the entrance. Please maintain social distancing at all times, and face masks are required while enjoying the museum. If the site is at capacity. Please wait outside until the site can accommodate your group.

    Pioneer Cabin (1840s)

    Observe demonstrations of Dutch oven cooking, candle dipping, soap making, heirloom gardens, and butter making.

    Wagner House (1840s)

    Post-Civil War era house, once owned by the Wagner family, a prominent 19th century Aurora family believed to have been involved in the Underground Railroad.

    Pottery Shop (1850s)

    See how pioneer cookware is crafted – from wet clay to finished product. All items are fired on-site.

    Big Rock Train Depot (1860s)

    One of the two original buildings at Blackberry Farm. See what a train lobby and ticket window looked like in the mid-1800s.

    Spinning and Weaving Cabin (1860s):

    Watch and learn how spinners card and spin wool for clothing. Observe weavers working on rugs and textiles on antique looms.

    Blacksmith Shop (1900s)

    Watch the blacksmith at work on our forge.

    One-Room Schoolhouse (1880s)

    One school, one classroom. See what learning was like for students in the 1880s.

    Huntoon House (1890s)

    See Victorian room settings, treadle sewing demonstrations, and temporary exhibits.

    Early Streets Museum

    Visit 12 shops fashioned after 1880s downtown Aurora, nicknamed the City of Lights because it was the first city in America to install electric street lighting.

    Carriage House

    Houses an extensive 40-vehicle collection of horse-drawn carriages and carts.

    Stroller Rental, Concessions & Shopping

    Stroller Rental

    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

    Dining & Shops 

    The Summer Kitchen and Blackberry Farm gift shop are open. Water filling stations are available throughout the park.


    Don’t want to pack a lunch? The Summer Kitchen concession stand offers a great menu with a variety of favorite food items at reasonable prices.


    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.

    FREE Family Fun Days

    FREE Family Fun Days 

    2022 Dates: June 8, June 22, July 6, July 20, August 3, and August 17.

    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. These days the perfect opportunity to explore our historical exhibits with your family or a group of history-loving friends. With free admission, you’ll have access to historical sites around our park, Little Farmer’s Junction, the Discovery Barn, and the Adventure Playground. Also available on Family Fun Days is our Ride Pass for just $4/person! This pass entitles you to unlimited access to all our park attractions and rides for a discounted rate!

    See what’s included in our Free Family Fun Days and Ride Pass below.

    Ticket Ages 1Y & up Historical sites Little Farmer’s Junction Discovery Barn Adventure Playground Train Wagon Carousel Pony Rides Paddle Boats
    Museum Entry FREE Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Ride Pass $4 Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

    Please Note

    • 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 their safety, ponies take 15-minute breaks at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
    • Due to high attendance, the zipline is not available on Free Family Fun Days.
    • Group reservations cannot be scheduled on Free Family Fun Days.
    • Due to the volume of guests on Free Family Fun Days, Blackberry Farm reserves the right to re-fuse any group of over 10 people from entering the park for the safety of young children.
    • Buses are not allowed to park in the lot during Family Fun Days days due to lack of space.
    • Please be advised that Family Fun Days tend to be quite crowded. Large crowds will result in longer wait times for rides and attractions.

    Tips On Free Family Fun Days

    • Upon your visit, please present a valid state ID or driver’s license that proves your Illinois residence.
    • Purchase your ride pass tickets online before you arrive at the park to get into the park faster. The ride pass option is a $4 upgrade for all guests ages 1+.
    • All children under the age of 10 need to be accompanied by adults at all times including on rides. At least one adult in each group needs to purchase a ride pass to accompany the children.
    • For the Paddle Boats, one passenger must be a minimum of 16 years old (I.D. Required). Passengers under age 18 require a parent/guardian permission waiver.
    Frequently Asked Questions

    Can I bring food into Blackberry Farm?
    Yes. Any outside food is allowed, except alcohol. We have numerous picnic tables throughout the park for our guests to enjoy.

    What is included with admission to Blackberry Farm?
    All rides, amenities, and attractions are included. Pay once at the gate and you’re good to go for the day!

    Does Blackberry Farm stay open when it’s raining?
    Yes, we are open rain or shine. In the event of inclement or severe weather (lightning), the park may shut down but will re-open once the dangerous weather has moved away. Guests are welcome to stay in an indoor location during bad weather. If storms are prolonged and force us to close the par, guests will be issued rainchecks to return on another day.

    If a picnic area is not reserved, can I use it?
    Yes, any picnic areas that are not reserved are considered open and available. However, it cannot be closed off to other guests.

    Can I bring sports equipment into the park?
    No, due to safety reasons and the large number of guests who enter the park each day, we do not allow sports equipment in Blackberry Farm.

    Can my child bring a scooter or skateboard inside the park?
    No, we do not allow scooters or skateboards out of consideration for our guests’ safety.

    Is Blackberry Farm handicap accessible?
    Yes! However, the train and paddle boats are the only two rides that are handicap accessible.

    Does Blackberry Farm grow blackberries we can pick?
    No. Blackberry Farm does not have blackberries for picking. The name derives from Blackberry Creek, which runs along the east side of the park and can be seen while riding the train and hay wagon.

    Can I bring animals inside Blackberry Farm?
    Only service dogs are allowed inside Blackberry Farm, all other animals are prohibited.

    How old does my child have to be in order to visit Blackberry Farm on their own? Children under 13 years old must be accompanied and actively supervised at all times when visiting Blackberry Farm. Guests over 13 years of age are permitted to enter the facility without adult supervision.

    Contact Us

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