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

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 a 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 allowed after purchase. A ticket must be presented upon arrival at Blackberry Farm.

2024 Season Hours

May 1 – 31
Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

June 1 – August 18
Monday – Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

August 19 – September 30
Friday: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Saturday: 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sunday: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

  • Daily Admission
  • Our Location & Parking
  • Rides and Attractions
  • Historical Sites
  • Stroller Rental, Concessions & Shopping
  • 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

    Military: $2 off admission for up to four individuals.

    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. In addition to the rides, Blackberry Farm offers a variety of additional amenities that guests can enjoy including Little Farmer’s Junction pedal tractors, Adventure Playground, and the Discovery Barn.

    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 1 and 3 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.

    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


    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. Purchase items like local honey, delicious pumpkin butter, or a plush animal for the kids.

    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.

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