Every fall, just about the time Mother Nature starts to change her outfit, historical Blackberry Farm, in Aurora, shows off its natural beauty when it hosts Pumpkin Weekends.
This popular, monthlong event is especially fun for families who want to celebrate the season and add memories to their digital scrapbooks.
Pumpkin Weekends are held every Saturday and Sunday in October, and on Columbus Day, at Blackberry Farm. This living history museum is owned by Fox Valley Park District and includes a number of family-friendly attractions and museum sites.
Guests can roam the 53-year-old park and enjoy its festive decorations in the spirit of pumpkin season.
They’re also invited to enjoy unlimited rides on the hay wagon, ponies, paddle boats and replica steam-engine train. A picnic area has pumpkins for purchase and an assortment of decorating materials are provided.
The park’s historical sites are also waiting to be enjoyed. These sites include a pioneer cabin, a pioneer pottery shop, a historical home, a blacksmith shop and an early streets museum that shows a glimpse of Aurora in the 1880s, when the city earned a nickname as the City of Lights because of its electric street lighting.
For more information, including admission prices, and to plan your visit, check out blackberryfarm.info.
Blackberry Farm is located at 100 S. Barnes Road, in Aurora, (630) 897-0516.