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Apples, Pumpkins & Corn Mazes in Central Illinois


September 18, 2013

Fall into fun in and around Bloomington-Normal!

By: Melissa Alcorn
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Whether you want to spend the day picking your own apples and pumpkins or getting lost in a corn maze, you'll find a lot of fall fun just a short drive away!

Rader Family Farms: Come see what's new at Rader Family Farms including Duck Races, Spider Web and Roly Poly attractions. Pick your own pumpkins, get lost in the corn maze (or try the Kiddie Corn Maze), climb Tire Tower, slide down the Cattle Shoot, practice roping a steer, jump on the jumping pillow, visit the petting zoo and so much more....tons more! 

Rader Family Farms is located at 1238 Ropp Rd. in Normal. Visit raderfamilyfarms.com to learn more about all the fun happening on the farm.

Tanner's Orchard: Take a covered wagon ride and pick your own apples and pumpkins at Tanner's Orchard. You can also enjoy live music entertainment, gem mining, pony rides, visiting with farm animals, scarecrow characters and more. Round out your day with a snack or lunch at the Apple Bin Bakery. (Covered wagon rides available on weekends only.)

Tanner's Orchard is located at 740 State Route 40, in Speer, IL. Visit www.tannersorchard.com for more information.

Curtis Orchard: Best known for their "U-Pick Apples," Curtis Orchard offers a variety of activities for a perfect family day. There's a petting zoo, mini golf course, wagon and pony rides, corn maze and more. You can grab a bit at the Flying Monkey Cafe and don't forget to pick up some fresh doughnuts for the road from the Country Store Bakery.

Curtis Orchard is located at 3902 S. Duncan Rd in Champaign. Visit www.curtisorchard.com for more information on pricing and hours. Please note: some activities are only available on weekends.

Hardy's Reindeer Ranch: It's not Christmas time yet, but anytime's a good time to visit with reindeer! Hardy's Reindeer Ranch is home to a herd of Alaskan reindeer and an amazing corn maze challenge. This year's maze is shaped like a motorcycle! Later this year, head back for another visit to choose and cut your own Christmas tree.

Hardy's Reindeer Ranch is located at 1356 County Rd. 2900 N in Rantoul, Il. Visit www.reindeerranch.com for more information.

Black Bart's Pumpkin Patch: Take a drive to Warrensburg for tons of fall fun. Black Bart's features a corn maze, wood maze, goat feeding, u-pick 'em pumpkins and a haunted house for kids. Did we mention that admission and parking are free?!  The fun starts September 21st.

Black Bart's is located at 9381 West Wise Road in Warrensburg, Il. Visit blackbartspumpkinpatch.com to learn more.

Bomke's Patch: Later this month, a drive to Springfield will bring you to Bomke's Patch. Pick your own pumpkin, try to find your way through the corn maze and bean maze, visit the petting zoo, and more. This winter, return to Bomke's to pick and cut your own Christmas tree!

Bomke's Patch opens September 20th and is located at 605 Country Lake Road in Springfield. Visit bomkespatch.com for more information.

Know of a great place within driving distance to pick apples, pumpkins or get lost in a corn maze?  Share it with us in the comments section below!

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