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Review of Blackberry Farm

Blackberry Farm
Ranked #3 of 28 things to do in Aurora
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed July 3, 2013

blackberry historical farm in aurora is a nice place to go to for a short trip.it is a cross between a historical village and a (very) small amusement park it contains several small shops designed like late 19th- early 20th century buildings the shops are quite fascinating and include a blacksmith shop, a sewing shop, a pottery shop, and a wagon display. there is also a 1 room schoolhouse (ask why dunce caps were conical). on the very small amusement park side there is a hayless hayride, a train ride, pony rides, and others. there is also a petting zoo and a somewhat pricey gift shop selling items such as authentic homemade pottery, rugs, and maple leaf ornaments. the giftshop also sells nostalgic "looking back" books covering the years 1930-2001. overall its pretty nice except for a rainy day

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Reviewed June 24, 2013

They do have free days for Illinois residents so call ahead for a schedule. Last year they had one maybe once a month. Over the last few years they have tried to modernize some parts of it. They added paddle boats to the lake a year ago. Also the steam train is getting repaired now so check their website. The train is fun. The horse rides sometimes aren't running because of college kids might not be back from school. The new attraction this year is Adventure Playground and it seems fun for the kids. The tractor ride and see the donkey is worth it. The workers who are dressed in period costumes try to educate the kids especially at the blacksmith and the little one room schoolhouse.

2  Thank bertaron
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Reviewed June 21, 2013

Do NOT go if it looks like it MIGHT rain. We paid $27 went right to the pony rides they shut down, carousel shut down went to get our money back and was told they do not give money back because they don't close museums. We brought our two year old grand daughter to enjoy the rides and animals. We did get $1.00 off admissions because when we got there the train was not working.

1  Thank Crimmon
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Reviewed December 9, 2012

This little venue is well worth the $4.00 per person entry. The event was from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. We got there at about 12:45 and waited in line for the ticket booth employees to announce they were open, which was about 15 minutes. Upon purchasing our tickets we (my husband, great-granddaughter, great-neice and myself), we walked a short distance to the little farmhouse one-room schoolhouse and listenend to the Polar Express story from one of the employees acting as a teacher. We left there and went to the booth where we picked up our complimentary cup of cocoa and cookie. We proceeded from there to get in line for the little Polar Express train that traveled around the small but charming Lake Gregory. There were only two animals out on the farm that day - two little ponies enclosed in a yard. The train conductor chatted with the kids and punched our tickets as would a real conductor on Amtrak, etc. This ride was about 7 minutes and the train easily held at least 35 or slightly more people. After we alighted the train, we walked over to see Santa who asked the girls what they wanted for Christmas. They were given candy canes and we left and walked over to the little play area, which was interesting. There were several little connecting houses which had sliding boards on them. The children had a ball running through the houses, sliding and spinning in the little spinning chair that was that was on the ground right beside the little playhouses.The children played in that area nearly 3 hours. The drive from Chicago was well worth this little cute and fun adventure and with the tempertures being in the upper 40's and sunny, this was nearly a perfect venue. My husband and I walked the grounds to the farm's town square, which was charming: there was a bridge house and sort of boardwalk over a little body of water. Overall, this little outing for young children is really nice and I highly recommend it.

4  Thank sonja m
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Reviewed December 5, 2012

The train and carousel were nice to ride. The tractor ride is nice aslo but I miss the old stage coach. The park had an area set up with civil war items that was very interesting. It was nice to reminisce with my fiance and my family.

1  Thank Melissa G
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