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Blackberry Farm, Aurora

(4.6/5 based on 120+ reviews on the web)
Blackberry Farm is a living history museum on 54 scenic acres with a lake, ponds and a meandering stream. The grounds contain an arboretum with more than 200 varieties of trees, floral displays and historic agricultural gardens.

Blackberry Farm has five museums including the Carriage House, the Farm Museum, the Early Streets Museum and the Huntoon House. These contain an outstanding collection of late 19th century artifacts used in every facet of life. In the Carriage House, there are 40 carriages, sleighs and commercial vehicles. The Farm collection has many rare implements dating from the mid-1800s to 1910. The Streets Museum houses 11 late Victorian-era exhibit stores including a music shop, pharmacy, general store, photography shop and toy store.

Many period craft demonstrations bring Blackberry Farm to life. Visitors can watch demonstrations of blacksmithing, spinning, weaving, sewing and pottery, as well as visit a one room schoolhouse, an Aurora home from the 1840s, and a farm cabin. In each area, demonstrators depict activities and life of the bygone era.

Children and their parents will enjoy a ride on the restored miniature train to visit the pioneer cabin, where they can take an old-fashioned hay wagon ride along Blackberry Creek. Back at the village, they can ride the carousel, paddle boats or the ponies.

Food is available at the outdoor Summer Kitchen that overlooks a pond with a spraying fountain. Visitors may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the picnic groves along the lake shore.

The Gift Shop, located in the town square, carries handcrafted textiles and pottery made in the park. Special orders are also taken. For more information or reservations, call 630-892-1550.
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  • Took a trip for the Christmas season...chilly day lots of building to warm up in. My granddaughter enjoyed the train ride and animals..nice decorations to put you in Holiday spirit. 
  • We were there on a nice Summer day and it was fun, we had no kids with us but it looked like they'd like it. We were more interested in the museum and out buildings that were there, which were great. 
  • We had a bunch of people from church meet here. The place was fine, but did not have a lot that older children would be that interested in. But, overall, we enjoyed it. 
  • If you have kids younger than 8, it's great. After 8 years old, they start getting bored quickly. The place is fantastic. Well kept, neat, We have been going there for almost 30 years, first with our kids and then with the grand kids. The train is wonderful, the carousel is great, the pony rides fun (if your a kid) Just a very nice family facility.
  • Good place to take the little ones on a nice day. There is learning to be had here. Fun little train ride and a cool kids play area. There is an old town street that has some history of shops and buildings from Aurora's past. Pony rides and picnic areas too.
  • I won't be back. The whole time I was there I could taste and smell the fresh weed killer that was recently applied. I don't understand this day and age why we have so much concern for weeds at a place designed for children. What a shame! Wake up people parks all across the country are banning weed killer. Do your reserach and demand Aurora Park District to discontinue this shameful application. There is no such thing as a safe herbicides only extremely toxic carcinogenic ones.
  • We've visited Blackberry farm innumerable times in past years. It's literally a trip back in time with lots of unlimited activities for younger children (pony rides, carousel, toy train, etc.). There's a preserved log cabin, a one room schoolhouse and an early streets museum, which are all fun for a weekend day trip for folks in the Chicagoland area. Must do, with younger kids. Lot of picnic areas too.
  • Phenomenal place to take small children's. Lots of activities including a train ride, paddle boat, and animals. Historical reenactments on-site. Well priced especially for local residents who get a discount.