Boonies Farm is a perfect way to spend the day with kids of all ages. Included in admission is feeding farm animals, hill slide, duck races, spider web, bounce pillow, trike track, barrel train, lookout tower, zipline, hay climbing pyramid, corn pit, tire park, photo opportunities, pumpkins, corn maze, sports basket shooting, pumpkin fields, and wagon rides. For an extra fee, guests can also use the pumpkin/ gourd cannon. They have fall treats and snacks as well as ice cream for sale. There is tons to do for the least and most adventurous in a family.
Braeutigam Orchards has been in the family since 1831, but it wasn’t until 1935 that Rollin Braeutigam started raising fruit. Rollie enjoyed selling fruit to his friends so much that he raised more than he could sell! So he decided to take his beautiful ripe peaches to the St. Louis Market. Lester, his son, and Marie, his daughter-in-law, helped him load those peaches in a truck and drove to St. Louis. Unfortunately, they did not realize that the market wanted greener fruit and they did not receive a good price. But Rollin and Lester believed tree-ripened peaches had the best and most appeal. Marie said, “Don’t worry we will just sell the peaches right on the farm!” However, Rollin did not believe that people would leave the main road and drive 1 mile down a dirt road to purchase fruit, but he was wrong. He soon found out that people would go anywhere for great tasting, tree-ripened fruit. Lester continued in the family business of growing and selling fruit with help from his wife, Marie for many years.
DeMange Pumpkin Patch is an amazing experience at any time of the fall. When we went for sunflowers, the fields held both multicolor sunflowers and acres of traditional yellow with black center blooms. The sunflower fields had paths cut into it for a corn maze like feel. The flowers were in various stages of bloom providing a good learning opportunity about different stages of growth. My kids searched for plants that matched their heights, sampled the scents, and observed insects including ladybugs, moths, grasshoppers, dragonflies, bees, and butterflies. We received scissors to cut sunflowers and take home.
Donahue's Sunshine Farm Has a kids area. Check Facebook or call 618-345-0766 with questions.
The Great Godfrey Maze
A “Family Game Night” themed maze with wagon rides and a cow train. The maze is next to Glazebrook Park which has playground equipment, a splash pad, a pond, and more! On Friday and Saturday nights, the maze will be open after dark. Each visitor is required to have a flashlight. 1401 Stamper Ln Godfrey, IL
Heritage Farm and Fruit Trees is a family owned business with a pick-your-own pumpkin patch, pick your own apple orchard, and a kids activity area. There are desserts including fantastic apple doughnuts. Heritage farms also have pumpkin and cider slushies for purchase. Prices for food were VERY reasonable and everything was incredibly fresh!
Liberty Apple Orchard is a family owned U-pick Apple orchard with no access fee, no parking fee, and no reservations required. Guests pay only for what they pick. They have 19 varieties of apples: Gala, Enterprise, Blondee, Goldrush, Honeycrisp, Fuji, Pink Lady, Braeburn, Granny Smith, Candycrisp. They also often have apple cider, cider donuts, slushies, gourmet popcorn, homemade apple pies, fudge, apple butter, applesauce, conserves, salsa, baking mixes, photo note cards, Liberty Apple Orchard mugs, adult and child aprons, and local honey from the orchard's hives. The owners have hosted tours for schools in the area and make an effort to teach little ones about apples/farm life. They are open for U-pick guests on August 19th and their season extends into November.
McNece Family Farm By appointment only in 2022. A farm with Blackberries and strawberries. 948 Pokey Rd, Pocahontas, IL 62275-3343, United States, Old Ripley, IL, United States, 62275-3343
Mills Apple Farm usually opens in late August for apple picking with tractor rides starting on Labor Day weekend. Mills has a family atmosphere with apples, peaches, baked goods, sweet cherries, pies, cookies, apple cider, honey, and pumpkins. There is a child friendly area with a three story maze, swings, animals to feed, and space to run. Parking, play area, animals, and the wagon rides are FREE. The children’s play area is open, including the 3-floor wire maze. The glider swings are back up as well. There are laying hens, donkeys, and turkeys to visit and space to run around. You can also admire their home-built half-scale Lunar Excursion Module (LEM).
Relleke Pumpkin Patch You can pick pumpkins in the two “pick your own” pumpkin patches. Activities include the jungle maze, hay rides, farm animal feeding, pumpkin painting, pumpkin chucker, pyramid, Korny Korral, Sand art, Haunted maze course, camel rides. Detailed directions about how to get there are located on their website.
Rinkel Pumpkin Farm A small family owned U-pick patch that has a variety of pumpkins, gourds, mums, corn stalks, and straw. Admission includes a corn and straw maze, petting zoo, and play area. They have a variety of pre-picked pumpkins that are different sizes and colors. Pumpkins range is price from $1 to $40 with the average pumpkin being $5 to $8. They have apple cider slushies as well as other snacks/drinks you can purchase on site.
Columbia Bottom This year, workers staggered planting so sunflowers would be in bloom longer. The earliest blooms have started showing up in mid-July, and the last ones should stay in bloom until the middle of August. MDC asked visitors to not pick the sunflowers and park in designated parking lots or on the shoulder.
Eckert's offers seasonally available pick-your-own fruit and vegetables plus something to do during every season.
Grant's Halloween Drive-Thru Witness spectacular spooks and sights from the comfort of your vehicle, as you drive through. Each vehicle with children inside will receive a complimentary bag of assorted candy from the Storybook Sweets gift shop as well as a Scavenger Hunt sheet. Once you check in at the Grant’s Farm parking lot, you’ll be guided through the property to explore the transformed Tiergarten. Encounter spiders, witches, bats... and a few of the Farm’s cute animals: including goats, llamas, cattle and horses. From there, guests will drive through the Deer Park to see the mystical world that lies beyond the shrieking trees. Visitors will be steered through more than eight haunted themes. Families can purchase a Tricks n' Treats Package, Spooktacular Package, or Light-Up Toys.
Great Candy Exchange encourages children to turn in a portion of their unopened Halloween Candy in exchange for chances to win healthy, active prizes. All collected candy will be sent to our troops through the USO of Missouri. The event is free and features interactive performances, face painting, balloon art, prizes, free healthy snacks and more.
Weldon Spring Conservation Area MDC staff plant sunflowers along the road to the Missouri River boat ramp in the area. Those sunflowers should bloom around mid- to late-July, depending on growing conditions. The area is open every day from 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset. You can find it by taking the Riverview Drive exit from Interstate 270 and driving north for three miles. The address is 801 Strodtman Road.
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