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Blackberry Farm, Aurora

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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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  • have visited many times with grandsons - .... not to miss for young people. Unsure of Covid restrictions, if any now 
    have visited many times with grandsons - .... not to miss for young people. Unsure of Covid restrictions, if any now  more »
  • I'm not sure if the employees who work there ever read these reviews but I just want to say that you are awesome. The kids that were in our group LOVED every ride and activity. Everyone had his/her....  more
    I'm not sure if the employees who work there ever read these reviews but I just want to say that you are awesome. The kids that were in our group LOVED every ride and activity. Everyone had his/her....  more »
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  • Very good place to let the kids play. The play area was very kid friendly. There were no big openings like typical playgrounds where little ones can fall through. There where railings around the whole playground. The kids loved running from "house" to " house". Plenty of slides and other things to keep there interest. The kids also loved the rides. There was some waiting, but it wasn't bad. The food was inexpensive and there was plenty of places to sit. You can even bring your own food in. I would highly recommend this place.
  • It is a beautiful farm for anyone to take their family to. They have many options for entertainment that are included with the entrance fee. They have train rides, hay rides, and paddle boats for the whole family to enjoy. They have ponies that can be enjoyed by children that are under 71lbs. They have many educational exhibits for everyone to watch/read/ask/learn in. They have farm animals that can be petted and fed. The farm sells dixie cups of animal food for $3 a cup. There are many areas for families to enjoy their meals, brought from home or purchased at the farm, on picnic tables or open grass. There is a large playground area, that includes a small zip line, for children up to the age of 12. The staff is wonderfully friendly and eager to teach everyone, and anyone, about their farm and exhibits. The experience exceeded our expectations. Thank you!

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