It’s fall and time to pick those pumpkins for Halloween, Thanksgiving, or whatever your special occasion may be.
Only an hour’s drive from Chicago, Northwest Indiana’s rural locales let families experience that down-home fun of picking your own, topped off with some family-friendly fun activities.
Kregel’s Pumpkin Patch, 7705 W. 159th Ave., Lowell, Northwest Indiana’s first pumpkin patch, offers tractor-pulled hayrides to the field on the family farm for a first-hand pumpkin-picking experience. Two corn mazes, a petting zoo, pony rides, a baby chick hatchery, the pumpkin express train and a pumpkin slingshot make for a fun-filled day. A snack shack, picnic area, and farm stand with local honey, gourds, mums, straw and corn stalks are also available. Call 219-690-1503 or visit kregelspumpkinpatch.com.
County Line Orchard, 200 S. County Line Rd, Hobart, lets you pick your own apples and pumpkins, and offers a corn maze, kid-size hay bale maze, gift shop, hayrides and a petting zoo. Its bakery features pies, breads, cookies, fudge and County Line’s signature apple-spiced and pumpkin-spiced donuts, made fresh daily. Live Barnyard Jams entertain weekends. Call 219-947-4477 or visit countylineorchard.com.
Scheeringa Farms, 9436 Cline Ave, Highland, offers hayrides and a free petting zoo. You can buy heirloom pumpkins, cornstalks, gourds, and more at the farmstand. Call 219-838-6369 or visit scheeringafarms.net.
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