Are you guys enjoying fall? Can you believe fall and its festivities are almost halfway over? We’ve had a blast exploring our area and all the fall fun. Our latest trip was to Stade’s Farm in McHenry during their Shades of Autumn Fall Festival. What a fun place for the family! Read all about our favorite parts of our visit, then hurry, and plan your trip this season before it’s over.

Highlights of Stade’s Farm:

  • Corny pits. Boy, were they infatuated with the corn pits!

  • Mini zip line park.

  • Swing, swing, swing. These were really fun! They have a couple with double seats, the rest are singles.

  • Choo choo! Parents could even squeeze in with their kids.

  • Spinning round and round. This is an authentic Hershell wooden carousel that has been restored.

  • Blast off. The pumpkin cannon was a blast to watch! Tip: Head to the tire mountain for awesome views.

  • Fun photo ops. These “How Tall This Fall” signs are my favorite.

  • Hill climbing. Any time they can climb a huge hill, they are game.

  • Spaced out. Even though it was a busy Columbus Day, we never really waited too long for any rides. Plus, everything was spaced out and never felt crowded.
  • U-pick fun. Heading to the pumpkin patch is fun when it starts with a wagon ride.

  • Pre-picked goodies. If you can’t head to the pumpkin patch, you can still get a pumpkin. I loved these little gourds for only 50 cents!

Family Fun during Shades of Autumn Festival at Stades Farm in McHenry


We Wish:

  • ..we could try apple picking next time!


  • Save money! During the month of October, on Fridays admission will be discounted for Ages 3-64 ($12) and age 65 and over ($8).
  • Bring a picnic lunch! They have plenty of tables available or find a spot on the grass.

Bottom Line:

Stade’s Farm definitely has the whole family in mind. We would definitely recommend for the entire family.

Nitty Gritty:

Location: 3709 Miller Road, McHenry, IL 60051
Hours: Farmtractions Theme Park: September (not open Fridays) Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through Oct. 28, 2018 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Parking: Free parking and plenty to choose from.
Cost: Ages 3 – 64 $15; Age 65 & over  $10; Children age 2 and under admitted FREE
Stroller-friendly? Yes and wagon-friendly too.
Food: They have concession stands
Crowded: We visited on Columbus Day when the kids had no school and we found that it was busy but not crazy crowded.

What is your favorite part of fall?

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Disclosure: Although complimentary tickets were provided, as always all opinions are my own. 

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