Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm: Fall Fun for All Ages

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We enjoyed the day at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm in Lockport on opening weekend and had such a great time! There is so much to do there that you can easily spend hours walking around, doing all the activities, enjoying the food, and picking out some pumpkins and treats to bring home.

In fact, there is so much to do, we can’t wait to go back! Keep reading for a full overview of everything you will find at the farm, including tips and inside info. This article is sponsored by Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, but all opinions are my own.

Features of Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

There are so many attractions, it’s difficult to know where to begin!

Overall, we were really impressed with the balance of activities for all ages. My kids are on the older side now and find that they have aged out of some of the places we used to love, but at Siegel’s there are tons of activities and games for all ages to enjoy. They separate out age groups on the jumping pillow so little kids don’t have to worry about the bigger ones and the rest of the activities either appeal to only one age group or naturally space out the kids.

I really appreciate that almost everything is included with general admission. The only activities we found to have an extra fee are the paintball shooting range and gem mining. Otherwise, you can roam around and participate in everything without having to worry about added cost.

The paths are gravel with large rocks at times. My sister brought a regular stroller (not a jogging stroller) for her 16 month old and it worked fine on the gravel and grass. We brought a stroller with more durable wheels last year when he was an infant. It was a bumpy ride, but he didn’t seem to mind.

If you have all day, we highly recommend wandering around Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm and stopping at each activity and game. You can easily fill the day and have fun the whole time. If you only have a few hours, scroll through all of the activities and figure out what you want to do most!

Jumping Pillows and Zipline

There are two jumping pillows right next to a zip line. (The zip line is pictured behind this jumping pillow for kids under 12.) You store your shoes in the cubbies, then jump away! My daughter is under 12, but opted to jump with her older brother.

Mountain Slide

The mountain slide is a giant mega slide set up on a large hill. It doesn’t go super fast, but it’s fun and has a great view! My nephew wanted to go again and again. There are also goats on the side of the mountain that roam around. Don’t miss the baby goat! It’s adorable.

Expression Swings

The swings were a huge hit with the little ones because it’s not often that a playground around us has expression swings! They are located next to the gigantic cow near the mountain slide.

Farm Animals

There are so many animals to check out and feed! You’ll find a pot belly pig, horse, mule, llama, sheep, goats, and baby chicks at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm. The feed by the goats is 50 cents for a handful, so bring quarters!

Corn Crib

They have a corn box for kids under 10 years old with bowls and colanders to play with the kernels. The corn gets dusty, but it’s tons of fun.

Haunted Barn

I was nervous walking into the haunted barn because I had no idea what to expect! Turns out you don’t have to worry about jump scares or live characters in this one. There are spooky scenes, dark hallways, and warning signs, but we found this haunted barn to be pretty tame.

Paintball Shooting Range

Aim paintballs at zombies, signs, and hanging bowls at the Scrap Yard Shoot Out. This attractions is open on weekends and Columbus Day for an additional fee.

Corn Mazes

It’s a Super Mario Bros theme for the large corn maze this year! There are cute character cut-outs along the path of Mario, the princess, Yoshi, and more. This 12-acre maze is open on weekends and Columbus Day starting at 10am. Last entry is at 4:30pm. We highly recommend scanning the code on the poster before entering the maze. It pulls up a map and shows the checkpoints so you can find your way around a little easier!

There is also a smaller 2 acre maze, Spookley the Square Pumpkin, open daily and located next to the corn box. They did a great job combining a corn maze with a storybook trail.

Playgrounds

There are plenty of playgrounds and play areas at the farm, including this pirate-themed area with two large ships, climbing webs, tunnel slides, play houses, and rope bridges.

Rides

Siegel’s has rides for all different ages. The kiddie train is for little ones that can sit by themselves and the railroad is a train ride that adults can ride with their kids. The Wizzer, pictured above, spins you around like at the carnival. We took the tractor ride through the sunflower and corn fields, which was super bumpy! There are also wagon and army truck rides through the fields.

Games

The Wall Ball of Fun opened for the first time last year and is still one of my kids’ favorites. You use two strings to move the ball up to the top, without it slipping through the holes along the way. Kids and adults of all ages were playing when we were there, so give it a try!

My kids also really enjoyed the games along the paths like Roller Bowler where you try to roll the bowling ball so it stays on top of the hump (or between the two hills as they like to play) and the sports zone where you try your hand at all kinds of targets set up for soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey, and more.

Straw Mountain

It’s fun to climb around the enormous straw mountain (and take photos too!).

Free Photo Opportunities

There are several selfie stations with ring lights and cute fall scenes so you can sit with your family or group and get a free picture with everyone! Get everyone in position, tap the screen, and you have three seconds before the camera takes the photo. You can then have the photo emailed or texted to you.

You can also take your own photos around the farm of course. There are plenty of fun spots to discover!

…And So Much More!

We also enjoyed pumpkin checkers, duck races, climbing the tire mountain, and more. There is so much at Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm that it’s easy to walk by and not notice everything! So make sure you check out their attractions page in addition to reading through this article so you don’t miss anything.

Pumpkins for Purchase

If you are looking for pumpkins, they are everywhere! You can pick up any pumpkin around the farm, by the store, or in the field off the vine and they charge by the pound. We bought two nice-sized pumpkins to carve and they were about $5 each, which I thought was reasonable.

Food

Outside food is not allowed, but there are plenty of opportunities to get lunch, dinner, snacks, and treats! We highly recommend the warm churros. They are kind-of expensive at $5 each, but huge and worth it. We ate lunch there this year too. There are burgers, pulled pork, chicken, fries, and more. We were pulled into the smells coming from the grills before perusing all of our options, but you can check out the food and drink page to choose where to eat.

There are several areas with picnic tables to take a food break while you are there. The tables are large and spread out across a few different fields. Siegel’s has a big barn with tables where you can eat as well, along with two bars. One even has adult swings while you enjoy your beverage.

We are also enjoying the dozen apple cider donuts we bought at the store before we left for $10 each half dozen. Pop them in the microwave for 10-20 seconds and enjoy the deliciousness! They also sell warm donuts while you are out on the farm, individually for $2. There are bulk discounts if more people in your group want one.

Bathrooms

There is a changing area as well as many outdoor bathrooms designed to look like outhouses across the grounds. We found them to be convenient no matter what area we were enjoying.

Hours

Siegel’s is open daily now through October 31, 2020 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Please note that last entry for the corn maze is at 4:30 pm.

Please note that the following attractions are only open on the weekends and Columbus Day:

  • 12-acre corn maze
  • Fly’n Farmer’s Trolley Lines (zip line)
  • John Deere Grain Train (tractor ride through the fields)
  • Mia & Miley’s Mountain Slide
  • Pumpkin Mine Kiddie Train (train ride where kids ride solo)
  • Photo op with the pumpkin princess
  • Scrap Yard Shoot Out (paintball shooting range)
  • The Whizzer

However, there are still over 30 other attractions, rides, and games to enjoy during the week.

If you scoot back in the chair instead of sitting on the edge like we did, you get the effect of looking much smaller in their giant chair!

Prices

General admission is $24.95 per person at the door and $19.95 per person online. There is also an online weekends all inclusive pass for $31.95, which includes gem mining and paintball shooting. Click here to buy tickets online before you go. Children 2 years old and younger are free. Parking is also free.

Over 30 attractions are included in general admission. Paintball and Gem Mining are additional charges. You can also buy feed for the animals while you are there.

Also keep in mind that it’s cheaper to use cash once you are at the farm. Siegel’s charges a fee for every credit card transaction.

Updated in September, 2021 and pricing is subject to change.

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm is truly for all ages. There are plenty of activities for little ones, such as the kiddie train, tractor rides, several different themed playgrounds, animatronic pumpkin show, petting barn, baby chicks, and more. Elementary school-aged kids will love the jumping pillow, climbing web, roller bowler, straw mountain, mega slide, duck races, tire mountain, train ride, etc. There is plenty for older kids, including paintball target shooting, jumping pillow dedicated for 12+, wizzer carnival ride, zip line, sports zone, enormous corn maze, and more.

Best Days/Times To Go

Last year we went on a Friday afternoon in early October and this year we went on Saturday, which was opening day. We didn’t find either of those crowded and never had to wait in line more than a couple minutes. Siegel’s says that the most crowded weekends are the third and fourth weekends in October.

Special Needs Accommodations

Siegel’s offers discounted rates for those with special needs. Immediate family up to six people is only $10 with proper identification and a max of 500 special needs passes per season. When you are on the farm, you’ll notice plenty of areas to find a quiet place if your child is over-stimulated.

Discounts for Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

We recommend buying your tickets online through the Siegel’s website before you go to save $5 per person. They also suggest following them on social media for occasional discount codes.

They offer Military, Veterans, Police, and Firefighters free admission any date they visit when you bring your ID.

Grandparents are free Monday-Friday (except Columbus Day) with a paid grandchild entry, so every child can bring one grandparent for free!

Please note that coupons and discounts cannot be combined.

There are currently no Groupons or Goldstar discounts available.

Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm
17250 S Weber Road
Lockport, IL 60441
(815) 741-2693

You can also find Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm in our Guide to Pumpkin Patches.

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