Everything You Need to Know About Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm

We headed to Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm in Lockport on Friday afternoon 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 want to go back! Good news on that front… Siegel’s offers BounceBack Passes! So before you exit, you can buy passes to come back again the same year for $5 per person.

Keep reading for more tips and inside info. This article is sponsored by Siegel’s Cottonwood Farm, but all opinions are my own.

Covid-Related Safety

Before we get into all of the fun that you will enjoy at Siegel’s, we wanted to let you know how we felt about safety at the farm. It was not packed when we were there and in fact, we were so far from people that we didn’t have to be concerned with getting closer than six feet to another family most of the time. They said that the busiest weekends are the third and fourth weekend in October, so if you are concerned about crowds, we recommend going soon!

There are signs asking guests to wear a mask if they are unable to maintain a six foot distance from someone else outside your group. We found that to be true for the most part. As we find anywhere, mask-wearing varies, but we felt safe enjoying even the most popular attractions with our masks on while being able to distance from those without.

Siegel’s also asks that guests wear masks when entering any building, including the petting zoo, country store, and picnic antique barn. All of the employees were following these same guidelines.

We saw several hand-washing stations throughout the farm and we also brought our own wipes so we could enjoy the delicious treats, especially the warm churros (so good!).

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 10 and 13 and find that they have aged out of a lot, but there are also tons of activities and games for them to enjoy! I also really appreciated that almost everything is included with general admission.

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All of the paths are gravel with large rocks at times. My sister brought a stroller for her almost five month old and it worked out because although it isn’t a jogging stroller, it has big durable wheels. It was a bumpy ride, but he didn’t seem to mind.

Let’s start with the new attractions that opened in 2020! Siegel’s now has a giant Connect 4 game by a picnic area, Wall Ball of Fun (pictured below) that my kids loved, ring toss, and picnic grass area.

The theme for the corn maze this year is “Peace on Earth” and this 12 acre maze has 5 miles of paths to choose from. It’s open on the weekends and Columbus Day starting at 10am. Last entry is at 4:30pm.

There are plenty of playgrounds at the farm, including this pirate-themed area with two large ships!

My kids are always huge fans of jumping pillows and Siegel’s has two! Right next to the jumping pillows is the zip line as well.

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! There are also goats on the side of the “mountain” on the other side of the fence on the left.

There are goats, a horse, donkeys, and more to pet and feed in the barn, and also baby chicks to swoon over in a building nearby.

Siegel’s has a few different rides including a tractor ride, two train rides, and hayrack rides! There is also The Wizzer that spins you around like at the carnival. My kids really enjoyed the games along the way like Roller Bowler where you try to roll the bowling ball so it stays between the two hills, and the sports zone where you try your hand at all kinds of targets set up for soccer, baseball, basketball, hockey, and more.

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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.

There is so much there 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!

Attractions Closed in 2020

  • Grandpa Franks Haunted Barn
  • Tee Ball Challenge
  • Kelsi & Kendyl’s Corn Crib play area
  • Cottonwood FairyLanding

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 and we are also enjoying the dozen apple cider donuts we bought at the store there. Pop them in the microwave for 20 seconds and enjoy the deliciousness! There are plenty of picnic tables to take a food break. 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.

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 now through October 31, 2020. Monday through Thursday, only the fall decor, pumpkin, and country store areas are open (no activities) from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Friday through Sunday is called Pumpkin Fest and the entire farm, including activities, is open from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm. Please note that last entry for the corn maze is at 4:30 pm.

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Prices

General admission is $19.95 per person at the door and $16.95 per person online. 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. My kids did paintball shooting and it is $5 for 15 and $8 for 30 shots. You can also buy a feed cup for the animals for $5.

Also keep in mind that it’s cheaper to use cash once you are at the farm. Siegel’s charges a $1 or less fee for every credit card transaction.

Updated in October, 2020 and pricing is subject to change.

Recommended Ages

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

It was not crowded when we went on a Friday afternoon. Siegel’s says that the most crowded weekends are the third and fourth weekends in October.

Special Needs Accommodations

Stay tuned for a Special Needs Weekend in 2021! However, there are 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 $3 per person. Purchase BounceBack Passes to come again the same year for only $5.

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 Fall Festivals and Guide to Pumpkin Patches.

About the Author

Annie Tandy
Annie loves making great memories with her kids and started Kidlist in 2011 so she can help others do the same! Besides finding fun and exciting things to do, Annie and her kids enjoy caring for their chickens and hanging out with them in the backyard. Click here to read about Annie's chickens and see pictures! She also finds joy in gardening, home improvement projects, knitting, soap making, and painting along with being active in her community, church, and as a board member of the Western Springs Business Association. Click here to follow Annie on Instagram.

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