Monday, October 10, 2016

Eckert's Farm, Grafton

Location: 20995 Eckert Orchard Rd, Grafton, IL 62037


There are several things you need to know about this farm. It is seasonal, and it's only open during the summer for blackberries and peaches, and closes at the end of October after apple and pumpkin season ends. Second- their website is incorrect about the kid activities offered. They state that
during apple and pumpkin seasons in September and October, kids activities on Saturdays and Sundays include:
  • Carnival rides – all carnival rides & inflatables require ride tickets which can be purchased at the Fun Korral gate. Tickets are $2 each or 6 for $10.
  • Petting farm – we have feed machines available that take quarters
  • Pony and camel rides – $6 each
  • Push pedal trikes
  • Sand boxes
  • Miniature golf
We were just there yesterday and there were no sand boxes, or miniature golf, or push pedal trikes. The petting farm is all goats and a couple alpaca. The carnival rides were one spinning ride, 2 inflatables, and a train that went around in a circle.  They really need to update their website. Also there is a permanent wooden play structure there but they don't have that listed. Last- there is no wifi in Grafton and I got lost because my GPS wouldn't work, so make sure you write down directions or save a photo of the map of the area or something. I kept driving around thinking I would pick up a signal from one of the many stores and wineries and never did. I asked people for directions several times and finally found it. It was very annoying!

 A fun way to get to the farm is to take the Grafton ferry. We had never done that before and the kids enjoyed it just as much as the farm! It's $8 one way or $15 round trip.

 You can get out of the car and watch or stay in the comfort of your car. 

To do the activities you need to buy tickets. I spent $10 for 6 tickets. I had 2 kids so they each got to do 3 things. It was perfect because they really only had 3 things (the train, the spinning ride, and the bounce house). The kid activities included this train:

 This spinning ride

 Horse and camel rides ($6 each)

 Wooden play structure and buried tires to climb on (free)

 2 inflatables

and goat pen (free to pet and you could put quarters in the machine to feed them)

There is a free hay ride out to the orchard to pick apples or you can pick pumpkins.

There are lots of cute areas for photos of your kids

They also have a store with lots of yummy goods for sale and a restaurant too.  This location is smaller than the Millstadt and Belleville locations but still offered lots of fall fun. In all I spent $8 for the ferry and $10 for the rides.

1 comment:

  1. We were at the Farm Saturday morning and took the Grafton ferry, too! Our GPS worked just fine for us, Google Maps App on an iPhone, so maybe it was your cell service? I like the Grafton farm better than Millstadt because there's no charge to get in and there's a winery on the property.