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Hayrides aplenty in NW Indiana for fall

Written by Chronicle Staff. Posted in Community News & People in the News

Published on September 26, 2018 with No Comments

Ready for a hayride this fall? Northwest Indiana offers plenty of opportunities for a hair-full of straw and fun times before that first snowfall. Here are some locations in the area.

Hidden Lake Park, Merrillville– now through Oct. 20; available weekends and weekends, noon to 8:00 p.m.; fees are $75 on weekends and $50 on weekdays for Ross Township residents; 219-769-2111.
Buckley Homestead Park, Lowell– reserved hayrides through October; $100 Fridays through Sundays, $75 Mondays through Thursdays; maximum number 25 (more children) includes bonfire; non-reserved hayrides are $2 on a first-come, first-serve basis on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 23 through Oct. 28 Homestead; 219-769-7275.

Sunset Hill Farm County Park, Valparaiso– set up your own hayride party through Porter County Parks; rate is $75 per hour; call Darlene, 219-548-0219.

Deep River County Park, Hobart/Merrillville- Deep River Classic Fall Fun, reserved hayrides at Big Maple Lake, 7302 Ainsworth Road entranc;
Classic Fall Fun, Oct. 20-22 and 27-29 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; non-reserved hayrides are $2 per person; hayrides start times are noon, 1:00, and 2:00 p.m.; 219-947-1958 or 219-769-PARK.

Oak Ridge Prairie Park, Griffith– regular hayrides offered in September and October; also offering handicap-accessible hayrides in which participants remain in their wheelchair; 219-884-7238 or 219-769-PARK.

Stoney Run County Park, Hebron– hayrides and campfires available through Oct. 25; bonfire rental $30 any day; hayrides Mondays through Thursdays, $75; Fridays through Sundays, $100; 219-996-6500.
Calumet Park Chapel, Merrillville– free hayride at Fall Festival weekend which includes face painting and pumpkin painting at two locations: on Saturday, Oct. 6 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  at 7535 Taft St, Merrillville and Saturday, Oct. 13 at 370 N. County Line Rd, Hobart; open to all children 12 and under, accompanied by an adult; 219-769-8803.

Elzinga Farm, Dyer– hayrides now through Oct. 31; Mondays through Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays until 7:00 p.m.; features include haunted forest; corn maze, corn stalks, Indian corn, mums, specialty pumpkins; apples, cider, baked goods; and fall décor; 219=865-1181.

Kregel’s Pumpkin Patch, Lowell– open through Halloween; featuring market, corn maze, pony rides, petting zoo, Hayrides to Pumpkin Patch, barrel train, and pedal cars; Pumpkin Peak Slide and Pumpkin Sling Shot on weekends; general admission, Mondays through Thursdays, adults $4; children $6, Fridays through Sunday, adults $6; children $8; 219-690-1503.

Harvest Tyme Pumpkin Patch, Lowell– featuring corn maze, pumpkins, pumpkin patch-pick, playland, fun slide, free hayrides, and pre-picked produce; 219-440-2386.

Fischer’s Pumpkin Patch, LaPorte– featuring hayrides, sweet corn, pumpkins, corn maze, gourds, and Indian corn; open now through October; 219-362-8661.

Guse Corn Maze, Wanatah– hayrides operate Sept. 30 through Oct. 29 on weekends, Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sundays, noon to 6:00; featuring corn maze, pumpkin patch, kiddie train, corn box, and game yard; 219-733-9346.

Merrie Acres, LaPorte– activities include fall festival, cow train rides, corn maze, haunted corn maze, kiddie (mini) corn maze, straw or hay bale maze, pig races, tractor-pulled hayrides, bounce house, gift shop, bouncy castle, birthday parties, and school tours; 219-369-6088.

Scheeringa Farms, Highland– offering pre-picked pumpkins, gourds, mums, petting zoo, $2 pumpkin bounce house, $2 hayrides running Sept. 29 to Halloween, Fridays 3:00 to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; 219-836-6369.

Gabis Arboretum at Purdue Northwest, Valparaiso– hayrides available Saturdays and Sundays in Oct: 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27, 28 from noon to 4:00 p.m.; pick-up at depot, $3 plus admission fee; 219-462-0025.

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