Fall family traditions continue at Siegel's Cottonwood Farms - review

In the Chicago area, fall brings with it certain family traditions. While the weather may be unpredictable, an annual trip to the farm for pumpkins, hay rides and even a zombie paintball ride can make lasting family memories. Siegel's Cottonwood Farm is a perfect location for fall family fun. 

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm is located in Lockport, Illinois. This 100 year old working farm offers numerous attractions that all ages can enjoy. Recently, my family was given the opportunity to visit and here are some of our highlights. 

Zombie Paintball Ride: 
This special feature was my sons' favorite attraction of the day. While the attraction requires an additional ($15/person when we visited), who can resist the urge to shoot paintballs at zombies. The ride lasts for approximately 15 minutes and there are four zombie shooting stations. Participants shoot at live zombies and targets. Make sure that you aim for the head or the zombies might attack the truck. 

Corn Maze:
At Seigel's there are two corn mazes. A smaller maze for younger children is easy to follow. Throughout the maze, there are story boards that help guide you through. A second, much larger maze is challenging. When you enter this maze, you give your name so that no one gets left inside. I would highly recommend buying the map and clues to follow the path. Even with the map, we had quite a few missteps. (A map is $1). 

Animal Feed Station
My kids love seeing all the animals. From petting a goat to feeding the cows, the animals bring a smile to the kids faces. 

A visit to Siegel's isn't complete without a pumpkin. Guests can ride the tractor to the u-pick it pumpkin patch or you can choose a smaller item on the way out. Pumpkins are priced according to weight. 

Siegel's Cottonwood Farm is opened on September 21 through October 31 from 10 am to 6 pm. For an admission discount, please use this coupon

Disclosure: My family received free general admission to this event. All opinions are my own.


  1. Wow - this sounds like so much fun with tons of activities for the family to participate in! Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. I have always wanted to go through a corn maze. And zombie paintball sounds very interesting!

  3. Love the Zombie Paintball Ride, what a cool idea! This looks like such a fun place to visit!

  4. What a great place to go for the fall season. Wish I lived closer.

  5. Looks like so much and a great fall family tradition to visit there!

  6. Now that's what I miss over here in Vegas!! We have tons of amazing places, but nothing like that! I grew up outside Chicago... The Midwest is great for those!
    Glad you had a good time!

  7. I love taking the family to places like this--so much fun and great memories--looks like you had a great time too--thanks for sharing

  8. This looks like a blast!! I LOVE Fall.