Where to Go on a Fall Hayride in St. Louis

Each year, there are the telltale signs that fall has arrived in St. Louis. The leaves begin changing colors, pumpkin patches open for the season, stores put out their Halloween decorations and local parks hitch up their wagons for hayrides. 

If you've never been before, these hayrides offer an inexpensive and enjoyable evening for the whole family. Here are the details on where to go on a hayride in St. Louis this fall.

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    Hayride at Stuckmeyer's Farm
    Hayride at Stuckmeyer's Farm in St. Louis County. Photo by Deborah O'Brien

    Hayrides are just part of the fun each autumn at Stuckmeyer's in Fenton. The wagons take visitors on a tour through the pumpkin patch with stops along the way to pick your own. Kids can also enjoy the playground and corn maze, while adults sample the food and do a little shopping. Stuckmeyers is open for hayrides on Saturdays and Sundays in October, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.

     

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    Greensfelder Park in west St. Louis County is hosting hayrides for the whole family on October 2 and 3, 2015. After a ride through the park, visitors can roast marshmallows, drink hot chocolate and listen to live music. The cost is $10 a person and advanced registration is required by calling (314) 615-5572.

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    Fall hayrides at Faust Park in Chesterfield are also a history lesson. Visitors take an evening hayride, then tour the park's historic homes by candlelight on October 9 and 10, 2015. Storytellers will lead the home tours. There's also a bonfire and live music. Admission is $10 a person. To register, call (314) 615-8328.

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    Visitors have the chance to take a hayride through the old military base at Jefferson Barracks Park in south St. Louis County on October 16 and 17, 2015. The evening also includes live music and a bonfire with marshmallows and hot chocolate. The cost is $10 a person. To register, call (314) 615-8822.  

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    Lone Elk Park is a great fall destination. The park is a wildlife management area with deer, elk, bison and wild turkeys. On October 16 and 17, 2015, the park is also offering hayrides. Visitors are invited to bring a flashlight for better wildlife viewing. Hayrides cost $10 a person and also includes live music and bonfire. For more information, call (314) 615-4386. 

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    Enjoy the grandeur of Forest Park with a fall hayride. The park is offering hayrides on Friday and Saturday nights from October 2 through November 21, 2015. The cost to reserve a wagon is $120. Each wagon can hold up to 20 people. After the hayride, guests can take in a bonfire in the park. To make a reservation, call (314) 289-5330.