In my on-going quest to find the perfect combination of fall fun and railroad love, here's what's piqued my interest today: the Cow Train! Many orchards offer rides on a barrel train, which is usually a tractor pulling 55-gallon barrels hitched together. Odyssey Fun Farm in Tinley Park has taken the concept a step further with the Cow Train. No plain ol' barrels here. This "train" takes its farm location seriously with bovine-inspired, Holstein-patterned cars.
In addition to the train and a pumpkin patch, Odyssey Fun Farm's other activities include pig races, a corn cannon, a pillow jumpy, kid zone, and a corn box (because corn is a lot less trouble to clean up from the floor of your car than all the usual sandbox sand!). There's plenty more to do and if you truly need more activities, or the weather doesn't cooperate, the farm is right next to Odyssey Fun World with ample inside entertainment options.
Odyssey Fun Farm is open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through October 27, weather permitting. Look it up on Google Earth before you go and you'll know you've found the right place by zooming in on the corn maze (although, as of this writing, last year's maze is what I saw).