Reservations are now being taken for the urban hayrides that bring a taste of the country to Forest Park.
Beginning at Wells and Jefferson Drive, tractors pull the wagons for a 45-minute ride. When they return to their departure area, a bonfire is waiting. Groups may bring hot dogs and marshmallows to roast. The bonfire has a one-hour time limit.
Riders may choose from the following dates in 2018:
Oct. 5 & 6
Oct. 12 & 13
Oct. 19 & 20
Oct. 26 & 27
Nov. 2 & 3
Nov. 9 & 10
Wagons leave each evening at 7:00, 7:05, 7:10, 7:15, 7:20, 8:00, 8:05, 8:10, 8:15 and 8:20 p.m. These time slots are for group rides with a maximum of 20 people per wagon. Groups of all ages are welcome.
The cost is $200 a wagon with a maximum of 20 people per wagon. The Parks Department will accept only a personal check or money order to reserve a wagon. Electronic payments are not accepted. There are no refunds. The dates are not transferable. Hayrides go on rain or shine.
Reservations are required and are taken from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday by the Permit Section of the Parks Department, (314) 289-5330. They cannot be made online.
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Department of Parks