Perry Farm Park
- Hours: Dawn till dusk year round
- Acreage: 170 acres
- Amenities: Paved trails, playground, open recreational fields, picnic areas, shelters, living history farm with farm animals, fruit orchard, rose gardens, Indian Caves, Children’s Museum, Administrative Offices
Perry Farm Park is a dynamic 170 acre recreation area carved into one of the most beautiful natural settings in the state. This Park offers a variety of recreational opportunities for all ages including paved trails, open recreational fields, playground equipment, shelters, picnic areas, farm animals, Indian caves, fruit tree orchards, and memorial rose and flower gardens.
Perry Farm Park’s shelters, picnic areas and other amenities including hay rides, tents picnic kits and more are available to rent for small or large group outings. Check out our rental page for more information. Perry Farm Park hosts many in house and out of house special events throughout the year so call 815-933-9905 ahead of time if you are planning a visit.
Perry Farm Park also serves as home to the Exploration Station… a children’s museum and the Park District Administrative Offices.
The ever popular 4 miles of paved trails within Perry Farm Park guide you through natural prairies, woodlands and the banks of the Kankakee River. Trails are open from sunrise to sunset 365 days of the year. Pets are welcome but please remember to be courteous to others enjoying the trails by keeping them leashed and disposing of waste properly.
The Bourbonnais Geologic areas, locally known as the Indian Caves, are located off the trails near the Kankakee River. The geological area includes the Bourbonnais Creek and ravine, a dolomite cliff and cave community that all together covers approximately 30 acres of land.
The Indian Caves are small, narrow caves that are not easily accessible for people to explore inside. The deepest cave is about 20' long through a very narrow crevice entrance. Due to the dangers of getting stuck, slipping and drowning, it is not recommended for anyone to explore inside the caves.
Perry Farm Living History Area
The Perry Farm Living History Area is part of the ongoing preservation of the Perry Farm property by the Park District. The Living History Area is located in the front of the park and consists of the Perry Farm House, horse barn, an English barn and farm animals.
A variety of farm animals on the Perry Farm are a popular attraction at the park. Most animals are on site all year. Visitors wishing to feed the animals are asked to utilize the feed machines that are placed in various locations around the animal corrals.
St. Mary’s Hospital Centennial Fruit Tree Orchard
The Centennial Fruit Tree Orchard serves as a permanent memorial to St. Mary’s Hospital’s one hundred year anniversary of their commitment to serving every member of the community. The orchard was donated to the community by the hospital’s medical staff, the Kankakee County Medical Society and the Kankakee County Medical Society Alliance. It was dedicated by Sister Marie Mason in 1997. The orchard contains several kinds of fruit and nut trees as well as grapevines. The public is welcome to pick the fruit. Ladders or climbing on the fruit trees is prohibited.
Perry Farm House
The Perry Farm House, circa 1866, serves as a Visitor’s Center and provides classroom and administrative offices for the Park District. Information and registration is available in the farm house for programs and special events as well as other recreational opportunities and community events.
Burkhalter Memorial Rose Garden
Located at the flagpole just south of the Perry Farm House, the garden was dedicated on July 10, 1999 in honor of the first BTPD Board President, Harry D. Burkhalter. The garden contains hybrid tea roses, a variety of shrub roses and a meditation bench. Peach roses were a favorite of Burkhalter’s and are in abundance in the garden. The rose garden is a tribute to Burkhalter’s undying dedication to the community and his eleven years of service on the Park District Board of Commissioners. He retired from the Park Board in June 1998.
Thomas Durham Memorial
A memorial marking the grave site of Thomas Durham was dedicated in May 2000. Durham is remembered by historians as the first “American-born” settler in the Bourbonnais Grove. Durham lived on the farm for 19 years and died on March 13, 1854 and was buried just west of the farm house where a tree orchard once stood. Durham and his wife, Margaret, had 12 children. The memorial site features a bricked area decorated with urns, two benches and a stone marker. A millennium garden compliments the memorial.