Here we are, in the heat of summer – and you know what that means, right? The sunflowers are in bloom! Across the Great Plains, both wild and cultivated sunflower fields are at their peak; towering stalks and brightly-colored heads look skyward and you can’t help but smile when you see them. Sunflowers are one of my favorite flowers, and this is the best time of year to seek them out.
In this post, I’m highlighting the best sunflower fields all across Kansas – the Sunflower State! (Yep, that’s the official nickname of Kansas, which is pretty much perfect!) If you’re in Kansas, or just passing through on a Great Plains road trip, you may want to stop at one – or more – of these fantastic fields to smell the sunflowers and cut a few stalks (where allowed!).
Note: I’ve ordered these fields in alphabetical order.
1. Berry Hill UPick Farm Sunflowers
Located South of Topeka, Berry Hill UPick Farm is one of the newest sunflower fields in Kansas. In 2020, they had a field blooming in mid-July! But for 2021, blooming is starting a little later. They have recently announced on a Facebook post that their sunflowers should bloom around the first or second week of August. Their big news for 2021 is that they will have two regular yellow sunflowers fields and another field planted multi-color!
Regarding fees, Berry Hill UPick Farm Sunflowers doesn’t charge people who visit their fields. However, donations are highly appreciated, and it is recommended to leave $1 for each sunflower you take with you. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest news!
2. Britt’s Garden Acres
Britt’s Garden Acres is another place where you can stop and see some amazing sunflowers in Kansas. Found along the Native Stone Scenic Byway, this farm has 30 acres of sunflower fields, with props and paths that allow visitors to access the heart of the field. They have yet to inform if they’re opening their sunflower field to the public in 2021. Usually, their opening date varies each year depending on Kansas crazy weather; tentative dates are between August 30- September 12 and October 5-14, and their sunflowers blooms tend to stay beautiful for 10-14 days.
In previous years, admission was $5.00 per person, and they charged $1.00 for each sunflower. Watch their Facebook page for further updates.
3. Cedar Creek Farm
Cedar Creek Farm is a lovely farm run by the Smith family, who offer their place to other families looking to enjoy farm life with the little ones. The Cedar Creek Farm is definitely opening in 2021 as they recently shared on Facebook they have four fields planted, with two of them blooming the second week of August. The other two will be in bloom for pumpkin season! The best thing about Cedar Creek Farm is its outstanding variety of sunflowers, including red, purple, strawberry lemonade, green, blue, even teddy bear sunnies.
Admission is $5 per person or $20 per carload. They also offer season passes for $20 per person, which gives unlimited access to the sunflowers and their pumpkin patch.
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4. Diana Burress, Augusta Sunflower Field
Located southeast of Augusta, this Kansas sunflower field managed by realtor Diana Burress has become an annually popular field. Back in 2019, this was one of the first sunflower fields to pop up. While there are no dates yet, Diana Burress shared a video on July 19 showing the sunflowers popping up, so they are definitely going to open in 2021, too! The field is expected to bloom from late August to early September, but you can follow Diana Burress’ Facebook page for the latest updates on the field.
This field is free to visit, and sunflowers are free to pick; they just ask that you bring your own stem cutters and pick sunflowers in an area where people are not taking pictures.
5. Eleanor’s Events Sunflowers
Eleanor’s Events Sunflowers is another sunflower field in Kansas you can visit. This public sunflower field near Scranton started opening for the public in 2018. They have over 60 acres with sunflowers sprawling everywhere. They still haven’t updated the 2021 sunflower viewing on their website. However, they did share information on their Facebook page! A Facebook post shows that, by July 9th, the sunflowers were already planted. Another one says they are waiting for the sunflowers to pop out of the soil and expect the fields to start blooming in the last two weeks of August.
Eleanor’s Events Sunflowers doesn’t charge admissions fees, but donations are highly recommended and appreciated.
6. Gieringer’s Family Orchard & Berry Farm
Located in Edgerton Gieringer’s Family Orchard & Berry Farm is yet another Kansas sunflower field. Gieringer’s Family Orchard & Berry Farm is a busy “u-pick farm” farm from April through October, and since 2015, they have also offered public sunflower fields. In 2020, the first sunflower fields and sunflower patches bloomed in late September and peaked on October 16th. Sadly, they haven’t communicated anything regarding the 2021 sunflower bloom. You can check on the status of the sunflower bloom on their Facebook Page.
In previous years, they’ve charged a $10 fee that includes corn maze & kids mini-maze, combine slide & truck slide, kids play area, picnic area, food trucks, and more.
7. Grinter Farms
Grinter Farms is home to a beautiful sunflower field that goes on forever. This is one of the most popular sunflower fields in Kansas, so you’re likely to have heard of it. It has drawn so many people in previous years that they had traffic shutting down the entire road! The Grinters plant their sunflowers in July, and the crops typically bloom in late summer from Labor Day weekend through mid-September. The 2021 sunflowers bloom is expected to be in late August.
You can visit Grinter Farms sunflower fields for free. Since crowds can get a bit intense on weekends, it is recommended that you go in the daytime on a weekday for the best experience.
8. Johnson Farms Plants & Pumpkins
Okay, this is a sneaky one – but stick with me. This great Missouri farm is located on the outskirts of Kansas City. But, they’re less than two miles from the Kansas-Missouri border, so I’m including them on the list.
Johnson Farms Plants & Pumpkins’ 140-acre farm offers great plants and produce during the spring and fall. They also have amazing fields of sunflowers! They are closed until August, however, as soon as the fall starts, visitors are welcome to discover their beautiful sunflowers. According to their website, the first crop of sunflowers is expected to open for harvest in late August.
Admission to the farm is $5 per person (ages 3+). This also includes access to the farm’s playground.
9. Klausmeyer Farm
Klausmeyer Farm has some of the best sunflower fields in Kansas! And one of the earliest, too. What makes them unique is that they usually have multiple fields each year. In 2021, they will have two fields. The first field opened for visits on July 17th! The second field will likely be ready sometime in August, but there are no exact dates so far. They always post information about the sunflower fields on their Facebook page, so make sure to check it.
Admission to Klausmeyer used to be by donation, but this year sunflower fields are going to be $2 per person. They’ll be open every day – sunup to sundown- until flowers no longer look good. You can also visit the farm for an additional fee.
10. Peterson Farm Brothers
Set near Assarias, Kansas, is the Peterson Farm Brothers. Their website still has no information regarding 2021 sunflower fields, but we expect them to update it soon! Just a few days ago, on July 23rd, Greg (one of the brothers) shared a Facebook post where he had just planted the sunflower fields. Like in 2020, the fields are expected to bloom in early fall (August 26th- September 17th), and visitors can walk through the trails in the fields. If you’re interested in knowing what type of sunflower they plant, it is the high Oleic.
The Peterson Farm Brothers charge an admission fee of $5 per person or $10 per family; $5 per sunflower picked (for families over 5 people it will be an additional $2/person).
11. Russell Sunflower Patch
Russell Sunflower Patch is another of the Kansas sunflower fields we know for sure will be open this fall. Located about 1.5 hours from Kansas City, Russell Sunflower Patch typically plants their sunflower patch in the first week of June, and they will bloom around 50 days later. According to their latest Facebook post, on July 17th, the sunflowers were already planted! So, they expect sunflowers to start blooming the second week in August.
No entrance fee is charged to visit the Russell Sunflower Patch. Also, they offer great parking right next to the sunflower fields and are located on paved highways.
12. Schwinn Produce Farm
Located in Leavenworth, Kansas, Schwinn Produce Farm is currently known for its lovely barn where weddings are celebrated. This farm has planted sunflower fields in past years, but they didn’t plant in 2020. Unfortunately, the Schwinn Produce Farm hasn’t yet announced if they’ll have or plant a sunflower field in 2021 either. Still, keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for updates!
13. Sunflower Festival at Kansas Maze
Every year, when the sunflowers bloom, Kansas Maze celebrates the Sunflower Festival at Gaeddert Farms. In 2021, the sunflower festival runs from August 21st to September 11th. They’ll have 20 acres of gorgeous sunflowers for you to see and take pictures in. If you want to run through the flowers, they also hold the Sunflower Trail Run. A 5k and 1-mile run is scheduled for August 28th, and registration is open now.
Admission to the festival is $7 per person. Each ticket includes one ‘stem’ or live cut sunflower. More sunflowers can be purchased singly, in half-dozen bunches, or one-dozen bunches. As regards parking, Gaeddert Farms has free parking areas for you.
14. The Heights Sunflower Field
Owned by the oldest Peterson Farm Brother Greg and his wife, BrookeAnna, the Heights Sunflower Field is a 7,200 square foot venue that hosts weddings, receptions, and large group gatherings. The venue is also home to “sunflower trails,” and every August/September, the couple invites people to see and walk through trails in a sunflower field. In 2020, the sunflower trail of the sunflowers planted early had hit peak bloom on September 2nd, and the late-planted sunflowers had peaked on September 7th.
The couple hasn’t shared information about the sunflower fields in 2021 yet.
Admission to The Heights Sunflower Field is $5 per person or $10 per family.
15. Walters Sunflower Field
Also known as The Walters Farm, the Walters Sunflower Field is located 10 miles north of El Dorado, Kansas. Walters is known for its family-friendly pumpkin patch. However, as of 2019, the farm started celebrating a sunflower festival. During the sunflower festival, visitors can walk the gorgeous sunflower fields and take photos with a professional photographer for an additional charge. According to their website, the 2021 festival will be celebrated on August 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, & 29, from 10 am to 4 pm.
The admission fee to the festival is $14.95. You can take a Sunflower with you for $1 or you can take 6 for $5.
I think this list is pretty exhaustive and covers all of the best Kansas sunflower fields. Do you know of others or have any questions? Let me know in the comments!
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