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.
In this post, I promote travel to destinations that are the traditional lands of the Kiikaapoi (Kickapoo), Washtáge Moⁿzháⁿ (Kaw / Kansa), 𐓏𐒰𐓓𐒰𐓓𐒷 𐒼𐓂𐓊𐒻 𐓆𐒻𐒿𐒷 𐓀𐒰^𐓓𐒰^(Osage), Očhéthi Šakówiŋ, [Gáuigú (Kiowa), Wichita, Nʉmʉnʉʉ (Comanche), Pâri (Pawnee) peoples. With respect, I make a formal land acknowledgment, extending my appreciation and respect to the past and present people of these lands. To learn more about the peoples who call these lands home, I invite you to explore Native Land.
This post was originally published in July 2021, and was updated most recently in May 2023.
1. A & H Farm
Located in Manhattan, Kansas, A & H Farm is a lovely property owned by Andrea and Hugo. Together with their eight children, they host an extensive array of events, from spring samples, so you can taste the veggies and fruits they grow, to strawberry festivals.
For a few years, they’ve joined the Kansas sunflower scene and host what they call the Sunflower Bazaar. In 2023, the bazaar will take place on Sunday, August 27th from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There’ll be a U-Pick sunflowers plus food trucks, live music, local handmade goodies, and lots of lavender-themed food!
As for the admission fee, please visit their website closer to the date to know how much tickets cost. But we do know children under two get in free!
2. Arkenberg Farms
Keith and Brianna are known for growing some of the best greens in Tecumseh. But, they’re also known for having one of the most beautiful sunflower fields in Kansas. They opened their farm, Akenberg Farms, to the public every season so you can explore their sunflower fields and get some nice pictures to frame back home.
Like many other farms, 2022 was a difficult year for sunflowers due to the lack of rain. But, luckily for the Arkenberg’s, the draught just made the field a bit smaller.
There’s no information about 2023 yet. If they do open, the admission fee costs $5 per car and $1 per sunflower. You’ll have to bring your own cutters to cut stems; though they will have some pre-cut Sunflowers as well!
3. Berry Hill UPick Farm Sunflowers
Located South of Topeka, Berry Hill UPick Farm is one of the newest sunflower fields in Kansas. In 2022, one of their 15 fields started blooming in the first week of August! The farm hasn’t mentioned when the blooming will start in 2023. Anyway, when the season starts, the farm opens every day from sunrise to sunset until the petals fall off.
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!
4. 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 announced they’re opening their sunflower field to the public in 2023. Usually, their opening date varies each year depending on Kansas’s crazy weather; tentative dates are between August 30- September 25 and October 8-18, 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.
5. 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 hasn’t announced yet if they’re opening in 2023 – at least on Facebook. But if they do, it’s usually in August. The best thing about Cedar Creek Farm is its outstanding variety of sunflowers, including red, purple, strawberry lemonade, green, blue, and 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.
6. Dailey Farms Pumpkin Patch
Dailey Farms Pumpkin Patch is another place where you can admire sunflowers in Kansas. Located in McLouth, Dailey Farms comes back for its third year to share a little bit of its property with anyone who wants to have some fun and get a glimpse of farm life.
This family-run farm opens in the month of October only. The general to public is welcome on the weekend, from Saturday 10-5 to Sunday 12-5. Be ready to find your way out of a haybale maze, see your kids swim in a corn pit, and indulge in delicious roast hot dogs and smores.
They haven’t shared any information about their sunflowers fields for 2023 yet. But make sure to check their Facebook page to get the latest news!
7. 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. In 2022, she had a really hard time growing sunflowers as Kansas didn’t get enough rain!
There are no dates yet for 2023, but Diana Burress is very active on her Facebook page, so she’ll share a video showing the sunflowers popping up if she’s opening in 2023. Usually, the field is expected to bloom from late August to early September.
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.
8. 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 to the public in 2018. They have over 60 acres with sunflowers sprawling everywhere. They still haven’t updated their 2023 sunflower viewing on their website. However, if we use 2022 as a guide, they 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.
9. 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 2022, the first sunflower fields and sunflower patches bloomed in August. Sadly, they haven’t communicated anything regarding the 2023 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 a corn maze & kids mini-maze, combine slide & truck slide, kids play area, picnic area, food trucks, and more.
10. 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 2023 sunflowers bloom is expected to be in near the end of September 10.
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.
11. Hunsinger Farms
Hunsinger Farms is another sunflower field you can visit in Kansas. The farm has named their field the Hunsinger Sunflower Patch. This 6-acre sunflower was started by owners, George and Cheryl Hunsinger, back in 2016. The couple’s goal was to provide people with another place to see the sunflowers without having to battle against the growing crowds that came to the state searching for the beautiful yellow blooms.
It’s still too early to know if the farm will be open in 2023. For reference, in 2022, the bloom reached its peak in the 3rd week of August and by August 28 most of the bloom had past, but the farm remained open to the public until around Labor Day.
Make sure you check their Facebook Page to confirm they are open. If they do, visiting the field is free. Although donations are welcomed.
12. 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 produces 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.
13. 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 had two fields. The first field opened for visits on July 17th! The second field was ready sometime in August. They always post information about the sunflower fields on their Facebook page, so make sure to check it.
Admission to Klausmeyer used to be $2 per person. There’s no info on how much it’ll cost in 2023. 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.
14. Peterson Farm Brothers
Set near Assarias, Kansas, is the Peterson Farm Brothers. Their website still has no information regarding 2023 sunflower fields, but we expect them to update it soon! The brothers tend to plant the sunflower fields in July. Like in 2020, the fields are expected to bloom in late August or early September, 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).
15. Russell Sunflower Patch
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 a 2022 Facebook post, on July 23rd, the sunflowers were already growing! So, we can 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.
16. 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 2023 either. Still, keep an eye on their website and Facebook page for updates!
17. Sunflower Festival at Kansas Maze
Every year, when the sunflowers bloom, Kansas Maze celebrates the Sunflower Festival at Gaeddert Farms. In 2023, the sunflower festival runs from August 19th to September 9th. 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.
Admission to the festival is $9 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.
18. 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 2022, they took a year off of sunflower trails as they had a baby. The couple hasn’t shared information about the sunflower fields in 2023 yet.
Admission to The Heights Sunflower Field used to be $5 per person or $10 per family.
19. 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.
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.
20. White Tail Run Winery
I don’t know about you, but sipping a glass of red wine with a view of a thousand bright sunflowers right in front of me sounds like a fantastic plan.
White Tail Run Winery, besides vast rows of vineyards, has a picturesque sunflower patch that comes into full bloom every July.. well, that’s depending on Kansas’s crazy weather.
The winery always combines a visit to the sunflower patch with some sort of drinking event. The most popular is the Sunflowers & Slushies event. Although they also have an event where you can sip on sangria! You can take as many photos as you want and buy some of the stems that are for sale in the tasting room.
Make sure to check their website for the latest news on their events.
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!