Seeing row after row of blooming sunflowers – it’s one of the perks of living in Kansas. Lots of readers have asked me where they could find sunflower fields in bloom near Wichita or around the state. In the past, that wasn’t an easy question to answer, since only a few were actually planted specifically to be enjoyed by the public.
But in the past few years we’ve seen a surge of Kansas sunflower festivals and sunflower fields near Wichita, KS that are open to the public with very small fees or donation boxes so you can support the farmers who are allowing us to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
And of course you can still find sunflower fields just by driving to other scenic Kansas spots. Those are fun, but we always need to be aware that they are on private property, so stay on the perimeter and don’t damage the field in any way. (That includes not picking the sunflowers or walking in the field.)
When Do Sunflowers Bloom in Kansas?
To the best of my knowledge – which isn’t extensive – Kansas sunflowers are usually in bloom in late summer/early fall. We have heard of a few fields planted early so that the blooms are ready in July, so keep an eye on this page; we’ll update it when we get any new information.
I love that more and more of our Kansas sunflower farms are offering agritourism experiences! (Kansas even has lavender festivals nowadays.)
Based on what we have seen in previous years, here’s when you might expect to see some Kansas sunflower fields in bloom, and where:
- Late July and early August – Klausmeyer Sunflower Field
- August – Cedar Creek Farms Sunflower Fields
- Late August/early September – Sunflower Festival at Kansas Maze
- Late August/early September – Sunflowers near Coronado Heights at the Peterson Brothers Farm
- September – Sunflowers in Buhler and Lawrence
Of course, nature doesn’t care about our schedule. 🙂 The bloom time of sunflower fields is dependent on weather and many other conditions, so keep that in mind before you head out on your journey to find the perfect crop of Kansas sunflowers.
Sunflower Fields Near Wichita KS
Whether you’re looking for a beautiful photograph location or you simply want to witness the spectacular view of a Kansas sunflower field in full bloom, this list will help.
Again, remember that unless a field is specifically open to the public, you’re trespassing on private property if you actually go out into the field. Please respect our hardworking farmers.
Sunflowers at Klausmeyer Farm
Where: Klausmeyer Farm, 8135 S 119th St W., Clearwater, Kansas 67026 (It’s just 26 minutes from the center of Wichita.)
Farmer Dave has planted two separate sunflower patches this year, with each patch being around 40 acres!
Cost: Admission to Klausmeyer sunflower fields now going to be $2 per person; it will no longer be by donation. Apparently they had some vandals last year who ruined it for everyone. Admission to the farm will be $3.
Parking: This year there will be a designated parking lot. Please do not park along the road. If you’d rather not walk from the parking lot to the field, you can hitch a ride on one of their provided hay-rack rides.
Photographers: No additional fee for you! Just pay the $2 admission fee like everyone. And they say they would love for you to tag them if you share on social media so they can see your photos.
When: The first sunflower field planted this year at Klausmeyer Dairy Farm and Pumpkin Patch in Clearwater is expected to bloom the last week of July and the first week of August.
They stagger the planting of three fields, so when one is done blooming, the next one is (hopefully) ready to enjoy. Keep an eye on the Facebook page for updates!
Once the Clearwater sunflower fields are done blooming, we’ll have other sunflower fields near Wichita to visit! Keep reading to find more sunflower fields in Kansas.
Cedar Creek Farm Sunflowers
Where: 6100 N 119th St W, Maize, Kansas 67101 (Located right off of K-96)
Cedar Creek has three sunflower fields planted. They anticipate the flowers will be in bloom during different weeks from August until the first part of September.
Cost: Admission to the Cedar Creek sunflower fields is $5 per person or $20 per carload.
Parking: Cedar Creek Farm has a parking lot for visitors, and it should be fairly obvious where you need to park when you arrive.
Photographers: You can get a photographers pass for only $20 for the season. The pass gives one photographer unlimited entry to the farm for sunflower and pumpkin season. (Great deal!) The pass only covers the photographers’ personal entry.
When: As many Kansans know, a lot of what happens when, agriculturally speaking, depends on rain and other weather! The expected blooming time for the sunflowers is early August to early September.
Be sure to watch Cedar Creek’s Facebook page for updates, because the hours and dates of this outdoor event are subject to weather and blooming conditions.
Sunflower Festival at Kansas Maze
The Kansas Maze at Gaeddert Farms celebrated its 20th season as a fall family attraction by opening a Sunflower Festival. The farm also hosts a Sunflower Trail 5k and 1-mile run.
Where: The Sunflower Festival is held at Gaeddert Farms. Their farm is located at 13209 E. 82nd Ave, Buhler, Ks 67522.
Cost: 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 in one-dozen bunches.
Parking: Gaeddert Farms has dedicated parking areas you should see as you arrive. Parking is free.
When: The Sunflower Festival for 2020 will be held August 22 to September 12, 2020. They’ll have 20 acres of gorgeous sunflowers for you to take pictures in.
The Sunflower Trail Run 5K and 1 Mile is scheduled for August 29, 2020. Registration is open now for that run.
Of course, the dates and hours will depend on this crazy Kansas weather, so be sure to check their page for the latest details.
Sunflowers near Coronado Heights
When my family and I went to Coronado Heights one year we accidentally came across this field of sunflowers, and it was so thrilling! Here’s a photo I took that day:
Peterson Brothers Sunflower Trails near Lindsborg
Where: At The Heights Wedding Venue, 2951 13th Ave. Lindsborg, KS 67456
The famous Peterson Brothers (“I’m Farming and I Grow It”) offer Sunflower Trails about 2 miles north of Lindsborg, Kansas, in the early fall. The trails are usually open to the public on weekends in August/September. You’ll be able to walk through trails in the field and take as many pictures as you want to.
When: We saw on the Peterson Brothers Facebook page that they started planting on July 9! The Peterson Brothers told us that they are expecting the sunflowers to be ready in late August and early September.
Cost: In the past, admission was $5 per person/$10 per family; $5 per sunflower picked
Go to the Peterson Farm Brothers website for all the details and for contact information.
Grinter Farms Sunflower Fields
Where: Grinter Farms, 24154 Stillwell Rd., Lawrence, KS 66044
Grinter Farms in Lawrence, KS is the well-known Kansas sunflower field you may have already heard about. They’ve been open to the public for years! If you want to go, be sure to keep up with the latest on the Grinter Farms Facebook page.
When: Fields will be planted in July. We’ll watch for updates on expected bloom time.
Cost: Usually free admission; $1 per sunflower stem you take with you (on the honor system).
Sunflower Festival at Walters
Where: 10001 NW U.S. Highway 77 , Burns, KS 66840
Walters is known for its family-friendly pumpkin patch, but last year it added a sunflower festival to the long list of fun things to do.
During the sunflower festival, Walters opens the fields to the public with an admission fee. You can ride the hay wagon out to the field, take pictures, and even cut some sunflowers at $1 per stem.
When: August 15, 16, 22, 23, 2020. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Admission to Walters Sunflower Festival is $10 year. If you’re near El Dorado, this might be a good one to visit for convenience sake. Be sure to check out their website for more information and updates on Walters Sunflower Festival.
More to come…
We found a sunflower field on the way to Cowley State Fishing Lake waterfall one year, but we have no idea if it is planted every year. We’ve also heard of fields around Augusta and Hutchinson. The best way to find them is to take a drive and enjoy the beautiful Kansas fall scenery.
Let us know if you spot a Kansas sunflower field in your travels! We’ll share it here so others can enjoy the sight too. And please feel free to share your pictures with us, either here or at the Wichita on the Cheap Facebook page.