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 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 we’ve visited many of the best sunflower fields near Wichita, and have listed them for you below!
In the past several 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. We’ve spotted them on the way to Winfield and on the way to Coronado Heights. And we’ve heard about fields near Cheney and Nickerson, KS too.
It’s fun when you come upon a big field where sunflowers are growing, 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.)
Even city folks like me understand that sunflowers are a crop for farmers, but I learned more than I knew before about what they’re grown for here in Kansas when I read this neat article in Hutch News: 2020 Kansas sunflower crop expected to increase by 78%
Have you ever wondered what happens to sunflowers after all the gorgeous photo opps are done? I love this video by the Peterson Farm Brothers that shows sunflower harvesting!
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know to visit these farms.
Sunflower Fields in Kansas
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.
Closest to Wichita:
Klausmeyer Farm Sunflower Fields
The Klausmeyer Farm sunflower fields are often the first fields to bloom every year – usually in late July. Farmer Dave has planted three separate sunflower patches this year, which extends the blooming season into September!
Where: Klausmeyer Farm, 8135 S 119th St W., Clearwater, Kansas 67026 (It’s just 26 minutes from the center of Wichita.)
Cost: Admission to Klausmeyer sunflower fields is $2 per person. $1 to take a sunflower home.
Parking: This year there will be a designated parking lot in the field across from the farmstead. Please do not park along the road. When you arrive, check in at the admission booth. If you’d rather not walk to the field, you can hitch a ride on a trailer.
Photographers: Photographers can purchase a special season pass very affordably. Your clients will pay the $2 admission fee like everyone else.
When: The first sunflower field planted this year at Klausmeyer Dairy Farm and Pumpkin Patch in Clearwater is expected to bloom in late July, with two other fields following in August and September.
Hours: They’ll be open every day from sunup to sundown until the season is over, weather permitting.
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 four sunflower fields planted this year, including a funfetti mix! They anticipate the flowers will be in bloom during different weeks from mid-August until the first part of September.
Cost: Admission to the Cedar Creek sunflower fields is $5 per person or $20 per carload. There’s also a $20 season pass that gets you admission to the sunflowers and the pumpkin patch later in the fall.
Parking: Cedar Creek Farm has a parking lot for visitors you will see as you are coming in to the farm.
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!
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.
Peterson Brothers/The Heights Sunflower Trails near Lindsborg
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.
You can walk through trails in the field and take as many pictures as you want to. This is a fun spot for pictures because Coronado Heights is visible in the background!
Where: At The Heights Wedding Venue, 2951 13th Ave. Lindsborg, KS 67456
When: We saw on the Peterson Brothers Facebook page that they started planting on July 22! The fields are expected to be blooming around August 28 and they hope to have nice looking flowers until about the second week of September. As always, this is dependent on conditions. …And the flowers make up their own minds about when they want to bloom. 🙂
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.
Related: Kansas Road Trip: Lindsborg, KS
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.
Very important post, called the “rules of engagement” where the owner gives a lot of info (including pointing out that there are no public restrooms). The sunflower field isn’t a tourist attraction; it’s a field planted with a crop on a farm. There are things you need to know.
When: Fields were planted in July and they expect blooms in the first week of September 2021 (around Labor Day). Watch their page for updates on expected bloom time.
Cost: Usually free admission; $1 per sunflower stem you take with you (on the honor system).
Diana Burress, Augusta Sunflower Field
We think this is the field that we saw on one of our Kansas scenic drives!
Where: 9251 SW 115th Augusta, KS
Cost: This field is free to go visit. Sunflowers are free to pick, they just ask that you bring your own stem cutters and pick in an area where people are not taking pictures (full areas of sunflowers look better in pictures.)
Parking: There is a designated parking area for the field that can be found by the signs directing you to that point. Parking on the shoulder of the road is heavily discouraged because it is quite a busy road.
When: The field should bloom in the middle to late September, but you can follow Diana Burress on Facebook for updates on the field. She says so far it looks like it will be a good year for them!
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 2021 will be held
August 21 August 25 to September 11. They’ll have acres of gorgeous sunflowers for you to take pictures in.
The Sunflower Trail Run 5K and 1 Mile is scheduled for August 28, 2021. Registration is open now for that run.
This year, Gaeddert Farms will also host a Sunflower Festival Craft & Art Market on September 4.
Of course, the dates and hours will depend on this crazy Kansas weather, so be sure to check their page for the latest details.
Sunflower Festival at Walters
Where: 10001 NW U.S. Highway 77 , Burns, KS 66840
Walters is known for its family-friendly pumpkin patch near El Dorado, but in recent years it has 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 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29, 2021. Open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cost: Admission to Walters Sunflower Festival is $14.95. Be sure to check out their website for more information and updates on Walters Sunflower Festival.
When Do Sunflowers Bloom in Kansas?
Kansas sunflowers usually bloom in late summer/early fall. Some farmers plant a few fields early so that the blooms are ready in July.
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.
Find more sunflower fields
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.
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:
We think this field was probably the one owned by the Peterson Farm Bros. but we aren’t sure. It could be someone else’s sunflower field!
I love that more and more of our Kansas sunflower farms are offering agritourism experiences! (Kansas even has lavender festivals nowadays.)
After tracking the sunflower fields for a few years, here’s where and when we think you might expect to see some Kansas sunflower fields in bloom each year. We hope that all of the visitors out taking their sunflower pictures thank these farmers and donate generously so they continue to do this for years to come!
- 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 or in September – Sunflowers near Coronado Heights at the Peterson Brothers Farm
- September – Sunflowers in Buhler and Lawrence