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 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 August or September. But we have heard of a few fields planted early so that the blooms are ready in late July, so keep an eye on this page; we’ll update it when we get any new information.
Based on what we saw last year, here’s when you might expect to see some Kansas sunflower fields in bloom, and where:
- July and August – Klausmeyer Sunflower Field
- Mid-August – Walters Sunflower Festival
- August-September – Sunflower Festival at Kansas Maze
- Late August – Sunflowers near Lindsborg and Coronado Heights
- September – Sunflowers in Buhler and Lawrence
I love that more and more of our Kansas sunflower farms are offering agritourism experiences! (Kansas even has lavender festivals nowadays.) These are the sunflower festivals in Kansas that we know of so far.
Sunflower Festival at Walters
Walters is known for its family-friendly pumpkin patch, but this year it’s adding a sunflower festival to the long list of fun things to do.
The plan right now is to open the fields to the public August 17 and 18, 2019. You can ride the hay wagon out to the field, take pictures, and even cut some sunflowers at $1 per stem.
Admission to Walters Sunflower Festival is $8 per person, but if you’re near El Dorado it might be worth it for convenience sake.
Sunflower Festival in Buhler
The Kansas Maze at Gaeddert Farms celebrated its 20th season as a corn maze and fall family attraction last year by opening a Sunflower Festival!
The Sunflower Festival for 2019 will be held August 24 to September 15, 2019. They have paths where you can walk through the fields, and you and your family can take lots of pictures. Admission to the festival is $7 per person, and sunflowers can be purchased singly or in half-dozen or one-dozen bunches.
Each ticket includes admission, one sunflower of your choice, and access to the aMAZEing playland. You’ll get to spend as much time as you like taking pictures, exploring the field, and enjoying quality time with your friends and family during your sunflower festival experience!
The plan is to have Wednesday through Friday evenings available from 5-8 p.m. and weekends from 2-8 p.m. Of course, the dates and hours will depend on this crazy Kansas weather, so be sure to check their page for the latest details.
The Sunflower Trail Run 5K and 1-mile run at Kansas Maze is a new event. Its pathways will immerse runners, joggers, and walkers INSIDE the gorgeous sunflower field. It will be beautiful! Registration is open now and the run is scheduled for August 31. Tip: The registration price increases each month, so the sooner you register the cheaper it will be. Smart!
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.
Important to remember: nature doesn’t care about our schedule! 🙂 The list 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 sunflowers.
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
Three sunflower fields were planted last year near Klausmeyer Dairy Farm and Pumpkin Patch in Clearwater. It’s just 26 minutes from the center of Wichita. Here’s the address if you want to map it:
8135 S 119th St W (12.93 mi)
Clearwater, Kansas 67026
Last year they staggered the planting of three fields, so one was blooming in early July, another should be blooming mid-July, and they anticipate the third field to be blooming sometime in August. They even have a donation box so you can pay for any flowers or make a “thank-you” contribution for the opportunity to take photos.
Last year, all of the Klausmeyer Farm sunflower fields were done looking photogenic around mid-August. But 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.
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:
This was several years ago, but you might come across it too if you take a drive to Coronado Heights. I don’t know the owners and I don’t know that it’s open to the public, so stay on the outside edges of the field if you find it. It may even be the same field listed immediately below, but I haven’t confirmed that yet…
Sunflower Trails near Lindsborg
Emily recently came across a Facebook post announcing that there’s a sunflower field about 2 miles north of Lindsborg that will be 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 for $2 per person. You can also take home a sunflower head as a souvenir if you like for a suggested donation of $2 per head.
Now, obviously, the schedule depends on the sunflowers themselves. When they are blooming, the Sunflower Trails will be open every morning and evening for two weeks straight. Last year that was around late August to mid-September.
If you want to map it, the address is 2951 13th Ave. Lindsborg, KS 67456.
Go to the Peterson Farm Brothers website for all the details and for contact information.
Sunflowers in Lawrence, KS
Grinter Farms in Lawrence, KS is the big one you may have already heard about. Their Facebook page last year said the sunflower fields were still pretty in late September, but every year could be different.
If you want to go, be sure to keep up with the latest on the Grinter Farms Facebook page.
Grinter Farms is located at 24154 Stillwell Rd., Lawrence, KS 66044.
More to come…
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.
Buhler, KS 67522