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. It isn’t an easy question to answer, since only a few are actually planted specifically to be enjoyed by the public.
All of the sunflower fields I’ve seen we found just by driving to other scenic Kansas spots. And those are fun, but we always need to be aware that they are on private property, so we just stay on the perimeter and don’t damage the field in any way. (That includes not picking the sunflowers or walking in the field.)
To the best of my knowledge – which isn’t extensive – sunflowers are usually in bloom in August or September. But we did recently find out about a few fields planted early, and others that will be ready in August, September, and possibly into October!
Keep reading to learn more about these:
- July and August 2018 – Klausmeyer Sunflower Field
- Mid-August – Walters Sunflower Festival
- Late August – Sunflowers near Lindsborg and Coronado Heights
- September – Sunflowers in Buhler and Lawrence
Sunflowers at Klausmeyer Farm
Three sunflower fields are 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
They’ve 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 that are blooming…
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 a hefty $8 per person, but if you’re near El Dorado it might be worth it for convenience sake.
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.
Sunflower Festival in Buhler
The Kansas Maze at Gaeddert Farms celebrated its 20th season as a corn maze and fall family attraction by opening a Sunflower Festival!
The Sunflower Festival took place over two weekends in September. 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 $5 per person, and sunflowers can be purchased singly or in half-dozen or one-dozen bunches.
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.