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
- Late August – Sunflowers near Lindsborg and Coronado Heights
- September – Sunflowers in Buhler and Lawrence
Sunflowers at Klausmeyer Farm
(These are done blooming now.) The earlier 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.
Update 8/20: All of the Klausmeyer Farm sunflower fields are done looking photogenic now. Keep reading to find more sunflower fields that are blooming…
Once the Clearwater sunflower fields are done blooming, we’ll have other sunflower fields near Wichita to visit!
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.
Now, obviously, the schedule depends on the sunflowers themselves. If they are blooming, the Sunflower Trails will be open beginning August 24.
On Friday evenings, the hours are 5 p.m. to sunset; on Saturdays, the field will be open all day. They expect the last weekend to be 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 is celebrating its 20th season as a corn maze and fall family attraction with a Sunflower Festival! The Sunflower Festival will take place over two weekends: (delayed because nature has its own plans)
September 8 & 9, and September 15 & 16. You’ll 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, $3 to $18.
Sunflowers in Lawrence, KS
Grinter Farms in Lawrence, KS is the big one you may have already heard about. Their Facebook page says they are expecting the first blooms in mid-September, but because they’ve had a tough year rain-wise, they’ve had to repeat the planting several times. This means some of the sunflowers in the field may bloom as late as October.
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.