If you are in or close to Iowa and googled “sunflower fields near me” you are in the right place. There are several beautiful sunflower fields and farms throughout Iowa for those that want to enjoy being in nature or take photos for instagram. Keep reading for a list of the best sunflower fields in Iowa that you can visit this summer and fall.
Sunflower Fields in Iowa
Below is a list of sunflower fields in Iowa. I have included useful information you need to plan your visit, including addresses, hours, bloom dates as well as links to their websites and facebook pages. Note: Some sunflower fields close after too much rain so make sure to check their facebook pages for the most up to date hours, dates and weather related closures before you go.
Sunflower Fields Near Cedar Rapids
Pheasant Run Farm
Pheasant Run Farm has 10 acres of blooming sunflowers. There are two elevated platforms that provide birds’ eye vantage points for looking at and photographing the sunflowers. The farm has paths mown into the sunflowers for visitors to wander through them and several “photo stations” that include rustic farm equipment and other fun props on which kids and adults alike can play. They also have several kid-friendly activities, including the Sunflower Forest—a special path cut in the sunflowers for the kids to explore. Food trucks are available on selected days.
Where: The field is located in Benton County right along Hwy 30
between Keystone and Belle Plaine 1/4 mile south of the junction of Highway 30 and V40/131. Find detailed directions on their website here.
Dates: Pheasant Run Farm’s 2022 Sunflower Experience opens Thursday, August 4, at 4:00 p.m for about 12-14 days, depending on the weather and condition of the sunflower blooms.
Hours: August 4: 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Daily, through August 16: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (no entry after 7:30 p.m.)
Cost: $6 per person (includes one sunflower). Ages 3 and younger are free. Cut-Your-Own Sunflower Bouquet (additional cost of $2/stem). Cash or cards accepted.
Bloomsbury Farm is holding their second season of Sunflower Days where you can come pick & frolic in their stunning fields of flowers & enjoy tons of fun farm activities with 20+ attractions. Pets are not allowed.
Where: 3260 69th Street, Atkins, Iowa 52206 (located about 10 minutes west of Cedar Rapids and 40 minutes north of Iowa City).
Sunflower Fields Near Sioux City
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Where: 1592 Charles Avenue, Lawton, Iowa 51030 which is located just outside of Sioux City.
Dates: Sunflower days are Saturdays and Sundays in September starting September 10, 2022 (Sept 10-11, 17-18, 24-25, 2022)
Sunflower Fields Near Des Moines
Howells Greenhouse and Pumpkin Patch
Where: 3145 Howell Court, Cumming, IA 50061 (21 miles from Des Moines)
Dates: Their sunflowers started blooming as of July 7, 2022. Sunflower season is over for 2022.
Hours: Daily from 10am-5pm
Cost: General admission is $12 per person ages 2 years and older and will include access to view and take photos in the Sunflower fields. Cut Your Own Sunflowers are 1 stem for $3.00, 3 Stems for $6.00, 6 Stems for $12.00, 12 Stems for $18.00.
Badger Creek State Recreation Area
Ready to go sunflower seeking? ? Your favorite spot may have moved!
Sunflower plots for dove hunting rotate yearly (including Badger Creek State Rec Area this year).
— Iowa DNR (@iowadnr) July 15, 2021
Badger Creek State Recreation Area has a large sunflower field that draws thousands of visitors a year. The location changes as sunflower plots are rotated each year. You can find pinned map locations for access points to sunflower plots at iowadnr.gov/doves (click on “Food Plot Sites”).
If you love making summer visits to the sunflowers, consider purchasing your habitat fee, even if you’re not a hunter! Funds from the habitat fee help pay for the planting of these fields, which take a lot of staff time and effort to plant and develop.
Check the Iowa Department of Natural Resources facebook page for updates.
Where: Badger Creek State Recreation Area, 120th Lane, Van Meter, Iowa
When: Sunflowers are expected to bloom mid July 2022.
Center Grove Orchard
Center Grove Orchard has six sunflower meadows blooming at different times so they have a long sunflower season. If you are a professional photographer, make sure to read their professional photography policy.
Where: 32835 610th Avenue, Cambridge, IA 50046 (about 30 minutes from Des Moines and Ames)
Dates: Sunflowers are expected to open August 27, 2022 and are expected to be in bloom through mid-October.
Hours: Open daily between 9 AM – 7 PM.
Cost: Admission Price is $11.95 Mon-Thurs and $15.95 Fri-Sun. Kids under 3 are free. They also sell season passes and are having a season pass flash sale starting 5 PM Thursday, August 5 until 5 PM Saturday, August 7. See their website for full pricing and to purchase tickets online.
Deal’s Orchard has planted a 1.5 acre sunflower field. In addition to sunflowers, this family run apple orchard has 45 acres of apple trees with more than 25 varieties, an orchard store selling cider, homemade apple pie, local honey and other artisan food goods, as well as a seasonal corn maze and other family activities.
Where: 1102 244th St., Jefferson, IA 50129 (located 67 northwest of Des Moines)
When: They will be opening August 27, 2022. The blooms are expected to be at their peak for 10-14 days.
Cost: Admission to the sunflower field is included with Apple Acres admission ($6 adults, $9 kids). You can cut your own sunflowers from the field, or purchase precut flowers (1 Sunflower: $2.50, 6 Sunflowers: $10.00, 12 Sunflowers: $16.00) Professional photographers need to purchase a pass ($75 per day or $150 annual) and make reservations at least 48 hours in advance.
Sunflower Fields in East Iowa
Pride of the Wapsi
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Where: 14600 305th St, Long Grove, IA 52756 (18 miles from Davenport)
Dates: Sunflower Days were July 16-31, 2022.
Hours: Wednesdays through Sundays from 10am-4pm
Cost: Admission is $13.95 online (or $15 onsite) for adults, $8.95 (or $10 onsite) for children age 3-12. Admission includes 1 sunflower and fall family activities and entertainment (jumping pillow, ball zone, farm animals), concession foods, local wines, and music. Kids age 2 and under are free.
Sunflower Fields in Southeast Iowa
Harvestville Farm has 10 acres of sunflowers of all colors and sizes. Their sunflowers vary in height and color and they will also have several photo prop areas throughout the field this year. Pets are not allowed.
Where: 1977 Highway 2, Donnellson, Iowa 52625
Dates: Sunflower Festival begins July 30, 2022. They expect to have flower fields open for 7-14 days depending on weather.
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10-5 and Sunday 11-4. (They will be staying open on Wednesday, August 3rd until 9pm for sunset.)
Cost: Admission is $12 per person (2 and under are free) and includes the sunflower field, the 4 acre zinnia field and all farm activities. Cut your own sunflowers: 1 stem for $2.50, 3 stems for $6, 6 stems for $12, 12 stems for $18 or fill and take home a tin flower bucket for $30. If you plan on cutting your own, bring a pair of clippers or pruners.
Sunflower Fields in Western Iowa
Ditmars Orchard & Vineyard
Where: 19475 225th Street, Council Bluffs, Iowa 51503 (14 miles from Omaha)
Dates: Their sunflowers are now in bloom and they are open for U-pick.
Hours: Thursday-Saturday 10-6, Live Music Fridays 6-8, Sunday 11-5
Cost: U-pick sunflowers are $2.50 each or 5 for $10. Zinnias are $1.00 per stem.
Have you visited any sunflower fields in Iowa?