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
Where: Located about 35 minutes from Cedar Rapids in Benton County right along Hwy 30 between Keystone and Belle Plaine at the intersection of Hwy 30 and Hwy 131/V40 at the Belle Plaine exit. No matter what Google and Apple Maps tell you, stay on Hwy 30! Find detailed directions on their website here.
When: Dates for 2021 are TBD. Check back for updates.
Cost: Open to the public. All stems are $1 each. Cash and credit cards accepted.
Where: 3260 69th Street, Atkins, Iowa 52206 (located about 10 minutes west of Cedar Rapids and 40 minutes north of Iowa City).
When: September 17th-early October, 2020. 2021 DATES TBA.
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. Pets are not allowed.
Sunflower Fields Near Sioux City
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Where: 1592 Charles Avenue, Lawton, Iowa 51030 which is located just outside of Sioux City.
When: Sunflower days are Saturdays and Sundays in September starting September 11 (Sept 11th-12th, 18th-19th, 25th-26th
Cost: $12.95 admission at the gate but you can save money if you buy tickets online in advance (they are having a flash sale until September 3 at 11:59 pm). Admission includes a free bloom, photo ops, live music, and more. Additional sunflowers cost $2/stem.
Sunflower Fields Near Des Moines
Badger Creek State Recreation Area
Where: Badger Creek State Recreation Area, 120th Lane, Van Meter, Iowa
When: Expected in July of 2021
Badger Creek State Recreation Area has a large sunflower field that draws thousands of visitors a year. Location varies so check back for updates.
Check the Iowa Department of Natural Resources facebook page for updates.
Center Grove Orchard
Where: 32835 610th Avenue, Cambridge, IA 50046 (about 30 minutes from Des Moines and Ames)
Dates: Sunflowers are expected to bloom from early August through late September/early 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. There are also season passes available. See their website for full pricing and to purchase tickets online.
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.
Sunflower Fields in Southeast Iowa
Where: 1977 Highway 2, Donnellson, Iowa 52625
Dates: The 2021 Sunflower Festival is scheduled to take place early to mid August depending on weather.
Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM
Cost: Admission is $7.00 (Children age 2 and under are free) and includes unlimited photo opportunities, access to the cut your own sunflower field and family time in both play areas. A “Day Pass” or a “Season Pass” is required for professional photographers only and need to be made online prior to their visit.
Harvestville Farm is hosting their popular Sunflower Festival for the 2021 season and is anticipating over 10 acres of sunflowers this year. Their sunflowers vary in height and color and they will also have several photo prop areas throughout the field this year. The festival will also include live music, on select days, along with concession style food being served from The Pitchfork Café. They also have play areas for kids with Jumping Pillow, Tire Pyramids, Trike Tracks, “Rubber Ducky” Races, Giant Slide, Horse and Tractor Swings, Wiggle Cars, Flying Turtles, Playhouse, General Store, Workshop, Corn Holes, Human Hamster Wheels, Hay Bale Jumps, Tether Balls, Pumpkin Bowling, Tug of War, Giant Chess, Giant Checkers & Giant Scrabble, Pumpkin Jumping Pad an more.
Where: 2469 Highway 2, Donnellson, Iowa 52625
Dates: The 2021 Sunflower Festival is expected to take place in early September
Hours: 9 AM – 5 PM
Cost: Admission is $7 per adult and $5.50 for children ages 3-17, 2 and under are free, includes sunflower fields, Appleberry Acres & Petting farm & corn maze. Admission includes one (1) stem to cut and take with you, bring your clippers. Additional stems are available for purchase. Photographers must make an appointment in advance for photography sessions and pay an extra fee.
Appleberry Orchard has over 3 acres of sunflowers with thousands of beautiful blooms of yellow, white, red, pink and chocolate sunflowers.
Photos opps include a fence, truck, tractor, red velvet couch and more. There is also a viewing platform to see above the whole field.
Have you visited any sunflower fields in Iowa?