Updated for 2020!
Sunshine at your fingertips at New Jersey Farms!
Sunflowers are regal plants as they tower over us with their bright disposition. Who can resist smiling when they see a sunflower? Well, at Mommy University, we certainly can’t which is why last year and this year we visited locations that offered sunflowers.
We have already discussed why sunflowers are beneficial to see and since New Jersey offers many amazing opportunities, we wanted to let you know about some of them. From tours to scavenger hunts, farms in the Garden State offer children wonderful experiences. So, please take advantage of them. (Sunflowers have a short period of time that they can be appreciated so it is best to check with the location you plan to visit as their peak times might have passed.)
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Amazing Places to See Sunflowers in NJ
Alstede Farms, Chester
Alstede Farms not only offers pick your own for many fruits and vegetables they also contain petting zoo, farm activities and sunflowers! They have two opportunities for sunflowers: a maze and pick your own. The sunflower maze is included with general admission and you can cut your own sunflowers which cost $1 each. When you visit Monday-Thursday 9am-11am admission is FREE!
2020 Update: The maze opened July 17!
A working farm, Brodhecker Farms is one of the early bloomers for sunflowers and while there are no tours or mazes, this is a place that you can drive up to and marvel. For 2020, there is a charge of $10 per car. They may bring out a structure that allows visitors to look over the field. You can follow their Facebook page with updates on the sunflower field.
2020 Update: In bloom at this time.
Donaldson Farm, Hackettstown
If you are looking for a relaxing tour of a sunflower farm that will entice you with educational facts and history of farming, then head over to Donaldson Farms. Located in Warren County, the sunflowers are spread over 30 acres. Tours are offered at optimal times for photography and guests receive farm fresh fruit and water. Children can also participate in a safari hunt for pollinators. In addition, Donaldson Farms is hosting a Pick and Paint-Your-Own-Sunflower Tour where you can, yes, paint a sunflower piece of art.
2020 Update: Sunflowers expected to bloom July – August.
Duke Farms, Hillsborough
Duke Farms is unique from the previous suggestions as they have more diverse plant and nature offerings as well as educational opportunities. After visiting the sunflowers, you can visit the Orchid Range. The large area is a wonderful invitation for geocachers and self-guided tours. Duke Farms also hosts family programs as well as professional development opportunities for educators.
2020 Update: Dates to be announced soon.
Happy Day Farm, Manalapan
It is obvious to see how this farm obtained its name Happy Day Farm! The 2 acre sunflower farm might be what attracts you to visiting this uplifting space, but when you stop by, make sure to check out the popular blueberry and raspberry picking too! Admission is $8/person (children 1 and under are FREE), and sunflowers cost $2.50 per stem (cash only).
2020 Update: Open NOW through late August.
Holland Ridge Farms, Cream Ridge
Five acres in Holland Ridge Farms will be dedicated to sunflowers from September to October! In fact, they are launching a Sunflower Festival to celebrate where families can enjoy face painting, food trucks, a gallery and all things sunflowers. You can add this destination to your bucket list of places to see sunflowers!
2020 Update: Sunflower Festivals will resume in the Fall.
Jennings Tree Farm, Shamong
Yes, Tree Farms also grow sunflowers! Well they do at Jennings Tree Farm. The sunflower field was planted to offer enjoyment to a farmer’s family. Several years ago they placed an Honor Box outside so visitors can cut their own flowers. They recommend $1 for 3 sunflowers. Don’t miss out on this South Jersey location.
2020 Update: Contact farm to confirm flowers are in bloom.
Johnson’s Corner Farm, Medford
Take a hayride out to cut your own sunflowers at Johnson’s Corner Farm. Not only can you pick your own flowers with the kids, but afterwards they can play in the Discovery Barnyard and Animal Farm (fees apply to Discovery Barnyard).
2020 Update: The Sunflower Stroll starts July 22!
Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm, Jobstown
Johnson’s Locust Hall Farm is impressive in the vast quantity of items they grow which does include pick your own sunflowers! Once you are done picking sunflowers, your kids might want to indulge in the petting zoo or the free play area. This is a farm that might be a full day excursion. In the fall, 12 acres of sunflowers will also be available for cut your own which will be called “Sunflower September.”
2020 Update: Sunflower September Festival Dates to be announced.
Liberty Farm’s Sussex County Sunflower Maze, Sandyston
Liberty Farm has hosted the Sussex County Sunflower Maze for several years, but it has a new location in Sandyston last year. There is a kid’s scavenger hunt where they are tasked with locating different items. As well, there is a butterfly native pollinator meadow. In the past, photographers have been invited to special hours on specific dates so check on their Facebook page.
2020 Update: The maze will be open August 24 – September 13, 2020.
Melick’s Town Farm, Oldwick
You may not want to visit a maze on a hot day but still enjoy fresh flowers so Melick’s Town Farm might be the option for you. At 170 Oldwick Rd, you can cut your own sunflowers. You can browse the flower patch and pay per stem.
2020 Update: Contact farm to confirm flowers are in bloom.
Stony Hill Farms, Chester
Head to gorgeous Chester, NJ to enjoy 2.5 acres of beautiful sunflowers at the Sunflower Festival at Stony Hill Farms. One field is for pictures and walking around while the second field is for cutting your own sunflowers. Families can also enjoy other farm activities such as live music, a playground and delicious homemade ice cream.
2020 Season: Although the festival has ended, guests can still pick sunflowers.
Timberline Farms, Folsom
Explore this 2 acre sunflower field in South Jersey! Timberline Farms is filled with over 30,000 sunflowers that your family can pick to bring home and share the sunshine. Tickets are $12 and children 4 and under are free. This is a working farm so wear comfortable clothes that can get dirty and be prepared there is no bathrooms or refreshments available to purchase.
2020 Update: Sadly, the season ended early due to Tropical Storm Isaias.
Located in beautiful Washington, NJ, VonThun Farms offers an amazing 6 acre Sunflower Train that the entire family can enjoy. Guests can take pictures as well as cut their own sunflowers. The maze is open every day except Monday 10am-5pm. After exploring the sunflower trail, families can take hayride around the farm, see the barnyard animals or stop by the farmer’s market!
2020 Update: Open NOW!
Andersen Farms Sunflower Maze, Sparta
Although, Andersen Farms has been around for over a decade, in 2015 they opened their first Sunflower Maze which extends 10 acres. In addition to the hidden items in the maze such as a “mouse in the house,” children can also find letters and see if they can decode the scrambled message. At the end of the maze, children receive a complimentary lollipop and can participate in finger painting the enormous sunflower mural. Parents will enjoy the 10% off coupon they receive after completing the maze to purchase fresh produce at Andersen Farms. There are plenty of photo props that will be fun for the kids (and adults) to pose in at Andersen Farms.
2020 Update: Andersen Farms will not be hosting a sunflower maze in 2020.
Tip: Be warned sunflowers attract butterflies and bees (a lot of bees). If there is an allergic reaction to bees, please note that sunflower farms are pretty expansive, so bring medication!
There are other locations in New Jersey to see sunflowers; however, we have compiled this list based on the ability to see sunflowers as well as educational activities that children may enjoy. At Mommy University, we enjoy the hidden benefits of visiting sunflowers as well as supporting local businesses that are at the heart of our state which are farms!