The Sunshine State may be known for its miles of sandy beaches and tropical weather, but did you know that it’s also home to some of the prettiest sunflower fields in the country?
The sunflower fields in Florida are amazing, and you should definitely visit them in you’re in Florida during sunflower season. They make for great photos, and most of the farms allow you to pick your own sunflowers to take home.
You can easily find them all over the state, and many are within a few hour’s drive of popular places to stay such as Miami or Tampa but there are some sunflower fields that stand out more than others, which I cover in this post.
Tips for visiting Sunflower farms
Before heading off to a sunflower farm, you’ll need to remember a few things.
Firstly, make sure to use reef-friendly sunscreen and take some with you to apply again throughout the day. The last thing you need is to get burnt in the Florida sunshine. To protect your head, I recommend wearing a hat or using Sun Bum sunscreen scalp spray.
For walking through the sunflower fields, you’ll need closed-toe shoes. Open-toed shoes like sandals will cause you to get dirty feet and bug bites.
Water is important. Make sure to bring water, preferably in a reusable cold insulted bottle so you can keep your water cold, and refill it when needed. You may also want to carry some electrolyte hydration tablets on you, as the sun can be super dehydrating.
Remember snacks, especailly if bringing kids. Most farms do serve food, or have fruit for sale but having some snacks on hand can help if the heat gets too much.
If you’re bringing kids, you might wish to bring along some compostable handwipes so you can wipe any mud off their hands and faces.
If you have allergies, to pollen or insects make sure to pack your allergy medication. If you have asthma, you might want to bring some just in case as even if it’s not been a problem in the past, the amount of flowers might trigger an attack. Just make sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist that you’re ok taking allergy medication and the best ones for your allergies.
If you’re visiting a u-pick, and want to cut your own sunflowers then you’ll also need to bring along suitable scissors/snips that will let you cut the sunflowers without damaging them. You should also bring a cooler, to ensure the sunflowers (and any other produce you pick) can be kept cool, as the Florida sun can cause flowers to wilt quickly.
Here are the top ten sunflower fields in Florida you must visit.
Sunflower Farms in Miami
The Berry Farms, Miami
The Berry Farms in Miami is an amazingly gorgeous place to see the sunflowers, with their sunflower fields blooming all year round. This sunflower field is one of the best in Miami and is a must-visit if you’re staying in or within Miami.
Every March they hold a Sunflower Festival that features a one-of-a-kind sunflower maze. You can easily get lost amongst the beautiful sunflowers while snapping photographs for Instagram. During the festival, you’re also allowed to purchase sunflowers at $1 per flower. If you’re visiting Florida from outside the USA, you probably won’t be able to take the sunflowers back home but you can still enjoy the fields and take tons of amazing photos to remember your time here.
This sunflower field also has a farmer’s market, that stocks fresh produce from the farm. Plus a smoothie bar, serving some of the tastiest strawberry juices and smoothies you’ll taste in Florida. Plus on weekends, they have a BBQ, and Taco Barn serves yummy BBQ meat and tacos.
Entry to the farm costs $10 on weekends and $5 on weekdays.
Phone: +1 786-701-8100
The Berry Farm is currently closed to visits until 14th September 2022.
Strawberry Fields of Kendall
The Strawberry Fields of Kendall is a sister-farm of The Berry Farm and another sunflower field you should consider visiting if you’re staying in Miami. This farm is mostly known for its strawberries (hence the name!) but they have beautiful sunflower fields from December through to May. When the fields are in full bloom, it’s really worth visiting and you can purchase flower cuttings for $1 per sunflower.
The farm season begins in December and runs through to May. During the season, they have tons of yummy fresh produce including tomatoes, watermelons, peppers, and more available from their farm shop.
Entry to the sunflower farm costs $10 on weekends and $5 on weekdays.
Phone: +1 305-322-3388
Sunflower Fields near Tampa, Florida
Jimmy Mc’s Sunflower farm
Jimmy Mc’s Farms Sunflower patch is about a 40-minute drive from Tampa, and 1-hour drive from Clearwater. This sunflower field hosts a u-pick and photography season every year (appointments are required). If you’d like to make an appointment, you can email them at [email protected] or check their Facebook page for when they’re taking appointments.
To check if the flowers are ready to be picked, make sure to check their Facebook page.
Phone: +1 904-945-4411
A Land of Delight Natural Farm
Located about 30 minutes drive from Tampa, and 1-hour drive from Clearwater, you’ll find A Land of Delight Natural Farm’s beautiful sunflower field. The farm also has a nursery, that offers dozens of non-GMO fruit trees that you can buy including 15 different varieties of Mangos! Plus lemon trees, starfruit trees, kumquats trees and more.
The farm also hosts a farmers market that sells raw local wildflower honey, fresh farm eggs, Amish butter, and a range of other fresh produce.
Phone: +1 813-359-9120
About 1 hour drive from Tampa, Florida you’ll find Sweetfields Farm. The farm has a sunflower field that’s only open during spring and is next expected to take place in May 2023. They also open during the fall with a pumpkin patch and corn maze every year.
Tickets to enter the sunflower field are required, and for 2022 the tickets cost $10.75 for ages 3 years and over. Children under 2 years, can enter for free. No pets are allowed. Make sure to check their site for the latest ticket prices and opening times.
They also have a range of food and drink available during their sunflower season.
Phone: +1 352-279-0977
1 hour south of Tampa, and about 2 hours drive from Orlando you’ll find Hunsader Farms with its beautiful sunflower fields with sunflowers in a variety of colors. The farm is open to visitors from September 2nd. You are allowed to pick sunflowers yourself, with it costing $1 per yellow sunflower and $3 for red/purple/chocolate or orange sunflowers.
You can also buy wildflowers and zinnias for $5 per cup of flowers.
Hunsader Farms also has a petting zoo and playground, that costs $8 per person to enter. Kids under 12 months go for free. The petting zoo is home to various animals such as goats, alpacas, mini ponies, emus, deer, and more. You’ll be allowed to feed some of the animals, while others such as peacocks and lemurs are available for viewing only.
They also have a farmers market, which offers both u-pick and we-pick depending on the produce and time of year. We-pick produce including watermelons, tomatoes, sweet corn, pumpkins, and more. While u-pick includes okra, green beans, tomatoes, zipper peas, and many more items of produce. Make sure to check their site for the full list and produce seasons.
Phone: +1 941-322-2168
Sunflower fields near Orlando
Southern Hill Sunflower field
1 hour south of Tampa, and about 2 hours drive from Orlando you’ll find Hunsader Farms with it’s beautiful sunflower fields with sunflowers in a variety of colours. The farm is open to visitors from September 2nd. You are allowed to pick sunflowers yourself, with it costing $1 per yellow sunflower and $3 for red/purple/chocolate or orange sunflowers.
You can also buy wildflowers and zinnias for $5 per cup of flowers.
Hunsader Farms also has a petting zoo and playground, that costs $8 per person to enter. Kids under 12 months go for free. The petting zoo is home to various animals such as goats, alpacas, mini ponies, emus, deer and more. You’ll be allowed to feed some of the animals, while others such as peacocks and lemurs are available for viewing only.
They also have a farmers market, which offers both u-pick and we-pick depending on the produce and time of year. We-pick produce including watermelons, tomatoes, sweet corn, pumpkins and more. While u-pick includes okra, green beans, tomatoes, zipper peas and more. Make sure to check their site for the full list and produce seasons.
Phone: +1 407-986-5806
Grahams U Pick Farms
Grahams U Pick Farms is located about 1 hour north of Orlando, just outside Umatilla in Lake County. Here you’ll find a working farm that is home to an orange grove, peach orchards, blackberries, and of course the sunflower fields.
Grahams U Pick Farms has been running for over 100 years and first started planting their sunflowers in 2019. They do 2 sunflower plantings per year – one in December, and the other in Spring. Plus they have other beautiful field and groves available for photo ops.
If you’re visiting the area and want photographs taken in any of their fields, make sure to contact them ahead of time to book a time. They can also help by recommending local photographers that can take stunning photos of you, and your family.
Besides sunflowers, they also do u-pick produce such as peaches, okra, and cantaloupe. Make sure to check their site for information on when the u-picks are open, and to check if you need to book an appointment.
Phone: +1 352-636-3821
Mick Farms Sunflower field
About 30 minutes south of Orlando, and 1 hour from Cocoa Beach you’ll find Mick Farms.
Mick Farms is a seasonal farm, meaning they produce vegetables and other products based on the season. The farm has a farm stand that is open daily, from 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Saturday and 12 pm to 4 pm on Sundays. Visitors are also welcome to come along and help with harvesting and learning more about farming. Just make sure to ring ahead to check what produce is available.
The farm is home to a 32-acre sunflower field that is open several times throughout the year. You’ll need to contact them to confirm when their sunflowers are in season.
Phone: +1 407-791-6873
Sledd’s U-Pick Farm
About an hour’s drive from Orlando, and Cocoa Beach, in Mim’s, is Sledd’s U-Pick Farm.
Sledd’s U-Pick plants sunflowers throughout the year and announces when they’re available for picking via their Facebook page. Make sure to keep an eye on it for updates.
The farm is also well known for its yummy strawberries, which are definitely worth buying as well.
The farm only accepts cash and has a $5 entry fee (as of 2021) for children over 3 years old so make to bring cash with you. If you want to pick sunflowers, you’ll also need scissors/shears to cut the sunflowers, and a bag to put them in.
Phone: +1 321-537-7003
Stanley Pond Adventure farm
About 35 minutes from Orlando, you’ll find Stanley Pond Adventure Farm. A family-friendly 23-acre farm with a fun zone that opens on weekends. The fun zone includes things like a slide and tricycle track. There’s also an all-you-can-fish area, where you need to bring your own fishing rod, bait and tackle.
The farm’s entry fee is $15 per person. They don’t charge for infants but kids who are old enough to play, need to pay. Besides entry to the farm, the fee also includes a sunflower vase that can hold $20-30 of sunflowers. You’ll be able to pick the sunflowers yourself.
The farm has a beautiful sunflower field, and they’re happy for you to bring a photographer to take beautiful photos of you and your family.
Phone: +1 321-228-7608
I hope this post has helped you find the perfect sunflower farm for your Florida vacation so you can get some Insta-worthy shots and have a fun family day out in Florida without breaking the bank.