With summer winding down and the promise of cooler fall days on the horizon, it’s time for sunflowers to shine. You don’t want to miss the towering blooms stretching as far as the eyes can see. Their gigantic blooms make for a great photo opp and a fun day trip. Here are the best places to visit sunflower fields around central Iowa.
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Where to see Sunflowers around Des Moines and Central Iowa
Carl Voss Trail, Des Moines
Where: Park near the intersection of Rose Ave and East 26th St on the southside.
This sunflower patch is a hidden gem, located in Des Moines off of the Carl Voss Trail. Let the kids run and explore in the blooms. Be sure to bring your camera for fun photo opps. The 5-mile trail starts in downtown Des Moines and goes to Easter Lake.
Where: 32835 610th Avenue, Cambridge
When: Every day 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission: $11.95 and up for ages 3+
Features: Wander the fields and get lost in the beautiful blooms. Cut your own flowers or purchase fresh-cut stems in the Country Store. Sunflowers will bloom through mid-October, so make sure to plan a visit!
This 20-acre flower farm in Winterset is NOT open to the public, but you can schedule a visit. Their sunflower plots are available for rent to local photographers. You can also do a Cut Your Own Bouquet Experience–a fun activity with kids or friends. Check their website for more details.
120th Lane, Van Meter
You don’t want to miss these sunflower fields! When they are blooming in all their glory they are a sight to be seen (and photographed).