Take the Kids: 7 places to see sunflowers this summer
Posted July 8, 2021 9:00 p.m. EDT
Updated July 21, 2021 3:43 p.m. EDT
The city of Raleigh's sunflower field, which you'll find blooming in Dix Park very soon, popularized sunflower fields across the Triangle. And, during COVID, many more fields have popped up and will continue to bloom this summer. Here's where to find those bright yellow blooms!
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Dix Park, Raleigh
Located off of Hunt Drive near its intersection with Western Boulevard, Dix Park's five-acre sunflower field is expected to start blooming in mid-July. It's free to visit daily from dawn to dusk.
NC Museum of Art, Raleigh
The N.C. Museum of Art in Raleigh will have two sunflower fields. The original 2.5-acre field is at the Blue Loop and Meadow trails at the museum park. The second, new for 2021, will be located below the Ellipse, which is right next to the parking lot off Blue Ridge Road. They are free to see and should start blooming in the next week or two.
Hill Ridge Farm, Youngsville
Update! The festival will open July 17 and run through Aug. 22. Hill Ridge's Sunflower Festival started last year. The event will include food trucks, music, a covered wagon ride to and from the patch and a sunflower with each paid admission. You also can play at the farm's massive park. Admission will be $14 for ages 2 to 64 an $13 for military and ages 65 and up. Parking is free. Advanced tickets will not be sold.
Pace Family Farms, Clayton
The Clayton farm has sunflowers blooming now. The farm hopes to host a third and final sunflower day from 9 a.m .to 7 p.m., Saturday, July 10. It depends on whether there's any damage from the tropical storm that is headed our way. If there are flowers available, you can pick them for $1 per stem. Bring your own clippers! Check the farm's Facebook page for the latest update.
Firefly Farm, Hillsborough
As of July 6, Firefly Farm had a variety of sunflowers to pick and, according to a Facebook post, more on the way. You can reserve your u-pick session online. The cost is $15 per basket with a limit of five sunflowers per basket.
Cathis Farm, Lillington
About an hour from Raleigh, Cathis Farm is opening its five acres of sunflowers on weekends in July. It features more than 20 varieties and offers pick-your-own packages. Tickets purchased in advance are $15 for adults and $10 for kids ages 3 to 10. That includes a single bloom of your choice.