Beautiful sunflower fields you can stroll through in NJ
Among reasons why the “Garden State” remains a fitting nickname for New Jersey — the annual rotation of seasonal fruits, vegetables and flowers that have become popular day trip attractions for residents and visitors.
Late summer means the arrival of sunflower season. There are fields in each part of the state, planted for the enjoyment of customers who often can also pay to bring a few stems home, if they choose.
Some fields are in bloom by early August, while others are planned to peak from late August to mid-September.
Calling or emailing before heading out is always advisable if weather appears to be an issue.
Von Thun Farms New Jersey Sunflower Trail (Warren County)
438 Route 57 West, Washington, 07882
Open daily thru Labor Day. Weekend hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Weekday hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Paid admission includes access to the New Jersey Sunflower Trail, photo op areas, and the farm animal barnyard area, as well as access to the picking fields (MUST purchase container for picking) and a hayride around the farm.
Online tickets are strongly encouraged (ages 2 & under are free)
Happy Day Farm (Monmouth County)
106 Iron Ore Road, Manalapan, 07726
The farm is “cash only" and tickets are sold at the door for the summer season.
Happy Day Farm is open for lavender viewing, zinnia and sunflower picking for late summer (through last weekend of August).
At the Manalapan farm, Wednesday to Sunday hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (closed Monday & Tuesday). “Last entry at 2:30 p.m. sharp.”
Johnson’s Corner Farm (Burlington County)
133 Church Road, Medford, 08055
Name the season and there's something literally growing at Johnson’s Corner Farm.
For 2022, they launched the "Sunflower Celebration" with a wagon ride, pictures in the sunflower maze, and flower picking.
Hayride tickets can be combined with a visit to the Discovery Barnyard Playground and Animal Farm, with discounts for evening hours.
Online ticket sales are posted once the farm can be sure of bloom dates.
Holland Ridge Farms (Monmouth County)
86 Rues Rd, Cream Ridge, 08514
The farm has planted several varieties of sunflowers, along with other gorgeous flowers and is rolling out new “photo props.”
Holland Ridge Farms is expecting to open for sunflowers in late September.
After ticketed admission, visitors can pay a dollar a stem to bring home pick-your-own custom bouquets and arrangements.
Sussex County New Jersey Sunflower Maze at Liberty Farm (Sussex County)
101 Route 645, Sandyston, 07826
Phone: 833-SUN-MAZE (833-786-6293)
New Jersey's "original" sunflower maze is heading into its 12th year.
This year, the farm planted over 50 varieties and plans to open about 50 acres to customers, with over a million flowers.
Sussex County Sunflower Maze is slated to open after Labor Day.
Dalton Farms (Gloucester County)
660 Oak Grove Road Swedesboro, 08085
The expected season is to run through the month of September, with tickets to be added as blooms are monitored.
Dalton Farms is a 99-acre family owned and run farm, with roots extending back to 1790.
The first annual Dalton Farms Sunflower Festival was born in 2019.