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These Are the Top 7 Sunflower Mazes in NJ, CT, & Long Island

These Are the Top 7 Sunflower Mazes in NJ, CT, & Long Island

Find out the best sunflower mazes to get lost among the flowers, take awesome pics for Instagram, and more.


It’s sunflower season, which means sunflower mazes are blooming across our area! These bright and cheery blooms are as warm and inviting as the sweet summer sun. With brilliant yellow petals, also known as “rays,” sunflowers have an unmistakable sun-like appearance that has made them a crowd favorite, especially in the summer months.

Kids and adults alike have a tough time turning down an outing where you can explore a sunflower maze or tackle a trail of sunflowers. You can also often pick your own flowers and of course get the perfect Instagram-worthy pictures. Here are a few of our favorite sunflower mazes in NJ, Long Island, and CT.

Sunflower Mazes on Long Island

Waterdrinker Family Farm and Garden 

663 Wading River Road, Manorville
631-878-8653
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Hours: daily, 9am-5pm
Admission: $15; free for children younger than 2. Admission includes access to sunflower fields, barnyard animals, mini golf, tractor pedal cars, wooden playland, photo op spots, and obstacle course.

Near the North Fork, this sunflower maze is brand-new. When you’re done, say hello to the barnyard pals or let your future farmer ride on some new John Deere tractors. Practice your putt-putt skills on the 9-hole mini-golf course. If your kid dreams of being a pirate, a monster truck driver or a train conductor, leave time to play at the wooden playland.

Why we love it: The farm welcomes selfies, family photos, dog photos (just bring a leash), and whatever other kind of photo you can imagine.

Sunflower Mazes in NY

Sunflower Valley Farm

366 County Road 12, New Hampton
845-843-9372
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Hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4:30pm
Admission: Monday-Friday: $10; $5 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. Saturday-Sunday and holidays $12; $5 children ages 5-12; free for children younger than 5. Includes 3 free pick-your-own sunflowers (bring your own cutter).

Be sure your phone is charged! These fields are a sunflower maze full of photo ops. When you’re done, check out the hay bale characters and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Why we love it: They also have a petting farm and face painting for the kids.

Sunflower Mazes in CT

Lyman Orchards

105 South St., Middlefield
860-349-6000
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Hours: Daily, 9am-5pm; last tickets sold and entry for the day is 4:30pm.
Admission: $10; $6 children ages 4-12; free for children ages 3 and younger. $1 for every ticket sold is donated to Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Enjoy Connecticut’s original sunflower maze, now in its 15th year of operation. This 3-acre maze houses more than 350,000 yellow, orange, and red sunflowers. During your walk, which takes about 30 minutes, you’ll see butterflies and yellow finches with the surrounding orchard hills as your scenic backdrop.

Why we love it: The maze has raised nearly $150,00 for Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sunflower Mazes in NJ

Alstede Farms

1 Alstede Farms Lane, Chester
908-879-7189
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Hours: Through October: daily, 9am-6pm; last admission is at 5pm (subject to change since crops are weather dependent).
Admission: Visiting the sunflower trail is included with your pick-your-own admission. Varies based on which pick-your-own you’re doing.

Traverse the Blooming Giants Sunflower Trail to see these giant beauties up close while capturing the perfect photo as a keepsake. The sunflower trail is open every day in season, typically July through October. Subject to change as crops are weather dependent.

Why we love it: Check it out in the fall for pumpkin picking.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ort Farms 

25 Bartley Road, Long Valley, NJ
908-876-3351
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Hours: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday and holidays, 9:30am-5pm. Last entry at 4:30pm. 
Admission: Monday-Friday: $9.95; $7.95 children; admission includes sunflower trail entry, u-cut sunflower field, u-cut flower field, and pick-your-own vegetables. Saturday-Sunday and holidays: $14.95; $12.95 children; admission includes a hayride, sunflower trail entry, u-cut sunflower field, u-cut flower field, and pick-your-own vegetables. 

Get immersed in more than 5 acres of beautiful blooms. Sunflowers bloom here Aug. 10-Sept. 15. Walk the trail and stop by the photo op stations to get some pictures. There’s also a zinnia field here for u-cut and photo ops. Plus, food vendors are on-site during the weekends.

Why we love it: Go on the weekend to enjoy pony rides, train rides, and an apple cannon.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Von Thun Farms

438 Route 57 West, Washington
908-689-3761
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Hours: Through Labor Day: Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday-Sunday, 9am-5pm.
Admission: Monday-Friday: $9.99; includes access to the trail, photo areas, farm animal areas, and picking fields. Saturday-Sunday: $12.99; includes access to the trail, photo areas, farm animal area, picking fields, and a hayride. Free for children ages 2 and younger. Online tickets are strongly encouraged.

Nothing says summer like a sunflower trail. Bring your camera and click away at the spectacular views and thousands of sunflowers at this 155-acre, 5th-generation family farm. Explore eight different trails during the season. The farm has more than 10 photo ops including butterfly wings, a throne, and a red truck on its 18 acres of sunflowers. While you’re visiting, cut your own summer flowers, visit farm animals, pick your own fruits, and shop at the farmers market.

Why we love it: The farm isn’t just about sunflowers. It grows zinnias, marigolds, feather and cockscomb celosia, colored sunflowers, statice, ageratum, and lisianthus. Buy a vase or jar and fill it with as many cut flowers as you can.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Sussex County Sunflower Maze

Liberty Farm, 101 Route 645, Sandyston, NJ
973-219-6356
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Hours: Aug. 23-Sept. 12; hours to be announced.
Admission: 2021 prices have not been announced yet.

Welcome to the largest sunflower maze on the east coast—and the first sunflower maze in New Jersey in 2011. Typically, you’ll see more than 1.5 million flowers! Each year, activities are added to the list, which isn’t posted yet for 2021.

Why we love it: There’s a kids’ scavenger hunt and a bug safari tour.

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