Top 5 places to see sunflowers in Maryland this summer

Looking for the next Instagram photo to liven up your feed after that COVID-era slump?

Take a day trip to any one of these sunflower fields in Maryland this summer.


To make a day of it

The Clarksville Sunflower Festival will take place during the last three weekends in August at Mary’s Land Farm at 4979 Sheppard Lane in Ellicott City from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Purchase tickets in advance at For $16, guests receive a wagon ride from their car to the field, unlimited access to the sunflower patch, one pick-your-own sunflower and access to the festival amenities, such as food trucks, live music and vendors. Admission for children 3 to 10 years old is $6, and children 2 and younger get in for free. On weekdays, guests can visit the patch for $13 without the festival atmosphere.

Visit the Sunflowers of Lisbon at their farm in Maple Lawn, located at 11788 Route 216, from Aug. 7 to Sept. 6. Purchase tickets with cash on the day of the event, or online at Tickets come with access to the sunflowers, two blooms free to cut, a hayride, food trucks, vendors and a play area for kids. Admission is $15 per person, and children 4 and under get in for free.


For the adventurous

Every year between late April and early May, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources plants sunflowers at the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area in Poolesville. They’re free to visit any time of day, but guests can’t take any home with them. No overnight camping is allowed on site. There are four sunflower fields, including one on the corner of River Road and Sycamore Landing Road. Go to the Department of Natural Resources website for parking information and maps.

The flowers are an critical food source for mourning doves in the area, typically hunted starting Sept. 1, and a source of nectar for honeybees. It’s important to note that the wildlife area doesn’t have bathrooms, picnic tables or benches, and that trails are un-manicured dirt or gravel. Visitors are advised to wear long pants and bring bug spray, due to the presence of ticks, mosquitoes and poison ivy.

To satisfy that sweet tooth

To pair a photo op with a cup or cone of homemade ice cream, visit Rocky Point Creamery in Frederick County, which plants two acres of sunflowers every year. The patch hasn’t bloomed just yet, but is likely to between late August and early September. The blooms usually stick around for two weeks, although it’s weather-dependent. Visitors are asked to donate at the entrance to the field or at the creamery’s register. To cut and take home a flower, visitors can pay a dollar. All of the proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In past years, the creamery has raised more than $4,000 with the promotion, according to their website. For more information on the sunflowers’ bloom, check out updates on the creamery’s Facebook page. The shop is open from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.

For the artsy

To wander through a Bob Ross-themed sunflower maze, look no further than Goldpetal Farms in St. Mary’s County. No reservations are required, and the farm is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Peak bloom at the farm, located at 37260 Manor Road in Chaptico, is expected to last until about Aug. 8. It costs $15 a person, but $12 if your group is five people or larger, and $12 with a military ID. Pick-your-own sunflowers are $1 per stem, or $5 for six. Be sure to bring a tall container and water to bring your flowers home. Parking is in a grass lot, and access to the maze is via a gravel drive. For more information, visit