Ohio sunflower field guide: Get your Instagram-worthy sunflower shots at these photo-friendly fields

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Sunflowers. Those bright flowers, whose large yellow heads are supposed to follow the sun, are the sure indicator that long hot summer days will soon give way to crisp, cool autumn mornings. So going to a sunflower field — or festival — is a must this time of year, especially if you’re hoping for a little inspiration and that Instagram-worthy profile picture.

Ohio is the birthplace of five varieties of sunflowers: Giant, Sawtooth, Maxmillion, Ashy and the Jerusalem Artichoke, which take two to three years to flower after planting. Native Americans used the seeds for food and medicine.

When to See Sunflowers in Ohio?

Sunflowers tend to bloom in late summer and early fall in Ohio. August and September are the months to look forward to, but dates vary each year based on weather and sunflower variety. The flowers usually last only about three weeks. We checked numerous fields and found that some are already in bloom and others are about to burst.

The best way to know when Ohio’s sunflower fields will bloom is to check out the websites of the various farms and orchards and follow their Facebook pages to make sure you don’t miss out.

While there are literally hundreds of fields in the state, we chose those fields and festivals that are a short drive from Cleveland.

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Erie County

Burnham Orchards

Address: 8019 State Route 113, Berlin Heights

Phone: 419-588-2138

Dates/times: 11am-5pm, August 28-29, September 4-5.

Admission: $10 per person, 3 and under free. Price includes a ride in the haystack to the sunflower field and a freshly picked sunflower.

Over five acres with 15 varieties of sunflowers ranging from two to six feet tall. Take your selfies and photos in the field. Props are available for your use.

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Geauga County

Rogish Farms

Address: 8637 Mulberry Rd., Chesterland

Phone: 440-742-4692

Dates/hours: Fields are open, but by reservation only, for half-hour visits.

Admission: $10 per car, including a quart-sized glass jar to fill with flowers

The farm monitors the weather and allows visitors on those days when conditions — and blooms — are optimal. Always check their social media pages for available dates. Rogish Farms Facebook; Rogish Farms Instagram

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Lorain CountyPrayers for Maria

Locations: Avon – Corner of Chester and Jaycox Roads. Sandusky — 1201 Cedar Point Express Dr., near the Cedar Point Express Hotel

Dates/hours: Now open in Sandusky, daily from sun to sun

When will they bloom? Sunflowers in the field at Cedar Point are already in bloom. The Avon Field will bloom in early to mid-September – in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month.

Open access. There are donation boxes around the property. Proceeds go to childhood cancer research.

First planted in 2014 by Ed and Megan McNamara after their 7-year-old daughter Maria lost a battle with a rare form of brain cancer. They did it to highlight the lack of money for childhood cancer research. Benches line the outer edge of the sunflower field for resting places and there is a small bridge offering views across the fields.

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Mahoning County

Molnar Farms

Address: 3115 E. Western Reserve Rd., Poland

Phone: 330-757-3142

Dates/times: The fields will be open Saturday, August 7 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Check out their Facebook page for future bloom updates and opening times.

Open access. If you cut flowers, the cost is $2/stem

Molnar Farms is a fourth generation working farm producing fruit and vegetables. The sunflower field is open for visits, photography and cutting, based on available flowers on any weekend. It is not allowed to visit other parts of the farm.

Ashley Stanley sits in a wicker chair for a portrait shoot at Maria’s Field of Hope, in Avon. The sunflower fields in Avon and Cedar Point are dedicated to the memories of children who have died of brain cancer and a place to donate to the Prayers From Maria Children’s Cancer Foundation. (photo by John Kuntz, Cleveland.com)John Kuntz, Cleveland.com

Province of Madinah

Medina Sunflower Farm

Location: 7731 Beachwood Rd., Wadsworth

Opening hours: daily from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Admission: $5 per person; children 5 and under free. Cash only

During the pandemic, retired teacher Reese Rose decided to turn his 10 acres into a sunflower farm. He planted more than 300,000 seeds, which are now in bloom. Flowers can be picked for an additional $5.

Lamphear’s Tree Farm

Location: 3344 Pearl Road, Medina

Phone: 330-725-2102

Dates/hours: Now open. 8am-8pm daily.

Open access

Two acres full of 50,000 flowers in bloom. Flowers are for sale. Refreshments and entertainment. Follow their Facebook page for details.

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Summit County

Sunnyslope Orchards

Address: 14960 Millersburg Rd., Navarre

Phone: 330-833-9415

Dates/times: Fields are now open. 9:00am – 5:30pm, Monday – Saturday,

Admission: Free entry to the field, payable per stem.

Sunny Slope Orchard has been a working farm for over 90 years. In 2013, The Yoder Family bought the orchard business from the Baker Family, who ran it for three generations and grew 30 varieties of apples, peaches and strawberries. Plus, their farm market sells eggs, milk, raw honey, and maple syrup.

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Stark County

Arrowhead Orchard

Address: 11724 Lisbon St. NE, Paris, Ohio

Phone: 330-614-2947

Dates: Sunflower fields open Sept 3rd. 25. 9 am – 6 pm, Monday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: $5 for adults 18 and older on Friday and Monday, $7 on Saturday and Sunday; children ages 3 – 17, $10; 2 years and under, free.

Admission includes numerous activities, including a hay ride, obstacle course, hoarding run, zipline, and two-acre corn maze, in addition to the sunflower walk. Admission includes one flower. Additional flowers can be purchased for $2 each.

Maize Valley Winery

Address: 6193 Edison St., Hartville

Phone: 330-877-8344

Dates/times: Several fields open and in bloom. Sunflower field hours daily at 12pm-3pm and 5pm-8pm, as long as the fields are in bloom. Call for a status update the day before you schedule your visit.

Admission: $5 per person; you can buy stems for $3; 4 for $10 or a bucket for $20

Stroll through sunflower fields while sipping wine and shop local artisans, or have lunch or dinner overlooking the sunflower fields.

Nearby festivals

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Ashland Dickey Church of the Brethern Sunflower Festival

Address: 1509 Township Road 655, Ashland

Date/time: 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m., Aug 28

Open access

Enjoy the beautiful sunflower field behind the church along with food, games, crafts, inflatable obstacle course and bouncy castle.

Coshocton Sunflower Festival

Location: 24688 County Road 10, Coshocton

Phone: 740-502-9245

Dates/Times: Aug 7-10, Aug 13-15, Aug 18-22

Entrance: Buy tickets and passes here

Spend the day in a four-hectare field with 30 varieties of sunflowers. This is the fourth year of the festival. Spend as much time as you like taking pictures, exploring the field and choosing your favorite flowers.

Hillcrest Orchards Sunflower Festival

Address: 50336 Telegraph Rd., Amhersta

Phone: 440-965-8884

Dates: September 5-6 and September 12-13. 10am – 6pm

Entrance: Buy tickets here

Bring your camera for family photos in the sunflower fields and take home a bouquet.

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