Indianapolis Sunflower Trail

Sunflower Trail at Tuttles

{CLOSED FOR SEASON}

Tuttle’s is very excited to be offering again this year a summer sunflower trail!

The sunflower trail is about one an acre of sunflowers…with a path for you to find your way through.

IMPORTANT FIELD UPDATE (Wed, Aug 8): 

we have had an overwhelming amount of visitors to the sunflower trail this season.  Thanks so much for coming to see us and enjoying the sunflowers.  For those who have yet to visit, we want to let you know that as at this point almost all the sunflowers are done blooming for the season or have been picked.   If you are coming just to see the sunflowers, best to wait until next year.  

Tractor Town Kid’s Play Area and the Sunflower Trail (for those who want to come and search for a few sunflowers or harvest flower heads for seeds) will still be op  en Thur-Sat, Aug 8-11 from 10AM-5PM if it is NOT RAINING.   If you are coming to play, this is a good time to come as it will most likely be a nice quiet time to enjoy the play area (this will be the last days the play area is open until fall).  If you are coming to take photos in the sunflowers, wait until next year.  Sunflowers are basically done for the season.  Please note the rest of the farm is open until 6PM but sunflower trail and tractor town only until 5PM.  August 11th will be the last day the play area and trail will be open before fall, and is also our taste of summer day at the orchard (details here).  

The cost for Aug 8-11 is:  $2.50/child for Tractor Town admission.  $1/per sunflower or sunflower head picked. 

These are photos that were taken on Tuesday evening.  As you can see if you want to harvest seed heads now is a good time, if you want to take photos in the sunflowers…the time has passed.  Also the trail is muddy due to the rain. 

    

DATES:

The sunflowers typically bloom for approx 3 weeks, however this can vary due to weather.  These dates are chosen based on when we feel the best bloom time will be.  Most likely peak bloom will be the last week of July and first week of August.

The dates for the 2018 Sunflower Trail are:

VERY IMPORTANT:  The sunflower trail is ONLY open during these times.  It is NOT OPEN any other times.  

  • Thursday, July 26 10AM-5PM (beginning to bloom)
  • Friday, July 27 10AM-5PM
  • Saturday, July 28 10AM-5PM
  • Thursday, Aug 2 10AM-5PM (most likely peak bloom time this week)
  • Friday, Aug 3 10AM-5PM
  • Saturday, Aug 4 10AM-5PM (last day for peak blooming)
  • Thursday, Aug 9 10AM-5PM (end of blooming time…large heads with seeds)
  • Friday, Aug 10 10AM-5PM (end of blooming time…large heads with seeds)
  • Saturday, Aug 11 10AM-5PM {join us for the Taste of Summer Festival Day (click for the details) at Tuttles this day}
  • The last day for the trail will be Saturday, August 11th as that should be at the very end of the blooming.  

OTHER THINGS TO DO WHEN YOU VISIT:

Visit our Farm Store for lots of summer produce grown right here at the orchard including our award winning sweet corn.  We also have produce and items from local farms and artisans.

Visit our Cafe for lunch made with produce grown right here at the orchard.  We believe in fresh local ingredients, and a great farm experience.  See sample menu here.

IMPORTANT INFO:  

  • Tractor Town Kid’s Farm Area will be open and included in the admission to the sunflower trail during the times posted above.
  • There are areas of the trail that have quite a few weeds…we try to use as little spray as possible to control these weeds….this just means that some areas have some other plants growing with the sunflowers too for you to enjoy.  It also means some parts of the path can be a bit uneven.
  • In the event that we get a lot of heavy rain the sunflower field can be muddy.
  • The sunflower trail is in an agricultural field.  The ground can be uneven in places.  There can also be mud if it has rained a lot. The paths are narrow and are not suitable for strollers.  Bees and other insects also love sunflowers so it is normal to have insects in the sunflower field as well…typically the bees are more interested in the flowers than the people…but those with severe bee allergies should be aware that there will be bees present.
  • The trail will be CLOSED if any RAIN (even light rain) or lightning.
  • No outside food is permitted at the farm but check out our Farm to Table Cafe for lunch.  They also have our famous apple cider slushies to enjoy.
  • For your safety, there is ABSOLUTELY NO ENTRY into the sunflower trail area (even just for photos) during any times that the trail is not open.  There are NO EXCEPTIONS to this policy.  The trail area is CLOSED Sunday-Wednesday and after 5PM every day.
  • NO PETS are permitted in the sunflower trail area or in any growing areas on the farm.  This area is considered a food production area by the USDA and no pets are permitted due to food safety regulations.
  • We’ve had lots of questions from professional photographers.  Yes, you are welcome to take photos, however, photos can be taken in the maze ONLY by those who have PAID ADMISSION and ONLY during the hours the maze is OPEN.  Photographers MUST also comply with policies listed in our photo policy….please read this for more info: https://www.indianapolisorchard.com/photo-policy/  Due to the complications with predicting weather, we have decided not to offer specific hourly slots for photographers, rather you may choose to come during whatever time the maze is open to the public you wish EXCEPT on Saturday, August 11th due to the festival activities that day.

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