Paris, Illinois is typically a hot destination for Wabash Valley families in summer! By clicking through our site, you can read all about our family trip to the free public beach (status unknown for 2020) and the (not open until Stage 5) Paris Splash Park.
But today’s post is about a family activity that will disappear soon. It’s the Wabash Valley’s very own sunflower maze! How cool is that?!
Of course the big question for 2020 is how will covid-19 impact the sunflower farm? Here’s what L&A has to say!
L&A Family Farms has been working with the Edgar County Public Health Department and continues to monitor the latest guidelines coming from the Illinois Department of Public Health so we can safely open the sunflower maze to visitors this summer. Please note the following changes:
Layout: This year’s maze … won’t actually be a maze. There will be a winding one-way path through the field in order to limit interaction between visitors.
Wagon Shuttle: Our tractor-pulled wagon shuttle will not be operating this summer. All visitors will have to walk to the sunflower field (approximately a quarter of a mile) in order to further space visitors apart.
Farm Store: Sunflower maze visitors will not be allowed inside the farm store. Our farm fresh meats and eggs, concessions, and souvenirs will still be available for purchase, though.
Group Sizes: Groups with more than ten people will be split up when entering the maze.
Face Coverings/Masks: Our staff will be wearing masks for your safety. We ask you wear masks around our staff and in instances where six-foot distancing cannot be implemented to ensure our safety and the safety of our visitors.
These guidelines are subject to change. Please check their website before you visit.
These pictures are from a friend who visited in 2016. Our family finally had the chance to visit in 2017!
HOURS (central): Monday-Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday: 11 AM – 5 PM
Farm Store/Event Address: 21661 Staley Rd. Paris, IL 61944
*L&A Family Farms operates on Central time, which is one hour behind most Indiana counties.
A few tips:
- It wouldn’t be a terrible idea to bring an umbrella for shade.
- I’m glad my big girls wore boots. I did find a tick crawling on me later (I was wearing flip flops in the field), but it could have come from someplace else! Just be smart. Wear sunscreen. Drink water. You know the drill.
- I should have brought along a carrier for our young tot.
- If you’ve been to Pumpkin Works, you’re familiar with the area. The farm is just a mile or so away!
Although this farm has a Paris address, it’s about half the distance to this maze as it is to the beach and splash pad. Google maps says it’s just 18 minutes (10 miles) from Terre Haute as opposed to 32 minutes to Twin Lakes.
Wabash Valley Sunflower Maze
The 10-acre sunflower maze is on the property of L&A Family Farms. Here are some of the details mentioned on their website:
- The admission fee to the maze is $5.00 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.
- Parking is available at the farm store where you will be able to purchase your tickets.
- For the safety of our visitors and livestock, we do not allow pets in the maze unless they are service animals.
- Our insurance company is now requiring all farm visitors to read our farm safety rules and sign a liability waiver. We’re trying to streamline the process as much as possible. We’ve set up an electronic form that can be signed online before you even come to the farm.
Maze entry ends 30 minutes prior to closing.
L&A Family Farms operates on Central time, which is one hour behind most Indiana counties.
Like what you see? Head back to the farm in the fall for more fun!
The 2020 maze opened in the middle of July!