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 and the 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?!
Many people are familiar with corn mazes in the fall, but a summer sunflower maze is a new twist. In 2015, we planted a couple acres of sunflowers for bird seed. When the sunflowers were blooming, it was a beautiful site, and the idea of a sunflower maze was born.
If you are unfamiliar with outdoor ag mazes, you enter the maze at the starting point and wander your way through the paths looking for the exit. Don’t be surprised to find a few dead ends along the way.
The sunflower maze is dependent on Mother Nature, so be prepared. The paths could be muddy or dusty. The summer sun may make it hot and muggy. We suggest you bring bottled water and wear sun protection. Please be aware of the weather conditions while you are on the farm. If the weather becomes severe, we will close the maze until the threat passes.
Since this is a farm field, we recommend you wear closed toe shoes. If you are allergic to bee stings, exercise caution in the field because it will be full of pollinators while the sunflowers are in bloom.
Sunflowers are only in full bloom for a short period of time. They usually only last a week or two, depending on the weather. If you want to witness this spectacle, be prepared to act quickly! This is not the time to procrastinate.
HOURS (central time!!): Monday-Saturday: 10 AM – 6 PM and Sunday: 12 PM- 6 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 $6.00 per person. Kids 2 and under are free.
Admission includes wagon ride to the field.
For the safety of our visitors and livestock, we do not allow pets in the maze unless they are service animals.
All visitors will need to sign a waiver before visiting, which can be done ahead of time via their website.
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!