Sunflowers are synonymous with summer especially in the Chicagoland area. These summer blooms are always guaranteed to brighten anyone’s day, and that’s why our summer isn’t complete without a visit to a sunflower field. Thankfully the McHenry County area is home to many options, and Tom’s Sunflower Maze is one you shouldn’t miss. In fact, here are reasons why you should visit Tom’s Sunflower Maze. But hurry – make plans to visit before the season ends!
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Our experience at Tom’s Farm Richardson Farm Sunflower Festival
Admire the beauty
The kids were more than happy to guide us through the 4-acre maze. (And we didn’t get lost!) The highlight, of course, was seeing different kinds of sunflowers up close. We even spotted a few bees at work!
Plenty of photo ops
At every turn, we found fun photo props. My favorite was this pink tandem bicycle. The kids no doubt was the swing.
Cut your own sunflower….or flower
Want a wonderful souvenir? Cut your own sunflower! After the maze, we found the cutting station where we could borrow shears. Stems are $3 each or $15 for 6 stems. The kids had a great time choosing the perfect one – a tough job indeed! If you prefer something other than sunflowers, they have a small cutting field of other pretty summer blooms.
After a million photos, kids will want to let loose. There is a small kiddie area where they can climb vehicle-themed structures and get lost in their own mini maze.
Who knew taking pictures with sunflowers could be so exhausting? Afterwards, we stopped by the cafe. They have outdoor seating and you can order from the outdoor window. We highly recommend the pretzel roll with turkey, pesto chicken panini, hibiscus lemonade. Save your calories for the blueberry donut shake. Yum!
Tips to Enjoy Tom’s Sunflower Maze:
- There will be bees. Don’t bother them and they won’t bother you.
- if you plan on cutting your own sunflowers, make sure to bring a container to hold them. We love bringing mason jars.
- There is NOT a wagon ride to the Sunflower Field. It is about a 0.2 mile walk to the side yard (5-8mins).
- Make sure to stop by the market for more donuts, pies, baked goods, fresh fruits and veggies.
The sunflowers are so beautiful! Make sure to visit before the season ends!
Address: 10214 Algonquin Road, Huntley
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Parking: Free with parking on grass