If you’re still looking for more sunflowers to peep, I’ve got a secret to share. Located in Pingree Grove, a few minutes away from I-90, stands one of our favorite farms, Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch. Sure, we’re months away from their fun fall festival but if you visit now you’ll have the chance to get lost in their new sunflower maze. And guess what? Not many people know about it yet so you can have it all to yourself.
Psst. Looking for more things to do in the area? Read all the way to the end and make a day out of it. Hint: Ice cream is involved, of course.
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Our sunflower maze experience at Goebbert’s:
After chatting with a staff member, she told us where the maze started and asked if we’d be interested in cutting our own sunflowers. Um, yes please! As soon as we entered, we found a few benches for picture taking opportunities.
As usual, the kids were in charge of guiding us through the maze. One thing we noticed compared to our other sunflower maze visit was that the sunflowers were much taller!
One of my favorite parts about this maze was the variety of sunflowers – small and big with a many different colors. Many of which I’ve never seen before!
The kids (as well as I!) were super excited to pick their own sunflowers trying to find the perfect one to take home. Mission accomplished!!
We enjoyed going through the maze and the many different photo opportunities. Did I mention that we had the whole maze to ourselves? Yep, we took our time snapping photos, being silly, and soaking up all the sunflowers.
My sunflower crew and I had an a-maze-ing time getting “lost” at the sunflower maze at Goebbert’s Pumpkin Patch. But I’d hurry before the sunflowers go away and is no longer our little “secret.”
Tips to enjoy Goebbert’s Sunflower Maze:
- For up to date information, make sure to check out their Facebook page. The sunflower season is short!
- Gravel parking is available at the farm stand. After you park, chat with a staff member and they’ll get you shears and/or show you where to start the maze.
- Speaking of farm stand, make sure to grab some fruits and veggies to go!
- We absolutely love Goebbert’s during fall. Read all about the fun here including a light show.
Address: 42W813 Reinking Road, Pingree Grove, IL
Hours: Maze runs from 10-6
Admisson: $5/person; $20 max
Parking: Free parking on gravel
While You’re Here:
- You CANNOT miss going to The Milk House Ice Cream, located just down the road. Farm fresh, homemade ice cream with an adorable outdoor seating area and an authentic farmhouse feel. Read all about it here.
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- Play at Bruce Ream Memorial Park. The park has a fun playground including a mommy and me swing (yay!).
The kids’ highlight had to be the small but fun splashpad. Bring swimsuits (unlike us!).
Other amenities include a picnic shelter, paved walking path, sand volleyball court, plenty of green space for soccer or running around.
- If you’d like to head the other direction towards Huntley, you can’t miss the coolest park for little ones – Diecke Park. Read about it here. For an ice cream treat, try the Dairy Mart or Manny’s Gelato in downtown Huntley. Morkes has really great donuts and chocolates.
- Another fun diversion is Randall Oaks Park and Zoo. We love the newly remodeled park and can’t wait for the secret park to finish its remodeling.