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Where to pick sunflowers and other pretty flowers in Tampa Bay

U-pick sunflower season is back in Tampa Bay and the giant beauties are in full bloom throughout Tampa Bay!

A few farms opened their sunflower picking season in April including Strawberry Passion in Thonotosassa and Hunsader Farms in Bradenton, which also offers gorgeous zinnias and wildflowers to pick.

One of our favorite farms is Sweetfields Farm in Masayktown which officially opens its season this weekend! It’s a top pick because they offer a ton of other fun farm activities for kids, so even if they’re just not into the flower picking, they will LOVE all of the other activities.

There are usually other u-pick opportunities too, depending on the farm, so plan to spend a couple of hours there and make some space for some yummy farm fresh veggies.

A few pro tips:

  • Check with each farm before you go to make sure they will be open because anything can change, especially when it comes to weather.
  • Keep in mind, it does cost money to pick flowers, so having extra cash on hand is always ideal as some farms are cash only.
  • Bring your own cutters and a vase to fill with water and box to keep the vase steady for the drive home. No one wants to go home with wilted flowers.
  • Since it’s Florida, pack the sunscreen, hats, and water because it can get hot in the fields. Bug spray and closed toed shoes like tennis shoes are always a good idea.
  • Pack some wet wipes to clean up after your day on the farm and snacks for the car ride home to prevent hangry child syndrome.

Where to Pick Sunflowers in Tampa Bay

Sweetfields Farm sunflowers
Our bouquet from Sweetfields Farm in 2021!

Sweetfields Farm in Brooksville: U-Pick Sunflowers and Zinnias

17250 Benes Roush Road, Brooksville
www.sweetfieldsfarm.com
Check out the themed sunflower maze, play area, peddle tractor rides, hay rides, farm animals and more! Tickets usually sell out for this one, so you’ll want to buy right away to secure your spot. Tickets are required for everyone ages 3 and older and includes the maze, visits with farm animals, tumble weed rollers, peddle cars, and more. Check out their Facebook page here.

Hunsader Farms U-Pick Wildflowers, Sunflowers and Zinnias in Bradenton 

5500 County Road 675, Bradenton 34211
www.hunsaderfarms.com
Hunsader Farms has the prettiest sunflowers, zinnias and wildflowers for u-pick (and Insta-worthy pics!), along with lots more u-pick veggies like varieties of beans and peas, squash, and tomatoes. There’s also a petting zoo with more than 30 species of animals! They’re open daily right now, (Monday-Saturday 8 am-4 pm & Sunday 10am-3 pm) so it’s a good day trip for littles. It’s $2 per person to pick zinnias and sunflowers. Yellow sunflowers are $1 each and colored sunflowers are $3 each. For zinnias and wildflowers, you will be given a cup to fill and have the option to purchase other cups starting at $5. You must use their cups because you are paying for the amount of flowers that fill the cups. Bring your own cutters too.  Learn more here.

Strawberry Passion/Passion Organics and Thonotosassa: U-Pick Sunflowers and Zinnias

11780 Tom Folsom Road, Thonotosassa

Strawberry Passion not only has sunflowers for u-pick, but you can also shop their farmers market for farm fresh veggies. Sunflowers are $1 each and zinnias are 10 stems for $2. Check their Facebook page for times and dates as it changes.

Beasley Farms in Brooksville: U-pick Sunflowers

10137 Preston Road, Brooksville

This is a new addition to our list of places to pick sunflowers in Tampa Bay! On Sunday, April 17 they’ll open the field for u-pick sunflowers –you can pick two for $1. They also have green Swiss chard for u-pick on April 17. Stay up to date on future u-picks by visiting their Facebook page here.

5K Farms in Plant City: U-Pick Sunflowers

6302 S County Road 39, Plant City 33567

The sunflower field is ready! Due to the dry hot season, the flowers are shorter, but perfect for little ones who may not like the taller sunflower fields. Admission is $5 per person to enter the field. Sunflowers are $1 each. It’s cash only, so plan ahead. Follow their Facebook page for updates and exact dates for sunflower u-pick.

HarvestMoon Fun Farm Sunflower U-Pick in Masaryktown

15950 Stur Street, Masaryktown 34604
www.harvestmoonfunfarm.com
Visit HarvestMoon Fun Farm for u-pick sunflowers, zinnias and wildflowers AND have some fun on the farm by making your way through the sunflower maze, visiting with the animals at the petting farm, and more! They’ll be open May 6-May 30 this year. Weekends are the best time to go so you can participate in other fun activities on the farm, but they will be open for u-pick only on Mondays and Wednesdays if you just want the pretty flowers. Admission Friday-Sunday is $13.96 for ages 3 and older.

Jimmy MC’s Farm in Spring Hill: U-pick sunflowers

17430 Coon Hide Road, Spring Hill 34610

Jimmy MC’s Farm offers u-pick sunflowers in the spring! They’re not quite open yet, but you can visit their Facebook page if you are a professional photographer to book your photo sessions in advance.  Learn more here for future updates.


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Laura Byrne
Laura Byrne is an award-winning former television news journalist who spent 15+ years in newsrooms across the state of Florida including Sarasota, Tallahassee, Fort Myers and right here in Tampa Bay where she still freelances on occasion. She covered the political beat, crime beat and every day breaking news during her time in Florida newsrooms, but is now focused on sharing positive news stories and events with families in Tampa Bay. She is a proud mommy of two little boys who keep her on her toes and laughing every day. Her goal is to inspire families just like yours to get out and play and experience all that Tampa Bay and our great state of Florida have to offer! She encourages you to share your stories and upcoming events so we can spread the good news.

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