Day Trips

Sunflower Delight

Imagine gazing out into an open field filled with acres upon acres of vibrant sunflowers. If you’re in the northern NJ area or are interested in taking a day trip to venture to Hackettstown, NJ, imagine no more! A few years ago I had the pleasure of taking a drive to Donaldson Farms and witnessed one of the most beautiful sites I had seen in New Jersey. I’d never been to a sunflower farm before and my experience at Donaldson’s was no disappointment.

They offer a Sunflower Tour on a hayride pulled by a tractor that’s approximately an hour in length. Several stops are made along the tour to allow for photos in their most picturesque locations.

They encourage you to enter a photo into their yearly photo contest. I entered this one:

A “Bug Safari” is offered along the tour for children (or adults as you can see, my friend and I participated 🙂 )

And found a very awesome looking locust:

It’s such a happy place, even the flowers themselves are smiling…

The ONLY downside to this is that there is a very small window that sunflower season is in  which is around the end of August through mid – September. I suggest to start planning at the beginning of August in order to prevent missing the season (as I did the previous three years)!

Additional information can be found at Donaldson Farms website:

Total cost: Adults $9.00 per person; kids ages 4 – 12 $6.00 per person and 3 & under are free

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