Visiting the Sunflower Field at Dorothea Dix Park with Kids

The yearly sunflower field at Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh is a triangle summer tradition! Many families have photos over the years at the sunflower field, it’s a fun way to document your families growth, experience nature, and a great day activity for kids.

The sunflower field is currently in bloom (7/11) and the blooms typically last 2 weeks. The sunflower field is located in Dorothea Dix Park in Raleigh. There are two places to park to see the sunflowers, either is a good option with kids and BOTH parking lots have port-o-potties.

The sunflower field is open 7 days a week dawn to dusk. High traffic times will be lunch time and sunset (6-8pm).

Circled in red are the two parking lots, one is off HUNT DRIVE and the other is near the swings off UMSTEAD DRIVE.

Kid Friendly Tips:

  • The terrain is bumpy and hilly, a jogging stroller is your best bet if you’re planning on taking a stroller
  • Don’t forget sunscreen, bug spray, water, hats, and snacks (with the swings and hammocks your kids will probably spend more time here than you anticipate)
  • Food Trucks will be at the park July 22nd (5-9pm), July 23rd (11-3 and 5-9), and July 24th (11-3)

*Link to list of Food Trucks and more information

This year Dix Park has added fun art pieces to enhance the experience! Plus the swings and hammocks which are near the sunflower field all year round.

2 thoughts on “Visiting the Sunflower Field at Dorothea Dix Park with Kids

  1. Such a fun day!! I have an 18 month old and it was a perfect place for him to run around. He loved all of the sunflowers, swinging in the hammock and then ending the morning with a fun time on the swings! We are marking this down as a summer tradition. Very stroller friendly, but a bit muddy after the rain. I would recommend bringing a jogger type stroller.


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