*I received free admission & custard from Eckert’s during this visit. As always, opinions are purely my own!
The gorgeous sunflower maze at Eckert’s Farm in Belleville, Illinois is in full bloom and ready for visitors! The gigantic 5-acre maze is much like a corn maze, except with sunflowers. These huge flowers are a spectacular sight to see and are the perfect setting for a photo opportunity. The maze will be open until the end of July, but the prime time for viewing the sunflowers is July 20-28th.
*Disclosure: We were hosted by Eckert’s Farm, which provided some complementary experiences. As always, thoughts & opinions are purely my own!
I visited on a hot day, the hottest day of the week! But even the heat didn’t keep visitors away from an opportunity to explore the maze, take photos, and share Instagram-able moments! In addition to the sunflower maze, Eckert’s has a variety of activities and places to explore. Right now peaches and blackberries are ready for picking, you can pick yourself or grab a bushel at their market (on location). They looked and tasted perfectly delicious!
The maze is $5 per person (under 2 years old is free), which includes the maze and field access (access to all the fields for picking veggies or fruits). Or check out their discount days, Tuesday-Thursday! After purchasing your ticket you’ll be handed a map of the maze and you can hop the wagon for a ride to the fields across the street. You are free the explore the maze on your own and for as long as you would like, the wagon comes around continuously to drop off and pick up visitors.
On July 27th and 28th, they are having a Sunflower Festival! If you can’t make it out this week, going to the festival over the weekend may just be your perfect opportunity.
After the maze, you’ll want to be sure to check out their deli, meat market, store, and gardens. Outside in the gardens, they sell a variety of plants, from garden plants to shrubs and flowers. Inside you can purchase everything from gift items to fresh fruits and veggies, to jams, salsa, meat and more! They have a bakery with delicious looking baked goods, made with fruits directly from their farm. In fact, you can get a free slice of pie with a purchase if you check in on the Yelp app!
While there I noticed that they offered kid’s cooking classes, there was a class going on that I briefly observed. They have the cutest classroom set up for these and the kids seemed to be really enjoying themselves. Eckert’s offers a lot of opportunity for children and families such as school tours, classes, activities, and even free concert nights.
Finally, a must for your Eckert’s outing is to stop by the frozen custard stand for some delicious custard! When we were there they had the peach custard as a special and it was SO good – I highly recommend. There is also a restaurant on-site as well, I didn’t get a chance to eat there but the Country Resturant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On Thursday nights kids eat free!
Eckert’s is also open year-round for all of your needs, from fruit picking in the summer to Christmas trees in the winter. And there is never a time of the year when I’m not needing a pie or local meats, which makes the bakery, market, and butcher a convenient stop for all your daily and holiday needs!