Spring is here and what better way to celebrate than to take part in the Texas tradition of viewing and posing with our state flower – the bluebonnet. You may have noticed a royal shade of blue painting the sides of our Austin highways. This is a sight you can only enjoy during this time of year – Wildflower Season. The season lasts about a month during early spring.
The flowers, rooted deep in our state history and even noted in folklore, lure people from all over the world to our great state. You can often spot families and pets plopped in fields of these royal-blue beauties in an attempt to capture a rarely-seen sight.
The highway department started most of the wildflower roadside displays by seeding years ago. You can see bluebonnets blanketing the sides of Highway 360 and MoPac (Loop1)
Some of the best drives day-trip sites for bluebonnet sightings around Central Texas include:
- Enchanted Rock – in Fredericksburg
- Willow City (Near Fredericksburg)
- McKinney Falls State Park
- Marble Falls – Burnet Area
- Brenham, Tx (Side note: You can also visit the Blue Bell Factory while you’re there)
- Palmetto State Park
- Highway 71 to Llano (Side note: Cooper’s Barbeque is a great place to enjoy while there)
Some of the best places in Austin to safely pose for pictures in bluebonnets include:
- Brushy Creek Lake Park
- Old Settlers Park
- Lady Bird Wildflower Center
- The Dell Campus (Near visitor parking)
- St. Edward’s University (Great spot to capture bluebonnets and the Austin skyline)
- Circle C Park
- Bull Creek & 45th Street
Remember when posing for pictures in bluebonnets, be careful not to step on the flowers, because it crushes and breaks the stems and diminishes seed production for next year. Also remember it’s illegal to pick them since they are our state flower.
Here are some more great resources for Viewing Wildflowers around Texas and Austin: