The Best Places for Bluebonnets Near Austin
Frontiersman Davy Crockett proclaimed Texas the “garden spot of the world.” That becomes abundantly clear every spring when Austin and the surrounding Hill Country erupt into a stunning blanket of bluebonnets.
Each year, posing for pictures during peak bluebonnet season (usually March through early April) is a Texas tradition. Bring the kids, pets, a camera and a smile! Here are some ideal spots to capture a photo with the state flower of Texas.
South Austin, Spicewood
The Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center is a magnificent mecca for Lupinus texensis and other vibrant wildflowers. You can discover almost 900 native Texas plant species here, but spring bluebonnets are a top attraction for a gorgeous photo backdrop. For a bounty of bluebonnet information, check out their bluebonnet FAQ.
On South Congress Avenue, discover an impressive display of bluebonnets on the St. Edward’s University campus. Along with beautiful blooms, enjoy the great views of Downtown Austin.
Just 13 miles southeast of Austin, McKinney Falls State Park is a favorite for residents and visitors. With 641 acres of preserved park land, McKinney Falls is home to massive fields of picturesque bluebonnets. Plus, there are 80 campsites, hike and bike trails, picnic areas and playgrounds.
Cedar Park, Round Rock
For abundant bluebonnets north of Austin, head to Brushy Creek Lake Park in Cedar Park. Bring a picnic and enjoy this 90-acre park with nature trails, a beautiful lake, water playscape and wildlife observation area.
In Round Rock’s popular Old Settlers Park, take in huge expanses ablaze with color from cobalt bluebonnets, vibrant red-and-yellow Indian paintbrushes and pink primroses. The sprawling 570-acre park features multiple sports fields, trails, horseshoe pits and disc golf.
For a scenic day trip, cruise 78 miles from Austin to historic Fredericksburg. You’re sure to see breathtaking bluebonnets on the way, but stop at Wildseed Farms, the nation’s largest working wildflower farm. The family-owned farm has fields and fields of stunning wildflowers.
Sixty miles north of Austin is Burnet, known as the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas.” Take a photo at the giant bluebonnet statue and visit the annual Bluebonnet Festival April 10-12, 2020, for live music, a parade and plenty of family-friendly events.
The charming Hill Country haven of Marble Falls is home to the famed Bluebonnet House, an old stone house that sits amid a gorgeous sea of bluebonnets when growing conditions cooperate. It’s perhaps the most-photographed bluebonnet location in the state. While you’re there, stop and eat at the iconic Bluebonnet Café, home of Pie Happy Hour.
Looking for more wildflower information? Explore the Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Pinterest page or the Texas Wildflower Report Facebook page.
Always look for critters and ants before snapping your shots. Please don’t pick or trample the flowers, and be gracious to other visitors trying to get photos.