Springtime in Texas means beautiful fields and displays of bluebonnets! If you’re planning a trip to Texas, then wildflower season is a great time to visit. The bluebonnet has been the Texas state flower since 1901 and there are actually six state flowers in Texas and they are all bluebonnets. Unfortunately they don’t last long, but it’s always a treat to see them. These glorious flowers blanket roadsides, pastures, and meadows across the state every spring. Certainly they are worth road trip adventure to find them.
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Best Time to See Bluebonnets in Texas
Bluebonnets and Texas wildflowers are spring a time treat. For that reason the best time to see bluebonnets in Texas would be between March and April. Of course, they peak in April typically, so April is ideal to find full and large spreads of bluebonnets. If you happen to take a road trip in Texas during that time, you are likely to catch them even along the highways. You can thank former First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson for that.
Bluebonnets and Wildflower Etiquette
- Respect Private Property – There are plenty of public places to take photos
- Do not cross fences – Take pics from the road side of the fence
- Follow the trails left my those before you
- Try to step between the bluebonnets if there’s no trail
- Please don’t pick the bluebonnets. they need to go to seed to produce next year’s bloom
- Stay Alert- fire ants and snakes like the same places
- Please use caution when stopping on roadsides
- Please be courteous and don’t leave trash behind
Best Places to See Bluebonnets in Texas
Chappell Hill is located just about an hour outside of Houston on the way to Austin. Even though it’s a very small community, it’s big on gorgeous displays of bluebonnets and wildflowers. Each year they host the Chappell Hill Bluebonnet Festival with live music and vendors.
Brenham is not only a great town to see bluebonnets, but you will find bluebonnets all over the place. You don’t even have to venture off the main roads to do so. The city of Brenham and Washington County offers a Wildflower Watch as well, with maps of all the places to find beautiful displays of wildflowers.
Fredricksburg is one of those cities in Texas that everyone should visit. Especially during the spring for lovely bluebonnet displays. If you are visiting Fredericksburg, be sure to visit Wildseed Farms, the largest working wildflower farm in the US with beautiful bluebonnet displays.
Marble Falls is a lovely town that features lakes, hills and rivers. Of course late March through possibly May the gorgeous scenery is enhanced with fields of bluebonnets as well. Also, Marble Falls and the next three towns are located fairly close together.
Another great town for bluebonnets is Llano. It’s not very big therefore it’s not very crowded. This makes it a great option to enjoy bluebonnets without crowds.
If you’re visiting Llano, then pop over to Kingsland after, because it’s right next door. Since Kingsland is just a small town, it’s great for finding less crowded photo opportunities.
Burnet features bluebonnets strewn across the hills and pastures of this quaint town. For this reason the city of Burnet is officially recognized by the Texas legislature as the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas”. Additionally Burnet also has a large bluebonnet festival during the second weekend of April.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
In addition to being home to an abundance of gorgeous bluebonnets in the spring, it’s also a great place to spend the day. The center is home to over 900 species of native Texas plants and you can enjoy a variety of trails that take you through both meadows and gardens. It’s a wonderful experience for both adults and children.
Ennis is considered the “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas,” as well as home of the “Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail“. Of course this makes it a top spot near Dallas to find lots of beautiful bluebonnets.
Big Bend National Park
Not only is Big Bend National Park a great place to visit if you like hiking and camping, but you can enjoy bluebonnets too. It’s a bit outside the standard bluebonnet trails, but you’re informed a treat if you are in the area.
Map of Places to See Bluebonnets
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If you’re looking for more things to do in Texas, then check out our Family Friendly Things to Do on Galveston Island. Of course if you like the Round Top area, then you might like our post Road Trip in Search of Bluebonnets.