Did you know that the bluebonnet is the state flower of Texas? Bluebonnets and other spring wildflowers arrived early this year, so go take your photos with the iconic blooms before it's too late! You can find wildflowers along any of the major freeways, but here are some safer and quieter places to take photos: Bee on a bluebonnet

  1. If you have never been to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Southwest Austin, now is the time! The Center displays 650 native Texas plant species (including bluebonnets) in gardens, meadows and nature trails. Visitors can also explore the family garden, dine in the cafe, buy souvenirs at the gift shop and more.

  2. Just south of downtown, on South Congress Avenue, is the beautiful St. Edward's University. Head to the campus grounds for lovely fields of bluebonnets. One of the best fields is located on the corner of St. Edwards and University Loop Drive.

  3. Brushy Creek Lake Park in Cedar Park and Old Settlers Park in Round Rock are both great places to bring a picnic, take a walk or jog and see the wildflowers on display.

  4. Located just 13 miles southeast of downtown, McKinney Falls State Park offers 726 acres of hiking and cycling trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, a campground and plenty of bluebonnets!

  5. Take a drive from Austin to Fredericksburg, home of Wildseed Farms. After exploring, enjoy lunch at one of Fredericksburg’s many restaurants before driving north up Highway 16 to Llano. The wildflowers along Highway 16 are plentiful so the drive is picturesque. East of Llano on Highway 29 is Burnet, which is the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas” and is worth a stop to see the giant bluebonnet statue.

Field of Bluebonnets
Photo courtesy of Dan Herron.

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