If you’ve driven around Austin lately, you know it’s safe to say bluebonnets season is here!
If I’m being honest, I have found the bluebonnets fields in Austin to be a tad underwhelming. This year I decided to make the most of spring by picking out a few bluebonnets destinations in Central Texas that make for great day trips — and I’m sharing my findings with you.
According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, bluebonnets typically start blooming in the “bluebonnet belt” of Central/East Texas toward the end of March and continue through late April. Peak bluebonnets season is early/mid-April.
So with that in mind, here are day trips from Austin you can take to see our beloved state flower.
Located in the heart of Austin, Lady Bird Johnson is the easiest adventure on this list. The center offers labeled displays of wildflowers and plenty of photo opportunities. Just be sure to make a reservation for your visit!
In my humble opinion, Brushy Creek Lake Park is the most reliable spot within 30 minutes of downtown Austin for the big fields we’re all looking for. I’ve also had some luck at the Twin Lakes YMCA portion of Brushy Creek. Park anywhere at Brushy Creek Lake and explore the fields surrounding the lake.
Located on the western side of Travis County along Lake Travis, Pace Bend Park has a few fields of bluebonnets this year – I confirmed it myself on Instagram. Explore the nine miles of shoreline and see if you can spot any blooms yourself.
I visited Muleshoe State Park for the first time last year and was pleasantly surprised by the vast fields of bluebonnets. It costs just $5/person to enter the park.
Burnet, Texas is officially recognized by the Texas legislature as the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas.” Hit the Texas Hill Country Wildflower Trail and take yourself on a self-guided tour of wildflowers, or attend the annual Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet the second weekend of April.
Home to the famous bluebonnet house and the Bluebonnet Cafe, Marble Falls has a lot of options around town for bluebonnet sightseeing. Check in at the visitor center when you first arrive and they’ll provide you with a locally crowdsourced map that’s updated daily.
Wildseed Farms in Fredricksburg – 71 miles from downtown Austin
Visit the nation’s largest working wildflower farm in Fredricksburg to take in the views of over 200 acres of wildlfowers, including bluebonnets. Admission to Wildseed Farms is free, just be sure to respect the walking trails and not walk into the fields.
The best way to ensure bluebonnets return to Central Texas year after year is to respect the blooms. As you enjoy the photos and take pictures, please try to step on as few bluebonnets as possible. Additionally, please be aware that snakes often take refuge in the bigger fields of blooms. Make sure to inspect areas before letting your kids or pets loose. And lastly, no picture is worth compromising your safety: Don’t try to pose for the ‘gram on busy highways.