There is something incredibly peaceful about staring out into a field of Bluebonnets. The fact that Texas can create hundreds of thousands of these beautiful flowers is wonderful! And some days I want to just stop everything and drive to the fields. To appreciate all of the beauty this great state has to offer.
I have reached a point where every new year the first question I start to ask is “When will I get to see the first bluebonnets bloom?”
My absolute favorite day of the year is when I am driving on the interstate and suddenly notice the neighboring grasslands are covered in wild flowers.
If you have experienced these views or want to check it out for your first time, here is a list of the best places to find bluebonnets near Austin Texas.
Preparing for Your Trip to the Bluebonnet Fields
Before you run off with this list and start mapping out your itinerary, there are a few tips I would like to offer.
1. Be Respectful
- Leave the Bluebonnets behind. While it is not illegal to pick the blooming flowers, it does has negative effects. For one, you are taking away from someone else’s experience. Many other Texans and out of state visitors come to enjoy these gorgeous flowers. If the fields have been picked apart by multiple guests, it will be noticeable. It will also affect next years blooming season as you are taking the seeds with you (i.e. less flowers year after year).
- Watch where you walk and sit. Both sitting on and/or trampling over the bluebonnets will destroy them.
- Show respect to private property. The locals around bluebonnet fields have witnessed some pretty aggressive behavior when it comes to visitors getting the perfect picture. Climbing their fences, squeezing through their gates, driving on their property. As you can imagine, if it was only one person and only one time it would be alright. However, this can happen countless times a year from many careless visitors. If you’re like me, you wouldn’t want a ton of strangers walking through your backyard and peeking through your window as they pass by to your back yard. So let’s not be those people.
2. Be Aware
- Pay attention to other wildlife. The fields may contain fire ants and snakes. Be careful when walking around the fields to avoid being bitten.
- Share the space. Odds are high that you will not be the only visitor at the Bluebonnet field. Make sure you are sharing the space and not hogging the best view from everyone else.
Best Places to Find Bluebonnets Near Austin Texas
2. Blanco State Park
4. DeWitt County
6. Goliad State Park and Historic Site
7. Government Canyon State Natural Area
8. Guadalupe River State Park
9. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
10. LBJ State Park and Historic Site
11. Pedernales River Nature Park
12. Willow City Loop
*This list is not in order from best to worst. They are all equally great spots!
Bandera encompasses 5,000 acres of the Hill Country State Natural Area which offers miles of trails. All of these trails give way to gorgeous views of bluebonnets, along with other wild flowers! You can certainly make a full day of this spot both hiking or driving. Try heading west towards Vanderpool or southwest towards Tarpley for a nice scenic drive.
Address: 1102 Maple St, Bandera, TX 78003
Blanco State Park
This park makes for the perfect day date or family gathering to be surrounded by bluebonnets. It is a smaller park on the Blanco river that also offers picnis areas, camping, water activities, and fishing.
Burnet Bluebonnet Festival
The small town of Burnet claims ownership of the top place to view bluebonnets near Austin. Every year for the past 38 years they have hosted their Annual Bluebonnets Festival where they feature local foods, art, live music, competitions, a carnival and parade.
Although there are restrictions this year due to COVID precautions, it is still a great time and place to see the bluebonnet fields!
Address: 6538 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77021
Guadalupe River State Park
We make our way over to the Guadalupe River State Park in any season as it is great place to visit in general. So you can only imagine how it is during spring time when the bluebonnets and other wildflowers are in full bloom! This park offers 13 miles of both hiking and biking trails with views of the river too. You can even plan your trip around their special events like their reading and hiking tour: The Legend of the Bluebonnet.
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Its a no brainer that we included the LBJ Wildflower Center in our best places to see bluebonnets! If you are looking to give yourself and your kids a lesson in Texas wildflowers, this should be at the top of your list. Not only is it a short drive from downtown Austin, they offer special events, classes, and have wildflower experts on site.
Keep in mind, there is a cost to enter and they are only open from 9am to 5pm.
Address: 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site
LBJ State Park has open meadows that get completely covered in bluebonnets, as it is typically the first wildflower to bloom in the area. Located near Johnson City, it can be a easy drive from Austin. If you are looking for a historic viewing, Fredericksburg Trolley offers wildflower tours of the area in vintage automobiles.
Address: 199 Park Road 52, Stonewall, TX 78671
Willow City Loop
Willow City Loop was the first place I heard about for views of bluebonnets, when I moved to Texas. This is THE famous scenic drive in Texas Hill Country. This wildflower drive is a Texas tradition, and hands down one of the best in Central Texas. The Willow City Loop is 13-miles long and meant for a slow drive.
Address: 6583-57 Willow City Loop, Willow City, TX 78675