Happy Bluebonnet season, y’all! Spring has officially sprung when Austin is kissed with blue–transforming an ordinary Mopac commute into a wildflower wonderland. Whether you snap family photos each year, or just love to marvel at these beauties, here are the Austin Moms team’s favorite places around town to get your bluebonnet fix!
Peak bluebonnet season is late March through early April-don’t miss it!
Beverly S. Sheffield Northwest District Park- nestled in Allandale, this beautiful park hosts tons of bluebonnets each year. A sweet bridge makes for a perfect backdrop in your photos. Make sure to pack lunch to enjoy at one of their many picnic tables by the shaded playground area. 7000 Ardath St, Austin, TX 78757
Quinlan Park- N Quinlan Park Rd, Austin, TX 78732
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center- A family favorite for the kids to explore any time, but bluebonnet season is something special. Open daily from 9am-5pm. Tickets required. 4801 La Crosse Ave, Austin, TX 78739
Old Settlers Park- there are tons of beautiful bluebonnet patches that pop up each year in Old Settlers Park! 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
Balcones District Park-the trails along Walnut Creek at the back of the park are booming with wildflowers! 12017 Amherst Drive, Austin, TX 78727
St. Edwards University- the perfect mix of nature and views of downtown Austin! 3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
Muleshoe Bend- Recommended by Austin Moms Photographer, Emily Schoolcraft because it “gets a good size field of them!” 2820 County Road 414, Spicewood, TX 78669
Capital of Texas Highway (Hwy 360)-Best viewed (and safest!) by car. Make this drive through seas of blue a new family tradition.
Park Hill- 900 S MoPac Express Way, Austin, TX 78746
Brushy Creek Lake Park- A gorgeous Park set around a 38-acre lake with trails, a playground, fishing pier & wildlife viewing area. Bluebonnets steal the show every year. 3300 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
McKinney Falls State Park- Already an Austin hiking staple, bluebonnet season is unbeatable! 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744
Circle C Metropolitan Park- Tons of bluebonnet photo ops along 5.9 miles of trails! 6301 W Slaughter Ln, Austin, TX 78739
Cafe Java– Right on Gattis School Rd, you’ll find tons of bluebonnets. Serious bonus points for being next to Cafe Java–yum! 2051 Gattis School Rd #120, Round Rock, TX 78664
Roy Guerrero Park- 400 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741
Austin Detours- Running April 3rd – May 8th two times a day 1:30 & 3:00. For $50, the tour takes you to the wild flower center, road side stops with photo ops amongst the wildflowers and then to the DUCHMAN winery and back to Austin. It’s a great way to experience something fun without the headache of planning anything.
Your neighborhood!- How lucky are we to live in a place that gives us such a wonderful gift each year? Keep your eyes peeled on your routine neighborhood walks for the Texas state flower.
Where’s your favorite place to see bluebonnets in Austin?