Nothing says springtime in Texas like Bluebonnets.
The months of March through May are wildflower season in the Lone Star State, so now is the perfect opportunity to get out there and see some of the most breathtaking natural beauty Texas has to offer. Here are some of the best places to see Bluebonnets around Fredericksburg.
Willow City Loop
This scenic drive is a local favorite, with 13 miles of deep canyons, oak trees, unique geology and meadows full of wildflowers. The views from the highest hilltops on the drive provide stunning views, and depending on what’s blooming, you’ll see Indian Paintbrush, Mexican Poppies, Sunflowers, White Daisies, Verbena, and, you guessed it, Bluebonnets.
The 290 Wine Corridor
The wineries along US Highway 290 on either side of Fredericksburg are not just home to legendary Hill Country wines, but to Bluebonnets as well. Drive along the highway for gorgeous views and great places to take photos of the cheerful state flower (please take care alongside the road!). Or, spend an unforgettable day on a winery patio watching the purple sea of humming flowers sway in the Texas breeze.
This wildflower farm is a popular attraction in Fredericksburg, with almost a half million visitors a year. With its extensive collections of native Texas flowers, including Bluebonnets, visitors can enjoy a glass of wine or beer at the Brewbonnet Biergarten, explore walking trails, and take photos. You can also buy wildflower seeds here if you want to create a Bluebonnet garden of your own!
Looking For a Day Trip?
Head North to Llano: For an easy day trip, head 40 minutes north of Fredericksburg to the town of Llano. Enjoy lunch at the famous Cooper’s BBQ, where you’ll not only be able to enjoy their legendary BBQ sauce, but the streets lined with Bluebonnets too.
Head North to the Bluebonnet Trail: The Highland Lakes area is a wonderful place to see the beauty of wildflowers along Texas highways. Travel the roads through Marble Falls, Horseshoe Bay, Llano and Burnet to enjoy the Bluebonnet Trail, one of the best displays of bluebonnets in the state.
For Our Out of Town Friends
Austin is home to Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, which is famous for its blooms, and McKinney Falls State Park, where you can take family-friendly hikes, enjoy camping spots, and score wildflower sightings.
To protect our beautiful state flower and preserve the views for other visitors, here’s some Bluebonnet etiquette to follow:
- Respect private property, and don’t hop fences! There are many public spaces to snap that perfect picture.
- If you are taking a photo in the flowers, look for places that have already been used as a seat.
- Try to step between the Bluebonnets if there is no trail.
- Don’t pick the Bluebonnets-we need them to drop their seeds for future wildflower seasons!
- Use caution on roadsides. If there isn’t adequate shoulder space, continue on until you find a safe place to pull over, especially along 290.
With a little neighborly consideration that Texans are so famous for, we can all make the most of this year’s Bluebonnet season. Now get out there and enjoy this Texas springtime!
Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas and are named for the shape of their petals, as they resemble the bonnets worn by pioneer women to shield them from the sun.
Indian Paintbrush have colorful, stacked red leaves and are oftentimes seen growing next to Bluebonnets.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to precautions taken to combat spread of the COVID-19 virus, some places mentioned above may be closed. Please check the linked websites in the article above as you plan your trip.