The Best Places to See Beautiful Bluebonnets in Texas

Texas Wildflowers
Texas Wildflowers | © faungg's photos / Flickr
Hannah Phillips

Spring brings mild temperatures and welcomed rain to Texas, the perfect climate for its beautiful native wildflowers. Bluebonnets are the state flower, of course, but other blooms like the Indian paintbrush, Mexican hat, white poppy, buttercups and more are all on full display this month. Now is the perfect time to take a drive along one of the country’s most colorful canvases—the Texas highway. Culture Trip has rounded up the best spots to snap a selfie.

Ennis

Designated the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas and home of the Official Bluebonnet Trail, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving bluebonnet trails—the oldest such trails in the state. This year, the city celebrates 66 years of wildflower trails with its annual Bluebonnet Festival from April 7–9, 2017. Just a short drive from Dallas, the Ennis bluebonnets typically peak around the third week of April, though this can vary from year to year based on weather conditions and terrain. Visitors can get up-to-date information from the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau, which is open seven days a week, except Easter Sunday (April 16, 2017).

Ennis, TX, USA

Bluebonnet Trail

1. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

Botanical Garden, Natural Feature, University

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
© Anne Worner / Flickr
This conservation site, founded in 1982, focuses on the native plants of North America to restore and create healthy, beautiful landscapes. The site moved to its current campus south of Austin in 1995, now boasting Texas’s largest collection of native plants in its expansive 42-acre gardens. Guests can take guided tours free with admission Thursday through Saturday at 11 a.m., starting in the courtyard, and April 7–8, 2017, the site hosts its annual Spring Native Plant Sale.

2. Johnson City

Park

Hereford cattle at the LBJ Ranch near Johnson City, Texas.
© Danita Delimont / Alamy Stock Photo
Birthplace of the 36th U.S. President, Lyndon B. Johnson, this quiet little town also produces long stretches of wildflowers along Willow City Loop on Route 290 toward Fredericksburg. For a truly Texan snapshot, make a pit stop at the LBJ State Park, where you’ll find part of the Official Texas State Longhorn herd.

3. McKinney Falls State Park

Park

Bluebonnet Field
© Stuart Seeger / Flickr
Just 13 miles (21 kilometers) south of Austin, this 726-acre state park is a great place to stop and smell the wildflowers. The preserve also contains hiking and cycling trails along winding waterfalls, picnic areas, playgrounds, limestone swimming holes, and a campground if you need to fully immerse yourself in the scenery.

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