Seeing those Texas bluebonnets pop up around Austin is such an exciting sign of spring! We’re ready to grab the camera and take the kids to snap some family photos in these pretty fields of wildflowers. But where are the best places to go? We asked local expert photographer Stephanie Friedman for advice about finding the most picture-perfect bluebonnet settings. Below she shares her insights with us as well as her gorgeous photos.

Every year, from the end of March to early April, Central Texans flock to find their favorite fields of Lupinus texensis, the bluebonnet, and it looks like 2018 is going to be a good year for this wildflower! Bluebonnet growth can vary year to year – but going from North to South – some of Stephanie’s favorites include:

1. Balcones Disctrict Park
Stephanie’s favorite bluebonnet spot in North Austin is Balcones District Park (12017 Amherst Dr). You can find a large field that runs against Duval Rd. as well as bluebonnets near the playground closer to Amherst Dr.
– Parking: yes, parking lot
– Bathrooms: yes
– Kid & pet-friendly: yes


2. 45th & Bull Creek
Among the 75 acres near 45th & Bull Creek (though slated to be developed into the “Grove at Shoal Creek” in the future), you can find a large open field of wildflowers.
– Parking: yes, small lot
– Bathrooms: no
– Kid & pet-friendly: yes (there’s even a dog park farther back on the property)


3. Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail
Stephanie’s favorite bluebonnet spot farther south is along the Hike & Bike trail. If you park near Austin High School (1715 Cesar Chavez St.) and walk on the trail towards the baseball fields, you’ll find a large patch of wildflowers just beyond the fields.
– Parking: yes, school lot on weekends or street parking during the week
– Bathrooms: yes
– Kid & pet-friendly: yes


4. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
There are multiple spots at this botanical garden (4801 La Crosse Ave.) that can provide beautiful backdrops for your photos. The Wildflower Center has an admission fee ($10/adult, $4/youth) as well as a photography fee if you are hiring a professional. You’ll find guidelines here, and you can also check out their bluebonnet FAQ.
– Parking: yes
– Bathrooms: yes
– Kid & pet-friendly: yes for kids, but only service animals allowed


5. Circle C Metropolitan Park
In the same neck of the woods as the Wildflower Center in south Austin, you can visit the Circle C Metropolitan Park (6301 W Slaughter Ln.). Along their trails you can find large patches of bluebonnets.
– Parking: yes
– Bathrooms: yes, near the sports fields
– Kid & pet-friendly: yes


Other good locations (including some just outside of Austin) are:

  • Brushy Creek Park – 3300 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613
  • Old Settlers Park – 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
  • McKinney Falls State Park – 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744
  • Pace Bend Park – 2011 Pace Bend Rd N, Spicewood, TX 78669
  • Wildseed Farms – 100 Legacy Dr, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
  • St. Edward’s University – 3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704
  • Texas Parks and Wildlife also has you covered with their Pinterest Page on Where to See Wildflowers.

Thank you, Stephanie Friedman Photography, for this great info and beautiful photos!

If you would like Stephanie to take YOUR photos in the the bluebonnets this year or simply want to schedule a family photo session, you can contact her at info@stephaniefriedman.com or by phone at 512-797-2491 to set up an appointment. Be sure to check out www.stephaniefriedman.com to learn much more about her photography services, and follow her on Facebook and Instagram to view more of her work.
Do you have other favorite locations to share? Please let us know in the comments below!