Seeing those Texas bluebonnets pop up around Austin is such an exciting sign of spring! Every year, from March to early April, Central Texans flock to find their favorite fields of Lupinus texensis, the bluebonnet, for photos. According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, it looks like 2019 is going to be a good year for this wildflower — with an earlier bloom than usual!

We’re ready to grab the camera and take the kids and pups to snap some family photos in these pretty fields of wildflowers. But where are the best places to go? Of course, it’s a little early to know for certain where to find the most vibrant flowers this year, here is a round up of favorite spots to keep an eye on that typically offer picture-perfect bluebonnet settings.

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
There are multiple spots at this huge wildflower mecca (4801 La Crosse Ave.) that can provide beautiful backdrops for your photos. Check out their bluebonnet FAQ for plenty of info! The Wildflower Center has an admission fee ($12/adult, $6/youth) as well as a photography fee if you are hiring a professional (guidelines here).

Photo credit: Lee Clippard; from the Wildflower Center website

— Balcones Disctrict Park
A 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. (There’s a parking lot & bathrooms too.)

— Manor & Tilley in Mueller
This quiet, field at the crossing of Manor and Tilley in the Mueller neighborhood had a large field of Bluebonnets in 2018, as well as various other Texas wildflowers, that spread for several dozen yards. We’re hoping they pop up again here this year.

Photo credit: Roger Ho

— Lady Bird Lake Hike and Bike Trail
Park near Austin High School (1715 Cesar Chavez St.) and walk on the trail towards the baseball fields to find a large patch of wildflowers just beyond the fields.

— Brushy Creek Lake Park
Head north (3300 Brushy Creek Rd, Cedar Park, TX 78613) to this beloved place to see them and take photos. Bonus that this park also has a playscape and lake full of ducks to entertain the kids.

— Circle C Metropolitan Park
Visit South Austin’s Circle C Metropolitan Park (6301 W Slaughter Ln.) where you’ll find large patches of bluebonnets along their trails.

— St. Edwards University
Bluebonnets bloom next to the university’s historic buildings (3001 S Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78704) and you will have a great view of downtown.

Photo credit: Trish Argumaniz; from the St. Edwards Facebook page

Concordia University Texas
Visit the Concordia University Texas campus to enjoy fields of bluebonnets and other wildflowers (11400 Concordia University Drive off Hwy. 620). The campus is alongside the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve where you can walk a self-guided, accessible path of Tornado Trail.

Photo from Concordia University Texas

More good locations (including some just outside of Austin):

  • Old Settlers Park – 3300 E Palm Valley Blvd, Round Rock, TX 78665
  • McKinney Falls State Park – 5808 McKinney Falls Pkwy, Austin, TX 78744
  • Marble Falls (stop by the Visitor Center to see a map of bluebonnet spots) – 100 Ave G, Marble Falls, TX 78654
  • Pace Bend Park – 2011 Pace Bend Rd N, Spicewood, TX 78669
  • Muleshoe Bend Recreation Area – 2820 Co Rd 414, Spicewood, TX 78669
  • Wildseed Farms – 100 Legacy Dr, Fredericksburg, TX 78624
  • Roy Guerroro Park – 400 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741
  • Park Hill – 900 S Mo Pac Expy, Austin, TX 78746
  • Hwy 71 – State Hwy 71, Columbus, TX 78934
  • FM 1431 – Farm to Market Rd 1431, Texas
  • Quinlan Park – N Quinlan Park Rd, Austin, TX 78732
  • Hyatt Lost Pines – 575 Hyatt Lost Pines Rd, Cedar Creek, TX 78612
  • UT J. J. Pickle Research Campus – 10100 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78758

For more info, you can be sure to find constantly updated info on Bluebonnets at the Texas Wildflower Report Facebook page. And you can look at Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Pinterest Page on Where to See Wildflowers.