April 3, 2021
By Natalie Cook Clark and Jennifer Miko
Family pictures in fields of bluebonnets are as Texan as rodeos, football, and pecan pie. Each spring, Katyites hit the highways in search of picturesque bluebonnet backdrops for this annual family tradition. Here's what Katy families need to know about where to go and how to stay safe on their bluebonnet adventure.
Photo: The Cook Family
Wildflower Hunts and Road Trips
Pack your picnic basket, load up the family, and head west on Highway 290 toward Brenham and College Station. Long before road trip boredom sets in, you'll be stopping to take pictures of the beautiful blooms!
For a truly spectacular display of bluebonnets and other wildflowers, head to the Texas Hill Country. Follow the Bluebonnet Trail through the waterfront communities of the Highland Lakes and drive around Horseshoe Bay. Consider planning a weekend trip to take in the beauty of the colorful fields.
Popular Texas Wildflower Destinations
4801 La Crosse Ave.
Located in southwest Austin, the center’s mission is “to increase the sustainable use and conservation of native wildflowers, plants and landscapes.”
The center covers 284 acres with cultivated gardens and a 16-acre arboretum. More than 900 species of native Texas plants have been cultivated or grow there naturally. Visitors can participate in a variety of programs like garden tours and year-round, seasonal activities.
Texas legislature has recognized Burnet as the "Bluebonnet Capital of Texas." Each spring, the small town, nestled on the edge of the spectacular Texas Hill Country, about 50 miles northwest of Austin, hosts its annual Bluebonnet Festival. The festival features a pageant, carnival, car show, arts and crafts, fun run, parade, music and more.
Learn more at their website.
Near San Marcos, you'll find many bluebonnet photo ops in the small town of Wimberley. You can spend the day walking through Wimberley's charming town square and quaint shops and impressive galleries.
On the first Saturday of the month, March through November, you can shop for treasures during Wimberely's Market Days. More than 450 booths of arts, crafts and housewares, make Texas’ second largest flea market a must-see! April 27th marks their 21st Annual Butterfly Festival where they will release over 3800 butterflies throughout the day.
From Wimberley, you can also take a scenic drive along the Devil’s Backbone, often called one of Texas' most beautiful drives.