Please note: Due to the COVID-19 virus precautions are being implemented throughout the state of Texas. Governor Greg Abbott has limited social gatherings and cities and counties around the state have issued shelter-in-place orders. However, we are providing the information in this blog for future reference when it is safe to travel to these fun, family-friendly destinations.
Bluebonnet season, one of the most celebrated unofficial seasons in Texas happens in spring. If you haven’t been in Texas long enough to experience bluebonnet season you’re in for a treat. Their sneaky arrival starts slowly. The mostly blue and white flowers begin to pop up quietly when we least expect them. And then, before you know it, massive fields of magnificent blue can be sighted on the side of scenic roadways, byways, and trails throughout the state.
As a Texas native these Southern beauties have captured our hearts. With their lady-like features and delicate flowers it’s no wonder they receive royal treatment. We like to think of them as a sign of renewal and rebirth, warmer weather, and longer nighttime skies ahead.
A True Sign of Spring
The anticipation of bluebonnet season starts mounting about the time when we are tired of winter. This year’s warmer than average temperatures has spurred the sightings of these wild blue wonders as early as the month of February. However, their normal growing cycle has them peeking out around mid-March and in full bloom by April. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that their growing timetable has been altered enough this year that they’ll stick around through May.
Bluebonnet season is one of those celebrated times of year in Texas that you never hear anyone complain about. There are no gifts to wrap, no meals to prepare, no events or services to attend, and it’s free. Yes, bluebonnet season in Texas is a welcome sight. And it has arrived in full bloom. Here are five ways to pay homage to the state flower of Texas and celebrate this much beloved unofficial season.
Bluebonnet Season Local Activities and Photography Tips
Take a walk on the Brushy Creek Trail – This local, regional trail spans 6.75 miles along Brushy Creek from east of Great Oaks Drive in Round Rock and west to U.S. 183 in Cedar Park. During spring it’s a local hot spot for sighting and photographing bluebonnets. For those that have a penchant for outdoor sports the trail provides a challenge for runners and bicyclers alike. The trail’s extensive landscaping and scenic views also provide plenty of reasons to stop at its many parks along the way. Most are equipped with playscapes, picnic tables, open fields, basketball and bocce ball courts, pavilions, baseball fields and much more.
Take a photo, or two, and maybe three – Grab your camera on a sunny weekend in spring and you’ll find no shortage of bluebonnets in fields just about anywhere you go. We guarantee that you won’t be able to take just one. Multiple photos at varying times of the day and locations can make a great memory photo book. It’s also a rite of passage for those that have been born and raised in Texas. So is snapping an annual family portrait. Follow a few tips and tricks for a Christmas card photo you can be proud to send to family and friends.
Spend a day or weekend exploring the official Bluebonnet trail – The Texas state legislature has designated the city of Ennis, 35 miles south of Dallas, as the official bluebonnet city. The 40-mile driving trail starts at Pierce Park. This year due to recent COVID-19 precautions, the Ennis Welcome Center is closed to the public through May 1, 2020. However, information and updates are available via phone at 972-878-4748, or by email Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Before making any plans we recommend that you phone or email for any updates.
Visit the official Bluebonnet Capital of Texas – In 1981 the Texas State Legislature declared the city of Burnet in the Highland Lakes region as the official Bluebonnet capital. Deep in the heart of the Texas Hill Country this charming town 60 miles northwest of Austin is also home to several natural wonders, parks, and lakes. Longhorn Cavern State Park, Inks Lake State Park, and Canyon on the Eagles Nature Park are outdoor wonders waiting to be explored.
Drive to Fredericksburg and enjoy the view. Travelers and wild flower enthusiasts say one of the most scenic wildflower routes in the state is on the way to the German town of Fredericksburg. Located in the Hill Country, from Austin it’s a 90 minute drive on Hwy 290 that winds through some beautiful countryside. The scenic drive is a great way to spot large fields of wildflowers and explore historic sites. On your way you’ll pass the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historic Park in Johnson City and the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park and Historic Site in Stonewall. While in Fredericksburg discover the downtown area filled with local shopping spots, German restaurants, wineries and so much more.
Travisso—a community for an active lifestyle
Travisso is a place to explore; a place to relax; a place to call home. It’s also a master-planned community nestled in the Texas Hill Country with all the amenities for an active lifestyle. With over 10 miles of planned future trails, natural beauty, and the Palazzo, a 9,200 square-foot award-winning clubhouse, you’ll have everything you need right in your very own backyard. When here explore our premier builders and new model homes. Additional information is available by contacting 512-243-8583.