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Family Wildflower Tours: Pictures, Picnics & Family Fun

Laura Standefer, Senior Wildflower Correspondent

April 8, 2019

It’s spring time, y’all. It wouldn’t be very Texan of us to not discuss the most picturesque locations to see bluebonnets and other wildflowers. Whether you’re taking an excessive amount of pictures of your babies and pets, or simply enjoying the scenery, there are several places around town that are covered with iconic Texas wildflowers.

Photograph by Kat Standefer Photography

I’m a sucker for family pictures. Of course, I always pick out an outfit that looks great on me first, and then find something for my husband and son that somewhat matches. My guys moan and groan, but they eventually oblige. They may not realize it now, but they’ll be glad we have these pictures in the future. We’ll reminisce about the spring of 2019, where the bluebonnets and Indian paintbrushes carpeted the fields and highways, and how our four-year old threw a tantrum in front of everyone stuck in rush hour traffic. But really, it’s all worth it because,

“This Texas tradition is timeless and the memories are priceless.”

Here is a list of some of our favorite places to enjoy Texas wildflowers near and around Austin!

Brushy Creek Lake Park: Cedar Park

Here, the bluebonnets surround the small lake and the scenery is simply breathtaking. This park has ample space for everyone to enjoy the wildflowers, plus amenities such as covered picnic tables, a playscape, a splash pad, hike and bike trails, bathrooms, and more. This place is personally my favorite!

Mueller: Central Austin

I am not-so-secretly envious of my friend who lives in Mueller. That place is a one-stop-shop for EVERYTHING and if I lived there I would probably never leave. There are several reports of bluebonnet sightings in Mueller this year, especially near the Southwest Greenway area, and this makes for a perfect wildflower family outing. While the Mueller subdivision is known for its dining and entertainment, it also includes several parks, which are relatively close to each other. They have hike and bike trails, a lake, a pond, picnic areas, interactive and accessible playgrounds, the list goes on!

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center: South Austin

Yes, it seems like a no-brainer to put a wildflower center on the list, but the flowers are especially abundant this year so if you haven’t been, now is the time to go! The center offers guided tours, picnic areas, natural playgrounds, a cafe, classes, and so much more. There is an entrance fee, but is free for children under five, members, and UT students, faculty, and staff.

Old Settlers Park: Round Rock 

Old Settlers really has it all. This park has 40 picnic areas, seven parks (including the updated Joanne Land Playground which is marvelous), a small lake, miles of trails, and too many more amenities to list. While the volume of flowers can vary, you should be able to find vibrant bluebonnet patches somewhere within the park’s 645 acres. Forgot to pack a picnic? Salt Lick BBQ’s Round Rock location is just a few steps away. Does it get any better?

Old Settlers Park by Kat Standefer Photography

Wildseed Farms: Fredericksburg

Honestly, you may see more bluebonnets than ever before just driving through Fredericksburg, but why not stop at one of the most bountiful wildflower displays in Texas? Wildseed Farms is open to the public and offers an unforgettable nature experience at no charge. This Hill Country gem contains walking trails, gardens, a vineyard, and their very own Brewbonnet Biergarten (how clever is that?). You can even purchase seeds to create your very own Texas garden at home. 

St. Edward’s University: Downtown Austin

Even if you’re not a St. Ed’s mountain goat, you have to admit that they have one beautiful campus! Located just south of downtown, bluebonnets have faithfully bloomed on the university’s lawn and it has become one of the most talked-about locations for stunning photos. Stop by St. Ed’s the next time you’re out exploring our famously weird downtown Austin. 

Balcones District Park: North Austin

If you’re looking for something closer to the Domain area, Balcones District Park is the perfect location for bluebonnet pictures. After you capture your instagram-worthy pictures, keep the fun going by taking advantage of the playscape and other amenities this park has to offer. Its walking trails will allow you to explore the running waters and peaceful scenery nestled within our busy city.