You can’t call yourself a Texan if the sight of bluebonnets on the side of the road doesn’t make you feel at home. A tradition unlike anything else, thousands of Texans hit the road each spring to check out the bluebonnets blooming across the state.
While the town of Burnet is the official bluebonnet capital of Texas, these blue beauties are found all along the highways around Austin, Corpus Christi, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Waco, Ennis and throughout the Texas Hill Country.
One of our favorite Texas towns, Chappell Hill, in Washington County is known for the scenic routes and hundreds of bluebonnet blossoms. On April 12 and 13, Chappell Hill is hosting the 50th Annual Bluebonnet Festival, the official Bluebonnet Festival of Texas as declared by the Texas Legislature. A weekend filled with delicious Texas eats, live music and plenty of Bluebonnet sightings, the Bluebonnet Festival was voted one of Texas’ Most Popular Festivals by Texas Highways magazine and is definitely worth the trip, if you ask us.
If you can’t make it to the festival, you still have plenty of time to hit the road to enjoy the blankets of bluebonnets this spring. We’ve even seen the beginnings of some blooms right here in Houston at Memorial Park. We wish the flowers lasted all year long, but unfortunately, they’ll peak in April and May and will dry out by June.
As y’all do some Texas travels this spring, share your bluebonnet sightings with us on Facebook and Twitter. You can also follow our Bluebonnet board on Pinterest for more flower updates. For blooming reports in your area, call the toll-free Texas wildflower hotline at 800-452-9292.
Happy Bluebonnet season, y’all!