Spring is such an enjoyable time of year in our beloved Lone Star State. The season’s March showers create the ideal conditions for bluebonnets in Texas to begin bursting into life.
Starting in late March-early April, Texans from all over the state begin their quest for the best wildflower fields to catch a glimpse of these native Texas beauties.
We’re not so sure you can call yourself a true Texan if you don’t have a picture of these iconic blue flowers somewhere in your home.
Since bluebonnets in Texas only appear for a short amount of time each year. Finding a scenic place to soak in the beauty of our state flower is an absolute must for many Texas families, and you must act quickly!
If you’re searching for the best place to see bluebonnets in Texas, you’ll want to keep reading.
We’ve got four great reasons why Cedar Lodge is an ideal destination during Texas’s bluebonnet season.
Bluebonnet Capital of Texas
Nearby Burnet (“Burn-it, durn-it, you should learn it!”) is known as Texas’s Bluebonnet Capital. They hold the annual Bluebonnet festival every second week of April. It’s one of the best places to include in your search for bluebonnets in Texas and is a part of the drive-yourself Highland Lakes Bluebonnet Trail.
Cedar Lodge Texas sits near the shores of Lake Buchanan. Our resort is located just outside Burnet and the Highland Lakes Bluebonnet Trail.
Our Texas cabin rentals offer the perfect lake refuge after a full day’s worth of wildflower viewing.
Cedar Lodge is a family-owned and managed resort. Co-Owners, Bryan and Gwen Carpenter live right next door to the property and have called Texas their home for decades. They’re more than happy to share their insights (and directions) with guests on the best nearby areas to go and see bluebonnets in Texas. When in doubt, always ask a Texan.
Trust us; you will not find the best bluebonnets in Texas growing out of a downtown city sidewalk. Parks, lakes, and backroads are what you want if you truly want to experience the majesty of these native wildflowers.
March and April are some of the best times to visit the Texas Hill Country. Remember, bluebonnets are wildflowers; there’s no guarantee they’ll pop up in the same places with the same volume every year.
What we can guarantee is that you and your family will have a blast traveling around in pursuit of the best nearby bluebonnet and wildflower fields. Plus, you can knock out that yearly Christmas card photo while doing it!
Speaking of photos, Cedar Lodge’s authentic Hill Country location offers the photographers in your family an abundance of photo-worthy opportunities this time of year.
Not only will the scenic drive and surrounding area have you stopping several times for that perfect wildflower photo-op. Our lakeside setting provides the ideal location for capturing those iconic Texas sunsets and sunrises.
Photo-takers are sure to find multiple places to showcase their skills and capture the exceptionality of Texas’ natural beauty.
The Do’s and Dont’s of Seeing Bluebonnets in Texas
Do go in-season. Peak bluebonnet season can vary depending on the year–rainfall, the heat index, and (as we saw this year;) any late winter freezes. Feel free to contact us about the status of current blooms when making reservations this time of year.
Do wear closed-toed shoes. Bluebonnets and other spring wildflowers often grow in unmaintained places. Meaning, it’s easy to get sticker burrs or pebbles stuck in open-toed shoes, especially in vast fields.
Do pay attention. These areas are known as prime places for creatures like rattlesnakes to hide from the Texas sun. While snakes aren’t known to be inherently aggressive, they will lash out when threatened. Be vigilant of your surroundings, especially with younger children.
Do pack insect repellent. There’s a very high probability of encountering biting insects at the best places to see bluebonnets in Texas. Having bug spray on hand will help ensure that you and your family don’t spend the rest of your trip scratching incessantly.
Do not trespass. We’ll provide you with the best nearby spots accessible to the public, so you won’t have to worry about trespassing on someone else’s private land.
Do not pick bluebonnets. No, it isn’t illegal to pick bluebonnets. However, the best way to preserve the experience for future generations to enjoy is by leaving the flowers right where you found them.
We hope these recommendations and tips help your search for the best place to see bluebonnets in Texas.
Cedar Lodge provides the perfect accommodations for guests looking to go beyond a simple bluebonnet day-trip. Our resort gives you a comfortable place to retreat and create an immersive Texas wildflower experience for you and your family during this iconic time of year.
We look forward to seeing you for this upcoming bluebonnet season!
Bryan and Gwen Carpenter