bluebonnets in san antonio

Every Spring, Texans look forward to stepping outside and seeing the beautiful state flower bloom. Families flock to parks and fields, trying to snap the best photos of their babies playing in the flowers. San Antonio bluebonnet fields can vary year to year, but thankfully, there are certain prime spots that seem to always flourish this time of year.

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What are Bluebonnets?

According to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin,  “Bluebonnet is the common name for a few species of lupines including the Texas bluebonnet (Lupinus texensis), sandyland bluebonnet (Lupinus subcarnosus — also called the Texas bluebonnet) and the Big Bend bluebonnet (Lupinus havardii). These three, plus the rarer Lupinus concinnus and Lupinus plattensis, are lumped together as the state flower of Texas.”

 

When do Texas bluebonnets bloom?

Many people were worried in 2021 that the winter storm Uri would have a bad impact on the bluebonnets. However, fortunately for everyone, this did not occur, and we had a typical bluebonnet season.

Bluebonnets are projected to bloom throughout most of Texas around the end of March and the beginning of April in 2022, with the season lasting until the end of April and early May.

Things to know before you head out to see Bluebonnets in San Antonio

Before we talk about where to find bluebonnets in San Antonio in 2021, there are a few things you need to know:

  • Respect nature–The bluebonnets in San Antonio are beautiful and we want to keep them that way. When you go to visit a bluebonnet field, be very careful walking around. Don’t trample the flowers and do not pick them! Even though it is not illegal to pick bluebonnets in Texas, we need to be courteous so that other Texans can enjoy them as well! And if you see a bluebonnet patch in someone’s yard or private property, definitely do not enter.
  • Stay safe–In your excitement to enjoy the bluebonnets and to take your photos, don’t be careless and disregard safety. Some San Antonio bluebonnet patches may be near busy roads, so make sure your kids don’t run out into traffic. Also, be on the lookout for ant beds, mosquitoes, and even snakes in some cases.
  • Don’t hog the spotlight–There’s a good chance you won’t be the only one visiting the bluebonnet patch. If others are around, make sure you’re sharing the space and everyone gets a chance for their photo op. Please do not block traffic or driveways.
  • Take great pictures – You don’t have to be an expert photographer to take stellar bluebonnet photos. Check out this top for 10 simple tips to remember while taking bluebonnet pictures.

 

Where to find bluebonnets in San Antonio, Texas and the surrounding areas?

Please keep in mind that by no means does this list detail every single San Antonio-area bluebonnet patch. Additionally, things can change quickly due to nature and other outside forces.

With that in mind, here are some proven areas that typically offer great bluebonnet sightings around the area (some will require a little driving):

 

1. Bluebonnet Patches near Sara McAndrew Elementary

This elementary school out towards has several of their own Bluebonnet patches. Do not visit during school hours. The Bluebonnets are absolutely breathtaking at McAndrew Elementary.

McAndrew Elementary Bluebonnets

Image Credit: McAndrew Elementary

 

2. Bluebonnets in Fredericksburg

A quick, 15-minute drive from downtown Fredericksburg on Highway 16 N towards Llano, the unincorporated town of Willow City boasts a population of about 100 people. In the distant fields, you don’t even have to look closely to see the bright blue ocean of bluebonnets that foreshadows your drive down to the valley below.

You’ll spot bluebonnets everywhere on this drive: popping up between boulders, across the rivers growing in colonies on sandy banks, on outcroppings and low water crossings And yet, you’ll never tire of them. When the blue finally starts to fade away towards the end of the drive and the fields full of Mexican white poppies come into play.

Fredericksburg Bluebonnets

Image Credit: Fredericksburg.org

 

3. Wildseed Farms – Largest Working Wildflower Farm in the US

The farm has been growing fields of wildflowers for the production of seed for over 35 years. They are the nation’s largest working wildflower farm with over 200 acres in Fredericksburg Texas alone. There is no charge for admission and we are open year around, 7 days a week. Our walking trails close 30 minutes before closing. We respectfully request pictures be taken from the trails next to the flowers and not in the flower beds. 

Wildseed farms bluebonnets

Image Credit: Wildseed Farms Official Site

 

4. Poteet Bluebonnets 

Bluebonnets surround a windmill near Poteet, Texas, during the spring wildflower season. 

Poteet Bluebonnets

Bluebonnets surround a windmill near Poteet, Texas, during the spring wildflower season.

 

5. Bluebonnet Locations Near Northwest Vista College 

There are lots of places across campus. Try the area back right of the theater.

Northwest Vista College

Image Credit: Northwest Vista College

 

6. Bluebonnets near the Patrick Heath Public Library  

While you’ll find bluebonnets in various spots around Boerne, driving up the hill to the library is pretty cool.

 

7. Boerne Skate Park Bluebonnets 

The park across from Curington Elementary is probably the favorite spot for locals to take bluebonnet pictures. The field is absolutely packed with them.

Bluebonnets at Boerne State Park

Image Credit: Boerne State Park

Have we missed your favorite spot to see Bluebonnets near San Antonio? Tell us where to go in the comments:

 

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