Note: This map was originally published in 2016 and has been updated.
What constitutes "spring" in Central Texas is usually a heady mix of thunderstorms, cold fronts, warm fronts, and rampant humidity. Those things can be exciting or annoying (or both), depending on your mood and disposition. But only some kind of monster wouldn't be charmed by the one natural event we can count on: the blooming of fields and fields of bluebonnets and other wildflowers.
Perhaps the showiest and certainly the most identifiable of Texas'a wildflowers, they are the real legacy of the Lady of Lady Bird Lake (Claudia "Lady Bird" Johnson, first lady and wife of LBJ), who made planting their seeds on Texas highways her special, successful project (the Texas Highway Department also plants thousands of the seeds each year, which it has been doing since the 1930s).
Bluebonnet season usually peaks in early April, but we're already seeing clusters of them all over town, as well as a variety of local wildflowers, fragrant mountain laurels, wisteria, and other early spring flora.
Which means it's time for a road trip, of course—although you can see lots of flower fields in the city right now, too. Here's a handy map of some of the best places in and around town to do that.Read More