Where are the Best Bluebonnets?
Spring is here and that means the beautiful bluebonnets are starting to pop up all over town.
We all want that perfect photo of our kids in a field of bluebonnets but sometimes they can be hard to find.
The Bluebonnet is the State Flower of Texas and is actually purple in color. They were given their name because the shape of the petals resembles the bonnets worn by the pioneer women.
How to dress for the best Bluebonnet Photos
Bold colors are beautiful choices for bluebonnet sessions – including shades of blue, as well as the more subdued vintage style of clothing, denim, simple sundresses, straw hats, etc.
Don’t wear white against a backdrop of bright blue flowers, as it can cast a blue shade onto your outfits. Also, do not overdress as if you’re heading to church. Casual and comfortable work really well.
These are the best bluebonnet photo opportunities across North Texas close to DFW
They have a very short life so once you start to see them, dress up the family and snap your photos, time is limited.
Our Top Tips to get the most out of your visit to find Bluebonnets
As with any bluebonnet area, please be careful as bees are usually very attracted to these flowers.
Also, snakes love to burrow in the flower patches so be VERY careful with your little ones! It’s best to pick a spot on the outside of the bluebonnets!
Many people say it is illegal to pick the bluebonnets.
It’s not but to let everyone enjoy them, leave them be and try not to stand on them to get that perfect photo.
These flowers are native to Texas and have a very light fragrance.
Teach your kids to leave the area as you found it, so others may enjoy it.
Here’s a Top Tip!
When my kids were younger I used to bring a stool or chair to sit on.
Have the kids wear their rain boots too so they wouldn’t be too muddy.
With boots on, we didn’t have to worry about them stepping on bees 🙂
Also, don’t forget a towel to dry their feet or even use to sit on!
Here are some of the best places to find Bluebonnets near by in Plano
NE intersection of Custer and Spring Creek: (Behind the 7-11)
Right on the Bluebonnet Trail.
The field behind the 7-11 has had some great patches of bluebonnets for the last several years now.
Other Plano Spots for Bluebonnets:
- Along the Bike Trail just east of Carpenter Recreation Center
- The City of Plano has it’s own Bluebonnet Trail. If you are biking or walking the trail, keep your eyes peeled.
Bluebonnets east of Plano
Woodbridge: the front end of Wylie/Sachse subdivision has an area of field right off of 78, perfect for pictures.
Bluebonnets in Frisco, Allen and McKinney
Zion Cemetery in Frisco, near Little Elm
Just off the 423, it’s a huge sloping hill with plenty of bluebonnets for a wide shot filled with flowers. It does get crowded with people and it’s on a hill so be prepared for that.
Warren Park’s Freedom Meadow
Address: 7599 Eldorado Pkwy. Frisco, Texas 75034
In 2017, this area was seeded with native wildflowers with the help of the Frisco Garden Club.
The Frisco Fire Department keeps this area well watered, which results in reliable bluebonnets every year. The native wildflowers are not only beautiful, but serve as bee and butterfly habitat.
It is also a memorial paying tribute to the lives lost on the tragic events of September 11, 2001.
Allen – Bethany/Alma (in the median)
Heard Museum – McKinney
Address: 1 Nature Pl, McKinney, TX 75069
There is a charge to enter the Museum. Call them before you go to ensure they have Bluebonnets in bloom.
Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center in Denton
Address: 3310 Collins Rd, Denton, TX 76208
A great place not only for bluebonnets, but other wildflower pictures and hiking to add to the fun.
Bluebonnets around Dallas, Richardson and surrounding cities
McInnish Sports Complex at Sandy Lake Road in Carrollton
Wooden fences make for a great Texas background.
Fujitsu Field Richardson
Address: Corner of Shiloh and Research Road, Richardson, TX 75082
Lake Lavon Mallard Park
Address: 7780 TX-78, Lavon, TX 75166
Bluebonnets in Dallas
Trinity River Audubon Center in Dallas
George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum
15 acres of land right off SMU Boulevard in the Downtown Dallas area. Huge field of bluebonnets and beautiful wildflowers too.
The Grapevine Texan Trail
Take the Southbound Texas State Highway 121 and the Texan Trail exit.
Bluebonnets have been sighted in years’ past in the fields north of the frontage road, on the right before Main Street.
Relatively safe and easy to access. This is a popular bluebonnet photo location in the metroplex.
Cedar Hill State Park in Cedar Hill
Although there is small fee for entering this state park, it is well worth it to capture some lovely shots of our state flower.
Entrance Fees: Per person (children 12 and under are not charged) – $7 per day, for day use, $5 per day for overnight stays. The park gate opens at 6 a.m. and closes at 10 p.m.
There are plenty of bluebonnets within the park, but for a unique picture check out the fields near Penn Family Farm. Windmills and old barns make great backgrounds.
Fort Worth Nature Center in Fort Worth, TX
$5 for adults and $2 for children for admission to the center. Bluebonnets are not as prolific at the nature center as they are in some other areas, but a visit to the nature center can make the photo session more fun.
This would be a fun day trip – about a 45 minute drive from Plano, TX.
Every year they have a Bluebonnet Festival from April 16-18 and have been known to have the BEST place to take pictures!
This is a HUGE arts & crafts festival with loads of family entertainment, activities, music, food, and more. And it’s all FREE admission!
This is the official Texas Bluebonnet Trail and is so very pretty. This year, they’re celebrating 69 Years of the Ennis Bluebonnet Trails. Their estimated peak is 2nd-3rd week in April.
Ennis was designated by the 1997 State Legislature as the home of the Official Texas Bluebonnet Trail and was designated the Official Bluebonnet City of Texas.
From April 1-30, Ennis showcases over 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet Trails sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club.
Visitors will be able to pick up a map at the Ennis Welcome Center, download a map or download the free Ennis Y’all app and follow the interactive bluebonnet map, or watch a video at the Ennis Welcome Center regarding the trails in April.
Top Tip: You may find some local lakes that have Bluebonnets too, including Lake Lewisville, Grapevine, Joe Pool, Ray Roberts and Lake Ray Hubbard
Looking for a Photographer for your Bluebonnet Photos?
These are our favorite local Photographers, who have all been highly recommended by local Moms.
Our Directory has 55 Local Photographers, some of which will be hosting Bluebonnet Mini’s!
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