Every year around this time, Texans step out with their picnic blankets, cameras, and their Sunday best all in the name of Bluebonnets. Families, dog-moms, and nature-lovers alike flock to the hill country where Bluebonnets are most abundant. But you don’t have to go to the Hill Country to find the famous blue [petals; you can find them right here in DFW!
But before we talk about where to find bluebonnets in Dallas- Fort Worth, there are a few things you need to know:
- Respect nature–The bluebonnets in Dallas-Fort Worth are gorgeous and we want to keep them that way. When you go to visit a bluebonnet field, be very careful with your steps. Don’t trample the flowers and do not pick them! Remember that Bluebonnet patches on private land is just that- private. Do not enter.
- Stay safe–Some of the best Bluebonnet patches are near busy freeways. Never block traffic or driveways, and use extreme caution when parking or crossing the road. Also remember that ants love Bluebonnets, too, so look before you step.
- 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.
WHERE TO FIND BLUEBONNETS IN & NEAR DALLAS- FORT WORTH
Please keep in mind that by no means does this list detail every single DFW-area bluebonnet patch. Additionally, things can change quickly due to nature and other 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):
Botanic Research Institute of Texas– This Fort Worth institution is free, open to the public, and has their own bluebonnet patches!
Carrollton– Both the McInnish Park & Sports Complex as well as the Mary Heads Carter Park are reported to have thick patches of the lovely blue flower.
Cedar Hill State Park– Bring your bike and ride down the Dorba Bike Trail. The blue favorites are blooming early this year so get out there quick.
Ennis, Texas– The “Official Bluebonnet City of Texas” is hosting their official Texas Bluebonnet Trail now through the end of April.
Flower Mound– The name says it all. Head over to Garden Ridge Boulevard near FM 3040 for some awesome photo-ops.
Fort Worth Nature Center & Refuge– Your photo-ops here won’t be free but you can get in for cheap. Adults are $5, kids under 12 are $3 and kids under 3 are free!
Garland, Texas– Hayes Park near South Country Club Road has a small patch near the forest.
Irving, Texas– Right off of the 3500 Block of Cistercian Road near Highway 114.
Native Texas Park– This urban park is reported to have patches all over, especially near the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
Plano, Texas– This area of Texas has their own patch on the Bluebonnet Trail. You’ll find them near Independence & Coit Roads.
Tandy Hills Natural Area– This reserve has trails all along View Street and it’s free!
Have you spotted the Texas State Flower in other patches near DFW? Tell us where in the comments: