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!
THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE HEADING OUT TO SEE BLUEBONNETS IN DALLAS
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 beautiful, and we want to keep them that way. When you go to visit a bluebonnet field, be very careful walking around. A lot of people ask “Is it illegal to pick bluebonnets in Texas?” Answer is No. However, it is important to be courteous and let other Texans enjoy them as well. Don’t trample the flowers, do not pick them. And if you see a bluebonnet patch in someone’s yard or private property, 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 Dallas Fort Worth 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.
- 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 & NEAR DALLAS
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):
1. Botanic Research Institute of Texas
This Fort Worth institution is free, open to the public, and has their own bluebonnet patches!
2. Flower Mound
The name says it all. Head over to Garden Ridge Boulevard near FM 3040 for some awesome photo-ops.
3. Native Texas Park
This urban park is reported to have patches all over, especially near the George W. Bush Presidential Center.
4. Tandy Hills Natural Area
Tandy Hills Natural Area is a 225+ acre indigenous remnant of Fort Worth prairie located in the heart of Fort Worth, Texas.
5. Big Bend National Park
Chisos Bluebonnets are different than their counterparts, the Texas Bluebonnet. They tend to show up more sparsely, but grow very tall (in excess of 3 feet). This reserve has trails all along View Street and it’s free!
6. Ennis Bluebonnet Trails
Celebrating 70 Years of Ennis Bluebonnet Trails: 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.
7. Highway 360 near Ammon Carter Boulevard
This is a Fort Worth bluebonnet location filled with beautiful Texas wildflowers, including our state flower–the bluebonnet.
8. Mt. Zion Cemetery – Denton
The cemetery sits on top of a hill and the iron overhead sign is easily seen from FM 423. It has one of the best views on Bluebonnets sightseeing as the cemetery graces this wonderful wildflower.
9. Freedom Meadow – Frisco
In 2017, this area was expanded from 1.25 to 5 acres and seeded with native wildflowers with the help of the Frisco Garden Club. It is then kept watered by the local fire department which results in reliable bluebonnets every year. The native wildflowers are not only beautiful, but serve as bee and butterfly habitat.
10. Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park – Mansfield
One of the most popular times of year for photography in Mansfield’s parks is bluebonnet blooming season. A popular spot is at Elmer W. Oliver Nature Park, which has wildflower blooming areas spaced throughout the park.
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