Top Greater Houston Area Bluebonnet Sightings

Top Greater Houston Area Bluebonnet Sightings | Houston Moms BlogOne of my favorite times of the year is nearly upon us!  Bluebonnet season means warmer weather, longer days, and of course, beautiful fields covered in bluebonnets!  This is the time of year when we {Houstonians} carve out those precious moments in our busy schedules to go out and sit in a field.  Okay, not just any field, these have been painted blue{ish} with thousands of our state flower!  It is absolutely breathtaking and magical! Before we venture out to get that coveted photo for the ‘gram, here are a few tips to keep the magic. 

Be Respectful

Respect the bluebonnets. They’re delicate! Tread lightly around the bluebonnets. Stepping and sitting on them will flatten them to the ground. These patches in the city are small, so the indention of your toddler’s behind {or that of your entire family}  will be noticeable.  

Respect others’ property. If you spot bluebonnets at a private residence, do not enter! There are often bluebonnets planted by communities and private citizens {like in Telfair and the Heights}, so treat it like your own backyard. In my case, that is full of weeds and dog poo… so maybe treat it better than your back yard! 

Be Safe

Personally, I have never run into a snake infested bluebonnet field, but I know the internet would explode if I didn’t mention that this is a serious danger.   So, be on the look-out for ant beds, mosquitoes and, of course, snakes!  Also, remember to stay hydrated as you venture into the humidity. Chasing a toddler around is tiring enough. Add the complexity of making sure they don’t run into the road as well as not rolling their ankle or getting bitten by a snake are sure-fire ways to wear yourself out!

Think proactively 

If you’re toting a tiny tot with you as the subject of your photos, be sure to bring plenty of snacks. Somehow the sight of a camera turns a cooperative child into a hangry little wildabeast. Goldfish are liiiife!  They’re satisfying without being too messy. 

If your kiddos are a little older {5+} you may want to begin your photos by letting them run off a little steam {especially if you took a long drive to the countryside}  Trying to get little ones to sit still and pose for a photo after a long car ride will probably backfire into a nuclear meltdown {and, let’s be honest, nobody likes a nuclear meltdown.} 

Also be cognizant of time of day. Middle of the day makes for squinty eyed pictures, so aim for early in the morning, dusk, or cloudy days.  If you venture out for some beautiful golden sunset photos, be aware that the temperature may drop a bit.  Be prepared with a sweater just in case! {I’m speaking from experience!}  Cold kids are grumpy kids. 

Just a small sliver of bluebonnets? No worries, fake it ’til you make it! Position your child behind the bluebonnets and take a picture up high or down low so that you can manipulate the illusion of bluebonnets-galore! 

Pro Tip :: Consider a portable potty for the little ones!  {These have saved me from a disaster more times than I care to admit!}

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Hand Your Camera to a Stranger

Okay, not just any stranger! Find that pleasant looking person {that is most likely not a serial killer} who seems like they know how to work a camera.  Because Moms, you were there too!  Don’t forget to get into some of those photos.  You’re creating memories for your family and they want to remember what an awesome woman you are!! 

Road Tripping!

If you’re like me and you want to make a day of it, here are a couple of my favorite locations for day tripping to enjoy the bluebonnets.

Wildseed Farms//  The heart of wine country! This is definitely for those that don’t mind a drive because it’s in Fredrickburg.  But they have the most gorgeous fields of bluebonnets and wildflowers and BONUS you can do some wine tasting while you’re out that way! Plus, Fredricksburg is such a cute little town to visit and shop and stay {did I mention there is wine tasting?}

Brenham//  Brenham has TONS of good spots for bluebonnets, whether you’re looking for a field or just a side of the road spot.  But my two favorite locations are: 

First Baptist Church in Chappell Hill//  This is where you’ll find the picturesque field with the red barn  {bonus, you can park in their lot!} and  290 and Indian Paintbrush Rd.  The latter is an unoccupied  field out of the way {read:: less of a crowd}

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If you need a refresher on photography skills, check out this post on photography tips {my favorite is for you, mom, to get in the picture!}, and this fantastic post on how to use your fancy DSLR.

**And don’t forget – if all else fails, book a session with one of our favorite Houston-area photographers. Many, if not all, of them are hosting bluebonnet minis, so keep an eye out!**

Top Houston Area Bluebonnet Sightings

Top Greater Houston Area Bluebonnet Sightings | Houston Moms BlogPlease note that this list is not comprehensive, but we are going for quality over quantity. We have listed areas that have proven sightings as well as promising areas where there were past blooms.

Buffalo Bayou Park // Central

Buffalo Bayou Park is HUGE. We know from personal experience because we looked for these bluebonnets in all the wrong places. There are definitely no bluebonnets along the bayou from Studemont eastward to Eleanor Tinsley. Bluebonnets can be found just east of the Jackson Hill Bridge, The Dunlavy, and Lost Lake on the South bank of Buffalo Bayou. Patches are small, but good enough for a cute photo with little ones!

Stude Park // Central

This Heights area park has a lot to offer including bluebonnets. The red statue {Mac Whitney’s “Houston”} is a unique urban touch. There’s also a small playground at this park, so you can use it as a negotiation tool if needed. Watch out for the ant beds.

Spotts Park // Central

The best patches of bluebonnets are generally on the southeast side of the park, opposite of the sand volleyball court, past the playground. The small hillside is a lower traffic area which allows the fragile flowers to thrive.  Parking for this park get problematic, so try to target a lower traffic time such as a weekday if possible.

White Oak Bayou/T.C. Jester Park // Central

The banks of White Oak Bayou are typically covered in a good amount of bluebonnets, particularly between 18th and 43rd streets. Best, but scarce, bet for parking is T.C. Jester Park. In the past, we have parked at a residential street and crossed the busy T.C. Jester road. Be careful. Y’all know how Houston drivers are! We have places to go!

Bridgelands Neighborhood // Northwest

There are two areas within the neighborhood where bluebonnets and wildflowers have been planted. One spot is right in the front of the neighborhood and another is towards the back.  Many people love to visit these spots for photos {however, I’m not sure how the residents feel about it, so if you see Karen running towards you with a look of authority, you didn’t hear this from me!}

Brays Bayou // Museum District

Along the banks of Brays Bayou {close to the Hermann Park Golf Course}, there are usually generous amounts of bluebonnets. Be weary of appropriate parking!

Willow Waterhole Park // Southwest

This conservancy has a patch of bluebonnets. It’s a popular spot for bird watching and has a dog park, so bring the pup to get in on the family photo fun. This particular picture was taken last year along the southernmost lake near the gazebo {park on Dryad St}, but there were other patches too.

Terry Hershey Park // West

This park’s patch of bluebonnets has gotten a lot of love and attention over the past few years, so as the season progresses, be sure to reuse already stomped-in spots from previous visitors. Please don’t create your own! The bluebonnets can usually be spotted from the road {off Dairy Ashford}, so it won’t be difficult to navigate to them from the parking lot. 

Telfair // Sugar Land {Southwest}

Bluebonnets are usually found close to Cornerstone Elementary around Chatham Avenue and Ravenel Lane. 

Blessington Farms // Wallis {West}

Blessington Farms is pretty close for our Katy and Sugar Land peeps. You can go strawberry picking too! Be sure to check their Facebook page before going, though, to ensure that they are open. You know how loco Houston weather is…

Wild Cards

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We have heard of bluebonnet sightings in Kingwood, Memorial Park, and Mercer Arboretum, but our contributing team hasn’t been able to confirm the blooms this year prior to publishing. Kingwood bluebonnets have been reported over the past few years on High Valley Drive at Hidden Lakes along the creek banks {careful for snakes!}. Memorial Park is a hit or miss; in 2013, there was a massive field, but no bluebonnets in 2015. You may need a pass for Mercer Arboretum. If you can clarify any of these locations or know of additional places to visit, please let us know, and we will gladly update the post!

We are also fans of the site, Texas Bluebonnet and Wildflowers. Their Facebook page has really great real-time updates for bluebonnet sightings all around our great state.

You may also be interested in checking out the Brenham Texas site  and  the Fredricksburg Texas site for more local info about bluebonnet sightings, festivals {and wine}!  

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7 Responses to Top Greater Houston Area Bluebonnet Sightings

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    Angie E March 6, 2019 at 10:42 am #

    What great tips! So jealous of all these beautiful Houston spots!

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    Ashley March 18, 2019 at 9:47 am #

    Mercer Arboretum has a beautiful patch at it’s peak right now but no pets allowed. Super cute with lots of stepping stones that make great seats for kids to sit in the middle of the patch.

    • brandy
      brandy March 25, 2019 at 3:42 pm #

      Thanks for sharing Ashley!

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    Johnnynogood March 25, 2019 at 3:40 pm #

    The first Baptist Church in Brenham is no longer a Bluebonnet spot. I guess they got tired of cleaning up after Those Dang People. Imagine that. More dogs and less people.

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    Karen April 5, 2019 at 11:12 am #

    Where are your pictures taken (with the fence in the background)?

    • Brandy D
      Brandy D April 5, 2019 at 1:44 pm #

      Hi Karen! That shot was taken near Brenham at the 290 and Indian Paintbrush Rd location. It’s a field out of the way. Happy bluebonnet hunting! 🙂

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    AnaG April 22, 2019 at 6:02 pm #

    Thank you! Very useful post!

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