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5 Great Places to See Bluebonnets in Texas

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Bluebonnets have already begun to bloom in many places across Texas thanks to recent, unseasonably warm weather. Are you still trying to decide which wildflower-enveloped town to visit this year? Consider these favorite locations, listed in no particular order, and don’t forget to call the Texas Department of Transportation Wildflower Hotline (800-452-9292) before you go for even more up-to-date information.

1. Brenham

Brenham

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You don’t have to trek off the beaten path – or even drive off the main roads – to find a bounty of Bluebonnets in Brenham. Beautiful blooms can be found behind the Walmart, La Quinta Inn & Suites, and Home Depot on Wood Ridge Boulevard, by Highway 290 near Las Fuentes Restaurant and Knights Inn or Highway 290 near The Church of Christ, even between the local Dollar Tree and Whataburger. Visitbrenhamtexas.com maintains an active “Wildflower Watch” blog that is updated frequently so visitors know exactly what stage the blooms are in before they visit. Brenham is listed on many personal, photography, and wildflower blogs as a town with safe parking places, often a conundrum when it comes to the most coveted bluebonnet corridors.

2. Ennis

Ennis

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Think of the Ennis Garden Club as a group of your own dedicated wildflower scouts. Each year, club members drive local wildflower trails to check the bloom status every week starting in April. They report the state of Bluebonnets to the Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau so that visitors stay well informed about the absolute best spot to enjoy the town’s beloved wildflowers. More than 40 miles of mapped driving Bluebonnet trails April 1 -30 are sponsored by the Ennis Garden Club, and these trails are the oldest of its kind in the state, according to visitennis.org. In Ennis, the Bluebonnets typically peak around the third week of April, but this varies year to year depending on weather conditions, so check the website or call (972) 878-4748. The Ennis Convention and Visitors Bureau is open seven days a week in April.

3. Marble Falls

Marble Falls
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