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5 picture-perfect places to pose with the bluebonnets this year
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Spring has sprung, and it's time to get out and enjoy Texas' most famous flower: the bluebonnet. Getting your photos with Central Texas' beloved bluebonnets, also known as Buffalo Clovers and Wolf Flowers, is one of those golden activities that even COVID-19 can't touch.


These blooming beauties are so loved by Texans we made them the state flower, but they only last from mid-March to mid-April. The countdown is ticking, so get out and see them while you still can. Here are some of the most picture-perfect places to pose in and around Austin.


Best Scenery: Capitol of Texas Highway

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It may be one of the most popular spots for photos in Texas, but the bluebonnets will give you the excuse to post all the 360 bridge photos your heart desires. Nestled in the heart of the rolling Hill Country, this area is the perfect blend of city and countryside to give you that "outdoorsy" look, and the location's height and range will also give you stunning depth of field while you shoot. Don't forget to take in the views while you're there, even if you've seen them 100 times before.

Best backdrop: Lady Bird Lake

Getting your photos in front of the skyline and surrounded by the state flower is about as Austin as it gets, and a true Austinite will take every chance they can get to spend the day at Lady Bird Lake. With a long trail to walk along, there are angles galore to explore. This spot juxtaposes flourishing nature with the big, bustling city at once-showcasing Austin's versatility. When you're done snapping, you can hop in the lake to escape that blistering heat.

Most secluded: Old Settlers Park

You'll have to get out of town for this photo spot, but it will be worth it. With patches of bluebonnets across the sprawling greenery, making the drive out to Old Settlers Park is a great way to make an event of the annual growth. Grab your loved ones and furry friends for a picnic and spend the day in the sun. Your final photos will reflect the fun and you'll thank yourself for it!

Most variety: Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

At the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, the bluebonnets are in full bloom and share the spotlight with myriad other wildflowers and native trees of Texas. Get your yearly bluebonnet photos captured while enjoying all the beautiful flowers that the workers at the center maintain year-round. This spot will give you more variety in your photos and you might learn something as well while you're there.

Most Texan: Texas Capitol

Want everyone to know you're from Texas? Head to the Texas Capitol building's massive lawn and send the message that you love the Lone Star State to everyone on your friend list. The historic dome, luscious surrounding trees, statues and architecture will add an interesting element to your snaps instead of just posing in a field. As a bonus, head over in the early morning while the dew still glistens on the grass or during golden hour for the best effects.

What are you waiting for? The bluebonnets only stick around for a little while!

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Things to do in Austin this Labor Day weekend

The Texas Longhorns are kicking off their season this Saturday. (Texas Longhorns/Twitter)

🗓 All weekend

🎸 Lakeside music at Mozart’s

Enjoy summer music with lakeside views all weekend long at longtime Lake Austin hangout Mozart’s Coffee Roasters. Free acoustic performances kick off Thursday and run throughout the weekend.

All weekend | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters, 3825 Lake Austin Boulevard


🗓 Friday

🐶 Puppy Party with Austin Humane Society

Swing by Jo’s Red River for a coffee and pet some pups along the way to start your weekend. All pets are adoptable, and 20% of drink sales go to the Austin Humane Society.

9-11 a.m. | 📍Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 2100 San Jacinto Blvd


🗓 Saturday

🏈Texas Longhorns

Texas football is back! The Longhorns are kicking off their 2022 season with a home matchup against the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.

7 p.m. | 📍Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, 2100 San Jacinto Blvd


📽️ Screen on the Green “Luca”

The final showing of the Screen on the Green summer series will feature a screening of Luca, $4 happy hour and popcorn and cotton candy.

8:30 p.m. | 📍 Fareground Austin, 111 Congress Avenue



🗓 Sunday

🎵 Stretch Musik Band: Pre Labor Day Party

Celebrate (or mourn) the symbolic end of summer with a Pre-Labor Day party at the oldest bar in Austin. Entertainment includes food, drink and old-school jams from Stretch Musik Band.

7 p.m. | 📍 Historic Victory Grille, 1104 East 11th Street


🍖 Weaselfest 2022

Seven hours of live music, local brews, cigars and BBQ. It doesn’t get more Texan than that.

3- 10 p.m. | 📍Fair Market, 1100 East 5th Street


🧘Sunset Yoga and Moonlight Swim at Barton Springs

Wind down from the weekend with a free, donation-based sunset yoga session beside the Barton Springs pool. The event wraps up with a post-yoga night swim dip in the pool.

3- 10 p.m. | 📍Barton Springs Municipal Pool, 2201 William Barton Drive

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