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Celebrate spring with bluebonnet road trip

It’s wildflower season. With major events canceled, a road trip through the Highland Lakes provides a quiet family daycation that allows for social distancing and relaxation. Photo by Ronnie Madrid/Divine Radiance Photography

The annual Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet is the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. Slated for April 10-12, it has been canceled for 2020 due to concerns about spreading the disease.

Also canceled were GraniteFest, set for March 27-28 in Granite Shoals, and the Llano Fiddle Fest and Llano River Chuck Wagon Cook-off the first weekend in April.

So far, no cases of COVID-19 have been reported in the Highland Lakes, which includes Burnet and Llano counties. Authorities are following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to limit gatherings to 50 people or fewer.

The good news is that a wildflower road trip does not violate recommendations for public gatherings! No, spring has not been canceled. Load your immediate family into the car for a quick day trip across the Highland Lakes, where bluebonnets are springing up along roadsides and in pastures.

While you’re out, don’t forget to safely snap an iconic family photo in a field of blue. We have some tips on how to best do that with either a camera or smartphone.

Plan your trip with our Highland Lakes Bluebonnet Guide, which includes some of the best locations and roads to travel along and tip-toe through the bluebonnets.

Open up our Wildflowers Guide on a tablet or smartphone while on the road to see who can spot the most different kinds of wildflowers.

Pack a picnic for an extra treat. Some restaurants are open, but most are providing take-out only. Drive-through windows at fast food restaurants are, for the most part, still open for business.

Also be aware that, starting March 23, all Lower Colorado River Authority-managed parks will be closed. Texas state park facilities, including headquarters and stores, are also closed, but you can still visit most of the parks by using the online reservation system or the self-pay stations.

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