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Take a Day Trip Away from the City at One of These Farms

From lavender to strawberries, there's a something for everyone.

By Sophia Gonzalez and Stephanie Bartels Published in the Spring 2022 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Barton Hill Farms will host “Brews and Berries!" and "Brews and Blooms!" this spring.

The Lone Star State becomes a pure beauty in the springtime with bluebonnets, natural spring pools and so much more. It never fails. The farms in Texas are a great place to see what the state’s natural wonders have to offer. If you’re looking to explore the state’s spring gems, most are just a day trip away from Houston.

Texas Tulips is about four hours north of Houston in Pilot Point.

Texas Tulips

This gem is about four hours north of Houston in Pilot Point. Visitors can pick their own tulips for a bouquet from February to early April. At the end of the visit, workers wrap the bouquets with a gel that helps preserve the flowers for the trip home. Weather permitting, Texas Tulips opens at the end of February and remains open until early April. The farm is at 10656 FM 2931, Pilot Point. 


Windmill Meadow Farm is a family-run flower farm located in Fredericksburg.

Windmill Meadow Farm 

This family-run flower farm is also located in Fredericksburg. Anyone wanting to enjoy a stroll through the luscious trails is advised to schedule a tour beforehand. During the hour-and-a-half tour, a guide will collect hand-picked flowers for guests to take home as a bouquet. Windmill Meadow Farm is open for tours in the springtime from March until the harvest dies down. It’s at 127 Sunshine Lane, Fredericksburg.

Atkinson Farm 

Located just 30 minutes north of Houston, Atkinson Farm has flower fields, produce and strawberry picking. Take a trip and spend the day filling your own bucket with strawberries and visit the onsite market, where you can purchase a variety of goods. With spring in full swing, it’s the perfect getaway for those who don’t want to leave Houston. Atkinson Farm is open from March until the end of October. It’s at 3217 Spring Cypress Road in Spring.

Visit Sweet Berry Farm's tulip and strawberry fields in the Hill Country.

Sweet Berry Farm 

In one of Texas’ forgotten Hill Country wonders, Marble Falls, is where you’ll find Sweet Berry Farm. Visit the farm’s tulip and strawberry fields in the springtime, and fill either a harvest basket or picking box with whichever one you choose — what a wonderful combination. Sweet Berry Farm is open from March 18 until May. It’s at 1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls.

 Dewberry Farm is about an hour outside of Houston in Brookshire.

Dewberry Farm 

This farm is about an hour outside of Houston in Brookshire. Visit during Spring Fest to enjoy more than 30 attractions, picnic spots, music, photo ops and a chance to see baby animals in the barnyard. The spring festival takes place on Saturdays and Sundays from April 2 to May 1. Dewberry Farm is at FM 362 and Morrison Road, Brookshire.

Take a day trip to Barton Hill Farms in Bastrop.

Barton Hill Farms 

Austin is always great for a day trip, and this farm’s Spring Festival makes that trip even more worthwhile. Take photos under the cottonwood trees, pick flower bouquets, enjoy live music, fresh food, a swing and the wonders of the Colorado River.  Barton Hill Farms will also host “Brews and Berries!" and "Brews and Blooms!" this spring. Barton Hill Farms is at 1115 FM 969, Bastrop.

Beginning in April, guests can visit this wonderful farm, Hill Country Lavender, in Blanco.

Wildseed Farms 

Located in Fredericksburg, Wildseed Farms is the nation’s largest working wildflower farm. Those who go will be greeted with lush trails, areas for a picnic, and a home and garden country store that includes plants and seeds for guests to take home to their own gardens. Wildseed Farms is open year-round and is at 100 Legacy Drive, Fredericksburg.

Hill Country Lavender

Beginning in April, guests can visit this wonderful farm in Blanco for flower picking. The flower type is limited to lavender, and guests can only pick if the harvest is abundant. Hill Country Lavender is open from April to August. It’s at 8241 FM 165, Blanco. 

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