10 Photos That Will Have You Looking Forward To Spring In Austin

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With the temps dipping lately, we’ve caught ourselves longing for warmer and greener times. We’ve even found ourselves daydreaming that we were camped out in Zilker Park during the summer, waiting to see our favorite band perform live (sunburn be damned!).

And a chilly hike down our beloved Barton Creek Greenbelt Trail left us feeling as colorless and barren as the naked trees and bushes that surrounded us.



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Simply put, we miss spring in Austin, and we’re pretty sure these 10 photos will get you right there with us…

1.) When spring in Austin finally comes, we’ll be like…

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“OMG WILDFLOWERS YAAAAASSSS!!” Looks like this pup is taking full advantage of our six leash-free dog parks with trails. Photo: Flickr user Rennett Stowe, CC licensed

2.) Because we’re totally obsessed with bluebonnets.

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Every Texan knows: bluebonnets are breaths of fresh air for the soul. Here’s seven things you probably don’t know about our state flower! Photo: Flickr user Jon Clegg, CC licensed

3.) And Spring sunrises make everything seem better.

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Watching a spring sunrise always makes us feel less stressed out. For the best viewpoints, check out some of our favorite Austin fireworks-watching spots. Photo: Flickr user Samuel Mann, CC licensed

4.) Because Spring is the best time to enjoy a sweet treat!

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5.) SXSW means crazy traffic but amazing music nonstop.

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When SXSW wristbands go on sale, you know spring is just around the corner. Photo: Flickr user Ed Schipul, CC licensed

6.) Did we mention we really really dig kites?

7.) Spring is our favorite time of year to explore Zilker Botanical Garden…

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Even though it’s easier to watch out for the dinosaurs when there’s little vegetation… Photo: Flickr user Claudia Heidelberger, CC licensed

8.) and stop to smell the roses.

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The Texas State Capitol‘s groundskeepers maintain some killer rosebushes. Here’s 10 other facts you never knew about Texas’ governmental seat. Photo: Flickr user Vanessa Nunes, CC licensed

9.) Because everything’s so freaking green we could keel over and die of happiness…

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Perfection. Photo: Flickr user Nan Palmero, CC licensed

10.) Which would be fine because we would have the Best. View. Ever.

Are you weeping yet? Don’t worry! In all of its drizzly and colorful majesty, spring in Austin will be here before you know it, bringing joy to wildflower-frolicking pups and music fanatics everywhere. Until then, we suggest that you curl up with a steamy cup of hot chocolate and make a list of local spring adventures that you can’t wait to embark on when March rolls around again.

*This post was first published in 2016 and has been updated as of February 2020.

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Featured photo: Flickr user Basheer Tome, CC licensed