The Hill Country Flyer makes a special trip to Burnet, the Bluebonnet Capital of Texas, for the 34th annual Bluebonnet Festival!
Our family was so excited to take the Austin Steam Train’s Hill County Flyer to the 34th annual Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet, Texas today. Besides the amazing train ride, the train stops in Burnet where festivities are just a quick walk from the train station! Some activities include the annual carnival, multiple vendors, a Biergarten and the Wild West Shootout (weather permitting). All train cars are pulled by a diesel locomotive. Wow!
Parties of two may be seated at shared tables and there are many different prices of seats that I listed below. This ride is 8 hours round trip with a 4 hour layover on Saturday and 6 hours round trip with a 2 hour layover on Sunday. It’s well worth the price and time to see the beautiful Texas wildflowers and festival in action. Our family was seated in a beautiful private compartment in the Eagle Cliff car, which was fantastic! Our family’s highlight of the festival was the annual Burnet Bluebonnet Festival parade which was reminiscent of the small-town family parades I enjoyed as a child coupled with a big-as-Texas-sized theme and awesome little surprises like antique cars and a gigantic engine powered H-E-B shopping cart. Sweet!
The Bluebonnet Festival is one of the Austin Steam Train’s most popular rides for good reason. The ride is the basic Hill Country Flyer with an earlier departure time and a longer layover in Burnet for people to enjoy the parade and festival. It is a great ride, and, if you are lucky, most of the kiddos snooze on the way back. The wildflowers are usually in full force around that time, but each year it depends on the amount of rain and heat we receive here in central Texas to see what happens with our beautiful wildflowers! Visit bluebonnetfestival.org for more information about this annual event. Bring the entire family!
- Saturday, April 8, 2017. Departs 9:00 AM, Returns 5:00 PM.
- Sunday, April 9, 2017. Departs 10:00 AM, Returns 4:00 PM
Adult Child Senior
Excursion Coach $46 $36 $36
First Class Coach $51 $41 $41
First Class Lounge $57 $47 $47
Note: For Adults with Children under 3, there is a five dollar cost that is added to the adult ticket.
Austin Steam Train Association Information:
401 E. Whitestone Blvd., Suite A-103, Cedar Park, TX, 78613
Tip! If you want to purchase your own compartment (for a more expensive price) or have any special requests, please call their Austin Steam Train office to reserve!
About the Austin Steam Train Association: The Austin Steam Train Association is a not-for-profit organization that is exempt from income taxes under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Austin Steam Train Association is a mostly volunteer organization of people who LOVE trains. Their Christmas Flyer has been a popular staple outside of Austin in Cedar Park for over 20 years! You can help keep vintage railroading alive in Central Texas by becoming an Austin Steam Train Association donor. Check out the Donor page on their website HERE for more information on how you can contribute and information on how revenue generated helps to restore the trains and keeps the organization going! Remember, your gift is tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.
About Burnet Texas: Burnet is deep in the Texas Hill Country, in the Highland Lakes region. The city is easily accessible from all directions, located at the intersection of Highways 281 and 29. Surrounded by sparkling lakes and rugged hills, it’s a scenic drive from all directions. But there is a special magic to the Hill Country when bluebonnets carpet the roadside, hills and pastures in blue at the height of the wildflower season. Burnet is considered one of the best places in Texas for viewing wildflowers. The town officially gained recognition to the well-known fact in 1981, when the Texas State Legislature officially designated Burnet the “Bluebonnet Capital of Texas”. Community leaders decided to make the most of both the beautiful wildflowers and the recent state designation and created the Bluebonnet Festival. Through the hard work of festival founders Pat Riddell and Cary Johnson, along with the Chamber Board and dozens of volunteers from the community, the first Bluebonnet Festival held in 1983 was a huge success.
List Price: $ Varies (See website)