When we moved to the Austin area from Dallas, we noticed a cool trend around town – Murals were everywhere. Beautiful, colorful, & bright murals are on the sides of buildings all over town. Now I recognize that murals are not a new concept – drive into any small town in Texas and you will see a mural or two – but you will also see that they are long forgotten, faded by the sun. In Austin, they are celebrated – often getting a facelift.
Last spring, my kids and I decided to take a day and discover as many murals as we could. We had so much fun, that we created a mural scavenger hunt for the local area. The concept exploded and suddenly moms were taking their kids out mural hunting.
If you are planning to go to the Austin area, I’d love to recommend some of our favorite murals to see and get your picture taken by.
You’re My Butter Half
Located on the outside of the Greater Austin United Way building, this fun mural showed up in 2012 and is a very fun place for pictures. It was seen as a way to brighten up the east side of Austin.
– 2000 E. MLK Blvd
– Safe & easy to park on side street
Welcome to Historic Sixth Street
This is a brand new mural to the Austin area and so perfectly displays what The Live Music Capitol is all about.
– Located on the southwest corner of 6th Street and I-35 frontage road
– Park on street down from it or in the parking lot across the street under I-35 (busy intersection- hold onto kiddos)
While you are in the area, this is a great time to visit our Capitol too.
I Love You So Much
First written as a love letter to the owner of Jo’s Coffee, this is quickly becoming one of the most photographed sites in Austin.
– South Congress & James Street
– Located on the side of Jo’s Coffee (southwest corner)
– Safe & easy to park on James street
– Make sure to stop in Big Top Candy Shop while you are down here!
Greetings from Austin
This is my personal favorite mural in Austin! Two business owners recreated this iconic Austin postcard on the side of Roadhouse Relics in an effort to lighten up the area of town in 1998. It recently was re-painted and looks fantastic!
– Northwest corner of South 1st and Annie
– Safe & easy to park on Annie street
Hi How Are You?
Jeremiah the Innocent was originally on the cover of an album in 1983 and added to the wall of a music store in 1998. This iconic mural has a high following, as it’s existence was threatened a few years back and MANY protested against it. This mural sits close to the University of Texas campus on the Drag.
– Northwest corner of 21st & Guadalupe
– No parking on Guadalupe
– Look for a lot on one of the side streets
Murals are so fun to find in Austin, that we have started looking for them everywhere we go now. Do you have any fun murals in your town?