Driving around town, kids in tow and fighting traffic, I usually find myself so focused on getting from Point A to Point B that I fail to notice the details in between. But so much of Austin’s unique appeal is in those details and quirks that we tend to take for granted, like all of the amazing Austin art we pass every day.
I set out to compile a Top 10 list of Austin murals and street art — a bucket list of sorts — to visit with the kiddos. I planned to include the touristy ones we all know, but I hoped to stumble upon a few hidden treasures too. After an hour downtown, my 10 became 20. An hour on The Drag bumped it 25. An hour on SoCo…. Well, you get the idea.
What I discovered was that when I took a deep breath and really started looking, incredible Austin art was everywhere: gas stations, Chinese takeout joints, back alleys, even sidewalks. My son actually got grumpy with me because I couldn’t stop to photograph every piece of street art he spotted while we cruised East Austin. Seeking out these pieces became like a scavenger hunt for our family and we had a blast seeing our city with fresh eyes.
So… Here’s a start. When the summer crazies kick in, get out and see how many of these beauties you can find. And when you’ve exhausted this list, just look a little harder. I think you’ll be amazed by the art that’s out there. I spotted a few new pieces going up around town last week, so you may even luck into seeing an artist in action.
Because this list is so long (more than 100 locations!!) we’ve broken it up into sections that load quickly and take you straight to the part of town you wish to see. You can click the links below on each page, or just scroll to the bottom and hit ‘next’ to see more. The last page features an interactive map to get you started on your adventure. Happy hunting!
Austin Art Found Downtown
If you’re in need of lodging while you visit the city make sure to check out a timeshare rental on the secondary resale market. The Texas Timeshare at Lakeway is located just outside of Austin and offers stunning views of Lake Travis. Water sports, grilling and fishing are some of the top activities at this resort. This is an RCI timeshare so if you already own a timeshare you may exchange it through RCI to the Texas Timeshare at Lakeway for a small fee.