Besides the fact that nearly my entire family lives in Houston, one thing I love about this city is the diversity. There are so many things to do in Houston for high-class, middle-class, and lower-class families. People of all ages, of all cultural backgrounds, and all interests can undoubtedly find something to do, an event to attend, or a place to call home in Houston.
I grew up and still live in the suburbs of Houston, far (but not too far) from the city hustle and bustle, so fortunately I have never had to travel too far to engage in the city life, and bask in the city’s culture.
But Houston is an expensive city to live in, travel to, and enjoy for most people. Unless you know where to look.
I enjoy all the typical (and expensive) activities Houston has to offer such as concerts, unique bars, and of course, the world’s largest rodeo. But on a typical weekend, when holidays have passed and birthdays approach, saving money is priority, but so is having fun.
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I’m a simple, yet artistic person (obviously, I have a blog), so it doesn’t take much for me to have a good time. If an activity is interesting, doesn’t cost much (if anything), and is something I have never done before, I’m there. So why not spend a Saturday exploring some of Houston’s famous art walls, murals, and graffiti?
Houston’s Most Stunning Murals & Where to Find Them
The weather was nice in Houston (for once); 43 degrees and sunny. Josh and I already agreed that Saturday was OUR day. So, we took a page out of Wear+Where+Well’s book and decided to go on our own Houston art wall and mural “scavenger hunt.” I use the term “scavenger hunt” loosely, because the authors of Wear+Where+Well did an excellent job of providing addresses and detailed information of where to find some of Houston’s best art walls and murals, but based on their list, my husband and I composed a list of our favorites, which we drove, walked, searched, and sometimes stumbled upon accidentally on our expedition. So, we really didn’t need to scavenger too much.
And honestly, what we planned as a SaturDATE Scavenger Hunt, became a great way to explore Houston, as well as find great local food, drinks, and things to do.
Before we set off on our mission to find some of Houston’s best art walls and murals, I had a mental list of some of the ones I wanted to see, but ended up finding some even better. Here are a few of our favorites which are MUST SEES when visiting Houston, or even for locals who have never witnessed some of the work of Houston’s talented artists:
1. “Houston” Mural
- Location: EaDo, St. Emanuel St. @ Leeland St. 77003
- Commentary: This was our first stop, and we were surprised to find that this building, as well as two other buildings nearby are COVERED with DOZENS of murals. Free parking is available in several parking lots nearby, including the parking lot that the above two pictures were taken from.
2. “Hearts” Graffiti Wall
- Location: EaDo, St. Emanuel St. @ Bell St. 77003
- Commentary: Located just around the corner from the “Houston” mural, it’s an incredibly easy and scenic walk (this building is covered in murals; several on each wall, on all four sides, from top to bottom). The sidewalk makes for an easy stroll around the entire building safe from traffic; a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of a TON more murals.
3. “Nightmare Before Christmas” City Mural
- Location: EaDo, Bell St. between Chartres St. & St.Emanuel St. 77003
- Commentary: MURALS FOR DAYS. The murals on this building continue on around the corner for another block.
4. “Cityscape” Graffiti Wall
- Location: EaDo, Chartres St. @ Bell St. 77003
- Commentary: Located around the corner from the “Nightmare Before Christmas” cityscape mural, this mural faces Chartres St. & US-69 (Formally US-59), and sits alongside some more great murals!
5. University of Houston Pride
- Location: EaDo, Chartres St. @ Leeland St. 77003
- Commentary: This mural by The OneLee sits parallel to the “Cityscape” Graffiti Wall, but is located on the building next to it (on the back of the “Houston” mural building). This wall features two AWESOME University of Houston murals that take up the entire wall. Trust me, you can’t miss it!
6. HTX Wings
- Location: EaDo, St. Emanuel St. @ Leeland St. 77003
- Commentary: This mural by The OneLee is located on the same wall as the “Houston” mural (opposite of the “University of Houston Pride” wall). Just like the “Houston” mural, this mural faces a parking lot that is typically empty which makes for easy access and parking.
7. Zipper Wall
- Location: EaDo, St. Emanuel St. between Leeland St. & Bell St. 77003
- Commentary: This mural by Kelly Graval (aka Risk Rock) is nearby the other murals featured above, and can be seen directly across the street from the majority of them. This wall is on St. Emanuel St. between Leeland St. & Bell St., and faces Bell St. Free parking is available in the often empty parking lot that this mural is located in.
8. Chalkboard Wall
- Location: Midtown – Bagby Park, Bagby St. @ Pierce St. 77002
- Commentary: This chalkboard wall features advice on one side, and aspirations on the other; a personal piece of art to Houston. Don’t forget to bring your chalk to this one! Parking is available right on the street on Bagby St. and Pierce St. There is also additional parking right across the street at CVS.
9. Dogwood Flowers Mural
- Location: Midtown – 2403 Bagby St. @ Mcllhenny St. 77006
- Commentary: This mural located on the front wall of The Dogwood, is just a few blocks from Bagby Park where the Chalkboard Wall is located. Parking is availble right on the street on Bagby St. and Mcllhenny St. However, additional parking is available across the street in a small strip center.
10. “Greetings From Houston” Mural
- Location: The Heights – 3601 White Oak Dr. @ Harvard St. 77007
- Commentary: This mural located on the side wall of Gelazzi on White Oak Dr., was our final stop. This mural faces Harvard St. with free parking available right on the street on White Oak Dr. and Harvard St.
These are just a few of the stunning murals and art walls that can be found in Houston (and some of my favorites!)
Not to mention, finding them makes for a fun, unique, and FREE SaturDATE!
Feel free to share some of YOUR favorite Houston mural photos in the comments below or on Instagram @inloveintrovert (#saturDATE)