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Strolling and Posing: Instagrammable Public Art in Downtown Arlington

Spring is finally upon us! Good ole Punxsutawney Phil, the infamous groundhog behind Groundhog’s Day, appears to have been right this year, as an early Spring is imminent. This beautiful 70-degree weather is the perfect excuse to spend hours outdoors, strolling with friends and family, and taking pictures in front of Arlington’s coolest public art. Lucky for you, we have just the thing for you: The Downtown Arlington Mural Tour!

Our Mural Tour is the perfect guide to experiencing the vibrant character of our downtown district in the most efficient and fulfilling way possible. In addition to providing you with a tried and true path, we also have a list of bars, restaurants, and entertainment to check out along the way.

Click here to download our Mural Tour map.

Here’s your guide to the instagrammable public art in Downtown Arlington!

Front Street Mural and Public Art Tour

  1. First, park in the lot across from Knapp Heritage Park, located on West Front Street. Discover the park and its collection of historic log cabins and structures, including a 1910 one-room schoolhouse.
  2. Once you finish at Knapp Heritage Park, walk east down Front Street and pose with the “Language” Star of Texas by Demario Davis.
  3. Afterwards, make a left and walk north toward the historic Arlington Music Hall and snap a picture underneath the iconic marquee. Then, on the southside of the building, check out the colorful “Howdy” mural by Mariell Guzman.
  4. Cross Center Street to get to the Vandergriff Town Center where you’ll find nearby eateries and breweries such as The Grease Monkey Burger Shop & Social Club and On Tap. Grab a burger, a beer, or both and check out the “Historic Arlington” mural by Lee and Sheri Hay located on the south side of the Vandergriff Office building. Across from Grease Monkey on Mesquite Street, you’ll find “Love” by Justin Simmons.
  5. Once you’re done, go back and turn south along Center Street and you’ll see the “Legendz Classic Barber Shop” mural on the north side of their building.
  6. Head east on Front Street for one block until you reach the intersection of Mesquite and Front. Here is the “Welcome to Front Street” mural by Jenny Lane! Congratulations, you’ve officially arrived at Urban Union!
  7. Keep going east along Front Street for half a block to Hurtado BBQ and on the far side, you’ll see their amazing patio space, including the mural “Mexicue” by Kara Burton.
  8. Further down along Front Street, take a left on N. Elm Street. To your left you’ll see “Soundwave” by Tex Moton.
  9. Continue walking south through the alley until you pass the entrance to Sugar Bee Sweets Bakery. Grab a cake pop or cookie from inside and check out the “Sugar Bee Sweets” by Tex Moton on the outside of the bakery facing Front Street.
  10. Finally, walk east on Front Street past the Downtown Arlington offices and follow the road to arrive at the final mural of this walk, “Climb!” by Dylan Kennedy, located on the west side of Dyno-Climbing Center.
  11. Before you leave, feel free to check out more of Downtown’s renowned bars, restaurants, and activities located in Urban Union, such as the ones below!

Front Street Bars, Restaurants, and Entertainment:

4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge

Cidercade Arlington

Cartel Taco Bar

Cane Rosso Arlington

The Hive Daytime Eatery

Hurtado Barbecue

Hayters Bar & Lounge

Inspirations Fork & Table

Lone Star Axe Throwing

Main Street Mural and Public Art Tour

  1. Visit Gene Allen Park and snap a picture in front of the “Cowgirl” mural by artist Amandalynn and pose next to the International Peace and Friendship Monument. On the edge of Gene Allen Park, wrap your arms around the “Rainbow” Star of Texas by Izzy Espinoza and get a picture with the colorful sculpture.
  2. Next, cross Main Street where you absolutely must visit the brand-new Mineral Well Clock Tower. The plaza features a clock tower with Downtown’s iconic lion’s head sculptures on each side along with a fountain, loosely based on the original historic mineral well that was located near Main and Center Streets. It’s a must-see destination that overlooks the beauty of Main Street while providing peaceful bliss as you sit and watch the sun set.
  3. Next, walk down the path to City Center Plaza next to City Hall and the award-winning public library and take a picture of the K9 Memorial Monument, a bronze sculpture honoring Arlington’s retired and deceased fire and police service dogs. Across from this sculpture is a statue of Colonel Neel E. Kearby, a Texas State Historical Marker honoring our hometown Medal of Honor recipient.
  4. Head back to Main Street and pose in front of the “En Point” mural located on the back wall of the Persis Studio of Dance.
  5. Walk west toward Theatre Arlington and check out the “Theatre Arlington” mural by Vizie. Don't forget to wish Theatre Arlington a happy 50th birthday by snapping a picture in front of the newly designed Star of Texas, honoring Theatre Arlington's 50 years in business!
  6. Once you finish checking out all the great businesses located on Main Street, head down Oak Street until you hit the intersection of Oak and Abram Streets. Here you will find downtown’s newest mural, “Merciful Wisdom” by C. Joseph Art on the side of the Curnutt & Hafer, LLP building.
  7. Next, head south across Abram Street and make a left towards the “DREAM Sculpture,” a 12-foot-tall and 54-foot-long sculpture honoring Arlington’s status as the “American Dream City.” Snap a picture with the sculpture before it moves to its new location at the future Rotary Dream Park under construction on Front Street.
  8. Finally, continue east towards the fan-favorite Levitt Pavilion where you’ll find "Kaleidoscope of Dreams" Star of Texas Sculpture designed by "Canvas by Canvas." Make your way across the Levitt lawn to the corner of Center and Abram Streets and check out “The Gift,” a bronze sculpture featuring a man teaching a young boy to play guitar. The Gift was commissioned by long-time Arlington residents Debra Duncan and her husband Randy Jordan, with artwork created by award-winning sculptor Seth Vandable and sculpture casting completed by Schaeffer Art Bronze in Arlington.

Main Street Fun, Retail, and Entertainment

  1. F6 Art Lounge
  2. The Man’s Shop
  3. Theatre Arlington
  4. Miss Persis Studio of Dance
  5. Catalyst Creative Arts