On a solo trip to Houston, Texas, I was looking for things to do each day to fill up my time. I was already staying in Houston for an extended period of time, and before I left, I wanted to do something fun and memorable.
I had already been to the ColorFactory for a day trip. But, since I was staying in an Airbnb, I jumped on the app and looked at the Airbnb experiences section. I had always seen this option but never actually looked at it. But, I’m glad I did!
I looked for experiences that didn’t require a partner or something I’d feel comfortable doing on my own. Photoshoots in the city, cooking lessons, walking tours, you name it! It wasn’t until I came across an experience of riding through the city and stopping at the street art along the way. Perfect!
I booked a bike tour for one and arranged with the host at the meeting location. It was that simple.
Fortunately for me, I was the only rider for the day. So, I was able to rent a bike from the Houston BCycle bike racks conveniently located around the city and followed my host as she lead the way around the city.
We started at Discovery Green park and made our way through downtown and to the infamous East Houston neighborhoods. See some of the shots I Captured and the locations so that you can put Houston on your list!
- Start at the Sabine Street Bridge (104 Sabine Street) where you can grab a bike with BCycle bike station.
- Ride towards Main Street where you will see the Toyota Center
- Head towards East Downtown, or EADO, as known by locals. You’ll run in to the following:
- Grafitti Wall Building
- “We Love Houston” sign
- Dynamo Soccer Stadium
- Minute Maid Park
- Keep going towards downtown to see the famous “Houston is Inspired” mural
- Market Square Park will also be in the heart of downtown
- Complete your loop around the city by ending up back at Tinsley Park to take in the Houston Skyline!
Street Art Around Houston
If the day is nice, I would highly recommend grabbing a bike to take in the sites around the city. I found the city to be pretty bike-friendly. I went on a Sunday afternoon and it was nice a peaceful.
Just remember, the art you see today, may not be there tomorrow. There are so many artists around the city and it’s encouraged to continue spreading artwork respectfully. The artwork changes on a pretty consistent basis.
Houston Gaffiti Building – 1503 Chatres Street
The Houston Graffiti Building has so many art murals that you can see. If you don’t go anywhere else, I’d highly recommend coming here. The artwork is consistently changing here as local artists continue to paint new designs. IT’s all love here/ So no one gets upset when a new artist comes in. As long as you are respectful and not defacing someone’s work, you’re free to paint!
You will find this building in East Houston where there are multiple murals in this place.
Check out these photos I snapped around the buildings.
The “From H-Town with Love” is part of the Houston Graffiti Building. Here I am in front of the H-Town with Love mural with Houston BCycle Bike.
Popular Instagram photo spot. “Sky’s the Limit.”
“Llamas a Tus Abuelos” mural. Translates to Call your grandparents in English.
Remembering former Lakers basketball player, Kobe Bryant #24.
Black Lives Matter health care worker mural.
Stay Sorta Positive mural.
Houston native and rapper Slim Thug mural.
Houston Rapper Paul Wall mural.
The George Floyd sign in Houston has been a controversial mural as part of the Graffiti building. If the mural is still up, you may find the artist redoing some of the mural as it has been vandalized numerous times.
Right next to George Floyd, you’ll see the Latin pop artist Selena.
2200 Texas Avenue
In front of the BBVA Stadium, you’ll see a great orange mural. Show your Houston pride and snap a picture in front.
Around Hutchins Street
You’ll find this cute mural of Hutchins between 8th Wonder and The Secret Group.
The “No parking Not Even For 1 Min” Sign. You’ll see this mural on one of the warehouse garages on Hutchins street.
313 Travis Street
You’ll find the Houston is inspired mural on Travis street. This colorful mural is the perfect backdrop for a photoshoot!
2202 Dallas Street
Here is your Instagram shot! The infamous “We ❤️ Houston” sign. You’ll find this right behind 8th Wonder Brewery.