There is nothing that I love to do more on the weekends than to explore South Florida, especially the local art scenes around me. As an artist myself, I find a tremendous amount of inspiration from the street art murals in South Florida. I love all forms of art, but walls coated in paint really speak to my soul. This is why you’ve probably noticed that I take a lot of my fashion photos near street art murals. I always get a lot of questions on where I take my photos, so I figured it was time to share my favorite locations.
A few weeks ago my friends at Ford let me test drive a beautiful 2016 2.3L EcoBoost Mustang. This car is hot, and it was the perfect ride for me and my boyfriend to head off on an art filled daycation to visit my favorite murals. Our trip started in Palm Beach and we worked our way down to Miami, while enjoying our sweet ride along the way.
After concluding our adventure, I rounded up my favorite spots to share with you today!
6 Places to Check Out Street Art Murals in South Florida
Mural by Amanda Valdez located at Spruce Avenue & 25th Street, West Palm Beach
Mural by Craig McInnis located on 25th Street, West Palm Beach
Northwood Village in West Palm Beach, FL
Located in northern West Palm Beach there is an eclectic neighborhood known as Northwood Village. The historic area is filled will artisan shops, restaurants, art galleries, and of course, street art. Several local artists have left their mark on the area including Amanda Valdez and Craig McInnis. It’s a place you have to check out if you are in the area, and while you are at it make sure you to grab a bite to eat at The Grilled Cheese Gallery. Or better yet, learn about the rich history of Northwood Village, while checking out the art and local bites by booking a Taste History Culinary Tour in Northwood.
Mural by Eduardo Kobra located at Subculture Coffee on Clematis Street, West Palm Beach
Mural by Anthony Hernandez located at Narcissus Ave. & Datura Street, West Palm Beach
Downtown West Palm Beach, FL
When it comes to public art, Downtown West Palm Beach is the epicenter of the street art scene in Palm Beach County. The city has made it a priority to incorporate art into the aesthetic of the downtown area. There are murals by artists of all levels, from local to international talent. Not only is there an array of street art at every turn, but the city also features interactive art displays too.
In the spring of 2016 West Palm Beach was home to the musical swings and it’s currently home to Los Trompos. These traveling installations will continue to make a stop in Downtown West Palm Beach and from what I’ve heard, this is just the beginning. The outdoor museum, Canvas West Palm Beach, has many exciting sights in store when it returns in November 2016.
Armory Annex Collaboration at 1121 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460 Armory Annex in Lake Worth, FL | Photo by Kari Simeone
Lake Worth, FL
Lake Worth is bohemian city located in central Palm Beach County. The beach-side city is quirky and predominately known for the Annual Street Painting Festival, but art in this beach town lingers year round. While the city doesn’t embrace art as strongly as other neighboring towns, organizations such as LULA and the Lake Worth CRA are working to change that. Some of my favorite murals to look at are the 9 Arches Project located on H Street and Lake Ave., and the Armory Annex collaboration located at 1121 Lucerne Ave, Lake Worth, FL 33460.
Boynton Beach Arts District, FL
Nested in an industrial area of Boynton Beach, you will find the Boynton Beach Arts District. The location is a bit unexpected, but the warehouses are bursting with color! The really cool thing about this art district is that you can check out the work of several local artists by just walking through the rows of art, or driving through it. One of the best times to check out the Boynton Beach Art District is during one of of their art walks. Make sure to visit the Boynton Beach Arts District on Facebook to see when the next walk is scheduled.
Mural by Eduardo Kobra located on NW 2nd Ave. Miami, FL
Wynwood- Miami, FL
The fact that Wynwood made my list probably doesn’t come as a surprise. After all, Miami is home to Art Basel and the Wynwood neighborhood has become a large part of the annual art frenzy. In terms of art, the most recognized area of the neighborhood is the Wynwood Walls and the art walk that takes place in the area the second Saturday of every month. The walls are always packed with people (especially on the weekends), but beyond the gates of the notorious walls is a world of street art by artists from around the globe. It’s literally a huge outdoor art museum with blocks upon blocks of mind blowing painted walls. I wish I could give you exact locations to visit, but it’s hard to narrow down when there is much badassery in one location. Just go see it all!
Note: The CDC has issued a travel warning to those traveling to Wynwood due to the recent Zika cases in the area. If you decide to visit, proceed with caution and make sure to take preventative methods to avoid mosquito bites.
Mural by Ernesto Maranje on 15th Street Hialeah, FL
Leah Arts District- Miami, FL
The Leah Arts District is a relatively new art scene in Miami, but one that needs to be on your radar because it’s emerging quickly. The murals in the area are very raw and since the area is still expanding, you can easily catch a glance of art in the making when you visit. The Leah Arts District hosts several events throughout the month, so make sure to visit their Facebook or Instagram page, so you don’t miss out our their next block party.