San Marcos Like a Local

San Marcos Murals

June 7, 2017

Walking around San Marcos is a sensory experience. The smells, colors, textures and tastes of San Marcos tell a story of the city, its citizens and the unique culture that developed in the oasis town between San Antonio and Austin. One of the most important San Marcos cultural staples is the blossoming art scene. With an ever-growing collection of murals, sculptures, galleries and more, San Marcos has created a thriving culture for art lovers and artists alike.


We want to share with you a scavenger hunt of sorts, to find the many murals within our beautiful city! Some are a pleasant and colorful surprise located behind buildings or in alleys, and some are smaller delights hidden in plain sight. You can spend quite a few hours exploring the city and finding them all! How many of them can you find?

Some of the newest artistic additions to the downtown area are the mini murals. A whimsical and ever-growing collection, the mini murals can be anything from a grackle in a door frame to a couple of mice in love in the Tap Room parking lot. While on your search, watch out for Cupig! Armed with his arrows, he’s ready to make any unsuspecting couple strolling down Kissing Alley fall in love…


San Marcos has quite the collection of large-scale murals that celebrate the city’s unique culture. You can’t miss the beautiful mermaid mural on the side of Root Cellar’s catering building, the local flora and fauna painted on the Southside Community Center, or the stunning murals that wrap the bathrooms at Children’s and Crook’s Park. No trip to San Marcos would be complete without a photo in front of the vibrant 78666 mural on the side of Shade Rooftop Patio Bar in Kissing Alley!

Of course, Imagine Alley, located off the 100 block of S. LBJ, is always a unique experience with the ever-changing mural that could be Alice In Wonderland themed one week and Goonies themed the next. Just around the corner from Imagine Alley you can see more beautiful art work! There on the side of G&L Appliance is a stunning and thought-provoking black and white mural.


Driving up South LBJ, the colorful abstract mural on the back of what will soon be Hops & Grain Brewery warmly welcomes you to the downtown district. On the north side of LBJ you’ll be mesmerized by the guitar mural in front of Vintage Pads. Keep your eyes peeled for two more murals in the works – one on the side of Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers off of TX-80 and one near Travis Elementary on Post Road.

Make sure to stop by the side of the Corridor Title Company building on W. San Antonio Street for a mural dedicated to local veterans of all wars. And, of course, you’re in for a treat if you explore between and behind buildings like Alvin Ords, Superflys Lone Star Music Emporium, Vagabond, The Good Stuff Community Store, Accent Lighting Designs and Rawson’s Custom Upholstery.


What’s your favorite mural in San Marcos? Let us know in the comments below. Or, even better, share a photo on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with #SMTXperience! We’d love to see your shots.