9 Instagram-Worthy Must-See Murals in San Diego

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Impress and awe your little ones (and your Instagram followers) with larger-than-life art murals around San Diego. From the most southwesterly point in the Continental United States to an art gallery visible only by bicycle, you are sure to take epic photos and make lasting memories. Now before the summer ends, scroll down to find your next art appreciation adventure.

IB Pier Mural

Go on your very own treasure hunt. It's a simple a walk on the pier in Imperial Beach and at the end of the pier behind the restaurant, you will find this mind-blowing mural. It marks the most southwesterly point in the continental United States, down to its coordinates. After snapping some insta-worthy photos, enjoy ocean views with the highly-rated fish-n-chips from the Tin Fish.

910 Seacoast Dr.
Imperial Beach, Ca
Online: tinfishonline.com

Children's Discovery Museum Mural

As part of the 2020 #JoyOfBeingOutside Billboard Competition, this mural can be found at the Children's Discovery Museum in Escondido. After checking out the mural, let your kids discover, experiment, imagine and explore inside. It is now open to all visitors, no reservations are necessary. 

320 North Broadway
Escondido, Ca
Online: sdcdm.org

Sleeping Tigers Mural

Awaken the tiger in you and pose with the sleepy rainbow tigers on the corner of Carlsbad Blvd. and Lincoln St as you walk the Village in Carlsbad. Then, stop in for a coffee treat at Sleeping Tiger Coffees and a strawberry treat for your littles at the Strawberry Shack next door. The Strawberry Shack has every strawberry dessert imaginable and possibly the best strawberry ice cream ever!

2906 Carlsbad Blvd.
Carlsbad, Ca
Online: Sleepingtigercoffees.com

Better Buzz Mural

Nothing's better than a coffee break that fuels you and entertains your littles. With this cute play on words, you can find these buzzing bees behind Better Buzz coffee shop in Encinitas. Afterward make sure to visit the playground at Moonlight State Beach, only half a mile away from the mural!

578 S Coast Highway 101
Encinitas, Ca
Online: betterbuzzcoffee.com

Padres Mural

If your little one is a big athlete, then this mural of baseball star Fernando Tatis Jr. is sure to make him cheer. Make sure and get your selfie with one of three Padres murals painted this year around San Diego. This one can be found on the wall of Appletree market in Ocean Beach. Snap photos, grab snacks and make it a beach day!

4976 Newport Ave.
San Diego, Ca

Artlexia Mural

Just like the shop, this mural is colorful and inspiring. After stopping to strike a pose, you and your little artist will have a great time browsing at the charming Artlexia that's filled with Mexican gifts and art. Don't be surprised if your budding creative wants to find a blank canvas to paint on the way home. 

North Park
3803 Ray St.
San Diego, Ca
Online: artelexia.com

photo: Nikki Walsh

Birch Aquarium Whale Mural

Catch a cute pic of your kiddo admiring the under the sea whale mural at the Birch Aquarium. Then head inside for a fun-filled afternoon. Plus, you'll find plenty of additional Instagram worthy shots at this sea side treasure trove. Read our guide to Birch Aquarium here to make the most of your visit!

2300 Expedition Way
La Jolla, Ca
858-534-3474
Online: aquarium.ucsd.edu

Bicycle Path Art Gallery

Looking for an activity-filled day with an extra dose of art? Grab your bikes and head to Bayshore Bikeway near Bay Blvd. in Chula Vista for an outdoor art gallery featuring 11 Artists. The total route consists of 24 miles so make sure to park near the gallery in case little legs tire out. Chula Vista Bayfront Park is a good starting point with restrooms and a playground about one mile north of the gallery.

Bayshore Bikeway
Chula Vista, Ca

Kindness Matters Mural

Take a walk at The Headquarters at Seaport Village and discover this beautiful mural to take your next family photo at! Then enjoy all that this shopping, dining  and entertainment hub has to offer.

789 West Harbor Drive
San Diego, Ca
Online: theheadquarters.com

––Ivanna Elias & Nikki Walsh

Featured Image: Denise C. via Yelp

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