Hope Outdoor Gallery is a graffiti park in Austin, Texas tucked away behind a few shops. As my friends and I were driving around, we had a hard time finding it, but I’m so glad we made time for this excursion. It’s a hidden gem that shouldn’t be overlooked.
Hope Gallery is a living, breathing structure with inspiring artists making new designs daily.
You can spray paint the walls, and climb all over the abandoned construction site. Of course I was wearing slippery sandals and a dress – but that didn’t stop me!
There was a graffiti artist working on a bright blue ice cream cone while I was at the park.
On of my favorite wall murals was so simple but true! “Love Yourself”.
In this photo you can see a few people walking down the side of the wall. We climbed up this path to reach the top of the park.
As someone who is a klutz and afraid of heights, this took some effort, but was definitely worth it because there’s a great view of Austin at the top. While shade is in low supply, there were a few rainbow leafed trees that ended up with the speckled remnants of spray paint, creating a surreal and beautiful atmosphere.
While it was worth the view of Austin, beware… this is an old construction site and the climb to the top was very steep and narrow with no real path.
See the path entrance here, in the left-hand corner by the trees:
5 Tips for Visiting Hope Gallery
- Uber there if you can! Parking is a pain, so why bother?
- Wear clothes that you don’t care about, if you plan to do some spray painting.
- Wear sneakers – no sandals, flip flops or open toed shoes.
- Bring sunscreen, water and sunglasses. There’s no shade and the sun can be brutal.
- Climb to the top of the park for an amazing view.