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15 best Austin Instagram spots, mapped

From vibrant downtown artwork to the iconic Capitol building

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Fannie Davis Gazebo, Brent Grulke Plaza, Ann & Roy Butler Hike & Bike Trail
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Austin has a wide variety of options when it comes to Instagram-worthy locations, thanks to a bounty of beautiful outdoor spots and vistas, its strong street-art game, and the much-advertised quirky nature of many of its citizens.

Sure, some of the most frequently Instagrammed spots tend to be tourist meccas—particularly those known for live entertainment (Dirty Sixth, Circuit of the Americas, Zilker Park during ACL Fest), meaning it’s often the show more than the spot that’s the subject of those photos. So where do you go for a good ‘gram that isn’t overrun with people? Plenty of places, as it turns out.

This list includes a selection of our favorite locations that’ll get your timeline in top-notch shape, ranging from tourist hot spots to under-the-radar places favored by locals.

Have a favorite spot where you like to capture good photos for Instagram? Let us know in the comments.

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1. Mueller Lake Park

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4550 Mueller Blvd
Austin, TX 78723
(512) 703-9202
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The central park in the Mueller community offers a number of Instagrammable backdrops, from the pastoral area around the lake at sunset to the fun and colorful mosaic sculpture named “Nessie” for its/her resemblance to a certain mythical Scottish lake creature.

Sunday Stroll through the Park #muellerlakepark

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2. University of Texas at Austin

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University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

While there are loads of great photos of student life on the (now many more than) Forty Acres, when it comes to the intricacies of the campus’s physical environment, there’s really only one Instagrammer you need to know: temple_plaza captures its intimate spaces, captivating details, and grand statements with artfully composed photographs that offer a unique, captivating vision of the venerated institution’s grounds—as well as serving as inspiration for your own shots of same.

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3. Blanton Museum of Art/Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Austin’

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200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78712
(512) 471-5482
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There are many Instagrammable spaces among the Blanton Museum’s displays of its massive collection and touring shows, of course, but this 2,715-square-foot, freestanding work by internationally renowned modernist Ellsworth Kelly, which realizes his last sculptural work, is especially photogenic.

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4. Texas Capitol

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1100 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 463-4630
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The state’s most visible locus of political shenanigans is also one of the prettiest capitol buildings in the country—decked out in distinctive pink granite—and has a beautiful rotunda and plenty of well-kept historic design, entertaining portraits, and nifty acoustics to be explored, enjoyed, and, most important, captured for Instagram.

5. Whole Foods Market, ‘atx’ sculpture

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525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703
(512) 542-2200
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Created by 30-year-old Austin company Ion Art, which is responsible for numerous local landmarks from the State Theatre blade to the guitar that greets ACL Festival guests, the lowercase “atx” letters were an Insta hit from the moment they replaced the former signage at the Whole Foods mothership. Public art that lends itself to interaction, it’s a showcase for the imagination of locals and visitors alike.

6. ‘Rhapsody’ mosaic mural

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1021 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

The freestanding mosaic depicting Austin musicians by John Yancey, Luis Alicea, and Steven B. Jones is located at the Dr. Charles E. Urdy Plaza just east of IH-35, which makes it a great welcome to East Austin, its history, and its culture past and present.

7. Angelina Eberly Statue

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Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

If there’s a more perfect statuary encapsulation of the spirit of Austin, we’d like to know what it is. In 1842, when Republic of Texas president Sam Houston attempted to have state documents removed from the capital city (then called Waterloo) to Houston (nee Washington-on-the-Brazos), inn-owner and proud Austinite Angelina Belle Eberly learned that Texas Rangers were loading documents out of the General Land Office and fired a cannon (kept loaded for surprise attacks) from her nearby Eberly house, blowing a hole in the side of the office and setting off what would come to be called the Archive War. The struggle was eventually settled peacefully—with Austin prevailing—but the statue of Eberly on Congress Avenue continues to serve as a handy symbol of our fierce civic pride, as well as of our love-hate relationship with other major Texas cities.

8. Austin Central Library

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710 W Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701
(512) 974-7400
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The Lake|Flato-designed space is among the newer of Austin’s attractions, but it’s a hit among locals and visitors alike. Its giant open spaces, filled with light, the geometric combinations made by stairs and shadows, the pops of color, the outdoor patios and indoor reading areas, the views, and the people-watching area all divine—as is, of course, its collection of books and other media.

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9. Roy and Ann Butler Hike and Bike Trail

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900 W Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78704
(512) 495-9163
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Ten miles of gorgeous, tree-lined path that has the river on one side and the bustling city (north and south versions) on the other, and one that features the iconic Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, wanders past Auditorium Shores, and harbors a special space for bat-viewing is pretty hard to top.

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10. ‘Tau Ceti’ mural

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100 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

Austin’s tallest public artwork, Tau Ceti by Josef Kristofoletti, was inspired by a star in the constellation Cetus that is spectrally similar to Earth’s sun. It was completed in November, but the highly Instagrammable city street corner has already become a star in its own right. It rises 103 feet, or 10 floors, above the street at the corner of Brazos and East Second streets, bringing radiant color to a formerly drab parking-garage corner.

11. Fannie Davis Town Lake Gazebo

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9307 Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail
Austin, TX 78701

The striking and historic structure was the first on the shoreline of Town Lake, created by the construction of Longhorn Dam in 1960, and is associated with the Town Lake Beautification Project that was a major focus of U.S. first lady Lady Bird Johnson, after whom the lake was eventually renamed. The gazebo’s design, the views of South Austin and the lake in its background, and its wisteria vines in bloom all make it an excellent place to snap a few shots. In 2020, it was listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

12. ‘Greetings From Austin’ mural

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1720 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

After you’ve taken your mandatory shots in front of the “I Love You So Much” wall on South Congress, you might want to check out this postcard mural a few blocks over. It’s a different kind of Austin classic, and equally perfect for posing.

13. Larry Monroe Forever Bridge

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1506 East Side Dr
Austin, TX 78704

Austin loves its musical legends—including the radio deejays who complemented the burgeoning live music scene, taking listeners to school with their deep knowledge and commercial indifference, usually but not always on a public or community station. Larry Monroe, who hosted Blue Monday and other roots-music shows for 29 years at KUT, was among the most beloved. The community’s creation and the lasting appeal of the Larry Monroe Forever Bridge, initiated after his death in 2014 by life partner Ave Bonar and made by 100 volunteers overseen by artist Stefanie Distefano, is testament to his place in the city’s music-loving heart.

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14. ‘Your Essential Magnificence’ mosaic sculpture

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108 W Live Oak St
Austin, TX 78704

This colorful, tile-clad stature was commissioned by Austin’s Art in Public Places program as part of a Congress Avenue corridor improvement project and is specifically dedicated to honoring South Austin and its cultures. Mementos from the area’s weird icons past and present are embedded in its bold, colorful form. Climb on up and start the selfie-ing.

1. Mueller Lake Park

4550 Mueller Blvd, Austin, TX 78723

The central park in the Mueller community offers a number of Instagrammable backdrops, from the pastoral area around the lake at sunset to the fun and colorful mosaic sculpture named “Nessie” for its/her resemblance to a certain mythical Scottish lake creature.

4550 Mueller Blvd
Austin, TX 78723

2. University of Texas at Austin

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

While there are loads of great photos of student life on the (now many more than) Forty Acres, when it comes to the intricacies of the campus’s physical environment, there’s really only one Instagrammer you need to know: temple_plaza captures its intimate spaces, captivating details, and grand statements with artfully composed photographs that offer a unique, captivating vision of the venerated institution’s grounds—as well as serving as inspiration for your own shots of same.

University of Texas at Austin
Austin, TX

3. Blanton Museum of Art/Ellsworth Kelly’s ‘Austin’

200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Austin, TX 78712

There are many Instagrammable spaces among the Blanton Museum’s displays of its massive collection and touring shows, of course, but this 2,715-square-foot, freestanding work by internationally renowned modernist Ellsworth Kelly, which realizes his last sculptural work, is especially photogenic.

200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Austin, TX 78712

4. Texas Capitol

1100 Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

The state’s most visible locus of political shenanigans is also one of the prettiest capitol buildings in the country—decked out in distinctive pink granite—and has a beautiful rotunda and plenty of well-kept historic design, entertaining portraits, and nifty acoustics to be explored, enjoyed, and, most important, captured for Instagram.

1100 Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

5. Whole Foods Market, ‘atx’ sculpture

525 N Lamar Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

Created by 30-year-old Austin company Ion Art, which is responsible for numerous local landmarks from the State Theatre blade to the guitar that greets ACL Festival guests, the lowercase “atx” letters were an Insta hit from the moment they replaced the former signage at the Whole Foods mothership. Public art that lends itself to interaction, it’s a showcase for the imagination of locals and visitors alike.

525 N Lamar Blvd
Austin, TX 78703

6. ‘Rhapsody’ mosaic mural

1021 E 11th St, Austin, TX 78702

The freestanding mosaic depicting Austin musicians by John Yancey, Luis Alicea, and Steven B. Jones is located at the Dr. Charles E. Urdy Plaza just east of IH-35, which makes it a great welcome to East Austin, its history, and its culture past and present.

1021 E 11th St
Austin, TX 78702

7. Angelina Eberly Statue

Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701

If there’s a more perfect statuary encapsulation of the spirit of Austin, we’d like to know what it is. In 1842, when Republic of Texas president Sam Houston attempted to have state documents removed from the capital city (then called Waterloo) to Houston (nee Washington-on-the-Brazos), inn-owner and proud Austinite Angelina Belle Eberly learned that Texas Rangers were loading documents out of the General Land Office and fired a cannon (kept loaded for surprise attacks) from her nearby Eberly house, blowing a hole in the side of the office and setting off what would come to be called the Archive War. The struggle was eventually settled peacefully—with Austin prevailing—but the statue of Eberly on Congress Avenue continues to serve as a handy symbol of our fierce civic pride, as well as of our love-hate relationship with other major Texas cities.

Congress Ave
Austin, TX 78701

8. Austin Central Library

710 W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78701

The Lake|Flato-designed space is among the newer of Austin’s attractions, but it’s a hit among locals and visitors alike. Its giant open spaces, filled with light, the geometric combinations made by stairs and shadows, the pops of color, the outdoor patios and indoor reading areas, the views, and the people-watching area all divine—as is, of course, its collection of books and other media.

710 W Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX 78701

9. Roy and Ann Butler Hike and Bike Trail

900 W Riverside Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Ten miles of gorgeous, tree-lined path that has the river on one side and the bustling city (north and south versions) on the other, and one that features the iconic Stevie Ray Vaughan statue, wanders past Auditorium Shores, and harbors a special space for bat-viewing is pretty hard to top.

900 W Riverside Dr
Austin, TX 78704

10. ‘Tau Ceti’ mural

100 Brazos St, Austin, TX 78701

Austin’s tallest public artwork, Tau Ceti by Josef Kristofoletti, was inspired by a star in the constellation Cetus that is spectrally similar to Earth’s sun. It was completed in November, but the highly Instagrammable city street corner has already become a star in its own right. It rises 103 feet, or 10 floors, above the street at the corner of Brazos and East Second streets, bringing radiant color to a formerly drab parking-garage corner.

100 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701

11. Fannie Davis Town Lake Gazebo

9307 Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail, Austin, TX 78701

The striking and historic structure was the first on the shoreline of Town Lake, created by the construction of Longhorn Dam in 1960, and is associated with the Town Lake Beautification Project that was a major focus of U.S. first lady Lady Bird Johnson, after whom the lake was eventually renamed. The gazebo’s design, the views of South Austin and the lake in its background, and its wisteria vines in bloom all make it an excellent place to snap a few shots. In 2020, it was listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

9307 Ann and Roy Butler Hike and Bike Trail
Austin, TX 78701

12. ‘Greetings From Austin’ mural

1720 S 1st St, Austin, TX 78704

After you’ve taken your mandatory shots in front of the “I Love You So Much” wall on South Congress, you might want to check out this postcard mural a few blocks over. It’s a different kind of Austin classic, and equally perfect for posing.

1720 S 1st St
Austin, TX 78704

13. Larry Monroe Forever Bridge

1506 East Side Dr, Austin, TX 78704

Austin loves its musical legends—including the radio deejays who complemented the burgeoning live music scene, taking listeners to school with their deep knowledge and commercial indifference, usually but not always on a public or community station. Larry Monroe, who hosted Blue Monday and other roots-music shows for 29 years at KUT, was among the most beloved. The community’s creation and the lasting appeal of the Larry Monroe Forever Bridge, initiated after his death in 2014 by life partner Ave Bonar and made by 100 volunteers overseen by artist Stefanie Distefano, is testament to his place in the city’s music-loving heart.

1506 East Side Dr
Austin, TX 78704

14. ‘Your Essential Magnificence’ mosaic sculpture

108 W Live Oak St, Austin, TX 78704

This colorful, tile-clad stature was commissioned by Austin’s Art in Public Places program as part of a Congress Avenue corridor improvement project and is specifically dedicated to honoring South Austin and its cultures. Mementos from the area’s weird icons past and present are embedded in its bold, colorful form. Climb on up and start the selfie-ing.

108 W Live Oak St
Austin, TX 78704