Instagram-Worthy Walls of the Northeast

Whether they're in your city or a road trip away, these selfie walls and outdoor murals are worth seeking out.
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Finding a unique piece of public art is like discovering a treasure. For your next selfie, hunt down one of these incredibly Instagram-worthy walls located across the Northeast.

 

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Connecticut

ARCY’s Murals — Wallingford

Street artist Ryan “ARCY” Christenson’s works feature animals, celebrities, Disney/Pixar characters and more. He has created several semi-abstract, splatter-accented murals in Connecticut, like the tiger piece on the side of the WPAA-TV building at 28 South Orchard Street.

Scuba Divers Mural — New London

For a creative underwater scene that is totally Instagram-worthy, visit the mural on Homeward Bound Treasures thrift store 35 Golden Street. New London also features the Wall-to-Wall Mural Walk where you can take a self-guided tour of 16 unique murals.

“Small State Big Heart” Mural — Hartford

This geometric, pastel-colored mural is located on the side of Peppercorn’s Grill at 363 Main Street in Hartford. With funky blocks of color as a backdrop, your selfie will pop.

 

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Maine

Artists & Craftsman Supply Mural — Portland

The abstract color scale beautifying the Artists & Craftsman Supply store by artist Ryan Adams is a crowd-pleasing Instagram wall. While you’re there, you could also pick up some supplies to make your own art wall back home.

Public Murals Tour — Portland

Portland is filled with amazing public art displays. The city’s nonprofit art agency Creative Portland has outlined a Public Murals Tour, so you don’t miss any.

 

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Massachusetts

“Domino Theory” Mural — Boston

Surround yourself with spots of color at this fun, Instagram-worthy mural at 510 Lincoln Street in Allston, created by artist Caleb Neelon.

Underground Ink Block — Boston

This urban park features a plethora of wall art in all kinds of colors and styles courtesy of numerous artists. The 8-acre, must-see underpass park is located at 90 Traveler Street.

Purple Cactus Mural — Boston

On the side of The Purple Cactus burrito and wrap bar in Boston, there’s a vibrant mural featuring birds, flowers and intricate designs.

Munroe Street Murals — Lynn

Traveling down Munroe Street, you’ll see several murals, ranging from Georgia Hill’s black and white piece to Cey Adams’s colorful love wall.

Zukies Mural — Lynn

Pose with an entire cast of cute and colorful “Zukie” creatures in this mural found at 16 City Hall Square. The work was a collaboration between artists Miss Zuckie and JPO.

 

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New Hampshire

Nostalgia Mural — Nashua

This black-and-white mural captures scenes from classic films. On the side of the Chase Building that faces Main Street, you can take a selfie with the characters from “It’s a Wonderful Life,” “Gone with the Wind” or “The Three Stooges.”

Portsmouth Love Wall — Portsmouth

For something industrial-looking, but still heartwarming, visit the Love Wall. This chain-link fence in Prescott Park overlooks the water and is decorated with locks featuring couples’ names, initials and notes.

Whaling Wall — Portsmouth

The Whaling Wall outside the Vaughan Mall could use some love. Depicting the cool blues of the ocean and magnificent humpback whales, the mural has been a staple in the community since its creation in 1993. Groups have wanted to restore the mural but faced opposition because the building is privately-owned.

 

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New Jersey

 Summit Ave. Mural — Jersey City

This colorful, abstract mural scales the side of an 18-story building at 627 Summit Avenue in Jersey City. Painted by international artist MadC (Claudia Walde), this spectacle would make a stunning photo background.

“El Gran Sueño” (The Great Dream) mural — Jersey City

This incredibly detailed mural by artist Asbel Gomez Dumpierre can be found outside the Key Food supermarket at 574 Jersey Avenue.

Boardwalk Murals — Asbury Park

You’ll find plenty of places to take Instagram-worthy pictures along the Asbury Park boardwalk. There’s a pair of beautiful baby blues in “Mermaid Eyes” by Thiago Valdi, a giant winged seahorse in “Havhest” by Mike Shine, a cool black-and-white piece called “Boombox Saint” by Dylan Egon and many more.

New York

First Street Green Art Park — East Village

Check out the Street Garden on 33 East 1st Street for a collection of murals splashed across two walls.

Multicolor Flowers Mural — Nolita

Stretching around the John Fluevog Shoes store at 250 Mulberry Street is a patterned, multi-colored mural of flowers. It was created by artist Jet Martinez.

Ombre Wall — Dumbo

Located on York Street between Adams and Washington, you’ll find a picture-perfect rainbow ombre mural, smoothly transitioning its range of colors from one to the next.

The Bowery Mural — Bowery

For something exciting and a bit mysterious, check out the Bowery Mural at 76 East Houston Street. This frequently changing mural has featured a variety of artistic styles and stretches across a long wall just off the street corner.

 

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Pennsylvania

Magic Gardens — Philadelphia

The ornamental, tiled walls and floors of Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens at 1020 South Street are a sight to behold. Tickets are required to enter, but if you’re in the need of a good selfie, the Gardens offer plenty of top-notch opportunities.

Electric Light Mural — Philadelphia

Bask in the glow of neon lights at this electrifying mural on Percy Street in South Philly. Snapping a picture here will surely light up your Instagram.

Front Street Walls — Philadelphia

For a wide array of murals from a variety of artists, check out the collection of decorated walls on Front Street.

 

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Rhode Island

#WhatLiftsYou Mural — Cranston

Artist Kelsey Montague has created murals across the U.S. and the around the world. From wings in Pittsburgh, Penn. and New York City to balloons in Boston and now a pair of arms in Cranston, R.I., her work is so Instagrammable because it asks to be interacted with.

South Side Selfie Wall — Providence

Discover the beautiful, multi-colored wings at the intersection of Broad and Wickham Streets. This work came to be thanks to The Avenue Concept and is one of many public art pieces beautifying the city of Providence.

“Graffiti Dragon” Mural — Providence

This color-packed mural on the back of a Chinese marketplace on Rice Street was a collaboration between artist Swerve One and others. It features a silvery-blue dragon surrounded by colorful bursts of graffiti.

 

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Vermont

Colorful Silos — Burlington

These two 32-foot silos sit near Pine Street in downtown Burlington. The colorful, geometric paintjob by artist and muralist Mary Lacy clearly pops.

Nature Mural — Milton

This lovely mural is located on the side of Milton Gardener’s Supply warehouse. Featuring a giant butterfly, hummingbird and flowers, artist Sarah Rutherford painted this mural for the Milton Artists’ Guild.

Alchemist Brewery Murals — Stowe

Located at 100 Cottage Club Road, the Alchemist Brewery and Visitors Center offers prime opportunities for interesting pictures along with their beverages. Between the grayscale, geometric silo outside and two black and white murals on the ceiling, this place is definitely Instagram-ready.

To see even more Instagram-worthy walls in the Northeast, check out the slideshow below.

Featured image: J. Mustin wing mural in Providence, R.I. (Courtesy of The Avenue Concept).

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