Serious mural chasers will drive for miles to get that one perfect Instagram backdrop, but we don’t make you do that in Southeast Texas. While Texas is generally known for being bigger and more spread out, some things like public art are plentiful and readily accessible. Instead of wasting time in the car, spend the day antiquing, boutiquing, and snapping your way around Port Neche’s adorable downtown. Here are the best photo spots to seek out.
Located at the Crow’s Nest antique store, this cheery mural is the exterior façade of a shop well worth exploring anyway. Wear something bright and colorful to blend in – or stand out. They go all out on their window display for the season, so you might get lucky with a two-for-one photo op.
“Stand Here and Think about Someone you Love”
The alley behind Avenue Coffee & Café at Montgomery St. and Port Neches Ave.
is a treasure trove of colorful creativity with several murals clustered together. This sweet quote is next to a yellow spotlight to stand in and reflect. The angle’s a bit weird to get both in the frame, but with a little trial and error, you should get a cute capture.
“If you want to be Free, Be Free”
In the same alley is another aspirational saying adorned with wall flowers, a bird, and a swirly pattern. Try a few different shots standing in the doorway to frame yourself or zoom in on the quote itself, depending on what you want to highlight.
Right across the street from the Avenue and Mike’s Old-Fashioned Soda Fountain is a vintage Texas flag on a reclaimed brick wall. Don your best cowboy attire to pose with the Lonestar State’s favorite backdrop. The sky’s the limit on creativity as it’s basically a blank slate.
Mike’s Old Fashioned-Soda Fountain
For a vintage, retro backdrop, plan a shoot at Mike’s ice cream shop, which is like a time warp with an old soda jerk feel. Order a sundae or banana split and post up at the counter with a tasty prop and afternoon pick-me-up. [Note their temporary weekend hours.]