Florida’s Mural Trail Tells Colorful Tales in Communities


One of the most colorful murals in Brevard County shows a fish swimming toward a fly. The mural covers the entire east wall of Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop in Melbourne

Photo Stephen Oliveira

Throughout Florida, colorful images painted on exterior walls are telling the state’s story. The images feature palm trees, seascapes, wildlife, historical figures and more.

They make up the Florida Mural Trail, of which Cocoa Beach Main Street recently became a part. Other participating Brevard County cities and towns are Titusville, Eau Galle and Downtown Melbourne.

The murals celebrate public art and illustrate an area’s past, present and future.

“The Florida Mural Trail is now under the direction of Visit Florida, our state’s official tourism marketing corporation, which serves as Florida’s official source of travel planning for visitors from across the globe,” said Luann Malark, a Titusville resident and former Florida Mural Trail coordinator.

In addition to beautifying blank walls and touting an area’s uniqueness, the murals have inspired an increasing tourist interest in mural viewing.

Lisa Packard, executive director of the Eau Gallie Art District Main Street, said the murals in her community bring the art outdoors because not everyone goes into art galleries.

“We wanted to create an outdoor art museum,” she said. “We definitely have plans to always add murals.”

There are about 30 murals of different sizes, not all of them readily visible from the street.

Covering the entire east wall of Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop in Melbourne is a colorful mural of a fish swimming toward a fly.

“People really like it,” said Rich Goode, the third generation owner of the store that was established by his grandfather in 1946. “The mural adds a lot. I think it’s a great opportunity to brighten up the area.”

Marie Marcinkowski, who coordinated the Melbourne Main Street mural project, said it has been well received.

“It’s been very positive,” she said. “It was not just to bring the art to downtown but to beautify the area.”

Murals are appearing in other areas of Brevard County.

Beth Javens serves as executive director for Cocoa Beach Main Street Inc.

“Now in its fourth year, the organization is continuing to develop the program and wants to add murals downtown,” she said.

According to the Visit Florida website, Cocoa Beach has the distinction of being “where many an astronaut lived and played.”

The city’s eclectic murals feature a tropical playland complete with mermaids.

A mural gracing the wall of Coastal Produce at 25 N. Brevard Ave. showcases a colorful blend of sky, sea and produce.

A mural outside Heidi’s Jazz Club at 7 N. Orlando Ave. features a collection of musical instruments one might expect to hear in a song by the iconic Beach Boys, a popular musical group since the 1960s.

In Titusville, a lifelike manatee, fish and pelican appear to be escaping the “Paddling Our Wildlife Paradise” mural outside Kayaks by Bo at 410 S. Hopkins Ave.

Classic car lovers will appreciate the late 1940s Lincoln Continental featured outside Cliff Shuler Auctioneers and Liquidators at 422 Julia St.

Javens said that Cocoa Beach Main Street has applied for several arts and culture grants to spearhead new murals.

We have heard the adage, “if walls could talk.” In Florida, it’s the murals that are talking.

For information, go to visitflorida.com/en-us/travel-ideas/florida-murals-trail-statewide-tour.html.