“Keep Austin Weird” is a slogan deeply rooted in a city where locals hardly need the reminder. Of all the cities in America, Austin is well-known as being the quirkiest of all. To this bohemian community, it’s business-as-usual, but for visitors, there’s an endless list of fun things to do in Austin.
Visit any of Austin’s 6 entertainment districts and the first thing guests notice is the overwhelming number of pro-local community-based organizations. The list of unique and exciting things to do in Austin is endless.
To help narrow it down, here’s a shortlist of the funkiest and strangest of them all:
412 E 6th St. Check out a collection of monsters and weird shenanigans. There’s a 3,000-year old mummy and a frozen caveman!Tickets: $12 (price includes a sideshow performance)
Entry to the gift shop, Lucky Lizard Gifts and Curios, is free.
4422 Lareina Dr.Located in the backyard of Vince Hanneman’s private home, Cathedral of Junk is a hollow framework made of 60 tons of discarded bric-a-brac.The vaulted ceilings, stairways, and hallways are made of lawnmower wheels, car parts, cables, kitchen utensils, mannequins, electronics, and all manner of junk found at a scrapyard.
Daily, 200-300 visitors call on this private residence. The owner has a day job but is happy to show people around, by appointment. Call 512-299-7413.
7000 Comanche TrailTexas’s only clothing-optional public park is located on the shores of Lake Travis. This one-third-mile stretch of shoreline, where nude swimmers have been flocking to since the 70’s, is a 30-minute drive from downtown.
Hours: 9am – TwilightFee: $15/vehicle
18 and over only
1101 Baylor St. Known by locals as “Graffiti Park”, this abandoned construction project is the groundwork of a failed condominium building.Austin is well-known for its murals and street art, so it didn’t take the graffiti artists long to adorn the walls and foundations with their amazing talents.
Congress Ave Between mid-March and early November, over 1.5 million Mexican Free-Tailed Bats live beneath the bridge that spans Lady Bird Lake. At dusk, the bats fly off in massive droves. It’s a spectacular show.Bat Watching Tours are wildly popular. Cruises and riverboat tours fill up fast, but there are also kayak and water bike options.
5434 Burnet Rd
Every Sunday from 4:00pm to 8:00pm young and old gather around a chicken pen filled with seeds and a numbered grid. For just $2.00 entry fee, you will receive a number, and if the chicken “lets loose” on your number, you will win a cash price!
2100 Barton Springs Rd
Erect in the 1890’s these tall structures used to be the only tall illuminating lights around Austin. Only 15 of them remain around the city and they are the oldest and only remaining light towers in the world! In fact, these are the same towers used during the movie “Dazed and Confused” that gave birth to the classic line “Party at the moontower”.
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