Austin is such a cool city. It is the capital of Texas, meaning it has its fair share of Southern charm and hospitality, but it is also the capital of weirdness; with all of its quirkiness, it easily earned a tagline of “Keep Austin Weird” – and that is a good thing. Whether you live in ATX, are planning to visit soon or are searching for some reasons to check it out, here are the 10 things to do in Austin that you don’t want to miss!
- Alamo Drafthouse – Some people may say that all movie theaters are the same, but those people have clearly never been to the Alamo Drafthouse! There are now Alamo Drafthouse theaters all over the United States, but it was founded in Austin. At the Drafthouse, there is a full menu to enjoy while watching everything from current theatrical releases to strange films from the ‘80s and even themed sing-alongs that kids and adults of all ages can enjoy.
- Bullock Texas State History Museum – Those who are wanting to learn a bit more about the history of Texas can visit the Bullock Texas State History Museum. Yes, the State Capitol Building is right down the road, but this museum has unique artifacts and exhibits, including the Goddess of Liberty, who stood atop the Texas Capitol for nearly a century.
- Cathedral of Junk – In 1988, a local man began piling junk into his yard…but it is not like it sounds. He did it methodically and creatively, and now, there is a literal Cathedral of Junk in his backyard! Old tires, tossed-out Barbies, broken bottles and abandoned shopping carts have combined to create something that looks like it belongs in Wonderland. It is so beautiful, truly cool and definitely weird.
- Spiderhouse – Spiderhouse sort of looks like the Cathedral of Junk, since it is decorated with mismatched chairs, funky road signs, antique chandeliers and other eclectic knickknacks. It is a great place to bring your dogs and friends, all while enjoying some food inside or some drinks on the patio.
- The Domain – Calling all shoppers…The Domain is an outdoor mall with department stores, great designer shops and some swanky restaurants. In the past couple of years, it has expanded even further, adding hotels, apartments, a movie theater, an outdoor stage and a neat section called Rock Rose. There is something for everyone here!
- Greenbelt – The Greenbelt is a hidden treasure, with private swimming holes that are tucked away in jungle-esque trees, surrounded by chill people and secluded hiking trails.
- Kerby Lane – This go-to eatery is open 24/7, has a gluten-free menu, offers the best queso and always has amazing dessert and pancake specials.
- Toy Joy – No matter your age, you’ll find joy at this novelty shop. It, too, has that funky vibe, with strange and fascinating objects around every corner. It is a great place to find one-of-a-kind gifts (for others or for yourself!).
- Peter Pan Mini Golf – This miniature golf course has been around since 1948, and its two 18-hole courses are filled with unique characters and entertainment.
- Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake – The best way to see the city is via this downtown trail and lake. Walkers, joggers and bikers are constantly trekking their way around the city here, while those who enjoy the water can kayak, try stand-up paddle boarding or hop on a boat. Whether on land or in the water, this central location offers fantastic views of Austin’s skyline.
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