Weird is Cool: 10 WEIRDEST Things to Do in Austin, TX


I’ve been an Austinite for a few decades now, and I’m not afraid to say that our little slice of paradise is pretty weird. It’s one of those things that looks weird from the outside, but when you’re in the thick of it, it’s just another day in the greatest city on Earth.

So, while these things may seem weird to you, to the people of Austin, they’re just a small part of what makes this the best city truly awesome.

1. The Little Longhorn Saloon

I have three words for you my friends: chicken shit bingo. Yep, it’s a real thing, and it happens here at The Little Longhorn Saloon. If you wanna bet on where chickens will ultimately relieve themselves, or just find a small bar with great drink specials, this place has you covered.

Seriously though, the bingo is real. Just look at the pictures!

Location: 5434 Burnet Rd

Hours of Operation:

Monday: Closed

Tuesday-Wednesday: 5pm – 12am

Thursday-Saturday: 5pm – 1am

Sunday: 2pm – 10pm

2. The Museum of Weird

I’m a huge fan of things odd and weird, even if they are completely unbelievable. It’s fitting then, that a city that prides itself on being weird, has a museum dedicated to all things that fall into the category.

It’s not the biggest place, and the tour is fun, but short. Even so, if you’re a fan of this stuff like Roxy B. says in her review, you’ll love it. Personally, I think the yeti is real. Don’t worry, you’ll see what I mean when you visit.

Location: 412 E 6th St.

Hours of Operation:
Monday-Sunday: 10am – 12am

3. Trapeze Texas

Ever wanted to run away and join the circus? No? Just me? Well, maybe you’ve wanted to try your hand at some aerial acrobatics. Believe it or not, you can learn how to do just that here in Austin. This flying trapeze and aerial arts academy is most certainly on my bucket list.


They offer private classes for individuals or group events.

Location: 2207 E. Cesar Chavez St.

Hours of Operation:

Sunday: Noon to 6pm

Monday: Private classes

Tuesday-Wednesday: Closed

Thursday-Saturday: Noon to 6pm

4. Cathedral of Junk

Thanks to the work of The Junk King, this odd and crazy landmark exists. Even after a building permit forced him to tear almost half of it down, he keeps pushing forward with his life’s work. Junk can be art too, as you’ll see when you visit this crazy piece of growing art.

Location: 4422 Lareina Dr

5. Uncommon Objects

Uncommon Objects is just as much a store as it is an attraction. Here you’ll find a collection of seller’s booths that carry some of the most odd and weird items you could ever imagine buying. Even if the selection isn’t something you’re interested, a stroll through the store is a great way to add a little spice to your day out or your trip to Austin.

If you’re in Austin, and you want weird, this is one of the place you have to see. Even other Texans like Linda E. can’t resist the urge to stop in and check it out.

Location: 1512 S Congress Ave

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday: 11am – 7pm

Friday-Saturday: 11am – 8pm

Sunday: 11am – 7pm

6. Hippie Hollow Park

Hippie Hollow is a gorgeous beach in its own right, with some of the best waterside sights you can find in Austin. It also happens to be a legal beach for nudists. Yep, everyone here has the option to spend a day at the beach in their birthday suit.

Keep in mind, you don’t have to bare it all, but if you’re going to visit here, that’s kinda the point. Just remember, staring is impolite.

Location: 7000 Comanche Trl

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Sunday: 9am – 5pm

7. Voodoo Doughnuts

 

Voodoo Doughnuts is a weird place, both in culture and in the design of their delectable delicacies. Some people say that their doughnuts are too sweet, but I’ve never had that problem in the past.

The creative and unique options are all amazing, but I would caution you that they only accept cash. That’s really the only downside. Well, that, and if you’re not a fan of voodoo, you may be not like the design and decor.

Location: 212 E 6th St

Hours of Operation:


24/7 – Except on Certain Holidays

8. Peter Pan Mini-Golf

Peter Pan Mini Golf is, perhaps, the only place that has a giant T-Rex statue in all of Austin. It also has a lot of other sculptures that range from awesome, to kinda creepy (see the above image).

Location: 1207 Barton Springs Rd

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Thursday: 10am – 11pm

Friday: 10am – 1am

Saturday: 9am – 1am

Sunday: 9am – 11pm

9. Congress Avenue Bridge

The Congress Avenue Bridge is home to one of the largest colonies of Mexican free-tailed bats, but it wasn’t built for such a purpose. Instead, the little guys call it home from March to October each year.

During this time, you can take boat tours or just stop by the bridge about 20 minutes before sunset to see them depart for the night. It’s funny, after all these years, seeing a drove of bats soaring through the sky doesn’t seem weird to me at all.

Location: Congress Avenue Bridge

When to See The Bats:

 

March-October: 20 minutes before sundown

10. Driskill Hotel & Bar

The Driskill Hotel is located in the center of Downtown Austin on 6th street. It has a long and rich history, and more than a few ghost stories to its name. Whether you believe or not, there’s something eerie about the whole place when you know some of the things that have supposedly happened there.

If you’re not too worried about the spirits, the bar serves an excellent Old Fashioned as well. If you enjoy your fair share of live music, you’ll find plenty of that here too.

Location: 604 Brazos St.

Hours of Operation:

Monday-Tuesday: 2pm – 12am

Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday: 12pm – 12am

Friday-Saturday: 12pm – 2am

Austin is full of the weird and whacky. Which of these places do you frequent? Which places would you recommend for a good oddity fix? Let us know in the comments!


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