Hidden Treasures in Austin

Hidden Treasures in AustinThe City of Austin is a treasure trove of activities. Whether you want to see the bats at the Congress Avenue Bridge, or shop at the monthly City-Wide Garage Sale, Austin provides an eclectic variety of options. All of these little gems help sustain Austin's unofficial motto: Keep Austin Weird.

Philospher's Rock
Get inspired at 'Philospher's Rock,' one of the most heralded public works of art in Austin. The larger-than-lifesized bronze sculpture depicts three renowned Austin writers engaged in deep conversation at the entrance to Barton Springs Pool.

Address: 2101 Barton Springs Road, Austin, TX 78704 - MAP
Phone: (512) 476-9044

City-Wide Garage Sale
Search for hidden treasures at the City-Wide Garage Sale, held once every month at the Palmer Events Center. Hundreds of Austinites haul out their wares, like Depression glass, books, pottery, vintage toys, coins and other antiques.

Address: 900 Barton Springs Rd., Austin TX 78704 - MAP
Phone: (512) 404-4111
Web: www.cwgs.com

Check out the aptly named Museum of the Weird, which features shrunken heads, the Fiji Mermaid, mummies, giant lizards and other unexplained phenomena.

Address: 412 E 6th St., Austin TX 78701 - MAP
Phone: (512) 476-5493
Web: www.museumoftheweird.com

Boggy Creek Farm
Visit market days at Boggy Creek Farm, a USDA-Certified-Organic Urban Market Farm just 1.5 miles from the heart of downtown Austin. Buy fresh produce, attend a chef's dinner or enjoy any of the special events for foodies who dig the back-to-the-farm movement.

Address: 3414 Lyons Road, Austin TX 78702 - MAP
Phone: (512) 926-4650
Web: www.boggycreekfarm.com

Cornucopia Popcorn Creations
Experience a flavor explosion at Cornucopia Popcorn Creations, a store that takes gourmet popcorn to new heights. More than 40 unique flavors, like Dill Pickle, Cheddar Jalapeno and Chocolate Covered Cherry.

Address: 1914 Guadalupe St., Austin TX 78705 - MAP
Phone: (512) 477-2676
Web: www.austincornucopia.com

Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue
Make a pilgrimage to the Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue, erected at Auditorium Shores on Lady Bird Lake. The late blues guitarist was one of Austin's most famous home-grown talents celebrated around the world. Visitors often pose to take pictures or leave flowers in the statue's hands or at its feet.

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Lake Austin Spa Resort

Address: 1705 South Quinlan Park Road, Austin TX 78732 - MAP
Phone: (512) 372-7300
Web: www.lakeaustin.com