Hidden Treasures in Austin
The 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Lake Austin Spa Resort
Address: 1705 South Quinlan Park Road, Austin TX 78732 - MAP
Phone: (512) 372-7300