A Guide To The Weirdest Attractions In Texas

Cathedral of Junk | © Chad Hanna/Flickr
Cathedral of Junk | © Chad Hanna/Flickr
Photo of Aubrey Cofield
9 February 2017

The task of keeping Austin weird is never a hard one. There are plenty of restaurants, locals, and just plain weird attractions that continuously validate this greatly weird city, and Austinites wouldn’t have it any other way. Here are just some of the few destinations contributing to Austin’s ‘weird’ reputation.

Cathedral of Junk

In the south side suburbs of Austin sits one of the most innovative structures in the city. Vince Hannemann built the Cathedral of Junk in his backyard over time as a fun personal project. It’s now a top ‘weird’ destination in the city. You can walk through whimsical passageways where trash mimics grand treasures. Repurposed CDs, TVs, bottles, and so much more make up the large cathedral. With Hannemann’s imagination, it’s like reliving your childhood dreams of ruling your very own kingdom, complete with a throne.

Cathedral of Junk | © Chad Hanna/Flickr

Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata

Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata
Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata | © Dixie Wells/Flickr
The Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata is one of the last in-home and family-run museums in America. Within their special collection, you’ll find odd trinkets, historical artifacts, and cultural relics all in the living room of the museum owners, Jenn and Scott. The best part, however, is the stories that go along with each collected item. If you thought Austin was getting a little too normal, visit the east side and check out this oddly wonderful museum.

Dry Creek Saloon

Near the Mount Bonnell overlook is Dry Creek Saloon, a bar that hasn’t changed much since it first opened in the 1950s. Once an old hangout spot for Willy Nelson, it’s hard to beat the ambiance of the crooked building, the rooftop tables with a perfect view of the stars, or the jukebox only playing oldies. It’s like stepping back in time and just hanging out at the bar down the street.

Dry Creek Saloon, 4812 Mt Bonnell Rd, Austin, TX, USA, +1 512 453 9244

Spider House

Bar, Cafe, Pub Grub, Tapas, $$$
Spider House © Jennifer Morrow/Flickr
Spider House © Jennifer Morrow/Flickr | © Jennifer Morrow/Flickr
Spider House is the coolest place for specialty cocktails and live music. The outside patio bar is complete with a garden and table tops for hanging out. The furniture is vintage, and at night, the place lights up with sparkly Christmas lights. They also hold events, films screenings, and rent the space out for private parties.

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