Note: This list is part of a much bigger collection I’ve put together of 101+ Weird and Unique Things To Do In Austin. (There’s also a very helpful map on that page that I made for you).
These are fun and unusual things you can do in Austin. Most of them were started elsewhere and are available to do in many other cities across the world, so I can’t say they are unique to Austin or “Austin Weird”. But they’re all pretty fun and different so I decided to give them their own list.
#1 Axe Throwing
There’s way too many to list here but I’ve linked to Yelp to find some of the best ones. If you prefer to browse ahead of time, this rominghunger.com has a nice directory.
There’s many hotels in Austin that offer non-guests access to their pools for the cost of a daypass. Here’s an article on Curbed that lists some of the better ones.
Location: Freaking everywhere.
Love ‘em or hate ‘em, they’re here. Many people love ‘em and use them to cheaply and quickly get around town. FYI: They are supposed to go in the bikelane or road – not on the sidewalk.
See website for schedule and locations.
4209 Airport Blvd (Sundays)
Austin has multiple farmer’s markets. One of the most popular is the Texas Farmer’s Market at Mueller, where every Sunday there’s dozens of vendors, live music, and lots of people watching near an idyllic lake under a former airport hanger.
When I moved to Austin we had one brewery and one brewpub. Now the city is full of brewery options. Austin Brewery Tours or Texas Tipsy Tours can help guide you or visit CraftBeerAustin.com or BigWorldSmallGirl.com for a map of locations and other info.
I’m not going to lie. I hate float tanks. It’s like lying naked in the dark in a salty puddle. But I’ve got friends that love this futuristic and new-agey experience. If nothing else, it’s worth trying once. Many locations in town including the Zero Gravity Institute, The Ocean Lab,
2951 Ranch Rd 620 S #102
Sit in a room that expells salty air and achieve (alleged) health benefits. Similar to the float tanks, this is not my thing but I appreciate that other people might want to check it out and I thought it was worth experiencing at least once. Check out the (bat-less) Austin Salt Cave for this unusual experience.
When I went to the Austin Salt Cave it was to see the Singing Bowl Lady. This was a relaxing experience of listening to a woman talentedly play Tibetan bowls. The vibration of the bowls she plays can be felt deep within your body, which is a unique and strange feeling. If you don’t want to do it at the Salt Cave, she has many other locations where you can do the experience.
200 Greenwood Hills Trail, Burnet, TX 78611
Ride a ski lift with your bike to the top of a (Texas) Mountain, then ride down. To be honest, I’ve never been here but it looks fun if you’re into mountain or BMX biking. It’s out of town but I thought it was worth a mention.
#12 Goat Yoga
12700 Hill Country Blvd S-115
While you do yoga, goats climb on you. Part petting zoo, part yoga class, this strange but cute activity happens all over Austin and has even been featured on Shark Tank. Goga Yoga is probably the most well-known Goat Yoga place in town.
#13 Bubble Soccer
601 Deep Eddy Ave
Individuals run around in a big inflatable bubble and knock into each other while playing soccer or other fun games. Austin Bubble Soccer is the main game in town.
#14 Nerd Nite
Location: currently online. Seeking new home.
Once a month, hundreds of nerds gather in a bar or theater to listen to speakers talk about whatever they nerd out about. It’s not just science and sci-fi. Whatever you are passionate about, you could give a talk about. You never know what you’ll see or learn at Nerd Nite. It started in New York, but there is a passionate following in Austin. This ain’t no highbrow show. It’s casual and there’s drinking. Most shows are FREE.
Want more weird, unique, and unusual stuff to do in Austin?
There was too much to write about on one page so split it up into related categories to help you find what you need faster:
- Weird Austin Activities. These are things you can do almost any week of the year.
- Weird Austin Events. These are events or things that happen sporadically. Plan ahead!
- Weird / Unique Austin Bars and Restaurants.
- Unique Austin Things To Do. Unique to Austin but not necessarily weird.
- Overrated / Closed / Illegal Austin Attractions.
Too many lists for you? See a summary of all 101+ Austin Things To Do here!