In a state known for armadillos, cowboy boots, and tumbleweeds, it always takes people by surprise when they arrive in Austin, Texas to find a vibrant, adorably weird community. If you’re looking to see a new and different side of Texas, head to these great places in quirky Austin.
Chicken bingo is probably one of the quirkiest experiences you can have in the capital of Texas. Found at the iconic Ginny’s Little Longhorn Saloon, this place oozes personality. Most Sundays there are free hot dogs and cheap festivities, all while Dale Watson croons an audience of eager two-stepping ladies and gents. Nearby, a table labeled with numbers has a rowdy group of people gathered around waiting for a chicken to poop on their prize winning number.
Head into this sideshow museum on the internationally known bar strip, 6th Street. Gaze upon shrunken heads, Madagascar Cockroaches, Mermaids, and Mummies and stay for the sword swallowing freak show performance!
Growling, gnashing, clashing, punching, knockouts, and broken bones – no, I’m not talking about a boxing match – I’m talking about banked-track women’s roller derby with the Lonestar Rollergirls (TXRD). Comprised of women with an attitude and a generous side of fishnets, the sheer roar of the fans in the Palmer Auditorium will get you on your feet and cheering for a team in no time.
Nothing stands up to the “Keep Austin Weird” slogan quite like the annual Eeyore’s Birthday Party celebration. Located in Pease Park, this family friendly event brings people from around Austin to dress up in their weirdest outfits and gather for drum circles, charity raising, unicycle football, picnicking, food trucks, a maypole and fun.
Local Austinite Vince Hannemann turned his own backyard into what is considered a major tourist point of interest. Since 1988, this sculptor and artist took what other people considered to be junk and turned it into a doodad cathedral. Wander the hallways of “junk” with natural plants interwoven throughout the structure. This place can only be visited by appointment so plan ahead!
While these are really the tip of the iceberg when it comes to keeping Austin weird, they are definitely a start to introduce you to another side of Texas.
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Erica Kuschel is half of the duo at the adventure travel site, OverYonderlust.com. Erica traded her ‘normal’ existence in Austin, Texas for a life of new experiences around the world. Erica, who is a photographer by trade, likes to view the world through her lens.Erica started Over Yonderlust in March of 2010, showcasing couple travel while maintaining a strong focus on photography, humor, videos, and writing with a trusted voice. She has been seen in publications such as The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, BBC, and The National Geographic Channel’s online blog. Erica has been a finalist two years running for the Bloggies (in both travel and photography categories) and taking home Hostelbookers Most Epic Photography Blog Award in November of 2012.Follow Erica on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or Google Plus.
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