Sure, Austin is known as the Live Music Capital, but that’s not the only thing this city can boast about. Heart-pumping thrill-rides, creative outlets, and athletic outings make Austin a well-rounded city of excitement. You may not have considered Austin as a hub for Thai cooking or trapeze artists, but it’s all here. Get out of your comfort zone and try one of these unique activities. These ten surprising things to do in Austin are a guaranteed adventure.
1. Play BYOB mini golf.
Fond childhood memories usually accompany a game of mini golf, so spice it up a little with some adult libations! Peter Pan Mini Golf hasn't changed much since its creation in 1948. Open late and always full of laughter, this BYOB mini golf course is always a hit.
2. Learn the art of Thai cooking.
Thai Fresh specializes in scrumptious Thai dishes, gluten free baked goods, and exciting cooking classes. If your culinary skills need some sprucing, there's no better place to improve than at Thai Fresh.
3. Cruise down the circuit of the Americas racetrack.
Circuit of the Americas isn't just for spectators anymore! Even the novice driver can rent the track and experience the twists, turns, and adrenaline of a professional F1 driver.
4. Swing from a flying trapeze.
If you've ever dreamed of running off and joining the circus, you can fulfill your dreams at Trapeze Texas. Swing on over to East Austin. Trapeze Texas offers walk-up and private classes.
5. Chow down on delicious Indian food while listening to honkey-tonk music.
Indian food in a convenience store may sound weird enough, but throw some foot-stompin' country music into the mix and you get a true Austin oddity. The Whip In has been a local's watering hole since the beginning, and there's never a dull moment.
6. Raise your glass to Shakespeare.
Experience a classically staged Shakespearian play with one entirely drunk actor. Shi*t-Faced Shakespeare performs in bars all across town and brings new light to the Bard's poetic masterpieces. Grab a drink and raise your glass. Hilarity will ensue.
7. Celebrate Christmas all year long.
Lala's Little Nugget is a charming little dive bar that keeps the spirit of Christmas thriving all year long. Urban legend states that the bar owner hung Christmas lights in anticipation for her son's return home from The Vietnam War. She is still waiting, and the lights remain.
8. Watch a movie like you never have before.
The Alamo Drafthouse crafts unique movie experiences that will make any film geek lose their mind. Ever wanted to watch Jaws in the middle of Lady Bird Lake? What about a fully-staged showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show? If you can imagine it, chances are The Alamo Drafthouse will make it happen.
9. Play bingo with a chicken .
At Ginny's Little Longhorn Saloon, the fate of your bingo dreams lie in the hands of a fat, overfed chicken. If the hen poops on your number, you win $200. Watch out, though, these bingo competitors take this game very seriously. They'll even try to scare the chicken as it gets closer to their number.
10. Take an acroyoga class.
Acroyoga may look intimidating at first, but Austinites know how to make this unique art form accessible to anyone. Yogabatics teaches classes almost every day, and meetup groups coordinate acroyoga sessions in parks across the city.