Austin December 04, 2017
10 Fascinating Places In Austin You Can Barely Find On A Map
With Austin’s ever-growing landscape, it sometimes feel like any semblance of mystery is long gone. Luckily, there are still several hidden gems tucked away in this city that haven’t become overly popular. Some of the most intriguing spots in Bat City are tucked away and hard to spot. These are 10 fascinating places in Austin that you can barely find on a map.
1. The Skylark
This hole-in-the-wall blues lounge may not strike you as a go-to spot, but this little venue rivals even the most famous listening rooms in town. Tucked away on a dirt road on Airport Blvd, The Skylark Lounge is so hidden you could easily miss it. Take out your GPS and head over to 2039 Airport Blvd. You'll be so glad you did.
2. El Primo
El Primo is worth going out of your way for. This tiny food truck can be found at 2101 S 1st St, and their tacos are unbelievably good. Get there early and try one of their famous breakfast tacos. This local business is cash-only, so remember to bring your wallet!
3. Secret Beach
You won't find Secret Beach on a map of Austin, but you will find Roy G. Guerrero Park. To locate this little oasis, head over to this park complex at 400 Grove Blvd. From there, you'll take the walking trail that's across the street from the Montopolis Youth Sports Complex. Ten minutes later, you'll find yourself in this (relatively) secret hangout. But shhhh! Don't go telling everyone you know about it!
4.Austin Art Garage
Just like its name suggests, Austin Art Garage is a tiny industrial space full of quirky local prints and paintings. The artwork changes periodically, so there's always something new to discover. Drive along South Lamar Blvd until you find the address 2200. Look closely --- if you blink, you could miss it.
5. Sparky Park
This tiny pocket park was once an electrical substation, but now it's a quirky art display. Full of mosaic tiles and whimsical architecture, Sparky Park was created through the Austin Organization Art in Public Spaces. Venture over to 3701 Grooms St. and experience the magic.
6. Sekrit Theater
What began as an art project by Austinite Beau Reichert soon became a whimsical event space, photography destination, and movie theater. Like much of Austin these days, The Sekrit Theater is now on the market for a huge price, so loving locals are eagerly awaiting to see what happens next. The Sekrit Theater is located at 1145 Perry Road. To learn more about hosting an event here, click
7. Garage Cocktail Bar
As you drive along Colorado Street, look closely at the parking garages. The one on the corner of 5th has small, bold letters above the entryway that read "Cocktails." That's the only sign you'll see of this cozy downtown cocktail lounge, and you'll feel like you're part of a secret society when you sip a drink there.
8. Turkey Creek Trail
This 2.9 mile trail will make you feel a million miles away from it all. Head over to Emma Long Metropolitan Park at 1600 City Park Rd and escape into a woodland wonderland.
9. Casa Neverlandia
This art house feel like it's straight out of a fairy tale. Local artist Talbot used thousands of vibrant tiles to decorate this eco-friendly home. Talbot often gives tours of his shimmering property. To find out how to see this beautiful piece of art up close, visit
10. Commons Ford Park
Fish, picnic, or just lay out in the sun. This park, located at 614 Commons Ford Rd, is so beloved that locals don't want people to know about it. If you're looking for an alternative to the massive crowds at Zilker, head over to Commons Ford Park before this place gets too popular.
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