Fathom Favorites : Austin Sites

1. Thinkery


"A foundry for a new generation of innovators and creative problem solvers," this science and activity lab for families is also a really good time. Rotating interactive exhibits focus on play-based learning; workshops, light installments, and a wild outdoor jungle gym will keep kids occupied for hours. Check the calendar for aged-based happenings.

1830 Simond Ave.
Austin, Texas 78723

2. The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria

On a beautiful Texas day, stroll the fourteen-acre sculpture park, which winds around Lake Austin and is often in bloom. The museum house, called the Jones Center, in Downtown Austin, hosts ambitious installations, multidisciplinary exhibitions, and special events.

3809 W. 35th St.
Austin, Texas 78703

3. MASS Gallery

MASS Gallery

A great example of the low-fi but well-curated Austin art scene. A selection of curious and innovative work, thoughtfully curated, is culled from an established community and is run as a community-oriented not-for-profit.

507 Calles St. Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

4. Museum of the Weird

Museum of the Weird

Kids, especially, will love the zany nature of this strange attraction, which always includes a live sideshow performance and stays open until midnight. Beyond a strange gift shop is a hand-painted museum sign and a showcase of oddball artifacts including shrunken heads, Fiji mermaids, mummified things, wax figurines, and other bizarre kitsch.

412 E 6th St.
Austin, TX 78701

5. Barton Springs Pool

Barton Springs Pool

This watering hole is at the top of just about everyone’s Austin hit list, and for good reason: natural underground springs keep the pool temperature hovering around a constant 68 degrees, which means year-round swimming, lounging, and people-watching. The scene is always a mix of locals and tourists, so you know it’s cool.

2201 Barton Springs Rd. 
Austin, TX 78704