From breathtaking views, tranquil waters, to quirky iconic shops that live up to the weirdness of the area, Austin, Texas got you. If you’re looking to discover something new and do something different, there are countless hidden gems throughout the area. Ever thought you’ve seen all Austin has to offer? Check out these 10 hidden gems in Austin, TX that are worth the visit!
1. Cypress Valley Treehouses
Relax and admire the wonderful scenery of Lake Travis from Cypress Valley Treehouse in Spicewood, TX. Treehouses nestled up high in the stunning cypress trees where you can hear and feel nature from your treetop home. The perfect place to spend time with your friends, family, or significant other. Explore their spring-fed creek and swim in their pond, pool, or walk through the wildflowers perfect for this spring season!
Cypress Valley has four different treehouses with two of it able to accommodate two guests and one that can accommodate up to six guest! The other house is located on the ground that sleeps up to 14 guests! A great quick getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city.
2. Jacob’s Well
Located in Wimberley, TX, an hour away from Austin in Hay’s County is an extensive underwater cave and an ideal summer destination for those that want to beat the heat. Most people that visit the area choose to lounge at the lip of the well while some daredevils dive in it. If you plan on diving all the way to the end, you have to be a licensed SCUBA diver to do so. If you don’t feel like taking a dip in the waters, hiking is another activity option for you.
3. Laguna Gloria
If you live in Austin and are looking for a quiet retreat to take a break from the big city, Laguna Gloria is a hidden gem you got to visit. This historic museum with a fourteen-acre campus is situated on the shores of Lake Austin offering guests an art-in-nature experience. Laguna Gloria features works of art, a café named Spread & Co., a museum shop—The Contemporary, and a welcoming entrance for its guests. You can also book a private event for ceremonies, receptions, reunions, and more. Truly one of the best hidden gems in Austin, TX!
4. Sculpture Falls
Sculpture Falls is a swimming hole that features a waterfall and a trail area used for hiking, running, and nature trips. This swimming hole is located along Barton Creek Greenbelt, just a few minutes away from downtown. A quick getaway for those looking to relax at the waters and feel like you’re spending time away far from the city!
5. Secret Beach
This hidden gem is literally a secret beach that not too many tourists know of. Secret Beach is located in a secluded area along the Colorado River within the Roy G. Guerrero Park in South East Austin. People come here to relax, play in the sand, or have a picnic. If you’re coming to visit with your family or friends, don’t forget to bring some sunscreen and plenty of drinking water!
6. Sparky Park
Sparky Park is a site from the former North Austin Electric Substation located in Central Austin. The park is popular for its art installations specifically the Grotto Wall—an award-winning public art piece. Sparky Park is a great place to bring your kids to explore the pocket park as well as for elders to enjoy.
7. Uncommon Objects
Living up to the slogan ‘Keep Austin Weird’, Uncommon Objects is like walking in your grandma’s house on steroids. This is one of the most unique hidden gems in Austin, TX. The shop was established in 1991 as a small antique collective that has matured over the years into a one-of-a-kind emporium of transcendent junk. It’s a very fun place to visit especially if you’re into antique, weird, eccentric things. And if you’d like, you can also purchase items within the shop!
8. Wild Basic Wilderness Preserve
Consisting of 227-acres of beautiful Hill Country woodlands, Wild Basin Wilderness Preserve is a hidden gem tucked away near Westlake in Austin. Take your friends or family for hiking, bird-watching, or learning more about plants and wildlife that surrounds the area.
The area is very accessible with well-marked trails and restrooms. Unfortunately, you can’t bring your four-legged friend Fido to the area, and bikes are prohibited as well.
If you haven’t checked “Glamping in TX” off your bucket list, it’s time that you should once you get to know more about Yurtopia located in Wimberley.
This luxurious glamping site is great for those that are looking to unplug and relax and get tucked into the hills with magnificent views of cedars and oaks. A lovely spot where you can bring your significant other, friends, or family. Each yurt are separated by 300+ feet of woods where you can listen to birds or watch for shooting stars at night.