Keep Austin Weird

There’s no doubt about it that Austin is one of the most unique cities in Texas. There are so many amazing things to do whether you’re a part of the night life or the outdoorsy life. For me, it brings out my inner adventurist. When I visit, all I want to do is explore, go hiking, or just do something awesome outdoors. Especially during this time, at the start of fall, the weather couldn’t be more perfect. One of the places my friend and I discovered over the weekend is called Castle Hill.

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From the looks of it, you might think a bunch of people just took over the entire space and just did whatever they wanted with it. Though, after doing some research of my own, I learned the history and now purpose of this so called kept secret. IMG_9045

While Castle Hill was initially used for housing, nothing was ever actually done to it. Leaving this place looking much different than it does now, completely plain concrete walls just waiting for someone to come make it their own. It wasn’t until 2011 that is was crowned the title HOPE Outdoor Gallery. Instead of penalizing those who came and started painting, property owners saw an opportunity to keep Austin weird and support the local community by allowing the space to be used as a sort of inspirational message board.

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While climbing our way up this giant hill (which is much more difficult than it looks), we discovered the most amazing graffiti like artwork I’ve ever seen. Getting a closer look at it, you see its not all about people coming and vandalizing this area for no reason, but it’s a place where true artists can freely come and express their work.

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Lastly, and one of my favorite parts about this place, the view. Just turn around and you’ll see the beautiful city of Austin, Texas.

For more information and inside about what Austin has to offer, click here.

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