Cathedral of Junk in Austin, Texas

A friend of mine told me about the Cathedral of Junk recently, and how much her kids love going there. She described it as a backyard full of junk, which sounded like an odd place to take children. I looked it up online and the pictures looked interesting….

I was intrigued, so I went with 5 kids today, to check it out. And my friend was right. The kids went nuts. They were so excited. As it turns out, the cathedral is very kid friendly and safe, as long as you’re keeping an eye on your little ones. I had one moment of fear when I found myself at the top of a step-ladder, needing to come down while holding my baby. But the ladder was well secured and didn’t wobble a bit when I climbed down. In fact, it is the levels in this place that make it the most fun. There are plenty of winding steps and staircases that lead kids (and their adults) to lookouts and hideouts. There are also winding paths and trails, which had my kids running in circles. I don’t think the pictures do it justice, but here are a few from our adventure today.






The Cathedral of Junk is similar to an I Spy book. The more you look around, the more crazy details you notice. Here is just one of countless oddities I spied today.

The Cathedral of Junk is located at 4422 Lareina Drive in South Austin (near Ben White Blvd). A sign at the entrance said the cathedral is open 365 days from dawn to dusk, but I would call 299-7413 to make sure before heading down there. Admission is free, but donations (of money or junk) are accepted. And, there is a port-a-potty on location, which is great if you’re bringing kids.

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