Things to do at University of Texas in Austin

Austin routinely achieves aclaim from travel publications in sightseeing opportunities, getting around, family trips, activities, and parks–and it’s bursting at the seams with sports and cultural events to keep you engaged, many originating on  campus of the University of Texas.

University of Texas

Everything is bigger in Texas, including  “The University.”  Located just north of downtown, with an enrollment of more than 50,000 students, UT is the largest public university in the country.  Curl your fingers into the “Hook ‘em horns” sign and don burnt orange duds to join legions of avid Longhorn fans at any collegiate sports event.  Football, basketball, baseball, swimming, soccer–whatever your favorite sport, you’ll find avid Longhorn fans cheering on the hometown team.

Put your walking shoes for a tour of the campus, and be prepared to encounter a panorama of humanity.  With such a large student body, there’s a group for every interest—and many are eager to be noticed.

Famous UT Tower

Tour the UT Tower, which glows orange for major events and successes by campus groups, on weekends. Become immersed in college-town atmosphere by walking along The Drag, respectfully known as Guadalupe Street, for some of the best people watching anywhere.

At the educational end of the UT spectrum is the Harry Ransom Center, one of the world’s finest cultural archives.  Browse through 30 million literary manuscripts, five million photographs (including the world’s first), a rare Gutenberg Bible, and the infamous Watergate papers.

One of the country’s top university fine arts collections is showcased at the Jack S. Blanton Museum of Art.  Among the treasures housed there is the collection of 20th century American art assembled by novelist James Michener.  The Blanton Museum has become a major stop for national art circuit tours, so check to see if special exhibits are on display.  Recently remodeled Bass Concert Halloffers a full spectrum of entertainment options from student and faculty performances to touring Broadway shows. It’s the prime live performance venue on campus but serves the entire community.

LBJ Library and Museum

Located on the UT campus, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum provides historical insights for the politically curious. It includes thousands of volumes of presidential papers, a scale replica of the Oval Office during Johnson’s presidency, and a captivating gallery devoted to Lady Bird Johnson’s activities.

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Photography: Larry Burmeier

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