Overview: Nicknamed the "40 Acres" after the plot of land pn which it sits, the University of Texas is one of the largest and most... more »
Overview: Nicknamed the "40 Acres" after the plot of land pn which it sits, the University of Texas is one of the largest and most... more » respected universities in the US. Founded in 1883, today is has grown to 17 colleges and schools, about 24,000 faculty and staff, and more than 50,000 students. Seven museums and 17 libraries call it home. Great photo opportunities abound with a plethora of bronze sculptures, beautiful landscaping and impressive architecture. From a Gutenberg Bible to the largest flying creature known to man, the museums and libraries have something for everyone. By the end of the day you'll be a UT fan. "Hook 'Em," as those who speak Longhorn would say. less «
WEATHER: Austin's weather is unpredictable-except for summer when it is HOT. Austin has an average of 111 days of temperatures 90F ... more »(32C) or above, so remember to pack sunscreen and a hat and drink plenty of water. In the fall and winter bring a sweater or light jacket in case a "northern" blows in, turning a balmy day into a chilly one.
PESTS: Be careful when you are in grassy areas. Fire ants are medium sized ants that build mounds of soft soil. When disturbed or the object they are crawling on moves, fire ants sting, leaving a wound that forms a white pustule. Lethal reactions are rare, but be cautious.
TRANSPORTATION: Capital Metro is the city's bus system. Check the trip planner on CM's website for the bus route you'll need to take. Saves the hassle of parking and UT is on many of the routes. less «
Texas native Lyndon Baines Johnson, known by the initials LBJ, was sworn in on Air Force One as the 36th president of the United States after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963.
The Library was created to preserve papers and memorabilia for research and to serve as a center for educational programs and... More exhibitions focusing on history of the United States during LBJ's terms in office. The Store at LBJ has a an interesting selection of presidential memorabilia, jewelry, books and clothing.
Trivia note: LBJ's immediate family shared his initials. His wife's nickname was Lady Bird Johnson, and his daughters are Lynda Baines Johnson and Luci Baines Johnson. End even one of his beloved beagles, Little Beagle Johnson, was an LBJ.
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78705
TEL: (512) 721-0200
HOURS: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Closed Christmas
The Reading Room is closed on weekends and Federal Holidays.
PARKING: Free in the designated parking lot (38). Lot 38 features an entrance flanked by LBJ Library banners.Less
Where else can you see a 30-foot skeleton of a Mosasaur, a giant marine lizard that swam in the sea that once nearly covered the state of Texas? Or stand in the shadow of the largest flying creature ever found, the Texas Pterosaur, with a wingspan of nearly 40 feet.
The Texas Natural Science Center's exhibit hall in the museum does a great job... More of teaching the paleontological and geological history of the state and has an excellent collection of fossils, gems, and displays showing the state's minerals and wildlife. Before you enter the museum, be certain to check out the dinosaur tracks in front of the museum. Experts speculate that the two sets of tracks show one dinosaur tracking another just before an attack.
Texas Natural Science Center
Texas Memorial Museum
2400 Trinity St Stop
Austin, TX 78712-1621
Monday–Thursday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, 9 a.m.–4:45 p.m.;
Saturday, 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.;
Sunday, 1–4:45 p.m.
Named after the Longhorn cattle that Texas is famous for, the University of Texas football team has very impressive digs. Since its dedication in 1924, after several name changes, numerous additions and improvements, the stadium now stands as the sixth-largest collegiate stadium in the country seating more than 100,000 raucous fans. Longhorn fans ... More"bleed orange," the team's burnt orange color, and are proud of the team mascot, "Bevo," a longhorn steer with an impressive 72-inch (183 cm) horn span.
Texas fans use "Hook 'Em Horns" as the battle cry heard on game day and also as a familiar greeting/goodbye. The "Hook 'Em" hand gesture created by UT cheerleader Harley Clark in 1955 was voted the top hand signal by Sports Illustrated magazine. If the thunderous crowd isn't enough noise for fans, there's always "Smokey the Cannon," fired off after each Texas score and at the end of a team victory. Check out the self-guided tour link if you are interested in seeing the stadium up close.
405 East 23rd Street
Austin, TX 78712
TEL: (512) 471-7437Less
There are more than 17,000 works of art in The Blanton's collection. Western European art from the 14th to 20th centuries is especially rich, but for modern and contemporary art fans, there is also a collection of art from the Americas.
The Blanton has a great exhibition track record so check out its exhibition calendar before your visit. The... More museum shows its fun side with events such as yoga in the galleries and, living up to Austin's title of "Capitol of Live Music," live music is frequently played in the atrium. Gift shop and cafeteria inside the museum.
200 East MLK
Austin, Texas 78701
TEL: Main number (recorded message): (512) 471-7324
Front Desk: (512) 471-5482
Tues. to Fri. 10-5
Sat. 11-5 Sun. 1-5
Seniors (65+) $7
College students with valid ID $5
Youth (13 - 21) $5
Children 12 & under Free
Free on Thursdays
Active-duty military receive free admission year round.
PARKING is available in the Brazos Garage (210 E. MLK Blvd.) and may be validated for $3 when you bring your parking ticket to The Blanton's Visitor Services Desk.Less
Known to locals as "The Six Pack" because of the six red-roofed buildings that are home to the College of Liberal Arts that flank the South Mall, this area is where UT students kick back and enjoy the shade of the majestic oaks, study, and lay down a blanket to enjoy a picnic lunch. Beautiful bronze sculptures add to the beauty,... More including a massive memorial at Littlefield Fountain at the entrance of the Mall that honors Texans who lost their lives during the First World War. In the spring the South Mall serves as the site for Forty Acres Fest and Explore UT.Less
Everyone's heard of the Gutenberg Bible, but few people have seen one. Visitors to the Harry Ransom Center will get that rare treat and also be able to see Edgar Allen Poe's writing desk, the first photograph ever taken, Bob Woodward's and Carl Berstein's Watergate papers and much more. The museum serves as an archive and research center and... More contains 36 million literary manuscripts, 1 million rare books, 5 million photographs, and more than 100,000 works of art.
21st and Guadalupe Streets
Austin, Texas 78712
EXHIBITION GALLERY HOURS:
Tues, Wed, Fri. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thurs. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sat. and Sun. Noon to5 p.m.
LIBRARY READING/VIEWING ROOMS
Mon-Fri 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sat. 9 a.m.-Noon
Docent-led tours are offered Tuesdays at noon, Saturdays at 2 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m.
The best view of Austin can be found on the observation deck of the 307 ft. UT Tower on the main building on campus. A tragic shooting in 1966 led to the tower's closing. It has recently been renovated and reopened for tours by reservation only. The tower glows orange when the university's president deems appropriate, such as at commencement and... More when the school wins a conference title in any collegiate sport. A number "1" on all sides highlighted by orange signals the university has won a national championship.
Available through the Texas Union Information Center at (512) 475-6633, or toll free at 1-877-475-6633.Less
Built in the 1930s in the College of Natural Sciences area of the campus, The Turtle Ponds are home to several species of turtles, including snapping turtles. Visitors have reported seeing pigeons disappear below the surface when taking a drink at the pond, victims of a hungry snapping turtle. Take a break and watch the turtles swim and bask in... More the sun atop the rocks. In 1999 the pond and adjacent gardens were dedicated to the memory of the victims of the 1966 Tower shooting.
Corner of Inner Campus Drive and University AvenueLess
Guadalupe (pronounced Gua-dah-loop in Austin) Street runs along the western edge of UT's campus and is known by locals as "The Drag." Eclectic locally-owned retail stores as well as chain businesses line the strip, including the Co-Op, the University's two-story bookstore. Hungry? Try a Tex Mex favorite, migas (eggs scrambled with pico ... Morede gallo, tortilla chips and cheese) at Kerbey Lane on The Drag.Less