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University of Texas-Get Schooled

First class university + state Capitol = great college experience
Rating: 4 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 2.2 miles
Duration: Unknown
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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 respected... more »

Tips:  WEATHER: Austin's weather is unpredictable-except for summer when it is HOT. Austin has an average of 111 days of temperatures 90F ... more »

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Points of Interest

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

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

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

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

5. The South Mall

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, including a... More

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

7. UT Tower

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

8. UT Turtle Pond

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

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 de gallo, ... More