Discover Austin with your student
UT Austin’s 40+ modern and contemporary works make up one of the finest collections of public art at any university in the country. Exploring Landmarks is a novel way to enjoy and get to know the campus. Free drop-in guided tours are offered on the first Sunday of each month, or you may take a self-guided tour any time. Go to the website to preview the collection and download the mobile app with interactive map and audio, or pick up a printed map of artwork locations at any UT visitor center, library or museum.
713 Congress Avenue
6 minute drive
There are zillions of places to hear music in Austin (the “Music Capital of the World”), but the historic Paramount is a special venue. More than 100 years old, the theatre opened in the vaudeville era, evolved into a glamorous movie palace, and today hosts films, live music, a renowned comedy festival, and more. Check the website for upcoming events at the Paramount, and tune into KUTX 98.9 (kutx.org) to find out what else is new in the Austin music scene.
Various entry points
Free (the Pool has an admission fee)
While you’re in town, be sure to cycle or stroll some portion of the delightful Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail and Boardwalk at Lady Bird Lake. As you ramble along the waterfront enjoying greenery and cityscape, you may end up having so much fun you decide to explore the entire 10 miles. A bit of a detour brings you to the Barton Springs Pool, which is 18 feet at the deepest end, fed by underground springs, and always a refreshing 68-70 degrees (open seasonally).
2313 Red River Street
$3 and up
The LBJ Presidential Library and Museum houses engaging exhibits that connect visitors with the 36th president’s eventful administration. Learn about LBJ’s impact on America from November 22, 1963 — the day he took office following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy — through some of the most dramatic moments of the Civil Rights and Vietnam era. Documents, artifacts, video footage and a reproduction of the Oval Office bring history to life. LBJ’s notoriously earthy sense of humor is the focus of an exhibit as well.
4801 La Crosse Avenue
25 minute drive
$4 and up
Co-founded in 1982 by First Lady and environmentalist Lady Bird Johnson and the actress Helen Hayes, the Wildflower Center is one of the country’s premier native plant botanic gardens and research centers. It contains 100% native Texas plants — 800+ species altogether — flourishing in colorful and aromatic gardens, woodlands and meadows. Ramble nature trails past the waterfall, check out the view from the observation tower, and finish your visit at the charming store and café. Tours are self-guided or you may book a guided tour in advance. Keep your eye out for special events such as Moonlight Hikes, photography and painting workshops, and yoga and Tai Chi.