Discover a unique and elevated experience in Austin’s bustling campus district. From one of a kind rooftop dining to museums and university stadiums and event centers, here are our favorite things to do, sip, and eat in downtown Austin and around campus.
Our Guide to Austin's Campus District
Food & Drink
- Azul Rooftop Pool Bar + Lounge
- Elephant Room
- Scholz Garten
- Texas Chili Parlor
- Stella San Jac
- Edge Rooftop + Bar
- OP Italian
- Upstairs at Caroline
Things to do
- LBJ Library and Museum
- Austin Central Public Library
- Austin City Limits Music Festival
- Blanton Museum of Art
- Bullock Texas State History Museum
- The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria
- Congress Ave Bridge
- Darryl K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium
- Harry Ransom Center
- Frank C. Erwin Jr. Special Event Center
Things to do in the campus district and downtown Austin
The UT Tower
The UT Tower (the Main Building) is hard to miss. The 307-foot-tall landmark can be seen from virtually anywhere on campus.
UT-Austin has its own shopping and arts district on the edge of campus. Here, you can take Instagram pics next to murals, grab coffee at Lucky Lab Coffee Co. or Caffe Medici, pick up Longhorn merch at the University Co-op, or get queso at the Kerbey Lane Cafe—open 24/7.
UT Littlefield Home
The Littlefield Home is a Victorian house located north of the UT Tower.
UT Harry Ransom Center
The Ransom Center is home to UT-Austin’s vast archive of manuscripts, rare books, art, film and more.
Austin City Limits Music Festival
Two weekends in October, each loaded with an outstanding lineup of world-famous musical acts.
Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton Museum of Art showcases an awe-inspiring collection that includes ancient Greek pottery, Renaissance-era paintings, and Latin American art.
Brewery & Distillery Tours
Discover why Austin is one of the best beverage destinations in America, from the nearby Zilker Brewing Co. to the moonshine haven of Crystal Creek on the outskirts of town.
Bullock Texas State History Museum
Its mission is to tell “the Story of Texas.” Just steps from The Otis, this museum examines the state’s historic past with a variety of fascinating exhibits.
Austin was named GOLF Magazine’s “Best Golf City in America.” Tee off on some of the country’s most beautiful and challenging courses.
Locals have enjoyed “cool jazz in the basement since 1991” at this Austin sweet spot where booze meets brass.
Museum of Natural and Artificial Ephemerata
Home to a curious assortment of oddities, this family-run museum has made it their mission to "preserve endangered modes of collection."
Inconspicuously located in the middle of the popular Lady Bird Lake, Snake Island is somewhat of a well-kept secret for local kayakers.
Aptly named for its occasional appearance, Sometimes Island is a historic landmark that comes and goes with the water level in Lake Travis.
South by Southwest
Austin's iconic film and music festival runs for 10 days and attracts visitors from all over the world.
LBJ Presidential Library
The Lyndon Baines Johnson Museum and Library celebrates the history of our 36th President which was dedicated in 1971. The museum features a full scale replica of the Oval Office as it was decorated during the presidency a photoengraved mural, and more.
Explore the Campus Experience
Parents, learn more about campus visits and university events.