Besides free swimming, bowling, and movie nights, OUR organizes activities for our Summer Research Scholars to help them meet and network with other researchers. Many are free, some on campus, and some around Austin. We encourage researchers to take advantage of these opportunities.
Texas Memorial Stadium Tour
The Stadium Tour takes visitors through the trophy room (which houses the National Championship and Heisman trophies), the Red McCombs Red Zone, and other UT football hot spots.
For $6.00, visitors are given a tour of the UT Tower, which includes access to the once-closed observation deck.
Robert Lee Moore Hall Star Parties
The UT astronomy department sponsors free weekly public star parties on the roof of RLM using a 16-inch telescope. According to the website, “a typical night will include a planet or two, binary stars, star clusters and maybe one of the brighter nebulae.”
Harry Ransom Center Tour
HRC is home to extensive collections of rare books, manuscripts, photography, film, art and performing arts. The center offers regular tours of current exhibits and events such as poetry readings and film screenings.
The Blanton Museum of Art
The Blanton is UT Austin’s on-campus art museum (located at Brazos and MLK) and is free for all UT students. Check their website for a list of rotating exhibits, film events, and public tours.
Barton Springs Pool
A favorite for locals and visitors alike, Barton Springs is a crisp, spring-fed pool on the southern edge of downtown Austin. Admission is $3, and visitors can swim for free from 9-10 p.m. You can also swim for free anywhere along the creek outside of Barton Springs, and there are places to rent kayaks and canoes by the hour or for the day.
Deep Eddy Pool
Each summer, Deep Eddy Pool offers Splash Party Movie Nights, beginning at dusk on Saturdays. Admission is $3 for both movie nights and normal swim hours.
The Contemporary Austin
Located on Congress Avenue, the Jones Center location of The Contemporary Austin offers informative and informal art experiences oriented towards the interests of a broad general aud