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Things to do in Notre Dame

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
“Notre Dame has consistently been recognized as one of the top universities in the United States, in particular for its undergraduate education. Undergraduate students are organized into six colleges. The School of Architecture is known for teaching New Classical Architecture and for awarding the annual Driehaus Architecture Prize. The university offers over 50 yearlong study programs abroad and over 15 summer programs. Notre Dame's graduate program has more than 50 master, doctoral and professional degree programs offered by the six schools, including the Notre Dame Law School and an MD–PhD program offered in combination with the Indiana University School of Medicine. It maintains a system of libraries, cultural venues, artistic and scientific museums, including the Hesburgh Library and the Snite Museum of Art. The majority of the university's 8,000 undergraduates live on campus in one of 31 residence halls, each with its own traditions, legacies, events, and intramural sports teams. The university's approximately 134,000 alumni are considered one of the strongest college alumni networks in the U.S. The university's athletic teams are members of the NCAA Division I and are known collectively as the Fighting Irish. Notre Dame is known for its football team, which contributed to its rise to prominence on the national stage in the early 20th century; the team, an Independent with no conference affiliation, has accumulated 11 consensus national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners, 62 members of the College Football Hall of Fame, and 13 of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Notre Dame teams in other sports, chiefly in the Atlantic Coast Conference, have accumulated 17 national championships. The Notre Dame Victory March is often regarded as one of the most famous and recognizable collegiate fight songs.”
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“Free museum across from ND stadium (north end); great exhibits, friendly staff.”
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“The beauty of the Basilica of the Sacred Heart is something every visitor to the Notre Dame campus should experience.”
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“Enjoy a Notre Dame Football game! No description needed for cheering on the best team in College Football!”
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Performing Arts Venue
“On ND campus great center with multiple venues. Excellent cinema with fantastic mix of films.”
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“A beautiful replica of our lady of the Lourdes. A spiritual and reflective place that's a must see.”
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Book Store
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American Restaurant
“Located on the Campus of Notre Dame there is no better place to experience the tradition of the Fighting Irish!”
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Point of Interest
“So much to see here , my favorite is the Grotto and by all means go to the Basilica it BEAUTIFUL !! Again lot's to choose from.”
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Residential Building (Flat / Apartment)
“The Golden Dome and Notre Dame campus are second to none. Enjoy all it has to offer.”
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Natural Feature
“Walking around the lakes at ND is nice. You can usually drive right to them if you tell the guard shack you are heading in to see the ducks/walk around for a bit.”
  • 2 locals recommend
College Library
“Visit a gigantic and iconic mural of Jesus cheering on the fighting Irish football team. ”
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“Does this one even need added? Probably not, but it shouldn't be excluded. This campus is beyond beautiful all year round.”
  • 13 locals recommend