Things to See & Do at Notre Dame University

Notre Dame University is a haven for football lovers.
Notre Dame University is a haven for football lovers. (Image: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images Sport/Getty Images)

Visiting the University of Notre Dame can be a memorable experience, and there is much to see and do for the whole family. The campus is quietly secluded, scenic and features beautiful, ornate buildings. Often the bigger draw for visitors, though, is the vibrant atmosphere of the Notre Dame community, who love to show pride for their school.

Broadway Theatre League

You don’t have to be in New York City to see a Broadway show; thanks to the Broadway Theatre League (, you can have the Broadway experience while visiting Notre Dame. The Broadway Theatre League was established in 1959 as a part of an initiative to bring Broadway shows to towns across the country. Theater-goers in South Bend can avoid the pricey costs of a major-city box office and instead see touring shows at a more reasonable cost. Broadway favorites such as "Legally Blonde," "My Fair Lady" and "Beauty and the Beast" have graced the stage of the Broadway Theatre League.

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart ( has been the sacred heart of the Notre Dame campus for the past 125 years. Countless worshipers have prayed at the basilica, and faculty, staff and students regularly attend the weekly masses at the church. The basilica is also the home church of the Congregation of the Holy Cross. However, the basilica is not only a place of worship, it is also a locale with high arched ceilings and intricate architectural details. The basilica is also home to a museum and guided tours take place daily to help the public learn more about its history.

Football Games

No visit to Notre Dame would be complete without experiencing a football game at the Notre Dame Stadium. Not only are the games exciting, the events leading up to the games are also enjoyable. For instance, on the Fridays before home games, football lovers visit the Downtown South Bend Football Fridays Tent Party, which features tailgate food, drinks and live entertainment. Tailgating is also a popular activity before the event; game goers grill, catch up with friends and toss around footballs to pass the time before the game.

Legends of Notre Dame Restaurant & Alehouse Pub

When you’re looking for a meal on the Notre Dame campus, stop into Legends of Notre Dame Restaurant & Alehouse Pub ( Legends is a casual campus spot that isn’t afraid to show off its Notre Dame pride. It’s a popular destination on game days, but diners love it year round for its extensive menu, which features everything from beer bread and beer cheese to a grilled portabella wrap.

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