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State Capitol

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Address: Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number:
+1 512-463-0063
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09:00 - 20:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 20:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No
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If it's in Texas, it must be bigger and better. That is the motto that...

If it's in Texas, it must be bigger and better. That is the motto that architects followed with the Capitol Building in Austin. At one time, it was the tallest capitol building in the nation. Others might be taller now, but this is still a beautiful building that shows off many of the natural resources which are so prevalent in Texas, such as limestone and the landscapes.

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Beautiful building

The Capitol is an impressive building surrounded by beautiful grounds. It is open to the public, and you have guided tours and self guide options. Great place to learn a bit... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The Capitol is an impressive building surrounded by beautiful grounds. It is open to the public, and you have guided tours and self guide options. Great place to learn a bit about Texan history.

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Edmonton,AB
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Took in the State Capital building during our visit to downtown Austin. It was a hot day and the building was lovely cool and very beautiful. There are free tours of the site offered, but not really necessary if you nab one of the very informative brochures available. We followed the map and toured the first, second and third floors.... More 

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

we decided to take a tour. Our guide was very knowledgeable but difficult to understand with her accent. I was amazed she was interested enough in Texas history to become a very knowledgeable guide who loved to share the history. The building is a great Texas treasure.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Building is beautiful and visible from many directions. Walking around the grounds easy and relaxing

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We toured the state capitol and caught a tour just starting. The guide was very informative and knowledgeable. There is a lot of history in the capitol, great for the whole family. A must see when in Austin.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Maybe I'm a little bit jaded, but this was a pretty standard Capitol building, in my opinion. The rotunda under the dome is nice. I wouldn't plan on spending more than an hour here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Any visit to Austin must include a tour of the very impressive State Capitol building. The limestone and red granite structure dominates the Austin skyline and looms over the top of Congress Avenue. You are welcome to wander the interior of the building on your own but it's best to take one of the 45 minute free guided tours that... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Austin is a city with lots of life and energy, the music scene is very active and there's a lot of life in the downtown area. The State Capitol gives this laid-back city a touch of class and reminds you of its glory days.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went mid-morning on a weekday. There was plenty of parking in a multi-level garage. The assembly chambers and the rotunda are beautiful. Very good way to spend a hour or two and learn a lot about Texas history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a nice time touring the Capital with my daughter. We originally started with a tour but quickly broke off on our own. Tour was quite boring and mundane. Got to see both legislative branches and also got to see House of Representatives in session which was very cool. Beautiful building inside with a majestic ceiling and rotunda. Outside not... More 

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