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State Capitol

Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
512-463-0063
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As featured in Daytrips from San Antonio
Ranked #7 of 180 attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Melbourne
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

The gardens are lovely and the best time to see the gardens and take a photo or two is around 7-8pm in Summer. Don't forget to head around the back of the capitol which is worth seeing as well. Inside is nice, but outside is better.

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Lewisville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW via mobile

This was my first visit to the State Capitol. I was very impressed! It's amazing how Texans take such pride in their state. Take advantage of the free guided tours offered every thirty minutes. You'll learn quite a bit of Texas history in such a short time. If you come to Austin, please stop by and see why Texas is... More

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Bastrop, Texas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The State Capitol is one of Texas' greatest treasures. Not only is history made here: the artwork, statuary, and architectural marvels of its many halls and publicly-accessible areas are testament to liberty, lofty ideals, and dedication to excellence in a pristinely clean, safe, and family-friendly atmosphere. Tours are available, but just ambling around is a fun adventure. The outer grounds... More

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dublin, ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We just took some pictures. It's one of the main places to see in Austin so we did picture taking as well as admire the way it was built.

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This Capitol is open late so no rush which was nice. True to Texas the capitol building is very large and a little extra time helped. Looking up towards the skylight will give you pause to think about the labor and design. The grounds coming up the hill (lots of things are up the hill in Austin) were vibrant green... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

This is the main attraction in Austin and situated in the Austin Downtown. You can go there to see the impressive architecture and to understand the history of Texas. Downtown is just walkable from here.

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Wylie, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My family and I love spending time at the Capital of Texas. Such a historic place and the construction is just fabulous. The detail put into the door hinges, the fact that it is three feet taller than our nations capital just makes it that much sweeter. We take a picnic lunch and just eat on the grounds, watch the... More

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Visiting the State Capitol will not only please your architectural taste, but also will give you the excursion into the history of the state.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Excellent historic building. Easy access and free. Lots of monuments in the grounds that are worth viewing. Impressive interior with House of Representatives,committee rooms, the dome and the governor 's office. All walkable.

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Terrell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

Just visited again. Had been a few years since last visit, and our kids are older now. They enjoyed the "old stuff" even if the younger ones still don't quite understand all of it. One of the tour guides let is go behind the desk to see the old vault, which is now their break room. I thought it was... More

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