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Address: Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: 512-463-0063
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: No

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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Came to understand why Texans are proud!

Impressive capital building. Beautiful architecture - be sure to ask about the "reverse rotunda" an open air circular space. A good tour guide will reveal little known... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Bozeman, Montana

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Bozeman, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Impressive capital building. Beautiful architecture - be sure to ask about the "reverse rotunda" an open air circular space. A good tour guide will reveal little known historical facts of Texas.

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Surfside Beach, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

What a beautiful building. The outside is limestone hole he inside is granite. The woodwork is ornate and it is very clean. I liked that we had to put all our belongings and ourselves through security. Too bad it has to be this way, but I felt safe, especially with the armed guards roaming about.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The Texas State Capitol is a beautiful building on some really nice grounds. They have a number of different free tours running through the day, and there's no need to sign up or anything (just show up). We took the basic tour of the building, and they covered most of the main things you'd want to see. Worth a stop.

Thank swearengen
Brookings, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is by far the best Capitol I've been to. There are Texas Stars everywhere! From the chandeliers to the door hinges. Someone put a lot of detail into the design of this beautiful building!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We went just at dusk when the light was playing off the building....walked around the outside and went inside. Walked up two levels to view the floor from up above. Beautiful portraits of all governors. Lovely place.

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College Park, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The state capital is beautiful and has a lot of history to be seen. If you can, take the tour! Our tour guide was awesome and kept us laughing the whole time!

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I assumed that in order to visit the State Capitol you would need to be accompanied by a guide. This isn't the case; once you walk past security, you are able to take yourself on a self-guided tour, using the brochure that you can pick up in the visitor's center that shows the major highlights. It's a beautiful building and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Fantastic trip can't wait to go again. Lots to see and do and most of it free. Go to the zoo it's fantastic

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Pleased that one can just wander around the Capital building, or take a guided tour if the timing is right. Enjoyed tracking the history through the potraits of past governors and Presidents. Best photo op near sunset. The red marble is gorgeous.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

This was a very interesting place to visit. I don't know a great deal about American history, but the friendly tour guides (free service) were enthusiastic, knowledgeable and friendly. It is a very beautiful building and well worth a visit.

Thank janej85

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