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State Capitol

Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
512-463-0063
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Ranked #7 of 143 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: If it's in Texas, it must be bigger and better. That is the motto...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
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.
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Ridge, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

This building is arguably the most beautiful in Austin, especially at night. Such a unique coloring of the stone. Although i did not take a tour of the inside it is on my list if i ever return.

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Lexington, South Carolina
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

Magnificent building, totally open and accessible to the public. You don't need a guide or wait for a tour, just come on in. Check out the beautiful craftsmanship of the walls, ceiling etc. Don't forget to look closely at the hand made brass accents on the doors and shutters. This building is a true tribute to this great state and... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

We Texans are a very proud folk. Our beautiful State Capitol is a tribute to a place our forefathers fought and died for, once a country in its own right; The Republic of Texas. Our capitol is simply one of the many Texas treasures we would like to share with you whether you are a native of our fine state,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

Walked right in and joined the free tour. Our guide was excellent and it was a fantastic 30 minute Texas history lesson.

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Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014 NEW

This capital building is one of the best (up there with the Madison, Wisconsin Capitol). The veterans memorial is very beautiful. The wood work and the marble inside he Capitol building is amazing. The historical representation for Texas is outstanding.

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Marbleton, Wyoming
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Spending only one day in Austin we decided to visit the capitol. So glad we did! Our 5 and 10 y/o boys enjoyed it. The wife and I enjoyed hearing the history and see all marvelous architecture. The grounds are beautiful and the visitor center is full of fun historical displays. Take the tour and spend some time exploring the... More 

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Edmonton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

I visited State Capitol around 6:30pm on Wednesday. Since it was December, they placed a huge Christmas tree in chamber. Excellent architecture. I especially enjoyed the view of the dome at center of state capitol. If you stay at downtown Austin, I would recommend to visit State Capitol. It is easy 15 min walking from downtown.

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Lanai, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014 NEW

If architecture is a passion of yours, a visit to this gorgeous capitol will be a treat for you. Certainly there are no buildings like this being built anywhere as it will simply cost too much money. You will be in awe on every level. Take the time to go up towards the cupola and view all the Governor paintings... More 

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Swindon, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

Fantastic monuments in the grounds with lots of information on the plaques. Take time to enjoy these. The building itself is so good to walk round. Each room is full of history, paintings and helpful staff. Amazingly this attraction is free and you can walk around on your own. We ate in the cafe and it was nice to sit... More 

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Miami, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 NEW

Beautiful building with a very interesting history. Take a tour and find out an interesting aspect of the building and its grounds not otherwise readily available.

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