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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 #8 of 183 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

We did not take the tour, as I was not patient enough, but we did go all through the public areas. It was fun and informative. You can no longer go into the dome, but it was still fun to view. There is an historical tour that starts on the steps that was very cool. It is free and can... More

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Jacksonville, Florida
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28 reviews 28 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

The building is stately and beautiful. It sits high on the high you can't help but think of the U.S. Capitol building.

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Miller Place, New York
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45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

What an impressive building full of rich history. A tour is FREE and recommended. They are frequently scheduled throughout the day. The grounds are open to the public and are beautifully maintained. It is a must see.

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Austin, Texas
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

If you have not been to the capital before then you must go. It is great to walk around during the day and take a tour of the building. There is a lot to learn and see or you can just relax out on the grass.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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59 reviews 59 reviews
32 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

This was a much more enjoyable experience than the capitol tour in DC; there is such a rich history in this building and it is laid out and maintained so well. The tour guide was very well versed in his knowledge of Texas history; it was a very informative tour. I would do this again next time I am in... More

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Clearwater, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We hit the capital on a whim and were surprised it was free and there was a free tour guide. It was much more interesting than I thought.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Nice to be able to walk around this impressive building for free. We read lots of great information about it before hand in the visitor centre which helped a lot.

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Columbus, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

Loved all the history at the Capitol! Take the tour to learn more intimate details! Should only take you 1+ hour at most. Well worth the time.

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Dripping Springs, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The art and architecture of this building sets it apart from the many sate capitols I have visited. The pink granite is a wonderful deviation from the typical white marble typically used. The story of getting it from Marble Falls to Austin is interesting. The Victorian mill work decorating the interior is exceptional--as are the two main chambers and many... More

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Saint Albans, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

I took one of the free guided tours that leaves every 15 minutes from the entrance to the Capitol building. The tours last about 40 minutes and give a good overview of the history of Austin as well as the building itself. There is a map from which you can lead yourself on a tour, but I don't think I... More

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