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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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Dallas, Texas
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145 reviews 145 reviews
33 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

If you have the time. Take the guided tour,its about 45min, learned a little bit about Texas history. See how many state star you can find. There are many portraits of people who contributed to the founding of Texas and past Governors.

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Granbury, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

The building is gorgeous! From the "Texas Seal" doorknobs to the seal at the top of the dome. Once you enter, empty your pockets, walk through the metal detector, gather your belongings and explore! As mentioned by others, a tour is available or take the self-guided route. Most importantly, check out all the things just North of the building: Texas... More

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6 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Can't believe it took me 36 years to visit the capital, but I finally did. It's absolutely beautiful. My friend and I took a tour on a recent visit to Austin. It was very informative and a history refresher. It's beautiful, inside and out. Definitely, a must see if you are in Austin!!

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London, United Kingdom
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

this is a wonderful building with free tour guide - it was amazing to see the "state Star" in almost everything

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Houston, Texas
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23 reviews 23 reviews
6 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

We only spent an hour or so here as the kids had had enough of sight seeing after walking around town. Entrance was free and there was a free guided tour of half an hour or so. The tour guide was very entertaining but as the group was big he was difficult to understand at times. We will visit the... More

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Pike Road, AL
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Austin's state capital and grounds are a nice short stop. The grounds feature different statues placed throughout the past 150 years and are interesting in themselves. The building is just beautiful and unique. You will go through metal detectors like the airport so be prepared for that. You can take a self guided tour (brochures there) or a free tour... More

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San Antonio, Texas
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

Warning!!!! Do not bring children if you want to see more. The grounds are neat and clean. I would bring a picnic to have on the grounds. Lots of tree shade. You can watch the birds and squirrels. You will go through a security checkpoint so be ready. The best part in the inside dome. We also saw the House... More

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Houston, Texas
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

A great Austin visit started with a tour of our state capitol. Parking is nearby and the first two hours are free! The capitol grounds are beautiful. We certainly enjoyed the ability to walk around freely.

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Reston, Virginia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Wow! Very impressive building and grounds. I'm from VIrginia and our Capitol is a bit smaller. I love the fact that visitors are free to explore the building at leisure, without oversight and badgering. It is indeed the peoples' Capitol.

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austin
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39 reviews 39 reviews
5 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This really is a beautiful building using Texas materials and great architectural details. Well worth a visit and going through security to see it. Even the new underground section is worth a look, and the gift shop in that section has some nice quality souvenirs.

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