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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 142 Attractions in Austin
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
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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 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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Grand Prairie, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

Our kids were amazed by the building alone and then even more awed by being allowed to roam around freely almost everywhere. It is a must do for any Austin and/or Texas trip. Luckily, the day we went, it was pretty empty so we took our time with everything. Also, it was a gorgeous day, and we spent just as... More

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Denver, Colorado
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014 NEW

The reddish Austin Capitol is much larger than the US Capitol, and in some ways, actually more attractive.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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53 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014 NEW

Had to visit the capitol for work in November during a freak cold snap (28 degrees at night). The building is absolutely huge! I've visited a number of state capitols across the country and this one seems to be one of the biggest. Don't forget to hit the Cloak Room Bar next to the Capitol. It's a political junkie's hangout.

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Los Angeles, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

Great for lovers of history, civics and architecture. Texans have a right to be proud of their state capital.

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Bracknell, United Kingdom
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48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

I suppose no first visit to Austin, the capital of Texas, would be complete, without a visit to the state capital. An impressive domed building, sitting on a hill, there are free tours and you learn a lot of Texas history, during the tour. Be advised, visitors must pass through airport style metal detectors and bags are x-rayed.

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UK
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

This was an unexpected gem. Free tours are very informative and the building inside and out has a definite 'wow' factor.

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Muscat, Oman
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

I've visited the Capitol twic throughout my time in U.S. I have to admit that it's beautiful in both winter and spring times. You can do a self-guide tour or be guided (normally they have a tour every 2 hours). The Capitol is full with stories and history. If you are into law and history I'm pretty sure you will... More

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Kensington, Maryland, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

This building has some cool photo ops and is very historic. You can take a self-guided tour or go around with one of the guides that will tell you about everything. Handicap accessible and has baby changing stations

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Ontario
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Interesting place. It was interesting to learn the unique aspects of Texas law making. There are short tours available, and a very open environment that lets you take a self guide visit. The underground building that was added to the State House is worth a visit.

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Syracuse, New York
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Picturesque capital building. Need to pass through metal detectors in order to tour building. Free. Guided and self-guided tours. Friendly staff. Gardens and sculptures outdoors on the grounds.

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