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Address: Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: 512-463-0063
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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
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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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We toured the capital. The young lady that conducted the tour was very knowledgeable. We left knowing a lot more about Austin (and Texas) than we did when we arrived :-)

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Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We toured the capital. The young lady that conducted the tour was very knowledgeable. We left knowing a lot more about Austin (and Texas) than we did when we arrived :-)

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great, free tour. Guided tours provided, which was quite informative. The Capitol is beautiful - very well maintained. I would highly recommend.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Free detailed tour offered in the State Capitol. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and replied to all questions.

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Detroit, Michigan
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful building. I fell into a guided tour that was in progress, and the beautiful young lady giving the tour was SO proud to be a Texan, she made ME feel like one. A lot of very historic information was supplied, and the guide was SO sweet and pleasant. Took all questions excitedly, and her joy in the history of... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Just enjoyed seeing our State Capital for the first time & hanging out with family. Lots of foreigners & multi-cultural families as well, along with constant police patrol.

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Vaughan, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must see place in Austin, Texas. Very friendly staff explains and answers all questions related to this building, functions etc.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

All I can say is wow. This place is unbelievably huge and the detail is so much more than I expected. While I was visiting they had rattlesnake handlers in the court yard. Absolutely a great place to tour around in

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Canton of Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful state capitol, the guided tour was very informative. Also seen the folks promoting the rattlesnake roundup there and got to hold a real diamondback rattler!

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

beautiful building rich in Texas history. Very fun short tour and then you can "self guide" for as long as you like. Lots of interesting stories and amazing architecture. Great grounds with lots of art and cannons, sculptures and monuments! must see.

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Needham, Massachusetts, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An absolutely gorgeous building! Even if you don't have the time for a tour, well worth it, you should stand in the middle of the rotunda and appreciate the beauty of this building.

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