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State Capitol

Address: Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
Phone Number: 512-463-0063
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Government buildings, Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Sights & 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: Government buildings, Historic sites, Architectural buildings, Sights & 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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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

There is so much history in the great state of Texas, The tour is fantastic and you get a lot of information. After the tour, walk around and absorb it all.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW via mobile

We spent a couple hours on a rainy afternoon in Austin at the state capital. It is a beautiful building with interesting architecture, fabulous woodwork and many historical artifacts including pictures of every president and governor of Texas on the walls of several floors of the rotunda. The dome and library are impressive. Visitors have access to the state Senate,... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The capitol of Texas has a special place in my heart as I used to spend many a late night (When I was at UT) roaming the halls. Back in the early 80's it was open all night. We used to walk over and walk the halls and look down from the different floors of the rotunda or even lay... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

the lighting of this structure is wonderful and the interior is a treat to stand in the rotund and gaze upwards is a powerful experience

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

The capitol building is very open and really neat to see. The architecture is lovely. If you are strolling around the downtown area it is worth a trip up the hill.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We were nearby and stopped in to look around. I recommend that others do the same if they're nearby, at the Bullock Museum, for instance. Maybe not worth a special trip, unless one is a Texan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

beautiful both day and night, well kept grounds, lovely to bike or walk throughout (though the biking was quite lovely). beautifully lit up a night - I'd recommend a quick stop both in the day and at night!

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Scotia, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

I like to go at night. It is open and well lit and you can climb all the stairs below the dome to see the galleries of portraits of the governors - a lot of history. Get there before nine before they close the legislative chambers.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

My niece and I spent the morning here learning about Texas. The Visitor's Center has lots of information to take in too. Absolutely take the tour. Must do with the kids!

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Sarasota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

At the time of its construction it was the fourth largest public structure in the USA and it is still very impressive. There are free guided tours and you can visit the House and the Senate whether in session or not.

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