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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
Description: 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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If you get a chance make sure to do the free tour of the Capitol. It is a beautiful building filled with many pieces of TX history. Our tour guide was very good at his job with... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

If you get a chance make sure to do the free tour of the Capitol. It is a beautiful building filled with many pieces of TX history. Our tour guide was very good at his job with being funny and knowledgeable over everything we asked. The Capitol is huge and the grounds are gorgeous. At night the Capitol is lit... More 

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Glenrothes, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

Do yourself a favour and allow t least 1_2hrs for a visit to this amazing building as there is so much to see and it is free!

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Portland, Oregon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I wasn't planning to visit the Texas state capitol but it happened to be open as I was walking by one night. It's a beautiful building inside and out. I was there too late for a tour or to fully explore the interior, but I was able to roam around and admire the statues, portraits and dome. If you're looking... More 

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Elon College, North Carolina, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

What a beautiful building. I have heard everything is big in Texas well State Capitol is living proof. Not only is there three floors above ground but 3 floors below ground. This is architecture at its finest. This building is beautiful from top to bottom. You will have to go through security and metal detectors to enter. Then you are... More 

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful state house, but kind of boring. Maybe if you had a tour guide providing stories it would be more interesting. If you are on your own, you get portraits of governors and justices, and some paintings & statues of a few other historical Texas figures but no written background information. The state could put some explanations... More 

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Mobile, Alabama
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW via mobile

If you visit the Capitol, don't forget to visit the monuments on the grounds. There is a smaller statue of liberty, pearl harbor monument, school children of texas statues, Pioneer women's monument and many others. It is worth a walk around the complete building and grounds

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Greeley, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

This is a beautiful red granite structure. We got to see the House of Representatives in session. Go to the Capitol Visitor's Center first to plan your visit. Lots of info about the grounds and the capitol. Unfortunately, we did this backwards.

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Chicago, IL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Very beautiful piece or architecture in downtown Austin. Took a self tour ourselves but there were tours available every 15 minutes. Spent some time watching the Senate and House in action as they were both in session while we were there. Spent about two hours which is the perfect amount of time. Free two hour parking right near the capital

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Old Saybrook, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

Beautiful Building, Beautiful Grounds. Loved the pictures of the Governors on the walls, extremely clean and very well maintained

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Dallas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Went on tour with a group. The Capitol and the grounds were very well maintained and clean. Well appointed security upon entry and all over. The facility was surprisingly newer than I expected. Wide hallways, beautiful architecture. Love the photos of the workers who built it. Nice to see the framed photos of the everyday multi cultural workers be recognized... More 

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