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Texas History-a Capitol Idea

Austin Does History with a Swagger
Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 1.5 miles
Duration: Half day
Family Friendly

Overview:  You would be hard pressed to find a state prouder of its heritage, flag and stubborn independence than the state of Texas. The Lone... more »

Tips:  Tips: Austin's weather is unpredictable-except for summer when it is HOT. Austin has an average of 111 days when temperatures are... more »

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Points of Interest

A 35-foot tall Lone Star bronze sculpture marks the spot of the state history museum. Three floors of interactive exhibits help tell the story of the history of Texas. See the signature large-format film, "Texas: The Big Picture" in the city's only IMAX theatre housed inside the museum. Children will especially enjoy the special effects show, "The... More

Before visiting the Capitol, be sure to stop by The Capitol Visitors Center. Built in 1856-57, the three-story building is the oldest state office building in Texas. It resembles a castle, reflecting the mid-19th century mock-medieval revival style.

It's staffed by friendly gallery assistants who can answer any questions you may have about the... More

Texans are proud to boast that "Everything's bigger in Texas"-perhaps not everything, but the State Capitol certainly is, measuring 15 feet higher than the US Capitol in Washington.

Architect Elijah E. Myers, who also designed the Michigan and Colorado state Capitols, won an 1881 competition with his Neo-Renaissance design. The structural... More

In 1854, Austin master builder Abner Cook won the $14,500 contract to build a "suitable residence" for the governor of Texas.

Fashioned in the popular Greek Revival style, Cook included many features he also used in homes built for other prominent Austinites. Look for Cook's "X-and-Stick" trademark balustrades. Floor-length windows and a wide... More

5. Angelina Eberly Statue

When Texas Rangers came in the middle of the night to abscond with the government archives to take them to Houston, innkeeper Angelina Eberly took action. Armed with the town cannon she towed down to the corner of 6th and Congress, Angelina fired it, waking the townspeople and blowing a hole in the General Land Office Building. The crowd chased... More

Built in 1886 by a cattle baron aiming to impress, more than 100 years later the Driskill's columned lobby, marble floors and stained glass dome still do.

Saved from a wrecking ball in 1969 by the Heritage Society of Austin, the Driskill is the perfect place to unwind after your history tour. Sip a cool beverage in the Bar while listening to soul... More

Sunset means it's time to take flight...if you're a bat living in Austin under the Congress Avenue Bridge. From March til November, 1.5 million Mexican free-tailed bats call the bridge home, nesting in the groves that were created in a 1980 restoration of the bridge.

Best viewing months are July and August, when the new-born pups began their... More