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Address: Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701
Phone Number: 512-463-0063
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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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Cool place to visit while you're in Austin

Beautiful building and grounds. Lot's of TX history. Right in the middle of downtown. Lots of restaurants and hotels within a short drive or walking distance if it's not too... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful building and grounds. Lot's of TX history. Right in the middle of downtown. Lots of restaurants and hotels within a short drive or walking distance if it's not too hot.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We recently had out of town company and wanted to do something special with them. Since school was just about to begin, we decided to do a history tour which all involved would enjoy. The Texas Capitol is beyond any other we have ever visited. There is so much history inside of it's walls and everyone we encountered was very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I try to visit our capital every time I'm in Austin. It is a beautiful building, regardless to political ideology. Every Texan should make this pilgrimage once in their lifetime, or twice when they need to voice their opinion. It was sad to see State Troopers carrying military-styled weapons, but in this generation, the need exists.

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Buda, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

There is so much history in Austin! This is a beautiful state building full of great artifacts and beautiful grounds to explore it's free to the public so why not go and see for your self? A great place to let the little ones run Since it's fenced! A lot of squirrels will come very close to you a great... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I really liked this building. It's full of interesting history and artitecture. We arrived just in time for a tour and the guide was extremely knowledgable. For Brits, we found the politics particularly interesting and the fantastic painting of the alamo. It is a very beautiful building and a huge source of pride and it is clear to see why.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

You can schedule a tour or go in and wander around. I learn something new every time we go. The cafe inside has good food or you can pack a lunch and eat on the lawn.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Beautiful, historic, must see! Take the guided tour to get the most out of your visit. Not really recommended for families with very young children. The grounds are beautiful as well. Recommend springtime visit timed along with seeing The Bluebonnets - state flower!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Worth a stop when in Austin. You can wander around alone or go on a tour for free. It's a huge building! The grounds are nice as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First off this is free. You can join a guided tour or go on your own. The view of the ceiling is outstanding from the floor, The hall of governors is interesting. There is a café and a gift shop. You can use the stairs or the elevator. Take some time. Enjoy the visit. You can even walk into the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Spent a couple of hours there on a rainy Monday. They have guided tours but I just walked around. Lots to see and very historical.

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