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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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Beautiful building

Beautiful building with lots of history. Plenty of light and good tours to tell about the Capitol. Did not seem dreary like some capitols.

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Nashville, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful building with lots of history. Plenty of light and good tours to tell about the Capitol. Did not seem dreary like some capitols.

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Bozeman, Montana
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Looking up congress at the Capitol is really cool. The building itself is a great attraction if you're looking for historical points of interest.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

As beautiful as the building is to see in the daylight, make sure if possible to see it lit up at night. It looks like a different building both ways.

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Gretna Green, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful building well described by knowledgable guide. Fascinating historical insight not Texas. You visit the rotunda and the chambers.

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Barcelona, Spain
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

There are not many things to visit in Austin despite being a nice and quiet town and the most important is this....... I was here the summer of 2014.

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Otane, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This building is steeped in history. Take a guided tour and learn as much as you can. The photos I have come away with, I will treasure forever

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Enjoyed visiting the Texas Capitol. The architecture is beautiful. The ceiling of the dome is gorgeous. Enjoyed just taking our time looking around. The outside space around the Capitol was a great place to sit at a bench and enjoy. Had several benches around the property.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Wow! I thought it was amazing that you are able to see the State Capitol up close and personal. They also do a free tour every half hour that was very interesting and enlightening. They then allow you to wander the building at your leisure. If you like politics and history, this is your place. As well, checkout the Cafe.... More 

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There is currently refurb works taking place so there is scaffolding outside and the north entrance is closed. I entered thru west entrance. As usual you go thru security and a scanner but that's no hassle. The outside is very impressive. Inside its huge. It's not as ornate as others I have visited but it's certainly bigger. I did a... More 

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Whittier, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It is a beautiful and awe inspiring building set in a beautiful park. Although there was construction/restoration going on, it was still beautiful. The inside was awesome. Four floors with an outside balcony on each floor where you can look up and see the Texas Lone Star at the top of the dome. Everything is polished, clean, even though it... More 

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