Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
4.5
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7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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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  • Cathyk455
    Brunswick, Georgia101 contributions
    Beautiful!
    If you are in the Austin area don't miss a visit to the beautiful State Capitol! The grounds are lovely and the capital building is very accessible and those Texans love to show it off for good reason! Its filled with awesome art, and everything Texas. We actually started to count all the stars on literally everything!
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 1, 2023
  • lithlith
    885 contributions
    Texas State Capitol
    The Texas State Capitol is free to visit and there are parking ramps within a few blocks away. There is construction right now around the capitol building, but signage directing where to enter. We visited on a Sunday morning with very few other visitors around. We just wandered around taking it all in and then were on our way. Spend as much or as little time as you like, for us it was 15-20 minutes.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 5, 2023
  • livinglifetothefull1
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom898 contributions
    Free tour excellent.
    We parked for free for two hours in the visitor parking lot. Joined a free tour run by Tweed - lovely man who went through the history of the building and how it operates. We learnt loads. The grounds are interesting to walk round too with various statues.
    Visited March 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 11, 2023
  • Annelise L
    7 contributions
    Wonderful FREE experience to learn about Austin and Texas history
    I took the free tour and Lezlie was absolutely wonderful and informative. I was surprised by how much of the capital we were actually able to access. The original furniture and architecture is absolutely incredible and it was just a really fun thing to do. I absolutely recommend especially for those traveling on a budget
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 20, 2023
  • cathy t
    Graniteville, South Carolina21 contributions
    Beautiful architecture and history lies inside this massive building.
    From the beautiful grounds and walkways to statues around the building we were in awe. The Capitol building is massive and built with marble - wood fitting the size of the building. The tour takes you from the front to the rotunda and onto the Senate and House floors. Interesting bits of history was shared by our guide. She was truly interesting to follow and listen. She also guided us to the underground area of offices, the grill. And the gift shop. Of course we bought a few souvenirs. Then on our way. Plan on 45 -minutes to an hour and it’s worth every minute you have. Tours every day and every 30 mins. Free to visit and they do have elevators and restrooms.
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written April 12, 2023
  • Adam T
    York, United Kingdom881 contributions
    Friendly tour
    We were under the impression that the free tours would run every half an hour, but when we got there through the short wait for security the sign said the next one wasn’t for another hour and a half. According to one of the officers on security, school groups or large tours sometimes reserve entire tours, so be warned that there’s a chance you might not get on a tour when you’re expecting. We ended up waiting and going for a coffee in the canteen while our baby slept (which was a little soulless, but then nobody is coming specifically for that). When the time came we met back upstairs in the south lobby where we entered, and were part of a massive group of people waiting for the free tour. Our guide (didn’t catch her name, but a very friendly small black lady) was very hard to understand for the first two stops as her very thick African accent just echoed around the massive atrium. Things got a bit better after this point though, and she made a big fuss of our baby. While there were elevators in the building so getting a buggy through was no problem, after I’d carried it up 3 steps into the senate room (as a short few steps was easy), she said ‘oh you’re fine with stairs then with the stroller?’. I assumed she meant it would just be another set of 3 stairs, so said yes, and she proceeded to take us down about 3 full flights, which wasn’t ideal. Overall though the tour was interesting and it was far better walking around with a group and guide for 45 minutes than trying to do a self-guided tour, and definitely worth a stop if you’re in Austin.
    Visited March 2023
    Written April 17, 2023
  • Tanner L
    123 contributions
    A Definite Must See!
    We visited the Texas State Capitol while in Austin and it was a very good experience. We did the self guided tour with a tour map on our own. It was pretty easy to find all of the rooms and walk up the many monumental steps of the Capitol. There is free Capitol parking in a parking garage very close by for up to two hours free (I believe)! There is a map for inside the Capitol as well as for outside the Capitol. We loved visiting this monumental building!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 5, 2023
  • Jullie C
    Apex, North Carolina394 contributions
    Beautiful Capital, One of the largest in the nation!
    The pink hues of this capital are beautiful. The six flags of the state of TX are on display front and center on the capital for all to see. Interestingly this is also the name of the states large theme park. Had fun taking a lot of photos of this pretty historical structure.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 18, 2023
  • 1mo-traveler
    Saint Louis, Missouri98 contributions
    Dazzling views of the rotunda and dome.
    Best and worst thing is the architecture. Dazzling in its layout, but, horrible in acoustics and one's motility. The tour guide reminded me of John (Motormouth) Moschitta although the former was quite knowledgeable of the Capitol. Unfortunately he was hindered by echoing reverberations in the entrance and rotunda areas. The steps should include warning signs of the dangers of the last step in at least two areas, at least by this traveler. I recommend the elevators, despite them being located it what might be perceived as the entrance to the ladies room. The rotunda was spectacular and the floor design memorable. Think of the origin of the Six Flags Theme Parks. View of the dome from the underground floor unique. Gift shop prices reasonable.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
  • drbeth2020
    Redwood City, California2 contributions
    A must see
    Interesting tour with docent. Very historical and informative. Entered both chambers since congress was not in session at that time. Grounds are lovely but it was too hot to walk through them and enjoy it. My teenager enjoyed it.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 25, 2023
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Vicki A
98 contributions
Feb 2020
It is well worth your time to visit the state capitol while you're in Austin. Admission is free, and you can walk around freely or take a guided tour. Learn about how the state government works, sit in the galleries, and see pictures of every governor that has served.
Written March 7, 2020
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Jim K
161 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
We went in expecting to just have a look at the entrance hall, but ended up on the 30 minute guided tour which was genuinely interesting, expertly led by our guide (I think she was called Nancy) and gave access to both the chambers inside the building, where all the senators and congressmen and women sit (surprisingly rarely, I should add!). Definitely worth waiting for a tour and best of all, it's completely free. Maybe not so interesting for younger kids, but definitely recommend for adults with even a vague passing interest in US history.
Written February 17, 2020
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Barbara A
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa369 contributions
Jul 2019
When we googled the State Capitol we were not quite sure what to expect but decided to make a stop to learn more about the history of Texas. It was worth the visit and would recommend it on a lovely summer day so that you can take a walk around the beautiful gardens and have a look at the different statues that are outside. The building itself is so well maintained and all the furniture is in pristine condition. I was impressed and enjoyed a self guided walk. It looked like there were guided tours as well.
Written May 13, 2020
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gayleglg32
Hillsboro, OR54 contributions
Jan 2020
First as you approach the building make sure to stop and appreciate the bronze statues which give a brief look into the history of this state. Then take the time to view the capitol building from all sides before entering this wonderful piece of architecture. It is so impressive! We then took the 30 minute free tour of the building. The guides are very knowledgeable and offer both a look into the past when Texas became it's own republic and then a look at the current state and it's legislative process. We were so impressed we decided to visit the building and take the tour twice to get a different perspective from each guide. During the week you will finish to tour in the newest addition to the building which is housed under ground level. This addition cannot been seen from the street level but there are skylights that give this part an open feel. Well worth about 2/3 hours of exploration. I loved the idea of their service to the government, their legislative structure and their respect for their history all housed in a stunning building!
Written February 4, 2020
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Ray A
Tonbridge, UK47 contributions
Mar 2020
Started off with a small group tour by Tony, who was incredibly well informed about all aspacts of history,. From there we explored on our own and visited the restaurant for a rest break and then later forlunch, it was very reasonably priced.

There is something for everyone here..
Written March 5, 2020
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david e
Albany, NY4 contributions
Feb 2020 • Business
We were headed downtown from our hotel outside of the city and our Uber driver asked us if we’d ever been to the Capital Building in Austin before and we said no. He told us that it was really interesting so we decided what the heck and had him drop us off right out front. We happened to walk in just in time to catch a tour that was getting ready to leave. There’s no admission and the walking tour is free so we were happy right from the get go. Our tour guide, Bill, was a nice gentleman who gave us a great tour of the building and filled us with tons of info about the Capital and of Austin and Texas. We couldn’t have been more pleased with the whole experience and would recommend this to anyone visiting Austin.
Written February 29, 2020
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Cachims
Sacramento, CA225 contributions
Jan 2020 • Friends
The capital building is pretty cool and you can self tour or join a guide for a 30 minute session learning covering the rotunda, house chamber, senate chamber, courts and resource library. Large grounds with multiple monuments from the Civil War through WWII. Street parking on Congress Ave is easy. Take a walk on 6th Street (4 blocks) and grab a drink and some food.
Written January 20, 2020
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Josie679
New Jersey89 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We loved visiting the Texas State Capital and learning about the history of the state, the legislators, and the building by our knowledgeable tour guide. Our guide was an older man who was a former professor & works in the building. He gave such a great animated tour and made it very enjoyable.
Written February 6, 2020
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ransom007
Anaheim, CA1,206 contributions
Dec 2019
The Capitol Visitor Parking Garage allows 2 hour of parking for free. As you enter the Capitol building there is airport-like security screening. There are free tours available. If you decide to walk about the building on your own the signage is poor, but employees seem very eager to be of assistance. There is dining available and there is also a gift shop.
Written January 19, 2020
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Ruth R
Detroit, MI161 contributions
Feb 2020
We have been here several times. It is beautiful and the dome is amazing. Well worth the effort in finding a parking place. If you come in December, they do have a one day concert of tubas of all sizes. The players are of all ages and they toot out Christmas carols like you have never before heard.
Written March 12, 2020
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