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“Go When the Texas Legislature is in Session”

Texas State Capitol
Ranked #10 of 348 things to do in Austin
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed April 19, 2013

The Texas Legislature begins meeting on the second Tuesday in January of odd numbered years and continues for 140 days. This is the best time to visit the Capitol. It is interesting to see the House and Senate in action. For the first 3 or so months of the session, the House and Senate meet Monday through Wednesday (or Thursday). The House generally begins meeting at 10:00 am and the Senate at 11:00 am. They may only meet a couple of hours during the early part of the session, but beginning around mid-April, both chambers may meet for extended periods and will also meet on Fridays (as well as the weekends in May). You can go to the second floor gallery to watch the action. It is best to sit in seats on the North or South in order to see people, who will be recognized by the Legislature (e.g. Doctor of the Day, Minister of the Day, etc.).

You can also attend a committee hearing. All hearings are open to the public and you are allowed to go in and out of the hearing room at any time. For a schedule of hearings, go to the Capitol homepage: http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/ and look for the link on the left hand side for "committee meetings".

The tour is wonderful and will highlight the interesting architectural features and history of the building. It lasts about 30 minutes.

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Reviewed April 19, 2013

Take the free tour as a minimum. If you're not a Texas or history buff, that will most likely be the extent of your visit but it introduces you to the massive building and provides a little background. The surrounding grounds are also nice to walk around and the capitol itself is easily walkable from downtown hotels and restaurants; walk 1/3 of mile south on Congress and you're standing in the middle of 6th Street.

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Reviewed April 18, 2013

We were amazes at he pink Texas granite. Both the Senate and the House were in session so we sat in for a while in the gallery. Some heated debated on the Houston Port Authority was happening in the Senate. the Capitol tour was well worth the wait and was free. Parking can be a little difficult but if you can park in the state garage it makes things a lot easier. Street parking is pretty expensive.

Thank S K
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Reviewed April 17, 2013

The State Capitol was an interesting visit even for a non-resident. I took a public our that lasted about 30 minutes which was quite informative, with a friendly and professional tour guide.

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Reviewed April 16, 2013

Unless you are a Texas history buff, it is worht only a short visit to see the sight. Nice grounds, interesting building (everything in Texas is bigger)

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