When I lived in Austin, I would go to the capitol pretty regularly, but I've never actually gone inside. It was my favorite place to go for a picnic. The grounds are a magnificent place to sit under a tree and people watch. It's shady enough that even if it's 100 degrees outside, you won't feel like you're dying.
My absolute favorite part of the capitol is all the squirrels that live there. Take a loaf of bread with you and get their attention, and soon you will feel like you're a Disney princess. They will even come up and eat out of your hand if you play your cards right.More