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Address: Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701
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07:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 20:00
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 building

I love government buildings, so there's my bias. This is a great old building with lots of rich history and culture. The basement was the most fun. The elected officials have... read more

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Alberta
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love government buildings, so there's my bias. This is a great old building with lots of rich history and culture. The basement was the most fun. The elected officials have pictures of their kids the government photos. Being in Texas I was surprised to see how long ago they first elected a woman and in particular how long ago... More 

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Pretoria, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We did the Christmas tour of the Capitol. Our guide was very well informed and was able to answer all our questions. Everything in the Capitol is clean and looked after. Love the way they preserve Texan history best as possible

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful building, lots of interesting history. Really enjoyed walking around and seeing the Christmas trees. Knowledgeable tour guides.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We live in Austin and the Capitol is one of our stops on the tours we give guests who come to visit. It is an exceptionally beautiful building (and grounds) and provides a fair bit of TX history. It's at one end of Congress Avenue, which is the Main Street through downtown Austin leading ultimately to Lady Bird Lake, a... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

You can wander through on your own, but the guided tour is about an hour and shares so much of the history and little tips about the art and design that you would almost certainly overlook if someone didn't tell you. If you have children, don't miss the second part of the tour - the detached visitors center.

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Newark, mossouri, USA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Cool experience at the State Capitol. Went to the State Senate that was pretty cool. Stood in the middle and looked up and thought I had vertigo. Cool experience and free. Well worth going.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We started our scavenger hunt here that we bought on Groupon- I would suggest it as it led us to places near by that we wouldn't have found otherwise :) It's a neat building with a lot of history and beautiful grounds!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Fun visit, would highly recommend getting on the tour if they are offered when you visit. They add tons of detail you wouldn't know otherwise!

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Annandale, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Texas State Capitol, which is open to all, is a joy to tour. I recommend starting at the visitor's center and joining one of the guided tours, which take you through highlights. You can then explore some other sights, have a bite to eat, or head out to another museum. You are amid a wealth of history.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A very well-maintained and beautiful Capitol Building with a dome higher than the US Capital Building....what else would you expect in Texas. Take the tour. Also, they have a great cafeteria if you're there at lunch time.

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