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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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I was impressed with the outside of the building and the great sculptures on the grounds. The inside woodwork was beautiful, and the view of the dome inside was amazing. A great... read more

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Mechanicsville, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was impressed with the outside of the building and the great sculptures on the grounds. The inside woodwork was beautiful, and the view of the dome inside was amazing. A great way to spend some time in Austin!

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La Porte
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is my 3rd visit to the Capitol and each time I am impressed. Parking was very easy, just parked in a lot across the street. The grounds are beautiful with historic markers placed around. Did not have to wait to go into the Capitol. A brief scan before they let you in but you can walk all over this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Wow the capitol in Austin is huge. Beutiful and impressive. There are a lot of parking spaces on the streets in front of the capitol. Within a few minutes, you're in the park in front of the massive building. We were very surprised that an attraction like this was for free. You can stroll around the whole building without any... More 

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Austin, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the places to visit if you're in Austin, TX, as it's where the Legislature meets for its sessions. If you're there during the week and they happen to meet, you could witness government in action. The building is impressive with its high ceilings, and the neat thing to do is do stand under the dome and take a... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

In Wisconsin people are allowed to camp at our state capitol for free. And then they,proceed to destroy the facility because when they don't get they want does not work with there little one sided minds. It costs law abiding tax payers a lot of money. Sorry it is what it is !!

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Florence, South Carolina
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a must see! Beautiful grounds and must visit inside. The rotunda is gorgeous! Wood furniture is beautiful. Brass decor even the door hinges were engraved brass! You can climb stairs and look from the top dome into the inter court. You can visit the House and Senate Chambers!

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I have visited the state capitol about 10 times in my life. I am always impressed by the architecture and attention-to-detail. My son loved the portraits of governors.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you are a Texan, you will be so proud of the friendliness of the workers (both paid and the volunteers) at the Capitol. We went on one of the guided 30 minute tours and it was clear that they love their jobs. I had asked where my Representative's office was, and they provided that information without hesitation. We went... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although like most public buildings one has to go through a metal detector, it's worth it, the building is spectacular and very well kept - lots of information and tours available as well.

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Austin, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Take the tour instead of looking on your own. Both are worth while but some much more history in the former.

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