Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
4.5
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9:00 AM - 8:00 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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  • Jennifer P
    Fishers, Indiana30 contributions
    Capital visit
    Great way to spend an hour or two in Austin. Tour and entry was free. Guided tours occur every half hour. Elevators available for those who are unable to take the stairs. Wonderful old historic building and nice to learn a little Texas history.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 22, 2022
  • ronnie k
    Irving, Texas5 contributions
    Highlight of our trip
    Informational tours. our tour guide talked fast like a new Yorker Christmas Music in rotunda. Capitol Grille was bland but expensive. Made good use of the rainy day.
    Visited December 2022
    Written December 24, 2022
  • MS
    Kabul, Afghanistan236 contributions
    Awesome free and historic capital to tour for a few hours
    Visited in Dec’22 with family with young children. It’s free admission and limited free parking (for a couple of hours only). The building is beautiful and you are able to roam about pretty freely. Tons of security guards to answer questions along the way. There are plenty of persists from party governors and state figures and a nice big lawn outside. There also have elevators so it’s handicap accessible throughout but note we could only locate a ramp onto the building from the front entrance and only saw stairs in the rear. They have a capital grill and gift shop in the basement level as well. Great place to visit with family for a few hours.
    Visited December 2022
    Traveled with family
    Written December 29, 2022
  • Dewayne P
    Elizabethtown, Kentucky1,852 contributions
    Amazing capitol tour
    There is plenty of parking around the Capitol Building. I recommend starting at the Visitors Center before going over the Capitol itself. The grounds have several monuments and statues you can take in before going on either a guided or self-guided tour. Be advised you will go through security when entering. I took a guided tour, but the Senate and House Chambers were closed. Lots of neat information about Texas and the building was provided.
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 3, 2023
  • Shelbie Pleskonko
    Faribault, Minnesota38 contributions
    Must See Spot!
    Like they say, everything is bigger in Texas, and that is true, especially with the capital! Such a beautiful building inside and out, with so much history. I traveled to Austin with my mom, and we walked through as much of the building as we were allowed. So unique, and a must see if you are in Austin!
    Visited December 2022
    Written January 6, 2023
  • MASB
    Yorba Linda, California183 contributions
    Enlightening
    After visiting the capitol visitor center we went into the capitol and joined a free tour. The docent was engaging and knowledgeable. We had free access to most of the building. We learned more about the Alamo than we ever did in school. Great service to help enlighten people. Had lunch in their Capitol Grill.
    Visited January 2023
    Written January 27, 2023
  • Peter L
    6 contributions
    Capitol building - Austin
    Great to understand how Texas legislature works. Two bands playing in the Capitol building when we visited, one a jazz band the second a mariachi one. Brilliant. Excellent attraction where we also got to watch senators making decisions from the public gallery as in session. Highly recommend if you’re in Austin but join a free tour for the history as very informative.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written February 24, 2023
  • DraconFarms
    4 contributions
    Capitol visit
    This is one of the most amazing building I've ever seen in my life. The architecture and craftsmanship throughout the facility is breathtaking. What a magnificent display and a must see location for anyone visiting Texas or just a resident wanting to learn about more about their state.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written February 24, 2023
  • 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
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Lee A
Philadelphia, PA290 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
This is quite a large building filled with portraits of past governors and images of when Texas was a Republic. It was good to see the portrait of Ann Richards in the rotunda.
Written 8 December 2023
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Robert B
Annapolis Royal, Canada18 contributions
Nov 2023 • Business
Honestly I expected something different from Austin. Was excited to go, thought it would be a nice place to visit, and a mandatory business conference was held there so I went. The state capital building is pretty. The rest of the city is not much to speak of. It's dirty, there are enough drunk, drug addicted or mentally ill people asking for money that you might confuse it for San Francisco. It may have been different in the past, but it is a pretty left leaning city, if that's what floats your boat, have at it, not for me though. Extraordinarily expensive as well, the tourism industry bring lots of suckers with money to be extracted from, but if you are on a budget, hotels, Ubers, restaurants are more expensive than you might be prepared for. The human population seems to have emigrated from the streets of Portland Oregon. The music scene is not what I expected, more a show for tourists, most places are shady and creepy. There are some good food trucks and Banger's restaurant was a bright spot, and there are some fun places nearby, not much barbecue, one famous place had a 3-4 hour wait the whole time we were there, didn't see any cowboy hats or boots, except on several drunk women having a bachelorette party, if I had to do it over, I wouldn't go. If I want to go to Texas and have a nice time, I would probably to San Antonio.
Written 3 December 2023
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Steven B
3 contributions
Nov 2023 • Solo
First time to the state of Texas and loved it! This was my second stop on my trip and was blown away but how amazing the building was. On top of that the tour was really good by a guy called Gary. Made the tour interesting and would recommend any visitors to Austin or Texas to visit here for sure!
Written 29 November 2023
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada1,816 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
The State Capitol is very impressive, so much that I abandoned my walk on Congress Avenue to scurry to the State Capitol. There was no admission at the State Capitol, just a friendly security check at the south entrance, which is one of the very few friendly checks I have had at any US federal building.

The State Capitol was impressive, it had 4 levels, and I was permitted access to nearly every area. I enjoyed the grandness of the Rotunda, the House of Representatives and the Senate. I skipped the free tour, but did somewhat stay close in proximity just to hear what the tour guide had to say. The Texas State Capitol is a must visit while you are in Austin!
Written 21 November 2023
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OnTheRoadAgain8180
Gardiner, ME405 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
Like most things in Texas, the Capitol is a big facility, particularly if you include the basement with Texan Medal of Honor recipients on display. We did a guided tour and our guide (Gary) was great - lots of information presented in an interesting and fun manner. Most interesting was the rotunda itself, the Senate, history and background on some of the prominent paintings and history on key figures such as Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston and Davy Crockett. A very worthwhile and enjoyable hour at the Capitol.
Written 14 November 2023
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China159,199 contributions
Sep 2023 • Solo
In addition to the State Capital, an imposing and fairly remarkable Texas Sunset Red Granite building, the capital grounds are surrounded by footpaths, small gardens and malls to the north and south with numerous monuments scattered throughout. Additional historic buildings can be viewed just south and southwest of the capital grounds such as the Governor's Mansion and the Old Baker and Emporium building.

In the southwest section of the capital grounds is the Visitor Centre which is located in the old Land Records building. This makes for a good stop if you want to learn a bit of history around the establishment, settlement and early history related to formation of administration and government in the State of Texas.

All together, there is at least a couple hours of good sightseeing. Note that there is free (2 hr) parking in the Capital Visitors Parking Garage directly east of the capital grounds.
Written 9 November 2023
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Ace5150
Nuneaton, UK98 contributions
Oct 2023 • Solo
Visited this iconic and beautiful building with high hopes after spending the previous morning viewing the beautiful monuments in its magnificent grounds.
There is a security clearance to go through and the no-nonsense armed guards, whilst looking intimidating, are really nice and friendly.
Once you pass through, you are able to explore the corridors of power and absorb the atmosphere. Great portraits of some very iconic Governors of Texas, including future US President George Bush.
Great photo opportunities, some great museum type exhibits too.
Overall, a fascinating place that for me, a limey, REALLY enjoyed.
An absolute pleasure visiting.
Written 4 November 2023
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David C
Schaumburg, IL11 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
Very good tour - and free! Tour guide did a great job, and you can continue on your own afterward to see whatever you want within the buillding.
Definitely a must do when visiting Austin.
Written 18 October 2023
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mshapiro99
Sterling, VA1,130 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Happened to drive by the State Capitol on a recent visit to Austin ... what a magnificent building, on well kept grounds! Worth a drive by, or if you have more time, park and walk the grounds! Beautiful!
Written 12 October 2023
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j m
7 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
We took some of the grandkids on a Texas history tour and started with the state capitol. We've been a dozen times and it is always interesting. The tour guide was very knowledgeable and engaging. Could not have been better.
Written 6 October 2023
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