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Texas State Capitol

Texas State Capitol

Capitol Building and Historic and Protected Site
Downtown Austin, Austin
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    Angela S.
    "Lovely grounds to just hang out on and relax."(12 Tips)
    "A great place to learn about the history of Texas.""(3 Tips)
    Delight G.
    "pink granite dome is over 15 feet"(4 Tips)
    "Love, Killer Robot Unicorns from Space :-) #socialdash"(3 Tips)
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  • Faith O.heart icon on user image
    Faith OndichApril 11, 2016
    Gorgeous architecture! We went on a Sunday. Tour guide Matt was extremely knowledgeable AND he even had all answers to the elder generations questions, which were much more advanced. I will be back!
    Upvoted 2 weeks ago
  • Sadler for US Senate
    Sadler for US SenateSeptember 12, 2012
    I served in the Texas House of Representatives from 1991 to 2003. I was singled out by Texas Monthly during each of my legislative terms, being named to the Ten Best List in 1995, 1997, 1999 and 2001. Read more
    Upvoted Apr 5
  • Rossheart icon on user image
    RossApril 11, 2016
    A must visit in Austin! Free 2 hr parking in the adjacent garage and free expert led building tours.
  • Booker F.
    Booker FajardoJuly 8, 2019
    This is must to see if your goin’ to austin its open to public even sunday. Dont worry for the parking fee coz it accept coins and cards for street parking #Historical
  • Amanda T.heart icon on user image
    Amanda ThauMarch 30, 2015
    Open on weekends until 5pm. Check out the broadway type lights in the Texas House and Senate and the ornate door hinges. Everything is bigger... And brighter in Texas!
  • Ju L.heart icon on user image
    Ju LeMarch 10, 2019
    Great self guided tour through the capitol! Such an breathtaking building! No entry fee, visitor parking nearby! Must see on your Austin trip!
  • Andrew C.heart icon on user image
    Andrew CMay 28, 2019
    FREE TOURS, only 45 minutes and explains the major areas... otherwise, wander the grounds yourself and explore it all - especially the House and Senate chambers!!! Enter on the south side of the bldg
  • Jackie M.heart icon on user image
    Jackie MannOctober 25, 2016
    The rotunda is stunning. I basically was able to just walk in after going through really quick security. The whole place was welcoming and beautiful!
  • Patricia C.
    Patricia ChesserOctober 5, 2013
    Fun facts: As u enter thru the front doors the cities on the marble flr r all the battles fought in Tejas/Texas and the confederate seal & is comprised of cotton, tobacco, corn, and rice. Now u know!
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    _March 4, 2016
    Really admire the architecture in this building. It's quite lovely! Get to the top and look down at the emblem design on the floor.
  • Floue H.heart icon on user image
    Floue HarnadiMay 27, 2014
    I love this building, especially the star on the top. From far you can't see "Texas" word, but if you see it closely you can read "Texas" word around the star. Must visit place in Austin!
  • Josh G.heart icon on user image
    Josh GammonOctober 15, 2014
    There are a lot of interesting things to see here! I recommend the self-guided tour as you'll see a little more that way. If you want some history though, listen in on a tour guide.
  • Rossheart icon on user image
    RossApril 11, 2016
    Take a free Capitol Tour. All tours leave from inside the South Foyer. Led by an expert guides the tours generally depart every 20 to 30 minutes and last for approximately 30 minutes.
  • Gaston M.heart icon on user image
    Gaston Motola AcunaJanuary 4, 2016
    You can get in on Sundays and they even have free tours tours. Highly recommended if you're interested in Texas history.
  • Ju L.heart icon on user image
    Ju LeFebruary 19, 2018
    Great so learn something about the Texas Gouverneurs and the history. Sadly the gift shop is closed after 5pm on Saturday.
  • Elizabeth H.heart icon on user image
    Elizabeth HallApril 15, 2015
    A beautiful tour awaits visitors along with lots of Texas and Austin history. Try the echo in the rotunda and sit where Texas lawmakers do their jobs.
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANFebruary 19, 2015
    The Texas State Capitol sports a sunset-red granite dome topped by the Goddess of Liberty. This icon, finished in 1888, towers even higher than Washington DC's Capitol. Watch this video for more info. Read more
  • Dell
    DellMarch 9, 2016
    Take a free tour: the red granite dome, topped by the Goddess of Liberty, is 6 feet taller than the U.S. Capitol. The best photo opportunities are sunrise and sunset.
  • Ray L.heart icon on user image
    Ray LopesAugust 28, 2016
    Beautiful building, nice paintings of the Texan governors around the walls, look up and down for the dome's interior and the mosaic on the floor.
  • Rachel N.
    Rachel NashMarch 14, 2012
    Morbid fact: The painter of the star inside the dome fell when his seat broke while painting. He shattered the floor, which was, at the time, made of the glass tiles that you now see in the library.
  • Jennifer R.
    Jennifer RuizJuly 17, 2018
    Stunning architecture - go for the self-guided tour if possible. Tons of interesting tidbits. Free parking in the garage next door.
  • Natalia C.
    Natalia CruzApril 3, 2015
    Beautiful architecture from outside and inside, an have an pretty library/ hermosa arquitectura interior y exterior, así como la biblioteca.
  • Alex K.heart icon on user image
    Alex KliegerNovember 18, 2018
    Free guided tours every half hour, lots of outdoor monuments to see. And pay attention to the door hinges - very neat.
  • Roberto B.heart icon on user image
    Roberto Bruder AguiarNovember 1, 2016
    Great place to visit make sure you get one of the guided tours.
  • Jason L.heart icon on user image
    Jason LeibowitzFebruary 10, 2019
    Fun tour. Make sure you take the free guided tours on offer.
  • Daniel B.heart icon on user image
    Beautiful gardens and statues scattered all around... Lots of history to read!
    MetroSeeker.comAugust 1, 2011
    When the Capitol building was constructed, they were competing with the US Capitol in size. The floor under the dome marks who has owned Texas. Get a tour and walk around with your camera!
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MessanaApril 9, 2013
    If you haven't done it, you MUST stand in the center of the rotunda, look up, and speak softly. It is the most awesome your voice will ever sound! You don't need to speak loudly.
  • Jeannette L.heart icon on user image
    Jeannette L.March 22, 2017
    The free walking tours inside the Capitol are good and worth the time spent. Good for all ages.
  • Social N.
    Social News NetworkJune 30, 2012
    If you're on a bike, you can ride through the grounds for a nice view and moment away from the traffic. It's only closed off when the legislature is in session.
  • Julie F.
    Julie FournierSeptember 8, 2013
    Beautiful architecture, history of Texas. A place to see when you are traveling in the state.
  • Angela S.heart icon on user image
    Angela SkeesMarch 1, 2016
    Never been before. Security entrance on all sides. Free tours. Lovely grounds to just hang out on and relax.
  • Super D.heart icon on user image
    Super DadMarch 18, 2017
    Bring quarters & save $20 on parking!!!
  • Vlad D.heart icon on user image
    Vlad DavidiukJune 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The most beautiful building in Texas.
  • Yuni G.heart icon on user image
    Yuni GrahamFebruary 15, 2018
    Our tour guide was extremely knowledgeable and answered all of our questions, even if it was semi or not related to the topic at all.
  • Joycott
    JoycottApril 14, 2014
    There is a new awesome coffee bar that serves up yummy fair trade coffee! Wander the capitol and sip on something delicious.
  • Edgar R.heart icon on user image
    Edgar RobledoJanuary 19, 2016
    The color of the building is beautifull and the yard is great to read a book and relax!
  • John B.
    John Bushe'February 10, 2015
    If #zerowaste is good enough for Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio, it is good enough for the whole state of #Texas!
  • Abhishek S.heart icon on user image
    Abhishek ShahapurkarOctober 11, 2017
    The architecture is mesmerizing!! Take the free guided tour and also explore on your own later.
  • Amanda T.heart icon on user image
    Amanda ThauMay 1, 2015
    Everything is bigger in Texas. Including the door hinges. Open on weekends - spent about 1-2 hours here.
  • Social D.
    Social DistilleryOctober 18, 2014
    Check out the amazing marble statues at the Capital, they're made by a legendary Austin artist, Elisabet Ney
  • Delight G.
    Tour the Capitol building and grounds to get a healthy dose of Texas history. The pink granite dome is over 15 feet taller than the United States Capitol.
  • Stephanie W.heart icon on user image
    Stephanie WallsJanuary 11, 2015
    Fabulous architecture, history and scenic views.
  • Aaron C.heart icon on user image
    Aaron CollinsAugust 18, 2020
    Texas Capitol at 9 minutes drive to the south of Smiles of Austin
  • Kate F.
    Kate FurmanFebruary 13, 2017
    They offer free tours every half hour.
  • Austin G.
    Austin Grand PrixApril 5, 2012
    In addition to a perfect picturesque backdrop, the Capitol Grounds offer plenty of lush grass & paths for a picnic or a stroll.
  • Melissa F.
    Melissa FilkinsDecember 9, 2010
    The new Texas Coffee Traders brew is phenomenal. You'll love how smooth it tastes and the bonus factor of a local, fair trade business seals the deal!
  • Ben W.heart icon on user image
    Ben WindhamMarch 21, 2013
    Check out the amazing acoustics in the rotundra. Stand on opposite sides of the room and speak facing the wall
  • Yunus E.
    Yunus EmreJune 23, 2013
    Great place. Look visitor's comment book (06/22) if you visit there!
  • Presidential Libraries
    Presidential LibrariesNovember 3, 2011
    George W. Bush was the first governor in Texas history to be elected to two consecutive four-year terms. He was inaugurated here as Texas' 46th Governor in 1995.
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