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Texas State Capitol, Austin

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At the time of its construction, Texas' Texas State Capitol was billed as the seventh largest building in the world. The massive Italian Renaissance Revival building was completed in 1888 and is home to the chambers of the Texas Legislature and the office of the governor. You can take a self-guided or guided tour of the building and grounds. Don’t miss the rotunda, displaying a portrait of every person who has served as the president of the Republic of Texas or governor of the state. The 8.9 hectare (22 acre) grounds boast a variety of monuments. Two of the oldest are dedicated to the Heroes of the Alamo and Confederate soldiers. The visitor center contains a gift shop and exhibits about the Capitol. For Texas State Capitol and beyond, use our Austin trip itinerary website to get the most from your Austin vacation.
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  • We went to the capitol for a couple of hours. Very nice grounds around it and it is very nicely maintained. And you can take a free tour and it cost nothing to get in. We learned a lot. Worth a visit.  more »
  • The building is beautiful - and big! We had a free tour - with Karen as our guide - and she was really knowledgeable and friendly. The grounds are beautiful too. A definite must if you're visiting Aus...  more »
  • I visited here at Christmas time, but it was possible to visit it even at such a time. The inside was wider than I imagined, and I used it for a drink in the morning. On the floor, the motif of the state flag that would have been used in each era of Texas is drawn, so you can feel the history from such a casual place. It was the Christmas season, but the floor was decorated with a Christmas tree, which left a great impression on me.
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  • This place is well maintained. When in Austin, this is nice place for a walk, just few blocks away from all the good food places of Austin. The gift shop has plenty to offer. Staff are friendly. Best time to come is during after office less traffic. But if you want to see the inside of this place, be there during office hours.
  • How proud we are to be Texans! Our State Capitol building and grounds are praise worthy. We had not planned to take a tour, because we had visited many times before, but we are so glad we did. We first visited informally with one guide, who is a retired history teacher, and, because of his encouragement, we decided to take the next tour available. Becky was our guide, and she was a wealth of knowledge. Instead of a 1/2 hour tour, she spent a whole hour with us. The visit to the Capitol and the tour were definite highlights of our short trip to Austin. We highly recommend enjoying one of the tours offered by the outstanding staff.
  • The Texas Capitol building is a beautiful, massive building with well-manicured grounds. There’s a lot to see as you walk around the property, and they offer free guided tours throughout the day. We stopped by on a Saturday morning and the tour group was packed and moved quickly. The tour guide was engaging and informative, but it was a little tough to hear her and the content was a little dry. That said, I’d still recommend checking it out to get context as you walk through the halls. The capitol has been rebuilt a few times due to fire so this isn’t the original structure. However the architecture and landscaping are great, the memorials are fascinating, and it is a truly massive property. Worth a visit if you’re in the city!
  • Absolutely beautiful and worth a visit or two! All the charm a Capitol should have with the corresponding Texas flair. So much to see inside the building itself and then there are the grounds and visitor center. I'm usually not a big fan of these kinds of tourist things but I thoroughly enjoyed this experience!
  • Just randomly decided to stop by this large looking building, and I was so happy I did!! I didn’t go on a tour of the actual building, but the lawn and the historic markers and the landscaping was completely unexpected and pleasant! If you like history or a beautiful location to walk around, I would recommend stopping here
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