Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsGovernment Buildings
07:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 22:00
Thursday
07:00 - 22:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
09:00 - 20:00
Sunday
09:00 - 20:00
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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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  • 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
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 March 2023
  • lithlith
    885 contributions
    Texas State Capitol
    The Texas State Capitol is free to visit and there are parking ramps within a few blocks away. There is construction right now around the capitol building, but signage directing where to enter. We visited on a Sunday morning with very few other visitors around. We just wandered around taking it all in and then were on our way. Spend as much or as little time as you like, for us it was 15-20 minutes.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 5 March 2023
  • livinglifetothefull1
    Hertfordshire, United Kingdom898 contributions
    Free tour excellent.
    We parked for free for two hours in the visitor parking lot. Joined a free tour run by Tweed - lovely man who went through the history of the building and how it operates. We learnt loads. The grounds are interesting to walk round too with various statues.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 March 2023
  • Annelise L
    7 contributions
    Wonderful FREE experience to learn about Austin and Texas history
    I took the free tour and Lezlie was absolutely wonderful and informative. I was surprised by how much of the capital we were actually able to access. The original furniture and architecture is absolutely incredible and it was just a really fun thing to do. I absolutely recommend especially for those traveling on a budget
    Visited March 2023
    Written 20 March 2023
  • cathy t
    Graniteville, South Carolina21 contributions
    Beautiful architecture and history lies inside this massive building.
    From the beautiful grounds and walkways to statues around the building we were in awe. The Capitol building is massive and built with marble - wood fitting the size of the building. The tour takes you from the front to the rotunda and onto the Senate and House floors. Interesting bits of history was shared by our guide. She was truly interesting to follow and listen. She also guided us to the underground area of offices, the grill. And the gift shop. Of course we bought a few souvenirs. Then on our way. Plan on 45 -minutes to an hour and it’s worth every minute you have. Tours every day and every 30 mins. Free to visit and they do have elevators and restrooms.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 12 April 2023
  • Adam T
    York, United Kingdom881 contributions
    Friendly tour
    We were under the impression that the free tours would run every half an hour, but when we got there through the short wait for security the sign said the next one wasn’t for another hour and a half. According to one of the officers on security, school groups or large tours sometimes reserve entire tours, so be warned that there’s a chance you might not get on a tour when you’re expecting. We ended up waiting and going for a coffee in the canteen while our baby slept (which was a little soulless, but then nobody is coming specifically for that). When the time came we met back upstairs in the south lobby where we entered, and were part of a massive group of people waiting for the free tour. Our guide (didn’t catch her name, but a very friendly small black lady) was very hard to understand for the first two stops as her very thick African accent just echoed around the massive atrium. Things got a bit better after this point though, and she made a big fuss of our baby. While there were elevators in the building so getting a buggy through was no problem, after I’d carried it up 3 steps into the senate room (as a short few steps was easy), she said ‘oh you’re fine with stairs then with the stroller?’. I assumed she meant it would just be another set of 3 stairs, so said yes, and she proceeded to take us down about 3 full flights, which wasn’t ideal. Overall though the tour was interesting and it was far better walking around with a group and guide for 45 minutes than trying to do a self-guided tour, and definitely worth a stop if you’re in Austin.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 17 April 2023
  • Tanner L
    123 contributions
    A Definite Must See!
    We visited the Texas State Capitol while in Austin and it was a very good experience. We did the self guided tour with a tour map on our own. It was pretty easy to find all of the rooms and walk up the many monumental steps of the Capitol. There is free Capitol parking in a parking garage very close by for up to two hours free (I believe)! There is a map for inside the Capitol as well as for outside the Capitol. We loved visiting this monumental building!!!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 July 2023
  • Jullie C
    Apex, North Carolina394 contributions
    Beautiful Capital, One of the largest in the nation!
    The pink hues of this capital are beautiful. The six flags of the state of TX are on display front and center on the capital for all to see. Interestingly this is also the name of the states large theme park. Had fun taking a lot of photos of this pretty historical structure.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 18 July 2023
  • 1mo-traveler
    Saint Louis, Missouri98 contributions
    Dazzling views of the rotunda and dome.
    Best and worst thing is the architecture. Dazzling in its layout, but, horrible in acoustics and one's motility. The tour guide reminded me of John (Motormouth) Moschitta although the former was quite knowledgeable of the Capitol. Unfortunately he was hindered by echoing reverberations in the entrance and rotunda areas. The steps should include warning signs of the dangers of the last step in at least two areas, at least by this traveler. I recommend the elevators, despite them being located it what might be perceived as the entrance to the ladies room. The rotunda was spectacular and the floor design memorable. Think of the origin of the Six Flags Theme Parks. View of the dome from the underground floor unique. Gift shop prices reasonable.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
  • drbeth2020
    Redwood City, California2 contributions
    A must see
    Interesting tour with docent. Very historical and informative. Entered both chambers since congress was not in session at that time. Grounds are lovely but it was too hot to walk through them and enjoy it. My teenager enjoyed it.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 July 2023
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Vivian H
2 contributions
May 2023 • Family
It is fabulous, being the largest in Usa everytime i walk by it makes me feel like it's the first time watching it. It wad rebuild after the great capitol fire in 1881.
Written 22 February 2024
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Dennis F
Fort Myers, FL368 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This sprawling structure atop a hill adjacent to downtown Austin is an imposing sight, and well worth a visit. There are offices and courtrooms for the legislators and judges, but the main attractions are the legislative halls of both the Senate and the House, and the especially the dome. That dome is by itself worthy of your visit. There is a free guided tour, and access to the capitol is also free. If you are in Austin this is a really "must see" destination.
Written 12 February 2024
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Scott B
96 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This is a very beautiful building, and the guided tour was informative. The rotunda in particular was really beautiful. Unfortunately, I couldn’t quite get over what the Texas legislature and recent governors have done to the state of Texas and to the country.
Written 26 January 2024
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BillUsma74
27 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
Excellent tour guide. Very I interesting historical building and visit. Highly recommend and suggest a stop by the Visitor’s Center first. Tip, the Visitors center outside is under construction, so don’t be put off.m
Written 23 January 2024
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ellenoftroy728
Chicago, IL319 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We arrived too early in the day to go on a guided tour, but still found the capital to be a worthwhile stop. The building is huge and has a ton of floors and rooms to explore. There is some information posted throughout, and we googled anything we were curious about. We stayed for just over an hour, but this feels like a place that you can breeze through or stretch out to your liking.
Written 15 January 2024
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bcsystems
Ann Arbor, MI4,013 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
We did not go inside the capital as it was a weekend. However, the outside is a nice walk and the statues are interesting.
Written 30 December 2023
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Hunt F
2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Friendly and well informed volunteer guide. He told great stories and was able to answer every question.
Written 26 December 2023
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2012natty
Las Vegas, NV92 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
I’ve visited a lot of State Capitol buildings, and this one makes the top 5. It even has a dedicated free parking garage. Plenty of scaffolding when I went, unfortunately.
Written 11 December 2023
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Lee A
Philadelphia, PA304 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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