State Capitol, Austin
State Capitol, Austin - Address, Phone Number
Address: Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)
Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details
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About State Capitol, Austin
Glistening grey statues, sunset red bricks and little historical gems await those who wish to visit the Texas State Capitol, in Austin. Whether you want to picnic in the gardens, watch the squirrels and birds gambolling about or take in some Texan history, this State Capitol is a relaxing and informative place to visit. Limestone crafted into Italian Renaissance Revival architecture creates a delightful sight for sore eyes, as is the stunning view towards the Colorado River. With its mighty dome peeking out over most buildings in the Austin area, this building is hard to miss.
This testament to Texan times gone by was open to the public in April 1888, and was created out of limestone and red granite, resulting in a pink tinged facade. In 1983, a raging fire wrecked the east wing and almost destroyed the building’s framework. It took almost 10 years to restore the building to its former glory, during which the building’s mechanical and structural systems were modernized. When the building was first erected, it was the country’s tallest State Capitol, surpassing that of even Washington. Today, though no longer the tallest, it’s still regarded as one of the most important buildings, as well as one of the finest works of architectural art, in the country.
When you visit the Capitol, you’ll find artistic delight in the masterfully painted portraits of every person who has served as president of governor of the state. With over 400 rooms, there are plenty of spaces to visit and with over 900 windows, plenty of amazing perspectives to view the city from! Outside the building, green grounds stretch across 22 acres of land, decorated by multiple monuments. You can find shelter under trees as you walk upon the black and white, diamond patterned pavement. You can go on a self tour of the building, with headset in your language of choice plugged into your years and you can even just gaze at this pretty, pink building from the outside. Regardless of what you choose, a trip here will prove to be well worth it.
State Capitol Information
- Take the free guided tour, it’s about 45min, and will teach you a bit about Texas history.
- To request a guided English or foreign language tour, please call 512-463-0063 for availability.
- You will have to go through a security checkpoint so be ready.
- Pay attention to architectural details as there are tons of beautifully designed gems just waiting to catch your eye.
- If you’re with the family, you can picnic on the lush green grass.
State Capitol Ticket Prices
- Parking is free for the first two hours and after that it costs 75 cents for every 30 minutes.
How To reach State Capitol by Public Transport
- By bike: Yellow Bike Project, Phone- 512-457-9880, Bicycle Sports Shop - Bike Rentals, Phone- 512-477-3472.
- By taxi: Yellow Cab, Phone: 512-452-9999.
- You can travel Austin by car and taxi as well.
Restaurants Near State Capitol
- Texas Chili Parlour
- Whole Foods Market – Lamar
- Franklin Barbecue
- 24 Diner
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State Capitol, Austin Reviews - Write a Review
I've had the opportunity to walk around a number of state capitols. Their locations are typically in fairly walkable neighborhoods and surrounded by gardens and lawns. The Texas state capitol is such a situation, with extensive grounds, and the governor's mansion nearby. One thing that is different here as compared to other state capitols is the overt presence of armed state troopers at all access points. Understanding the need for security, this regardless gives the impression that members of the public are somewhat less than welcome in this public facility.
Everything about the Texas State Capitol is incredible. The grounds are beautiful. Lots of monuments. The building is amazing. I recommend taking the free tour of the building. Our tour guide was great, had lots of facts and a great sense of humor. Words can not truly express how great this Capitol is.
Had a wonderful time! October is a good time of the month to visit Austin! Not to Hot! Inside the Capital is Amazing! Outside you can just sit on the grass and relax! Love downtown so full of Life! Will be going back Soon!
Amazing piece of architecture to see, even just from the outside. It's surrounded by a big park with lots of place to walk around, and see the building from all it's different sides. After sunset, the park remains open and offers many opportunities for some great photography.
The Texas Capitol is an impressive building. I visit at least yearly with my students. The Capitol offers a free tour. They have excellent guides very knowledgeable. You can spend hours just admiring the architecture and art. It has enough art to be called a museum. There is a restaurant and gift shop too. The grounds are beautiful and have lots to see and enjoy. It is a great fee trip. You do need to pay for parking but it is worth it.