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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 Tickets Prices

  • Parking is free for the first two hours and after that it costs 75 cents for every 30 minutes.

How To Get To 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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Address: Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown)

Phone: 512-4630063

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details

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  • It is really a beautiful place. It is filled with monuments that will give one a great education on the history of Texas. I was filled with great respect for all the people that made this great state a reality. And the architecture of the building itself is a beauty to behold. My mouth was wide open for most of my stay there. Amazing!

  • Absolutely beautiful. If you have some time to spend, take the guided tour. If not, keep an eye out for the exquisite details through out the building (there's a lot of very subtle Texas pride decor, such as the door hinges, chandeliers, and door knobs), and spend some time in the underground extension and wandering the grounds full of memorials. The dome was not open for visitors at the time, but you may be able to arrange a trip to the top of it. We decided to go last minute and did not look into it. Overall, a great experience.

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  • Great free tour sight in Austin. If you drive come with quarters for metered parking on the street or $ for the parking garages. A If you want to go in the Capitol Building for a tour or to walk around (both free) be prepared to have your things x-ray ed and walking through a metal dictator. The officers are extremely polite. Beautiful building. A great free experience in Austin that is air conditioned.

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  • We went on saturday around the noon. IT was nice to see house of representatives. We got to join a free tour . It was great experience to hear about history and interesting facts about the building. I didn't know that there are 5 levels underground. IT was really nice to see the architecture of the building. Good place to visit when you are in Austin.

  • Visiting here made my day.. Nice place, for day trip.. free entry and well managed building and staff administration also good. Have a deep dive into Texas State's history... And enjoy... Cheers...

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