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- Address: Congress Ave, between 11th & 14th Sts, Austin, TX 78701 (Downtown), United States
- Timings: 08:30 am - 04:30 pm Details
- Phone: 512-4630063
- Ticket Price: Free
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Art And Culture, Garden, Landmark, River, Historical Site, Monument, Statue, Leisure, Family And Kids, Architecture , Picnic Spot, Nature, Heritage Building, Bird Watching
State Capitol - Review
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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Things to Know Before Visiting State Capitol
95% of people who visit Austin include State Capitol in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
70.8% of people start their State Capitol visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see State Capitol
64.1% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting State Capitol
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State Capitol, Austin Reviews
Would definitely come back here again. The tour was great and it was a fun experience seeing the capitol and their basement area was a nice surprise. Also, it was free which is always a plus. Very beautiful building and the grounds around it are beautiful too. The visitors center is really fun for adults and kids too. Definitely check that out if your going. The gift shop was nice too and prices weren't bad at all. Really enjoyed visiting here.
Gorgeous, well preserved building. Even the trim in the building (built in 1883?) Seems original. There is a lot of history here, and the statehas done a great job keeping this building up. They have even preserved things like door knobs, hinges, and old light fixtures. Best of all it's FREE to enter.
The state capitol building is beautiful!! It's on a nice green campus with many different statues and memorials around. The Capitol building itself has many floors and rooms to explore, including the House and Senate rooms. There are guided tours available or you can wander around yourself. (And it's all free!) Overall a really cool place; I definitely recommend visiting!
Beautiful place to walk around. You need to go for security checking before you enter. The park is so green and well maintained. FYI, just beside the elevator you will find the restroom. You can take the tour to know the history and details. Very nice architecture.
It's a cool landmark and piece of history. If you're walking to 6th at night or from there, it's a nice little stop. Just be aware there is surveillance. Tours are only available during operating hours and on select days. It's nice for even those that just wanna sit down and enjoy the view outdoors.