Texas State Capitol
Texas State Capitol
4.5
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsGovernment Buildings
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
About
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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  • Tanner L
    130 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Missouri93 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • Beth B
    Redwood City, California2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • DJinNashville
    Nashville, Tennessee218 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The (free) tour of the Texas State Capitol is a must-do in Austin.
    The Texas State Capitol is worth seeing, and we'd recommend doing the guided tour. It only lasts 20min, it's free, and it provides nice context to the different areas that you're visiting, including the Senate and House chambers and the underground part. A must-see during your visit of Austin.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 August 2023
  • David L
    Murray, Utah1,763 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nothing was open in late afternoon
    As of summer 2023, the entire outside is covered in scaffolding, so not a good time for pictures. The rotunda inside was impressive. However, we were disappointed that nothing else was open to see. All the chamber and legislative rooms were locked. We were there early evening. Maybe earlier daytimes are better. Not sure.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 7 August 2023
  • Ellebee
    Southport, United Kingdom1,176 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Free tours
    Free guided tour of this most fantastic building in Austin. Took about half an hour then you can explore on your own. Definitely worth visiting and most informative. Grounds are also stunning with so many squirrels running wild. There’s also a very nice cafeteria with comprehensive range of food and drink at a good price.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 August 2023
  • Nicole A
    Staten Island, New York167 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Outstanding Architecture
    We had a great 30- minute tour with Angela. She was knowledgeable and thorough about Texas history, Austin history and the building, itself. We went into the Senate and House Chambers, stood in the rotunda and visited the new expansion area. You're free to explore the Capitol on your own, but taking this tour was worth it as we learned some important facts. The building is outstanding. The finishes, details, craftsmanship are all something to marvel at. I recommend a tour through this beautiful piece of architecture.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 17 August 2023
  • Bhaskar_10
    New Delhi, India3,127 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must Visit: At awe with its grandeur and archietecture
    Visited on 6th July 2023 the place is in the must visit list for tourist coming to Austin and there is free parking at walkable distance for this attraction. The attachtion do not have any entry fee. Try to dress modestly as it is a senate building and sometimes teh session may be going on. the building grandeur and archietecture gives wonderful feel for the visitors and pamphates with information are available to the tourist. There are many photo options inside teh bulding and if senate session is not going on then you have a chance to see teh senate as well. Souvenior shop is located at the ground floor and stairs and evelators are available. Outside the attractiion there is a curated garden and peices of hostory displayed and this place can take 1/2 day of visit time. Must must viist to this place.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 September 2023
  • Lynn Berg
    Naples, Florida1,021 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Texas built it bigger!
    What an impressive, great piece of architecture! Texas built this bigger than the capitol in DC! Free entrance. We had an excellent guide who informed us of so much. I love history and learned a lot. When you enter, you will go through a security check. I’d highly recommend touring the capitol.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 September 2023
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California_momofsix
Fairfield1,111 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Great place to visit for both locals and tourists. Everything is bigger in Texas, including the state capitol. The building is huge, there are four floors and a modern basement addition. I would recommend taking a tour. The tours are free and not too long, they give a nice overview of the history and use of the building. Tours meet every half hour in the entrance hall, in front of the former state auditor's office. No sign ups are necessary, just show up. I would further recommend standing as close to the tour guide as you can because there is a good amount of echo. We visited right after the eclipse and tour groups were quite large and the guides could have used a microphone. Beautiful building with lots of special details, like the decorative door handles and hinges. The visitor gallery is open for the house and sometimes the senate. Everyone was very nice, and didn't make us feel like we were bothering them. When we were standing outside the governor's reception room, staff inviting us inside and answered our questions, even though they were working. The grounds are also beautiful and shady and visitors can park in a garage across the street for a small fee. If you want to learn more about the capitol and Texas history, you can go to a visitor center on the grounds to see a movie about the building of the capitol narrated by Matthew McConaughey and the capitol built in legos.
Written 21 May 2024
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Amanda B
Houston, TX292 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Really liked the memorial for Black Texans and less enjoyed some of the confederate memorials. The capital is quite pretty and large.
Written 6 May 2024
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dreamspeaker
Middleton, WI484 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I am a capitol building snob. I live in a capitol city, myself, and we widely regard OUR capitol building as the most beautiful. So I was prepared to be unimpressed.
You know how they say everything is bigger in Texas? The capitol building is HUGE and being made of red granite is also really interesting. Inside, the rotunda is really quite impressive.
I highly recommend a guided tour. We went there with Austin Detours (highly recommended) so we were only there for a short time, but it was enough to learn some of the history of Texas which is actually really interesting. I came away with a new respect for the state, and when a capitol building can do that, it's doing its job!
Written 26 April 2024
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Sherry823
Alvarado12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
We took a tour of the Capitol Building and learned quite a bit of history. Our tour guide Georgia was very knowledgeable and did an amazing job engaging the children. Please take the tour. It's worth it.
Written 16 April 2024
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Lisa S
Hummelstown, PA10,201 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
In recent years we have started doing guided tours of state capital’s if they offer them. Some of the capitals we have been to have amazing interiors. You see everything from beautiful stained glass to beautiful woodwork and so much granite and marble. They are, generally speaking, gorgeous buildings. The Texas State Capital had some unique things, like the hardware and the underground extension. We enjoyed the tour and afterwards we had lunch at the Capital Grill.
Written 15 April 2024
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K B
Lafayette, CA452 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
The Capital was part of a "City Tour" our group did with "DeTours". As I mentioned in the review of the company directly, they were awful for us.
But the Capital as a building was really cool. I only wish we would have had more time to see it in more detail. But beautiful dome. Gorgeous wood work. Interesting to learn that this design inspired other state capitals but (of course) the Texas building is the BIGGEST!!!
Written 13 April 2024
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Julie M
75 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Interesting history surounds the capital building and grounds. Be sure to take a good look at the monuments !nd signs on the grouds before you go in. We did a self guided tour, but guided arw offered.
Written 10 April 2024
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PipPaul W
Buckfastleigh, UK1,908 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Yes, Texas likes things big, and that includes their State Capital Building that is 14 feet taller than the US Capital in Washington
They give regular free tours, and we took one of these, around 45 mins.
What is amazing is that then, or just anyway, you can just wander at will freely around the building
Really enjoyed our visit
Written 6 April 2024
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kantbyluv
Coconut Creek, FL202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
This place was amazing to see. They offer free 30 minute tours throughout the day. There is also a parking garage two blocks away, which gives you two free hours of parking when visiting the capital. It was very interesting to see the meeting rooms for the House of Representatives and the Senate. These looked exactly like they do on TV and it felt surreal to be inside there.
Written 26 March 2024
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Blastingofftotimbuktu
50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
We went to visit the capital which is something we love to do. The Texas state capitol is the largest. It’s huge. We tagged on to four different tours to get a guide we could understand. They were no passionate about the building and were very scripted and quickly repeated memorized script. When I asked questions, they didn’t know the answer and didn’t care to find out. I was very disappointed that they had very little art in the building. Not impressed. We went to the visitor’s center to ask about things to do and the man in the travel and tourism desk was the rudest man we encountered in Texas on an 11-day road trip.
Written 24 March 2024
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