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Texas State Capitol, Austin, Texas

1100 Congress Ave, Austin, Texas

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Submitted by: Apurva N.

It's the Capitol of Texas.  'Nuff said.  Go there or you suck. No seriously... Many people who are here everyday take the Capitol and it's great facilities for granted, but this is one top notch state building. The lawns surrounding the Capitol are immaculate, with 100 year old oak trees shading the lawns for kids and picnics all year ...

Submitted by: ryan c.

I love visiting the Capitol.  I actually used to work here for about 4 months in '97, as a Senate Messenger.   This is a grand, old building.  Beautiful grounds.  Took the family this summer for a day visit and my kids loved running up the stairs.  We sat in the House chamber and watched them work.  I explained to my daughter what they were doing and watched them pass some resolutions.  We saw the old Supreme Court room, and walked down to the new annex.   Since it was lunchtime we ate at the Capitol restaurant in the annex.  My wife was thoroughly impressed with the prices for the amount of food we got (we had the brisket and sides and my kids had sandwhiches and we had leftovers it was so much.)  The food ...

Submitted by: Kimberly A.

This is a great tour option for travelers, locals with kids and everyone in between. The grounds are s...

Submitted by: Bill S.

Regardless of how you feel about the politicians who frequent the Capitol building, you have to admire the building itself.  My wife and I used to take our three-year-old daughter to the Capitol building every weekend.  The Capitol grounds are beautiful.  We'd take a bag of pastries, eat them at a be...

Submitted by: Brandy C.

I spent my early years rolling down the lawn at the State Capitol building in Baton Rouge, Louisiana when my aunt worked for the governor and she'd take me to work. Just seeing that building evokes strong emotions for me, so I'm a weird sucker for government buildings. But I'm a Texan for most of my life, and so Austin is my new capital of choice. And even though there are morons in there making terrible decisions (education, anyone?), it's a great building with fantastic public access and a strong sense of history (even if you have to tolerate seeing W's and Perry's faces on the wall). I've been here a handful of times with varying degrees of publicness.  This last visit was for the education rally (easy ac...

Submitted by: Trina H.

I have visited Austin since I was a kid, but coming from a hardcore Mexican family... we only visited with family and never really ventured into the city. I do remember one time having a birthday party at Lady Bird Lake but that's it. I grew up driving by the Capitol on every road trip to Mexico, just gazing at it's amazingness. I didn't want my son to just be left wondering, so what's better than taking him inside, right? I loved how you have the option of getting a guided tour, but we just wanted to look around on our so off we went. The look on my 3 year old's face was amazing. His curiosity sparked and he wanted to go up and down every step, thus reminding me how out of shape I really am. No worries, I n...

Submitted by: Christine A.

I've had a love affair with the Texas State Capitol Building since I was a kid. My family would drive up from San Antonio for a visit to Austin and I would lock my eyes on what looked, to a 10 year old, like a giant wedding cake. The magnificence of the structure would amaze me and take my breath away. In 1995, the Capitol Restoration Project was completed which included 10 historic spaces, new and restored furnishings and the restitution of the monuments and grounds.  A bevy of architects, designers, stone masons, art restorers, curators and furniture makers worked for fifteen years to make it happen.  I unfortunately worked myself out of a job on the project. If you visit seeking Texas history, you will fi...

Submitted by: allison j.

This is a great place to take the kids.  The love to stare at the ceiling from the bottom floor.  It is pretty freaky the way it moves...

Submitted by: Mark L.

I have lived in central Austin for 13 years. For the first 11 of those years, I had not even set foot on the Capitol grounds. That was until a family friend was honored in the chambers of the Capitol that I first arrived. It's a pretty cool building. The rotunda is filled with portraits of governors past...

Submitted by: Carrie R.

I can't speak for California's State Capitol Building as I've never been to Sacramento. But I can attest that California cherishes its missions about as much as Texas clearly values the Capitol building and complex in Austin. The grounds are gorgeous and I love the way that the city honors the structure...you can tell that it's the highest building in the area and a definite imposing character on the skyline. A few things I found to be pretty cool...and a few I found to be, well, NOT: --You can waltz right into the building and take a gander around whilst politicians walk amongst you just going about there days.  Kind of odd but neat. --There are plenty of docent's giving an accounting of the history not onl...

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