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Texas Capitol
Everything is bigger in Texas, and the Texas Capitol building in Austin follows suit. It’s the largest by square footage of any state capitol, and is 15 feet (4.6 meters) taller than the US Capitol. Its rosy hue, stunning at sunset, comes from the red granite exterior. Texas Hill Country limestone and granite were used in the building’s construction.
 
The Basics
To get a solid understanding of Texas’ past and present, stop by the capitol—zip by for a photo or, better yet, walk in for a guided tour. The building is part of most downtown Austin small-group tours, and some Segway and bike tour guides can explain the history of this important building and its presence in Texas politics throughout the years.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Texas Capitol is ideal for fans of history and politics.
  • Free 30-minute guided tours of the capitol’s interiors are available every 30 to 45 minutes, seven days a week.
  • The Capitol Visitors Center, located east of the main capitol building, houses various artifacts and information for visitors, as well as a gift shop.
  • All capitol buildings are accessible to wheelchair users.

How to Get There
The Texas Capitol is located on Congress Avenue in downtown Austin, between 11th and 15th streets, just west of I-35. Parking is available at the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage on San Jacinto Street. It’s usually free for the first two hours, but there may be a fee during events.

When to Get There
The capitol is a busy building throughout the year, filled with visitors, constituents, and legislators when in session. Tours are available between 8:30am and 4:30pm Monday through Friday, 9:30am to 3:30pm Saturday, and 12pm to 3:30pm Sunday. Specialty themed tours, such as women in Texas history, heroes of the Texas Revolution, African-American trailblazing Texans, and a Halloween ghost tour, are offered at various times during the year.

Part-Time Legislature
The Texas state legislature is in session for only five months every two years, and legislators earn just $7,200 per year. That arrangement began in the 19th century, when Texas lawmakers had a more difficult time traveling from their districts to Austin. Despite modernized transportation, there is little indication that lawmakers will change their biennial schedule.
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Capitol Escape GameCultural Tours

Capitol Escape Game

Great for history buffs and fans of escape room games and puzzles, our Capitol Escape Game allows you to explore the Texas Capitol grounds in a way you've never experienced before with our unique augmented-reality technology.
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Capital Spy Adventure IndoorHistorical & Heritage Tours

Capital Spy Adventure Indoor

New AR technology provides players with a unique bonding or team-building experience through creative problem-solving.
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Capital Photo TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Capital Photo Tour

MackphotographyATX will take you into the grounds and explore the photo possibilities, taking photos, discussing framing, and composition with guests your guide and group will interact and share photos as we walk the grounds. The Texas State Capitol grounds are comprised of about 22 acres in the heart of downtown Austin. Featuring 17 monuments, historic buildings and gorgeous and beautifully landscaped grounds, offer a great place to explore with a camera, offering literally endless photography opportunities to the creative eye. We walk the grounds for the 60 minutes with specific shots in mind, along with the group providing input into what is shot for a more interactive and personalized time.
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Downtown Photo Tours4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Downtown Photo Tours

A little bit entertainer a little bit history buff, and all photographer a tour with Mackphotography Atx is going to include a little bit of local lore, some current facts and ongoings in the city and central texas (political discussions cost extra with a 50% surcharge on the tip...) Mainly Mack will focus on some of the best locations to photograph Austin and Central Texas bar none. Each tour can be customized limited only by your time and imagination. Your tour guide is Gregg "Mack" McPhedrain a 25 year veteran photographer with experience photographing techno concerts cars for advertisers, and fashion photography around the world. Mack has focused on Central Texas in the last 4 years and is working with clients around Central Texas including a Brewery going national this year.
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A Mural and Art Segway TourCultural Tours

A Mural and Art Segway Tour

We provide a historical tour of Austin via Segways. The focus is on graffiti walls, and art museums.
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Best of Austin Small-Group Guided TourCity Tours

Best of Austin Small-Group Guided Tour

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Get a comprehensive overview of Austin on this sightseeing tour. See famous landmarks along with hidden gems, real neighborhoods, and food trucks. Learn about Austin's history and culture with commentary from your guide and hear fun facts about the city that even the locals don't know. Plus, choose a morning or afternoon departure to easily fit this tour into your schedule.
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Austin and Texas Hill Country Small-Group TourBus & Minivan Tours

Austin and Texas Hill Country Small-Group Tour

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Get acquainted with the impressive sights and verdant charm of Austin and Texas Hill County on this sightseeing tour led by a knowledgeable guide. Climb aboard a luxury, air-conditioned coach and admire important landmarks like the Texas Capitol, Mayfield Park and the Driskill Hotel from the comfort of your vehicle. Gasp at the natural splendor of Lady Bird Lake and then delve into the rolling hills and glittering lakes of the beautiful Texas Hill Country region. Enjoy illuminating commentary from your guide throughout this tour.
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Capitol of Texas Segway TourSegway Tours

Capitol of Texas Segway Tour

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Go sightseeing in Austin by Segway on a 1.5-hour tour that allows you to cover more ground than other types of tours. Get an overview of downtown Austin and capture numerous photo ops as you pass by the Texas State Capitol Building, Congress Avenue, Warehouse Entertainment District, Lady Bird Lake, the historic Driskill Hotel, and other landmarks.
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Secret Food Tours Austin DowntownHalf-day Tours

Secret Food Tours Austin Downtown

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On Austin: Secret Food Tour, you'll try wonderful foods created for our city. We'll navigate you past the tourist traps and into the best restaurants to make your city visit truly memorable.We have a great history and are known for our weird sense of the world, as well as our amazing thriving music scene, cultural landmarks, and incredible food. With dishes dating back to our Aztec days, we're steeped in history. As you taste, you'll learn how the Aztecs, as well as our immigrants, have shaped the flavors of this modern metropolis.
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Austin Mural TourBus & Minivan Tours

Austin Mural Tour

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Explore Austin’s street art scene on this tour that takes you to several of the city’s most popular works of art. Some of the murals on the tour include: You’re My Butter Half, the Historic 6th Street Mural, Greetings From Austin, I Love You So Much and Hi, How Are You. You’ll also have free time to shop at the Austin Visitor Center.
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Austin in a Nutshell Bike TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Austin in a Nutshell Bike Tour

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Make your own way to the bike shop at Zilker Park to meet your guide arriving 15 minutes before tour time. Get outfitted with your bike and helmet, then set out with your guide to see the best of Austin. Pedal along the hike-and-bike trail that runs through Zilker Park and around Lady Bird Lake. Turn north to check out the Italian Renaissance Revival of the Texas State Capitol building. Learn about the city's history as you roll through downtown. Head down Congress Avenue and over the Congress Avenue Bridge, where 1.5 million bats take shelter between the months of March to November. Continue to South Congress, Rainey Street, and the boardwalk trail. Get great photo opportunities throughout the bike tour.
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Downtown Austin Historic Segway TourSegway Tours

Downtown Austin Historic Segway Tour

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Explore historic downtown Austin on an informative and fun 2-hour Segway tour. See many of Austin’s historic landmarks including the Texas State Capitol building, the Driskill Hotel, and the Austin Convention Center, and roll along the 6th Street music district, the Texas Walk of Fame, and Congress Avenue, and more.
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Austin Electric Minibike TourCultural Tours

Austin Electric Minibike Tour

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Cruise around Austin in style on a fat-tire electric minibike. These easy-to-ride bikes sit two people and travel at a top speed of 20mph. Follow your guide around the city streets passing by popular landmarks in downtown Austin including the State Capitol and the colorful murals on 6th Street. A great way to explore Austin, especially for first-time visitors.
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Our Famous Ghost and Bat Segway TourSegway Tours

Our Famous Ghost and Bat Segway Tour

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Discover another side of Austin on a 2.5-hour Segway tour that features bats and ghosts. Offered from March to October, this nighttime ride through downtown Austin visits haunted hotels and buildings, famous landmarks, and the world’s largest urban bat colony. See the Texas State Capitol Building, Lady Bird Lake, Austin Convention Center, the 6th Street Entertainment district, Moonlight Towers, and more
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Capitol Pavement Segway TourCultural Tours

Capitol Pavement Segway Tour

Your adventure will include you riding a Segway taking in historical information about Austin visiting some amazing highlights including the State Capitol.
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Austin Ghosts Walking Ghost TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Austin Ghosts Walking Ghost Tour

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Austin has a unique way of encouraging eccentric behavior with its infamous element of the weird, which has led to the prosperity of places you just can’t find anywhere else such as The Cathedral of Junk, the Hope Outdoor Gallery, and the Museum of the Weird, among countless oddball restaurants and vintage shops. People travel far and wide to get a taste of its unique eateries and out-of-the-ordinary attractions. What they don’t typically realize is just how weird Austin can get when you throw in the strangest ingredient this city has to offer: the supernatural. The history of the capital of Texas offers shocking stories of forbidden lovers, heartbreaking suicides, brutal murders, and freak accidents. Some of the ghosts we will encounter are playful and harmless, but others are quite wicked and have committed some horrific crimes in their lifetimes. At Keep Austin Haunted, we strive to provide our tour guests with accurate, yet chilling accounts of the haunted history of Austin.
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Tipster Pay-What-You-Want Downtown Austin Walking TourCultural Tours

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Tipster Pay-What-You-Want Downtown Austin Walking Tour

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We’re part of a world-wide movement bringing pay-what-you-like walking tours to everyone from backpackers to business people. If you don't have a great time, we'll refund your TripAdvisor fee... but if you enjoy the experience, tip whatever you think is fair and can afford. It's completely up to you! Each city has its own story, and we love sharing Austin’s with you.Ready to feel like a local on our Downtown Austin Tour? As the state capitol, Austin is a diverse city with rich history and culture, not to mention world-renowned entertainment! From the Capitol to the luxurious Driskill Hotel, this tour is great for visitors looking to learn more about this unique city deep in the heart of Texas. Learn about the history and culture of Austin as we walk through downtown.
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Austin Capitol Segway TourSegway Tours

Austin Capitol Segway Tour

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Experience Austin like never before on this guided Segway tour. Learn about the history of Austin while rolling past the Texas State Capitol, the Driskill hotel, historic Sixth Street, the hip strip of South Congress Avenue, the Rainey Street Historic District, and much more. Guided Segway training plus all the necessary equipment and photos from the tour are included. Dress in weather-appropriate clothes with flat, closed-toed shoes.
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Glance of Austin City TourBus & Minivan Tours

Glance of Austin City Tour

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Get oriented within Austin on this city sightseeing tour of America's weirdest city, including visits to top sites such as South Congress and Zilker Park. Walk past famous murals, through historic neighborhoods, and more along with your guides, whose commentary will fill you in on Austin's history and culture. This all-inclusive tour covers the logistics so you just have to bring your camera and a sense of adventure.
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Bat City Bridge Segway Tour in AustinSegway Tours

Bat City Bridge Segway Tour in Austin

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Combine the cultural and natural highlights of Austin on an exhilarating Segway tour of the city. At dusk, see the legendary bat colony of the Congress Avenue Bridge take flight and swoop into the air in thick and intriguing swarms. With an expert guide, glide through Austin’s dazzling downtown and visit important landmarks like the Moonlight Towers, the State Capitol Building and the Sixth Street Historic District. Listen to illuminating commentary of Austin’s history and culture throughout your tour.
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The Ultimate Austin Segway TourCultural Tours

The Ultimate Austin Segway Tour

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Why walk or bike when you can glide through the streets of downtown Austin on a Segway—a great choice for first-time visitors with limited time. An in-the-know guide whisks you around to historical attractions, and your easy-to-ride Segway makes it possible to cover a lot of distance with ease. See highlights such as the Texas State Capitol, the Driskill Hotel, and the Paramount Theater.
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Austin's Gem Bike TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Austin's Gem Bike Tour

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Discover the highlights of Austin along with several local breweries during this half-day beer tasting and bike tour. Pedal past landmarks including the Texas State Cemetery and the Texas State Capitol, and stop for sudsy refreshments at three breweries. Your guide shares commentary about the city and breweries on a moderate level bike tour that is suitable for most people with biking experience. Bike gear and beers are included.
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Keep Austin Weird Segway TourCultural Tours

Keep Austin Weird Segway Tour

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Glide through downtown Austin on a Segway personal transporter. See the highlights of downtown including the Texas State Capitol, the Driskill Hotel, Moody Theater, and the trendy warehouse district. Check out the music venues on 6th Street and the Angelina Eberly monument on Congress Avenue. No experience is necessary and the tour is family-friendly.
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Haunted Austin History Segway TourSegway Tours

Haunted Austin History Segway Tour

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Explore the darker side of Austin with our haunted tour of historical landmarks. We begin with centuries of history at the State Capitol and Governor's Mansion. Then, continue to local haunts like the world-famous Driskill Hotel. Each location has been specially chosen for it's importance to Austin and the stories they hold. Come tour the city with us!
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