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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 GamePrivate Sightseeing 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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Downtown Photo ToursLuxury 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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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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A Mural and Art Segway TourLuxury 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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Capital Spy Adventure IndoorAudio Guided 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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Best of Austin Small-Group Guided TourBus 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 + Hill Country Sightseeing TourBus Tours

Austin + Hill Country Sightseeing 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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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 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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Austin Electric Adventure TourBike & Mountain Bike Tours

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Austin Electric Adventure Tour

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Your adventure begins with a safety check on your electric mini-bike. Your tour guide will make sure everyone is comfortable with their electric mini-bike. Wide tires make them super easy to ride. We practice riding as a group for safety. South Congress is Austin's most prominent street. From where we begin, all of Austin can be seen. We will ride toward the first photo opportunity - The "Willie for President" Mural next to Home Slice Pizza. Next up is the "i love you so much" mural, across from the Continental Club. The tour will meander off city streets when possible, going places cars can't go. We realize that capturing great photos to share from a vacation is important. Adventurers who choose this tour will discover interesting destinations in Austin, and will have many opportunities for epic photos to capture and take home. We bring professional photography gear to help with lighting. Your tour guide will share a gallery of photos for every Austin Electric Adventure Tour.
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Our Famous Ghost and Bat Segway TourCultural 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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Austin Biker Gang Ride AdventureBike & Mountain Bike Tours

Austin Biker Gang Ride Adventure

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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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Ultimate Austin Segway TourCultural Tours

Ultimate Austin Segway Tour

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Make the most of your afternoon! Take a Segway tour of beautiful downtown Austin. Start with a professional and knowledgeable giving you a personal orientation to make sure you feel safe and comfortable on a Segway. Then, get a guided tour of the history and culture that makes Austin unique and memorable!
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2-Day Austin+San Antonio Tour (Huston departure)(HS2)Overnight Tours

2-Day Austin+San Antonio Tour (Huston departure)(HS2)

1. In-Depth sightseeing within most of attractions. Get to know why everything is bigger in Texas or Texas size. 2. Enjoy hotel breakfast every day before departure. No shopping included in the tour. Experience the well-designed primary tour in Texas! 3. Exclusive offer of visiting Texas State Capitol (inside), Texas Military Forces Museum, and the famous historical site The Alamo! 4. Take a look at the largest stalactite cave in Texas, “American Venice” San Antonio, University of Texas at Austin! 5. Take a bite of the authentic Texas stake, BBQ, Mexico food, and the most well-known Buckhorn beer!
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Austin Mural TourBus 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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Tipster Downtown Austin Private Walking TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Tipster Downtown Austin Private Walking Tour

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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. Explore the history and culture of Austin as we walk through downtown. Please contact to schedule the time of your tour and to request any customizations.
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Downtown Austin Historic Segway TourCultural 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 Icons Bicycle TourBike Rentals

Austin Icons Bicycle Tour

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Check off more Austin attractions in less time on this 2-hour bike tour of the historic Texan capital. At a relaxed pace, you’ll cycle to significant sites including the 600-year-old Treaty Oak tree, the University of Texas, and the Scholtz Garden, a 19th-century beer garden. Delve into Austin’s rich history and receive personalized attention from your guide on this small-group tour, limited to 12 participants.
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Austin Ghosts Walking Ghost TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

Austin Ghosts Walking Ghost Tour

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Join Austin Ghosts for a walking ghost tour through some of the city's most haunted areas. 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. Hear tales of authentic hauntings that occurred in places like The Cathedral of Junk, the Hope Outdoor Gallery, and the Museum of the Weird, among countless oddball restaurants and vintage shops. Our unique collection of captivating and unnerving historical stories reveal what makes Austin one of the most compelling haunted cities in the country.
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Historic Austin TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Historic Austin Tour

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Enjoy Austin's great weather in an open air pedicab. This is a private tour and fully customizable.
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Tipster Pay-What-You-Want Downtown Austin Walking TourCultural Tours

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

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Even travelers on a tight budget can make the most of an adventure in Austin with this pay-what-you-wish sightseeing tour, complete with a guide to show you the sights. Meet-up in Downtown Austin to start your adventure and uncover the capital city's storied history and rich culture. From the Texas State Capitol to the Governor's Mansion, you can explore with your guide, and offer a tip if you're happy with the tour.
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Austin Downtown Scavenger Hunt AdventureSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

Austin Downtown Scavenger Hunt Adventure

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Deep in the heart of Texas, discover Austin in a fun new way on this 3-hour scavenger hunt. Jump into the middle of an exciting adventure, from the Texas State Capitol to the historic monuments and other real-life locations along the streets of downtown Austin. Discover both well-known and overlooked sites, solving clues and completing challenges via smartphone while learning the local history of this capital city of Texas. Teams of 2- to 5-people are welcome.
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Capitol of Texas Segway TourCultural 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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Crazy Dash Walking Adventure - Austin, TXSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

Crazy Dash Walking Adventure - Austin, TX

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Using your smartphone, you'll be given an app to download and a starting location. Once you arrive at the starting location, you'll send a text to check in and get your game setup on the app. From your starting location, the app will lead you to 10 checkpoints around the city to answer questions and complete crazy tasks. Once you've completed all 10 checkpoints, you'll come back to your starting location to finish the game. The objective of the Crazy Dash is to have a blast with your friends and family, explore the city, learn a little, answer questions about your checkpoints, and complete crazy challenges.
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