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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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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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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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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
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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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  • 90 to 120 minutes
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  • 90 to 120 minutes
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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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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Austin Electric Adventure Tour4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Austin Electric Adventure Tour

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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Amazing Capital Quest IndoorEscape Games

Amazing Capital Quest Indoor

-Indoor tour of the Texas State Capitol Building-Interactive escape game experience in Austin-Solve puzzles and follow clues for a challenging, immersive adventure-Be transported to the center of action through elaborate story lines and sets, plus the help of skilled gaming guides-Ideal for families and small groups of 2 to 8 people-Great team-building activity
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Tipster Haunts & Horrors of Austin Private Walking TourHistorical & Heritage Tours

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Tipster Haunts & Horrors of Austin Private Walking Tour

Fire, flood, and murder, oh my! Get ready to be spooked as we dive into Austin's dark and sinister side. Did the Suicide Brides really die at the Driskill Hotel? Who was the Servant Girl Annihilator? And why does the old elevator at Speakeasy scream? We'll fact-check all the most famous local ghost stories and urban legends, haunt the locations of some of the city's most shocking and macabre historical moments, and hear true-crime tales of terror, trysts, and deceit. Not for the faint of heart! Please contact Tipster after booking to schedule the time of your tour and to request any customizations.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Tipster Downtown Austin Private Walking TourCultural Tours

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Tipster Downtown Austin Private Walking Tour

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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
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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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes

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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  • 1 hour
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation

Ultimate Segway TourCultural Tours

Ultimate Segway Tour

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Your ultimate Austin adventure consists of you riding a Segway and taking in historical information about Austin while visiting some amazing highlights including the State Capitol and Congress Avenue.
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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation

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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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
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7 Day Houston+Mexico Gulf+Fort Worth+Dallas+Austin+San Antonio Tour (TX)(APH7)Cultural Tours

7 Day Houston+Mexico Gulf+Fort Worth+Dallas+Austin+San Antonio Tour (TX)(APH7)

1. In-Depth sightseeing within most of attractions. Get to know why everything is bigger in Texas or Texas size.2. Hotel breakfast included every day, enjoy the breakfast before we start the tour.3. Learn the spirit of “Cowboy culture”, enjoy the world famous “Rodeo”, have a taste of “Texas Steak”.4. Guests will have a chance to see the NBA games.5. Visit Rice University, University of Texas at Austin.6. Gulf of Mexico Dolphins Cruise、NASA Space Center.7. Texas State house and military museum.
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  • 7 days
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