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Texas Capitol Tours

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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.
Address: Austin, Texas, USA
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18 Tours and Activities to Experience Texas Capitol

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Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in AustinCultural Tours

Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin

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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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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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Austin and Hill Country Sightseeing TourBus Tours

Austin and Hill Country Sightseeing Tour

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...If you don’t see availability-call or message for current availability... This whistle-stop style tour is "The best way to see the city". It's Austin in a nutshell. It's the most comprehensive overview tour of Austin’s rich culture and history, with a little bit of that famous Central Texas Hill Country as well. The tour covers 30 miles, 50+ points of interest, in 90 minutes. We give you the big picture, while still leaving you with plenty of time to go back on your own to explore the places that interests you most. Gratuities are not included in ticket price, but we encourage tipping your guide.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Austin in a Nutshell Bike TourMountain 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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Secret Food Tour of Downtown Austin w/ Private Tour OptionHalf-day Tours

Secret Food Tour of Downtown Austin w/ Private Tour Option

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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
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Austin Biker Gang E-Bike AdventureMountain Bike Tours

Austin Biker Gang E-Bike 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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  • 2 hours
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  • 2 hours

Austin Famous Ghost and Bat Segway TourCultural Tours

Austin 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
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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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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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 2 hours
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Historic Austin Private Pedicab TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Historic Austin Private Pedicab 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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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
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Austin Electric Minibike Adventure TourMountain Bike Tours

Austin Electric Minibike 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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Downtown Austin Photo TourPrivate and Luxury

Downtown Austin Photo Tour

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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Check Out Austin: Capitol Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Check Out Austin: Capitol Bike Tour

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Explore the Texan capital’s historic highlights, outdoor attractions and unique character on a 2-hour bike tour of Austin. Cycle along easy paths with a friendly local guide, passing downtown landmarks like the Texas capitol building, Barton Springs, and the Congress Ave. Bridge. Peddle around scenic Lady Bird Lake and on the bike-friendly Butler trail for a great introduction to this vibrant city.
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Austin Capital Photo TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Austin Capital Photo Tour

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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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Capitol & LandmarksHistorical Tours

Capitol & Landmarks

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It's easy to book an Austin sightseeing bus tour, but a crammed coach is no way to enjoy the famous Texas sunshine. To enjoy Austin's balmy weather, and see the city's top sights, travelers shouldn't miss this attraction-packed Segway tour. Visit the Seaholm Power District and Texas State Capitol, cruise Congress Avenue, and stop for selfies with statues of two of Austin's most famous musicians. Wrap up your tour at Auditorium Shores, and take in fantastic skyline views.
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Downtown Austin Scavenger Hunt AdventureSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

Downtown Austin 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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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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The Ultimate Augmented Reality ChallengeSelf-guided Tours & Rentals

The Ultimate Augmented Reality Challenge

We provide a team game that includes Augmented Reality elements. Explore the Capitol of Texas area with your family and friends while participating in an unique challenge.
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Revel Moped Tour Mt Bonnell and Neighborhoods of AustinHalf-day Tours

Revel Moped Tour Mt Bonnell and Neighborhoods of Austin

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This is the ONLY Revel Moped tour in the world! The ONLY tour in Austin that takes you to Mount Bonnell and its breath taking views of the city! This tour also encompasses the upscale home viewing of West Austin neighborhoods, The Woodlawn Mansion, Hyde Park (Austin’s first suburb), the ever changing East Side, and much more. Learn of the cultural standouts and what makes Austin such a rich and diverse city! All while being propelled on a Revel Electric Moped! DISCLAIMER: - Must be comfortable riding electric moped WITH traffic while sustaining speeds up to 30MPH - MUST download Revel mobile app, pay $5 start up fee and be accepted as a Revel user prior to arriving for tour -Must adhere to all of Revels rules and guidelines -One passenger is permitted at no extra cost*passenger must be 18 years or older and combined weight limit of 330 lbs* -Must pass a brief safety lesson before tour. If at anytime during the tour we feel you are unsafe to continue, a staff member will pick you up.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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