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Texas Capitol

Texas Capitol

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2,656 Reviews
Free admission
1100 S Congress Ave, Austin, Texas

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.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Austin

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Great first experience!
Jason_M, Sep 2021
Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin
This was our family’s first Segway tour. We will definitely do it again. Alex was excellent in teaching us how to ride and make sure we were all comfortable. He also gave a great tour of some historical places as well as the entire downtown Austin area. Gave good recommendations for things to see & do and places to eat. You can tell he is very experienced and even with what felt like a large group, he was attentive and kept up with all of us.
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Segways are fun
Joseph_M, Sep 2021
Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin
The fun of riding a Segway is underrated. It’s a great way to see downtown without killing your feet. The guide was a true Austinite and looks out for his patrons. My wife and I enjoyed our tour immensely and look forward to doing it again with out of town guests.
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Great Segway Tour
RDenis_G, Jul 2021
Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin
Brie did a great job of instructing and guiding our group on a tour of many memorable sights and locations in Austin. Great tour and highly recommended!
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Caring and exemplary service
Lawrence_R, Jun 2021
Capital of Texas Segway Tour
Shelby worked to make my experience rewarding as possible with her sincere caring and giving me options to fit my schedule.
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Great tour to learn about Austin
Osvaldo, May 2021
Capital of Texas Segway Tour
Our guide Nico was friendly, nice and very knowledgeable. He also was accommodating to our time constraints. The Segways with the off-road wheels were amazing and so much fun. Highly recommend this tour
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Fun and educational tour
Natalie_M, Jul 2021
Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin
There are areas of downtown Austin you would never see if it were not for the Segway tour. Shoal Creek is a great example. We had a very fun and educational tour.
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Great!
Petrina_H, Jul 2021
Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin
Great tour — Our tour guide was great! Fun informative tour! Great way to spend the day outdoor learning about austin
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A Delightful Date-Day with Hubby❤️
Louis_And_Yvette, Jun 2021
Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin
This was an AWESOME Date-Day activity. My husband and I wore twinning outfits. We took GREAT pictures on the Segway with the Capitol in the background. The WHOLE experience was brochure beautiful and "postcard" perfect. #BTW, Robbie our tour guide was outstanding!!!
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Wonderful excursion.
Robert_F, Jun 2021
Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin
Robbie was great. An excellent teacher for beginners. Very knowledgeable about he city and we had a great time touring the city.
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Best way to tour the Capital and surrounding areas!
Ann_C, Apr 2021
Capital of Texas Segway Tour
Kelsey was patient and clear with riding instructions, knowledgeable about tour landmarks and points of interest and funny. Meeting area was easy to get to and had free parking! Had a blast!
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Fun and informative tour
John, Jun 2021
Capitol of Texas Segway Tour in Austin
Our guide was friendly and professional. He provided excellent instruction on the operation of the Segway. The tour was very informative. The Segway was a fun way to see the downtown area and covered good amount of area during the 1 1/2 hours. Our guide gave us good recommendation for nearby restaurant.
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Great experience. Fun memory
David_L, Mar 2021
Capital of Texas Segway Tour
Seeing the capital building and hearing the stories were very nice. Sam, our tour guide was great. We had a great time.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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