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Jacob's Review:
   I thought this would be boring since it was a tour of the capitol building, but I was wrong. It's really pretty cool. I learned that a scene from Spy Kids 2 was filmed in the outdoor rotunda, the building was built by 1000 prisoners ~ I don't think they got paid either.

Dad's Notes:
   We had family visiting from out of state and decided to go to Austin and check out the Capitol Building. We were glad we did. It was really nice; cool too because it was super-hot outside and the A/C felt good. Not only did we learn about the things Jacob mentioned, but we learned that it might actually be bigger than the U.S. capitol in Washington DC. But of course, everything is bigger in Texas, right? It's the tallest capitol in the US. We were all impressed with how when you are in the underground extension that you don't feel like you're underground because of the skylights and things. The kids enjoyed the cannons. Well worth the time to take the tour and it's free.

Texas Capitol Visitors Center, 112 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas 78711
Texas Capitol is located at: 1100 Congress Street, Austin, TX 78701

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Tours are generally 45 minutes in length and are available during the following times:
Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Sunday, Noon - 3:30 pm

Printable self-guided tour brochure

Public parking is available at the Visitor Parking Garage. The first two hours are free. You can get there from either 12th or 13th Street. The garage is bordered by San Jacinto and Trinity. The Capitol Visitors Center, Capitol Building and Capitol Extension are a short walk away.
Parking Map
Rates are subject to change during special events on weekends.

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