Everything is bigger in Texas. That is true with it comes to the Texas State Capitol Building and Grounds in Austin, Texas. We weren’t sure exactly what to expect when we walked up Congress Avenue towards the Capitol Building. I think what surprised me the most was that it was open to the public.
The grounds are surrounded by a wrought iron fence, topped with gold Texas Lone Star’s and the gates were open. The more I thought about it, the attitude was truly Texas – “Come on in and visit.”
Texas State Capitol
The grounds are a public park with monuments at least one fountain and open grass areas. There were many families exploring the grounds and taking pictures on the cannon and other monuments. The Capitol Building is also open. We entered through the South Entrance early on a Saturday morning and once through the metal detector, we were free to wander the building. We explored on our own for a while and then joined one of the free guided tours. The tour guide was enthusiastic and did a great job of keeping everyone’s attention. The tour started in the South Entry and then went on to the floor directly under the rotunda.
There are portraits of every Governor displayed throughout the rotunda on the three floors. The top of the rotunda dome is taller than the US Capitol in Washington, DC, but that doesn’t surprise me. Being a bit of a history junky, the tour guides facts and information kept me entertained. We then continued through the Senate and House Chambers.
We also explored the old Supreme Courtroom and took our time wandering up and down throughout the building. Take your time exploring the Capitol Building and Grounds. There is a museum on the grounds and just north of the Capitol Building sits the Texas State History Museum.
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