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Texas Capitol

Texas Capitol

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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1.5 Hour Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
1.5 Hour Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
$49.00 per adult
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Segway training, cool family Austin Tour
What an amazing tour! We got training on how to use a Segway, then we did not want to get off of them. Brie, our guide, was very patient, good teacher, and took us to some really nice places in Austin. Highly recommended. Great price for the Segway training and fun experience.
CJ_S, Jan 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Austin

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If your goal was to try a...
Kim_H, Oct 2021
1.5 Hour Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
If your goal was to try a Segway, this trip was perfect—beautiful scenery, just the right length of time (1.5 hours), low traffic. But our guide was woefully ignorant of the history, culture, and details of the city 😞
star-5
Segway the way to see Austin
Patti_R, Oct 2021
1.5 Hour Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
Monty was a great tour guide. We had a few bumps in our tour but handled it very well. To see Austin a Segway tour is perfect!
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Nice trip
Sonia_B, Dec 2021
Capital of Texas Segway Tour
our experience started when Kelsie, a very nice young man, taught us to ride the segway. As it was our first experience, he was very careful to take us along safe paths and so we could enjoy the beauty of the city and the history of each landmark. In addition, Kelsie was very interested in our stay and recommended many places that we later went and were delighted. He sent us by messages all the photos that he took as a courtesy and also places to visit in the city. We had a very good experience and we thank Kelsie for his wonderful attention to us.
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We had fun
Chris_P, Sep 2021
1.5 Hour Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
The tour guide was energetic and knowledgeable. The segways were an interesting way to travel. Thanks for the great trip.
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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 first experience!
Jason_R, Sep 2021
1.5 Hour Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
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
1.5 Hour Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
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
1.5 Hour Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
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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Great tour to learn about Austin
Osvaldo_F, 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
1.5 Hour Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
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
1.5 Hour Austin Sightseeing and Capitol Segway Tour
Great tour — Our tour guide was great! Fun informative tour! Great way to spend the day outdoor learning about austin
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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!

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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