Texas State Capitol, Austin
We just returned from my daughter’s 4th grade Field Study, a field trip to some of the most historically significant places in Texas. We had an amazing, if not exhausting time, and I’m ready to take a nap, for about a week. Our first stop on our trip was the Texas State Capitol in Austin.
1. Know Before You Go
Parking is FREE for the 1st two hours, and $1/30 minutes, up to $8 at the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage, 1201 San Jacinto Blvd.
Plan at least 1 to 1.5 hours for your tour.
2. The Rotunda
The floor of the Rotunda has the seals of the 6 flags of Texas. On the walls are portraits of former Texas Governors, as wells as presidents of the Republic of Texas.
The House and Senate Chambers are the original rooms that have been in use since the capitol was completed in 1888. While viewing the House Chamber, notice the flag hanging behind the speaker’s podium, one of the originals from the Battle of San Jacinto.
4. Capitol Visitors Center
Housed in the oldest state office building in Texas which was once the General Land Office Building.
FREE self guided tours.
We love the Land Of My Dreams exhibit, which allows visitors to dress up in period costumes, choose a Texas settler identity and place a land claim in the original building.
5. Capitol Giftshop
Not only can you purchase one of a kind Texas gifts, but they also have various designs of the famous Davy Crockett quote he supposedly told to the U S Congress, on hearing he was not reelected. Every 4th grader that walks in the gift shop snickers upon seeing it. To browse their online selection, click HERE
On any day you’ll find families on picnic blankets under the century old trees on the grounds of the State Capital!
There is a historical Trail of Trees on the Capitol Grounds. Click HERE
for more information.
Each Easter, the First Methodist Church of Austin holds an annual Easter Egg hunt. Click HERE
for more information.
Things To Do in Austin (near the Capitol)
The Bob Bullock State History Museum is an interactive way to experience Texas history! Don’t miss the movie, The Star of Destiny!
The Fat Cactus Food Truck has authentic Navajo Frybread Tacos, that are amazing. Click HERE
to visit their website, their location does change.
Texas State Capitol
1100 Congress Ave, Austin
Click HERE to visit their website.
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