Have a picnic and a tour at The Texas State Capitol in Austin! (#8 of 13)

Ok, so maybe going to visit The Capitol is a little “elementary school field trip”-ish, but that’s what makes it good.  Everything at The Texas State Capitol looked just like it did when I was a youngster.  (except the metal detectors when you walk in… that’s new)   The building was finished in 1888 ala Renaissance Revival winning a national competition.  It was paid for with land instead of dollars and was crowned as a National Historic Landmark in 1986.

It really is a beautiful building and the lawn surrounding The Capitol just begs to be picnicked on.  (Side note: I wonder if those legislature guys get stressed and go outside and take their shoes off and walk in the grass like Rober Gere on Pretty Woman…  I would.)  As I arrived with my mom and 2 brothers, we were too late for any of the free tours that are available, but that’s ok- our condensed version was fun too.

So, like I said… it’s fun, it’s free, and the story of Davy Crockett never gets old.    Oh.  And remember the Alamo!

Here are the links to all 13 videos in this Austin series:

  1. Pedicab
  2. Sandy’s Hamburgers
  3. Aussie’s Bar and Grill
  4. Golden Slipper Village
  5. South Congress  (SoCo)
  6. Allen’s Boots
  7. Lucy in Disguise with Diamonds
  8. Texas State Capitol
  9. Auditorium Shores on Town Lake
  10. Mount Bonnell
  11. Oasis
  12. Chuy’s
  13. Toy Joy


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