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: