Capitol / Congress Walking Tour

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Why We Love This

  • Learn about Austin’s perilous beginnings
  • See Sixth Street, home of Austin's music scene

Austin Tours

Learn about Austin’s journey from a rough frontier town to bustling commercial center, and its current status as a cultural mecca. This fun tour is guided by Austin experts.

What You'll Do

Starting at the Capitol front door, take a stroll down Congress Avenue, Austin’s main street. Hear about the beginnings of Texas and Austin, and the deeds of local heroes. See Austin’s two National Historic Landmarks (the highest honor awarded by the U.S. Parks Service) and more National Register sites.

Age & Fitness

All ages welcome! Please note: Level terrain, leisurely pace – approx. 90 minutes.

Meeting Location

This tour meets outside on the steps to the south main entrance of the Texas State Capitol Building (1100 Congress Ave.) Your guide will have a sign with the name of the tour.

When To Arrive

Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time, your guide will have a sign with the name of the tour.

Parking

Capitol Visitor Parking Garage; E 12th St. between Trinity St. and San Jacinto Blvd. First two hours are free - $1 for each 1/2 hour thereafter. Maximum charge is $12.00 and there is no overnight parking. There are occasional garage closures for large public celebrations. Limited parking on and near Congress Avenue.

Cancellations & Refunds

Reservations can be rescheduled but not refunded.

"Fantastic"

October 20, 2018 - 

Harrison gave a great tour. He was extremely knowledgeable and interesting. He did a great job of linking the varied architecture to the personalities and events of Austin’s history. I’m glad I took the tour and would definitely recommend it to others. Thanks!


"Great show"

September 17, 2018 - 

Wonderful evening Enjoyed the political humor and the magic acts Very talented folks


"Super informative"

September 17, 2018 - 

Great tour. Learned so much about the history of Austin. Would highly recommend it!


"Great walk through the history of Austin"

September 15, 2018 - 

We had a very enjoyable walking tour today. Started at the Capital and then down Congress surrounded by the history of each location as we progressed. Great value, wonderful informative guide.


"Fun history lesson"

October 9, 2017 - 

The tour was informative and interesting. Our guide shared historical fact laced with personal stories. It was charming. Just too short!


"Exciting info, history and architecture"

October 9, 2017 - 

Elizabeth was so well informed and distilled the history to a few essentials. She highlighted the buildings downtown and the capitol grounds with ideas for future treks around the area.


"Great experience! "

October 4, 2017 - 

It was a great tour. Harrison was a really good tour guide. Very enthusiastic and full of information.


"5 Star Review !"

August 19, 2017 - 

We both enjoyed our Saturday morning walking tour down Congress Avenue with guide Elizabeth. Elizabeth really knows her Austin history and loves to share it! The walk is at a slow pace and appropriate for all ages. B & E Kerrville Texas.


"Another awesome experience in Austin!"

August 15, 2017 - 

Elizabeth did a fantastic job laying out history of Austin and highlighting downtown locations. Highly recommend!


"Excellent tour"

July 9, 2017 - 

Very informative! Learned a lot about Austin and Texas history.


"Very fun and informative!"

June 10, 2017 - 

Harrison was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was very obvious the pride he takes in his job and nativ city.


"Fun"

May 14, 2017 - 

Great!


"Austin Downtown Tour"

May 13, 2017 - 

Very kowledgable and. Helpful tour guide


"Loved it...over and over!"

May 6, 2017 - 

We continue to bring our guests to tour with Elizabeth. It never disappoints!


"Very enjoyable"

April 24, 2017 - 

Our guide was Harrison, very amiable and knowledgeable. Tour did not cover a lot of ground, per see, a stroll up to 6th St, but encouraged you to look up at building facades, or into bank foyers to see stately architecture of last century.


"Great, informative walk"

April 15, 2017 - 

Mr. Eppright gave us a fantastic walking tour. He is so knowledgeable and has a real enthusiasm for what he does. I would recommend this tour to everybody!


"Best Tour of Austin"

April 9, 2017 - 

Sonny gave us an amazing tour of Austin, it was such an authentic exploration of the different neighborhoods that make up the city. We just wish we had done the tour earlier on in our trip so that we could have had time to enjoy some of the things that Sonny had recommended! We'll just have to come back to Austin....Thank you!!


"Amazing"

April 9, 2017 - 

Loved our guide Elizabeth. So incredibly knowledgeable and such a great story teller! Highlight of our trip


"Excellent"

April 7, 2017 - 

Very interesting with many fun facts


"Excellent"

April 7, 2017 - 

Harrison was terrific and tour covered what was promised. Would have enjoyed more info about current Austin neighborhoods and living here experiences.


"Walking Tour"

April 1, 2017 - 

Very informative - Tour Guide knew her history!


"Very knowledgeable guide"

March 27, 2017 - 

Our tour guide Patsy was extremely informative and knowledgeable about the history of Texas. Really learned a lot about Texas and thoroughly enjoyed the tour.


"Fun and Educational"

March 4, 2017 - 

Harrison was great!


"Congress Ave Tour"

January 16, 2017 - 

I sent my review in text message earlier. Great tour; very much appreciated. Real flavor of Austin.


"Very informative and Harrison was a delight. "

January 13, 2017 - 

Wonderful


"Wonderful, informative tour!"

December 30, 2016 - 

Harrison was a delight. Thank you!


"Informative and fun"

December 10, 2016 - 

The tour guide was interesting and well informed. Great way to start a visit to Austin


"Downtown Tour"

November 30, 2016 - 

Very friendly


"Very interesting"

November 20, 2016 - 

We thought the information was fabulous and the guide new a ton about Austin and Texas history. Well worth the tour.


"Excellent"

November 14, 2016 - 

Patsy was great and very knowledgable! The tour was very good value for all the sites we got to see.


"Great!"

November 13, 2016 - 

Really enjoyed


"great"

October 26, 2016 - 

Harrison was very professional and knowledgeable, and really brought the stories to life.


"Very Interesting"

October 3, 2016 - 

Elizabeth did an awesome job on our tour - lots of interesting stories. She obviously has a passion for history, and she was a good sport to host the tour even though we were the only two who signed up. Thanks again!


"Great History"

September 9, 2016 - 

Our guide Harrison gave us a great overview of Texas history as we walked from the Capitol and down Congress Ave


"Great experience!"

September 4, 2016 - 

Patsy was a great guide and the tour was very informative. Would definitely recommend!


"One of the best walking tours I ever attended"

August 17, 2016 - 

The guide was very dedicated and I learned a lot about the city.


"Very informative!"

July 11, 2016 - 

I enjoyed the mix of history with architecture. The tour was the right length in distance & time. Our tour guide, Elizabeth, was personable and informative.


"Our tour guide was awesome "

June 19, 2016 - 

Also, she was entertaining, knowledgeable and fun. My children and I really enjoyed the tour and we will be back for more.


"Good"

June 10, 2016 - 

The guide was knowledgeable but it was a little slow and took 1 hour and 45 minutes instead of 1.30. It was good information but there was a lot about architecture rather than the capital building. If we come back I would skip the guided tour and do the free tour inside the capital building.


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