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.
All ages welcome! Please note: Level terrain, leisurely pace – approx. 90 minutes.
This tour is offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 9am. It meets on the capitol steps at 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.
Please arrive 10 minutes before the start time, your guide will have a sign with the name of the tour.
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.
Reservations can be rescheduled but not refunded.
Harrison the tour guide was fantastic! He was extremely friendly making the tour really enjoyable. On top of this he was born and raised in Austin and has been giving tours for many years so he was very knowledgeable about Austin’s history. I would definitely recommend taking this tour to give you an introduction to Austin, it’s state Capitol and the downtown area.
Fantastic introduction to Austin that gave me insights I wouldn’t have otherwise had. Highly recommended
I really enjoyed the tour. Harrison was great and very knowledgable and took great care in pointing out the various buildings and sights. A very big thank you for a job well done.
10 out of 10
Our guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely learned a bunch and felt welcome in the city. Thank you!
Wonderful tour. Tour guide was very knowledgeable about the capitol building and the history. 1
Harrison was a great tour guide. Full of historical information. We really enjoyed learning about the capital square and Congress Street from Harrison! He is a wealth of information and very personable too!
Elizabeth was a Great guide
Great tour knowledgeable guide
We waited from 8:30 until after 9:00 for a guide. He did not show up. There was a substitute guide, who was very good. What I don’t understand is how the original guide did not know about tour. Perhaps he needed the 4 email reminders I received.
Knowledgeable and entertaining guide.
This tour was such a great way to get to know some of Austins rich history. Thank you to our wonderful guide Harrison Eppright.
Nice mixture of history, amusing anecdotes, and thoughts from an Austin local. Gary was very nice and knowledgeable.
This is a great tour for those seeking detailed historical information.
Tour guide very knowledgeable.
Harrison was knowledgeable about all things Austin and led a great door. Would recommend.
Our guide Harrison was very friendly and knowledgeable about Austin’s history. He gave a comprehensive tour with just the right amount of information including recommendations on other sights and locations to visit after the tour. Highly recommended!
The history of Austin was told as a story and made it extremely interesting. We had a small group so it was wonderful to be able to hear the entire time and have our tour guide give us recommendations and share the history of this beautiful city.
A wonderfully knowledgable guide!
We are a family of 4 and loved this! It’s an excellent overview of the Austin history and also local grounds and events. Highly recommend.
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour that Harrison gave us. He was very knowledgeable and an excellent ambassador for the city of Austi.
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!
Wonderful evening Enjoyed the political humor and the magic acts Very talented folks
Great tour. Learned so much about the history of Austin. Would highly recommend it!
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.
The tour was informative and interesting. Our guide shared historical fact laced with personal stories. It was charming. Just too short!
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.
It was a great tour. Harrison was a really good tour guide. Very enthusiastic and full of information.
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.
Elizabeth did a fantastic job laying out history of Austin and highlighting downtown locations. Highly recommend!
Very informative! Learned a lot about Austin and Texas history.
Harrison was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was very obvious the pride he takes in his job and nativ city.
Very kowledgable and. Helpful tour guide
We continue to bring our guests to tour with Elizabeth. It never disappoints!
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.
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!
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!!
Loved our guide Elizabeth. So incredibly knowledgeable and such a great story teller! Highlight of our trip
Very interesting with many fun facts
Harrison was terrific and tour covered what was promised. Would have enjoyed more info about current Austin neighborhoods and living here experiences.
Very informative - Tour Guide knew her history!
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.
Harrison was great!
I sent my review in text message earlier. Great tour; very much appreciated. Real flavor of Austin.
Harrison was a delight. Thank you!
The tour guide was interesting and well informed. Great way to start a visit to Austin
We thought the information was fabulous and the guide new a ton about Austin and Texas history. Well worth the tour.
Patsy was great and very knowledgable! The tour was very good value for all the sites we got to see.
Harrison was very professional and knowledgeable, and really brought the stories to life.
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!
Our guide Harrison gave us a great overview of Texas history as we walked from the Capitol and down Congress Ave
Patsy was a great guide and the tour was very informative. Would definitely recommend!
The guide was very dedicated and I learned a lot about the city.
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.
Also, she was entertaining, knowledgeable and fun. My children and I really enjoyed the tour and we will be back for more.
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.