Texas State Capitol and Congress Ave

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Over Memorial Day weekend Keltin and I decided to visit Austin. Specifically to visit the state capitol building. I had not visited in years and Keltin had never been. We decided to go on Sunday morning, it was probably no where near as busy as Saturday was but we didn’t really account for it being a holiday weekend and the place was packed.

Looking up at the rotunda.
Peering down from the rotunda.

It is free to tour the capitol building and guided tours run about every 30 minutes. We indented to do a guided tour to learn a bit more but there were so many people and it was so loud that we ended up doing a self guided tour based off of the information in the brochure. If you intend to ever visit I suggest going on a weekday.

Details on a door hinge.

After exploring the interior of the capitol we wandered the grounds. It was hot but worth it to get away from the crowds. There are a number of Monuments in the grounds that are worth the walk to see.

Lady Bird Johnson Texas Capitol Flower Garden

After the slight chaos that was the capitol we headed down to the slight chaos that is South Congress Ave. Congress Ave. has Congress Ave. Bridge where you can watch the emergence of Mexican Free-tailed Bats during the summer. They are actually really neat to see if you take a kayak down Lady Bird Lake but that was a different trip a few years ago.

Keltin and I were intending to go for a giant slice of pizza but were derailed by Tex-Mex at Güero’s Taco Bar. Good food and fairly quick service despite how busy they were and there is a salsa bar.

After lunch we walked down to South Congress Books, which is a wonderful used bookstore. This is an area of Austin that Ketin and I are looking forward to exploring more in the future.

Keep Austin Weird

Thank you KW Photography for the use of all these wonderful photos.

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