Have you visited your state’s Capitol Building?

A few weeks ago we took our children to explore Texas’ state Capitol Building in Austin.

We checked the Texas State Capitol website and slid in just in time for the last guided tour of the day. (Free tours are hosted daily.)

My kids are 6, 8 and 10, and I wasn’t sure if they would love it or be bored.  They all really enjoyed our walking tour of Boston last summer, so I was hoping for the best.

My oldest, who is a boy LOVED it. But he is also in the midst of a unit on Texas history at school. We had been on a hunt to find a statue of Stephen F. Austin, so he was especially delighted to find that.

My middle guy liked it and even asked a few questions. My daughter, our youngest, was a trooper and smiled a lot, but that could have been because she got to sit on her dad’s shoulders here and there.

We all liked looking up into the rotunda:

And then, once we were up higher, we liked looking back down and checking out the art on floor where we had been standing. It featured seals of the six flags that have flown over Texas. (You did know that Texas was once its own country, right?)

We also go to see were bills are debated and laws are made:

When I was younger, I loved visiting the Capitol Building and it was exciting for me to see my kids drinking it all in, as well.

Have you visited your state Capitol as a family? What did your kids think of it?


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  • Jeanine

    I have lived in four different states, and strangely, I have never visited even one of the capitol buildings of these states. (Maybe because, until recently, I have never lived anywhere near the capitol.) HOWEVER, once upon a time before we had kids, we were visiting a friend in Austin, and while he was at work, we toured the Capitol Building. It was fascinating and we really enjoyed it. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn’t been there. :)

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