Each year, thousands of visitors from around Texas and around the world visit the Texas State Capitol. Taller than the Capitol in Washington, D.C. the Texas Capitol is a treasure that we all can be proud of. Big changes are coming the capitol area that will make it easier for visitors to park and participate in their state government. Additionally, this new effort will save Texas taxpayers over $20 million per year.

For starters, the north stretch of Congress Avenue, from the Capitol to the Bob Bullock State History Museum, will be closed to car traffic and will be replaced by a park and walking space. This will be a significant improvement in safety for the many school-aged visitors that come to Austin. This area will be called the Texas Mall and will eventually feature coffee shops, food trucks and space for live music.

Additionally, more parking space will be added under the Texas Mall. In an area known for few parking spaces, this will be helpful for those that intend to visit the area. While summer is just wrapping up, tours of the Texas Capitol occur every day. For more information, the Visitors Center is available at 512.305.8400.