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Houston: Self-Driving Audio Tour

1. Houston: Self-Driving Audio Tour

Experience the sights and history of Houston, Texas, on this self-guided driving tour via an app for maximum flexibility, comfort, and value. Simply hop in your own car, get the tour guide app set up on your phone, and get started. All audio plays automatically based on location. Start your tour by the bayou and learn about the deadly battles that took place along the river. Most stops along the tour have animated videos that let you visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms. Then, visit Sam Houston Park, where past and present collide in the architecture, offering a unique glimpse into the diverse life of the area. Next, head to the Historic District and get to know some of Houston’s complex past. At Christ Church Cathedral, hear a quintessential story of the southern community back in the 1800s. Continue to Emancipation Park and get familiar with the significance of Juneteenth within Houston. As you drive through the Museum District, uncover the secrets behind some of Houston’s more notorious urban legends. Then, visit the grandest green space in the city: Hermann Park. The park even features a zoo. After that, swing through the famous Rice University and hear the tale of a wild senior prank pulled back in the ’80s, engineered by a student still known as “the mastermind.” Continue on to MacGregor Park and learn how the intense Hurricane Harvey impacted Houston. Then, hear about the importance of oil and gas to this city. Finally, get some stellar space facts and visit the world-famous NASA Johnson Space Center.

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What people are saying about Emancipation Park

Overall rating

2.8 / 5

based on 5 reviews

It is comfortable to drive through the hot city in an air-conditioned car and to visit places that one would probably not see otherwise. The comments are interesting and appropriate. It would be nice if the explanations about the previous sight didn't just stop if you got to the next one earlier than calculated by the algorithm. And the instructions for turning are sometimes so brief that you literally can't get the curve and have to turn a loop.

The audio was short. Many times you drove in silence. It would have been good time for an option or expanded information. Route had very few places you could park or just pull over that made it difficult to listen and drive.