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Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston

1. Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston

Discover why Houston, the most populated city in Texas and the 4th most-populated city in the United States can look like a ghost town during warm summer days. This is because just 20-25 feet below street level, there are more than 7.5 miles of underground tunnels that encompass Texas' tallest skyscrapers and serve as a corporate playground for a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. Start the tour at the famous Hyatt Regency Hotel in Downtown Houston and set off on a unique tour to some of the city's most well-renowned skyscrapers. Enjoy great photo opportunities alongside Texas' two tallest buildings, the oldest bank in Houston, and the newest portion of the downtown tunnel system. During the tour, learn all about the history of the city's extensive Tunnel System and its modern corporate appeal including a diverse range of great dining options and business amenities that resemble Houston's diversity.

Houston: City Sightseeing Tour by Electric Cart

2. Houston: City Sightseeing Tour by Electric Cart

On this tour, let your local guide zip you through the city's top historical landmarks, visiting pristine parks and vibrant murals along the way. Learn more about Houston's vast collection of culinary choices that makes it one of the culinary centers of the world. Visit sports venues, museums, and the third largest theatre district in the country.  One of the highlights of this city sightseeing tour is viewing the so-called 8th Wonder of the World: The Astrodome. Built in 1965, the Astrodome was the world's first indoor air-conditioned stadium. Though the stadium is closed, visitors from all over the world still come to marvel at the iconic structure. After you hit all the top sights, pick up some recommendations from your local guide for nightlife and restaurants in Houston so you can make the most of your time in the vibrant city. Make sure to bring your camera — you’ll have many opportunities to stop for priceless photo-ops. The fleet of carts can accommodate groups ranging from 1-50 people per tour, though groups of 2 may be paired with up to 3 other people.

Houston: Mural Tour by Electric Cart

3. Houston: Mural Tour by Electric Cart

Explore different parts of the city while taking in all of the world-renowned street art that Houston has to offer. Ride to each spot in a comfortable Polaris GEM electric vehicle as you pick up priceless local insights into the vibrant culture of the city from your local guide. Learn the history of the art movement that colors the walls all across Houston, and the passionate artists who have made their mark on the city. All that is required on this tour is your camera — you won’t want to miss out on taking pictures of all of the fantastic art that you’ll be seeing. Criss-crossing through the city, you’ll find yourself in an artistic cluster in Houston, with over 20 murals in close proximity to one another. Discover the best spots with your local guide and take home some awesome memories of the city.

Houston: 2-Hour Downtown Brewery Tour by Electric Cart

4. Houston: 2-Hour Downtown Brewery Tour by Electric Cart

Take a unique ride through Downtown Houston in an electric cart. Escape the heat and cruise throughout the city streets in an air-conditioned vehicle. Along the way, learn about Houston's incredible food scene and see some beautiful sites. Your local guide will take you to 3 or 4 different breweries, where you will head in and try whatever beer you like. There are a myriad choices and each brewery has it's own signature brew, as well as many other options to choose from. Your guide will provide lots of fun facts about the city and walk you through why each brewery is unique to the city of Houston. At each brewery, you will also have time to purchase more beer and food as you please. Your group will spend about 20 minutes at each brewery, based on your group's preference. This tour is a small group tour and very flexible, so take this time to enjoy the best that Houston has to offer, and make the most of your time.

Houston: Guided Tour of NASA Space Center and Galveston

5. Houston: Guided Tour of NASA Space Center and Galveston

Head south from Houston for a day-trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center and a guided tour of the nearby town of Galveston. See why the space center is Houston’s no. 1 tourist attraction, and ride through the island city on the Gulf Coast known for its 10-mile Seawall and Victorian-era streets. Discover the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program set among more than 400 space artifacts. Find flown spacecraft, the largest collection of moon rocks on public display, and seasonal exhibits throughout the year that offer exciting attractions for all ages. Explore the red planet in the interactive Mission Mars exhibit. Experience a virtual Martian sunset, climb into a simulated Orion capsule, and feel the texture of rock cliffs. See what it takes to travel to Mars, what tech will get us there, and how humans may live there in the next few decades. Visit Independence Plaza presented by Boeing, the only shuttle replica mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft, and the only place where you can enter both vehicles. Get a rare glimpse into history and breakthroughs of the Space Shuttle Program in the eight-story, multi-exhibit complex. Next, drive with your guide to Galveston, a charming Southern retreat just 50 miles from Houston. Discover the art, historic architecture, chic boutiques, and ghost legends that are all tucked into a little Gulf Coast barrier island. Listen to the history and legends that formed the city, like that of Pirate Jean Lafitte. Admire the Victorian homes and scenic downtown area, and learn the stories of 19th century buildings like Lucas Terrace, Bishop’s Palace, and Ashton Villa. Make the most of your tour with plenty of time to ask questions and stop for photos. Get dropped off back in Houston at the end of your tour.

From Houston: Galveston Tour with Tall Ship Elissa Admission

6. From Houston: Galveston Tour with Tall Ship Elissa Admission

Embark on a guided day tour to the city of Galveston, a charming Southern retreat just 50 miles from Houston. Discover a destination full of art, historic architecture, chic boutiques, and ghostly legends - all tucked within a quaint Gulf Coast barrier island. Depart Houston by minivan and hear about the stories that formed the city from your guide. Upon arrival, get a closer look at Galveston’s history on a sightseeing tour through the city center with your guide. Stroll down Broadway Street, stop at Moody Mansion, and see historic Lucas Terrace. Arrive at Galveston Historic Seaport, and visit the tall ship, Elissa, with admission included. A designated National Historic Landmark, it is one of the world's oldest sailboats in operation. Learn more about immigration to the United States as well as more about Galveston's maritime history. Next, take your harbor cruise departing from the port. See ships and seabirds, dolphins and drilling rigs on this hour-long cruise. Afterwards, benefit from some free time to grab some lunch or to stroll on the beach. Afterward, meet with your guide and return to Houston.

From Houston: City Landmarks and Galveston Guided Tour

7. From Houston: City Landmarks and Galveston Guided Tour

See the highlights of Houston in a day on this guided sightseeing tour. Enjoy sites such as the Annunciation Catholic Church and Buffalo Bayou. Hear stories about the city’s founding. From there, heading to Galveston. Uncover the charms of a Southern metropolis and seaside town.  Your tour starts from the Toyota Center in the city center. Ride past Minute Maid Park where the Houston Astros baseball team plays. The Annunciation Catholic Church stands across the street from the stadium.  Pass through the Court District, the heart of the city’s civic center. Nearby you’ll see the historical Rice Hotel. Along the way, you’ll receive a history of the city’s founding from your guide. You’ll be surprised to learn how much they invested in land back in 1837. Across the Buffalo Bayou, check out the Arts District. Enjoy the colorful street art and lively atmosphere. Spot other public artworks, including sculptures and murals. Take some time to explore and enjoy a bite to eat. After Houston, ride fifty miles out of town to Galveston. Listen to tales of the city’s past, ghosts, and pirates along the way. Visit the historic downtown which has kept much of its Victorian architecture. As you walk around town, keep an eye out for the statues of sea turtles.  Learn more of the city’s history at Ashton Villa and the Bishop’s Palace. Listen to tales about the end of the Civil War and the origins of Juneteenth. Stroll along Galveston’s seawall and admire old-time ships in the port. At the end of the trip, you will return to the Toyota Center in Houston.

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What people are saying about Houston

Overall rating

3.6 / 5

based on 5 reviews

A great tour with fab hosts!! We were picked up right outside our apartments and taken to three different microbreweries in Houston - each had a totally different style and atmosphere with lots of original tasty craft beers to try. My favourite was the lollipop one at Urban South. We had such a fun afternoon with Robbie and Marna - would highly recommend

Our tour guide Vanessa was so personable and so into her job. She has a genuine love for the city of Houston, as well as for the tunnels she guided us through. Her excitement and descriptions of each of the places we visited made this tour a memorable one.

Great way to experience the city! Sarah was knowledgeable, personable and willing to stop for photos!! It was great to be picked up and dropped off at our hotel! Would definitely recommend if your new to city or have been many times before!

I learned much more history about the city than anticipated. The sights, of course, were outstanding.

Sarah was very friendly and super knowledgeable about the city. We had a great time!