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Houston Walking tours

Our most recommended Houston Walking tours

Houston: Downtown Underground Tunnel Tour

1. Houston: Downtown Underground Tunnel Tour

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 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: East Downtown Food Tour

2. Houston: East Downtown Food Tour

Embark on a guided walking tour to discover Houston's food, art, and history. Find out for yourself how Houston is now one of the best food cities in the USA as you sample food at 5 of the city's great culinary locations. Meet your guide and learn about Houston's position at a center of immigration means it has a rich food heritage influenced by countless different cultures. Hear stories behind the culture, people, and food that have shaped the city. Stroll through the EaDo district, and experience how the district has evolved from Houston’s original Chinatown into one of the fastest-growing neighborhoods in the country. Stop to sample delicious food at 5 authentic locations as you go. Feast on samplings at a bakery, a taco stand, a BBQ restaurant, a unique supermarket, and a Vietnamese restaurant. Encounter and learn about graffiti art, architecture, public art, and green spaces that have helped shape EaDo in between your stops.

Houston Ghosts and Hauntings

3. Houston Ghosts and Hauntings

Explore the city of Houston from a new perspective on a dark history adventure to some ancient haunted sites. Listen to your guide's creepy stories and get to know the spirits that inhabit one of the major cities of Texas, ranked the #1 most haunted state in the US. Start your journey at Market Square Park before heading to the oldest commercial building in Houston: La Carafe. Wind through the shadowy streets of the historic district as you hear the tales of tragic deaths and chilling mysteries that took place in the area. Visit the towering Hotel ICON, where an antique bank vault holds the restless spirits of the 1929 stock market crash. Mingle with the doomed souls of the Spaghetti Warehouse, a site so haunted that employees have quit out of fear. Choose the 90-minute extended tour to see four additional haunted locations, including the last place John F. Kennedy slept before meeting his tragic fate in Dealey Plaza. By the time you circle back to Market Square, you’ll have a full view of local history and plenty of spooky stories to tell.

Houston: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern Guided History Tour

4. Houston: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern Guided History Tour

Discover the secrets of one of Houston's most iconic and historical landmarks on a guided, walking tour. Hear about the origins of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern and admire the subterranean architecture as you experience a highly unusual space with vast columns and a 17-second echo. Check in at the Visitor Center of Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston's oasis of green in the middle of the city. Meet your guide at the entrance of the cistern, and discover how the structure was built in 1926 as the city's original drinking water reservoir. You'll be led into the cavernous cistern that has been repurposed as a subterranean public space. Marvel at an interior the size of 1.5 football fields and which, at one time, held 15 million gallons of drinking water. Unleash your inner child and play in the space. Trying calling out to hear the 17-second echo as the sound of your voice bounces off the walls and ceilings. Admire the architecture of monolithic concrete columns.

Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access

5. Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access

Foodies wanted! Come enjoy diverse plates in the heart of Downtown Houston at some of city's most famous restaurants. This tour will begin at the Historic Market Square Park (outside Niko Niko's) where you will learn about Houston's rich history, beautiful architecture, & diversity of cultures. The tour consists of 3 stops where you will try 8-9 delicious food samplings including authentic Mexico City cuisine, traditional Asian novelties, Houston's unique take on Italian-American, & dessert. These meals are pre-ordered & will be coming out fresh for your whole group. Guests will also enjoy views of the tallest building in Texas & private limited access into largest downtown tunnel system in the USA! (1/3 of tour spent in tunnels) We hope to be eating with you soon! ***If you have any food allergies or any concerns please contact us before the tour. Dietary restrictions may have a fee. Beverages & any additional food besides the samplings are optional & not included as part of the tour.***

Houston: Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Downtown Area

6. Houston: Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Downtown Area

During your visit to Houston, be sure to check out the city's historic downtown area. Find out about how the main street was revitalized, why Houston is not the state capital, visit the Theatre District, see downtown street art, and more on this guided walking tour. Begin at the Personage and Birds statue in front of the JPMorgan Chase Tower. Learn about the history of this artwork, the surrounding architecture, and the Notsuoh Festival of the early 1900s. As your guide points out some notable bars,hear how the main street was revitalized in the 1980s. Head to Allen's Landing, the birthplace of the city, and discover the history of the ice houses of Houston. Continue onwards and hear about Houston's Forrest Gump, Howard Hughes Jr. Finally, pass through the Historic Market Square and learn about the area's history and the story of the town hall bell.

Houston Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

7. Houston Like a Local: Customized Private Tour

Explore the city with a friendly local who is passionate about his/her city and eager to share all the tips and tricks that will help you make the most of your trip. Meet where you're staying to get familiar with the neighbourhood, find out about the best places to eat and buy groceries, the easiest ways to get around, and the hidden gems you might have missed. By the end of the tour, you'll feel more comfortable in navigating the city and confident that you have all the information you need to make the most of your stay. Once we receive your booking, the supplier get in touch with you to confirm all the details for the tour: meeting place and time, language and your contact information, and also ask you some questions to get to know you better. They will hand-pick the right local for you based on your interests. Each tour is completely customized so you can choose the meeting location, start time and length that you prefer (minimum: 2 hours).  During the walking tour you will have the option of taking public transportation or taxi to get around the city (at your expense). The local guides (Lokafyers) are locals who are passionate about their city and love to meet travellers and share what they love about their city.  They are not professional tour guides and do these tours occasionally, which provides an authentic and personal experience that is like having a friend show you around their home city.  Through conversations with your Lokafyer, you’ll learn what it’s like to live in Houston, learn about cultural differences, local events and politics and also get to know each other on a personal level. With this experience, you won’t be just passing through the city, you’ll be part of it.

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What people are saying about Houston

Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 25 reviews

Who knew there was such a thriving environment below the streets of Houston. Our guide, Vanessa, was knowledgeable, personable, animated, and projected well. We had a great experience and loved learning about some of Houston's history.

Vanessa was very knowledgeable and we learned a lot from her. She's very nice and friendly. She gave a lot of recommendations to us. She's one of the best tour guide, so far we ever had.

We were taken across a mess of underground tunnels below skyscrapers which we saw to be clean and vibrant with people going about there daily business.

Vanessa is a very knowledgeable, very enthusiastic and super helpful guide. It was a pleasure to have her leading our tour.

Vanessa was a wonderful tour guide! We had a great time and she was very knowledgeable.