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Sam Houston Park, Houston

Sam Houston Park, Houston

Sam Houston Park, Houston: Our most recommended tours and activities

Houston: Guided City Tour by an Open-Top Panoramic Bus

1. Houston: Guided City Tour by an Open-Top Panoramic Bus

See the historical highlights and cultural delights of Houston on this panoramic bus tour. Enjoy unobstructed views from your seat and listen to informative commentary from your guide. Cruise past important landmarks like the historic City Hall, Market Square, Heritage Society, and Graffiti Park. Start your sightseeing tour at a cowboy-themed Visitors Center with Texan heritage artifacts and photo opportunities. Sit at the coffee shop or shop for souvenirs before boarding the bus. Head to the Toyota Center, home of the professional NBA basketball team the Houston Rockets. See the beautiful urban park of Discovery Green located in the heart of the Convention Center area. Next up is Houston Graffiti Park filled with vibrant street art and wall murals. See the latest street mural exhibition organized by Street Art for Mankind non-profit.  Discover Minute Maid Park, the home of the 2022 World Series champions, the Houston Astros. Move to Market Square Park in the city's Downtown Historic District to see the Old Union train station building. Finally, admire the last original buildings of the Downtown's Main Street Square. Marvel at the Art Deco architecture of the Houston City Hall building in front of Hermann Square. See the slow-moving Buffalo Bayou River, where in 1836 John and Augustus Allen founded Houston. Next, continue to Tranquility Park which was built to commemorate the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969. Spot the Downtown Aquarium, the Sam Houston Park dedicated to the buildings and culture of the city's past, and the Heritage Society museum and park.

Houston: 1-Day or 3-Day Museum Pass

2. Houston: 1-Day or 3-Day Museum Pass

Explore Houston's most exciting museums including the 1940 Air Terminal Museum, Asia Society Texas Center, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Children's Museum of Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Czech Center Museum Houston, Holocaust Museum Houston, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston Center For Photography, Houston Museum of Natural Science, Lone Star Flight Museum, National Museum of Funeral History, Rothko Chapel, The Health Museum, The Heritage Society, The Menil Collection and The San Jacinto Museum and Battlefield Association. Houston is known for many incredible museums. Choose a 1-day pass to see some of your favorites, or select a 3-day option for more time to visit them all. This pass is activated upon first use and valid for the number of days you've selected.

Houston: Sightseeing Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

3. Houston: Sightseeing Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Explore Houston on a self-driving experience via an app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Simply hop in your car, get the app set up on your phone, and get started. Enjoy flexibility and comfort as you drive down the Historic District, Museum District, and more. Start your tour by the bayou and learn about the deadly battles that took place along the river. Visualize what you cannot see, such as snapshots from different centuries or interior rooms, with animated videos at most stops along the tour. Then, visit Sam Houston Park, where past and present collide in the architecture, offering a unique glimpse into the diverse life of the area. Sit back and listen to the audio play automatically based on your location. Next, head to the Historic District and learn 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, which even features a zoo. Afterward, 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 to MacGregor Park and learn how the intense Hurricane Harvey impacted Houston. Next, 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.

Houston: Sights of Downtown Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

4. Houston: Sights of Downtown Smartphone Audio Walking Tour

Embark on a self-guided tour through Downtown Houston. Stroll past historical and modern landmarks while listening to the audio guide on your smartphone device as you explore the history, art and culture of Houston. Marvel at the large imposing Houston City Hall while you hear some of Houston’s exciting past. See the Bob Lanier Public Works Building, the impressive United States Custom House and the 1884 Houston Cotton Exchange Building, once a commercial and trading center for the cotton industry. Learn the history behind some of Houston’s oldest homes at the Kellum-Noble House, The Old Cabin, the Nichols-Rice-Cherry House and the Majestic Metro which originally operated as a movie theater. Hear the interesting personal stories behind the Julia Ideson Building, the Niels and Mellie Esperson Buildings, and the Rice Hotel. We’ll tell you about Allen’s Landing, a popular spot offering a glimpse into Houston's history. Learn the history of the Gulf Oil Building, the Texaco Building and the oldest continually operating church in Houston, the Christ Church Cathedral. Hear how the Buffalo Bayou, with its rich history, played a significant role in the development of Houston as a city. Explore the Heritage Society Museum at Sam Houston Park which is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of Houston and the Houston Aquarium building, home to over 200 species of marine animals. We’ll visit Market Square, a historic district located in the Old Town area, known for its vibrant atmosphere and diverse mix of restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment venues. Stroll past Houston’s dynamic Theater District while you hear about the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, a popular venue for theatre and music, the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts dedicated to the Houston Symphony and the Alley Theatre with its wide variety of plays and musicals. You’ll also see the Wortham Theater Center home to the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera. You can take as long as you like to enjoy the parks and buildings, museums, restaurants and shopping while you explore the wonderful Downtown Houston!

Austin & Houston: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

5. Austin & Houston: Self-Guided Driving Audio Tour

Start by downloading the Action Tour Guide app, which will function as your personal tour guide, audio tour, and map. Purchase one tour per car, not per person. Everyone listens together! Once downloaded, your tour begins in either Austin or Houston. In Austin, you’ll start at the beautiful Mount Bonnell. As you drive, you’ll learn about Texas’s struggle for independence and the city’s rich and delightfully diverse music history. Plus, cruise past the Wild Basin Wilderness preserve, replete with over 200 acres of preserved wilderness. Uncover the city’s rich BBQ history, especially Austin’s pit-style cooking! Then find out how this became the hottest city in the tech industry. Stop by Zilker Botanical Garden with 28 acres of local and exotic flora. Pay a visit to the beloved Barton Springs with its three-acre spring-fed pool, a miniature train, and even a community theater! Then, cross Congress Avenue Bridge, home to the largest urban bat colony in America. Dig further into Austin’s culture and learn how the iconic phrase “Keep Austin Weird” was born! Get some trivia on the various movies and shows that have been filmed here, such as the cult classic, Office Space and Richard Linklater’s ambitious Boyhood, shot over a dozen years. Then park by the majestic state capitol and stroll through the beautiful grounds as you learn more about Austin’s fascinating history. Finally, catch snatches of the vibrant nightlife on 6th Street, which was once a hive of booze-related shenanigans during Prohibition. This concludes your Austin adventure! In Houston, you’ll begin on Lamar Street, between the Embassy Suites Hotel and Grove Restaurant. Then hear about the Caddo Nations and how the Spanish conquered their land to establish Mexico. Proceed past the Buffalo Bayou Park and unearth the famed Battle of San Jacinto, a key fight in the struggle for Texan independence! As you drive, you’ll behold amazing architecture both new and old, from sleek skyscrapers like Penzoil Place to the grandeur of Christ Church Cathedral. Discover the blend of art, science, and history at the Houston Museum District, where you’ll find a diverse range of museums dedicated to everything from African-American culture, to children, natural sciences, and beyond! Of course, no visit is complete without learning the history of NASA. Learn why Houston was chosen for the headquarters and hear stories of some of its greatest triumphs as you make your way to the Johnson Space Center. Your tour concludes here.

Downtown Houston: In App Audio Walking Tour

6. Downtown Houston: In App Audio Walking Tour

Welcome to Houston, the fourth-largest city in America! This in-app audio tour offers you the opportunity to explore downtown landmarks in a car-free manner, challenging the city's renowned reputation as car-centric. Commence your journey by enjoying a panoramic view of Houston from the grassy hills of Discovery Green Park. Nearby, the oldest Catholic Church of the Annunciation will surprise you with masses conducted in both English and Latin. As you pass by the distinguished Sam Houston Hotel, delve into the legendary legacy of its namesake, Sam Houston, and his pivotal role in the founding and governance of the state of Texas. Explore the original center of Houston's early years, now transformed into the bustling Market Square Park. The tour then guides you through the renowned Theater District, home to award-winning ballet, opera, and theatre venues. Follow the path to the Buffalo Bayou, near the location where the Allen brothers established Houston in 1836. Continue your journey by visiting Tranquility Park, a recreational area with an insightful layout recounting the Apollo 11 landing and Houston's significant role in that historic event. Conclude your tour at Sam Houston Park, the city's first park, which showcases architectural icons from various historical periods, providing a glimpse into the different eras of Houston's rich history. Join this tour to immerse yourself in Houston's distinctive charm, embracing its local sports, space history, performing arts, and urban landscapes. HOW IS THE TOUR GOING — Stay flexible: [join the tour whenever you want and] explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

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What people are saying about Sam Houston Park, Houston

Overall rating

4.1
(13 reviews)

Had an Amazing time. Tour guide was very informative and helpful. Overall the staff was very friendly and helpful. The bus did squeak quite a bit due to braking so that's the only negative I have. Definitely will book again for other tours offered. Amazing

Was quite windy which made it cold at times. The tour guide gave my wife a blanket which was greatly appreciated. Despite the cold the guides upbeat attitude was quite warming.

Great guide that showed parts of Houston we otherwise would not have seen or known about. It gave lots of information and points to visit in the future.

Very good activity for our long layover in Houston!!

The tour guide was very knowledgeable about Houston!