Friday, January 23, 2015

Touring Houston

Houston, Texas is known as the world capital of space exploration, has a Theater District second only to New York City, and is home to the Astros. One of the best ways to get to know Houston is by taking a tour. There are many tours you can take around Houston with varying activities and sights. You can even create your own tour based on the activities you want to do. When choosing a tour, determine what you want to see and do on your vacation.

Check Out the Tunnels

In the hot summers, Houston residents stay cool by using the tunnel system located 20 feet underground. You can take a tour of these tunnels during your trip to Houston to get an up-close look at the city's architecture and learn about the city's history. During your tour, you'll be able to see all of Houston from Texas' highest sky lobby and explore the many underground shopping centers. The Heart of the Tunnel Walk is three hours long and can be booked for parties up to 12 people.

Go Back in Time

Image via Flickr by Rennett Stowe
If you're interested in history, taking a tour of Houston's historical sites is perfect for you. Start with the Architecture Tour, which takes you to structures that trace the evolution of American architecture. Bayou Bend will give you a taste of southern aristocratic charm. For a good scare, check out some of Houston's local haunts, including Battleship Texas, Glenwood Cemetery, the Julia Ideson Building, and Alley Theater. Learn about Houston's significant civil aviation history at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum.

Night Life

For a night of fine wines and spirits, be sure to sign up for the Historic Downtown Pub Crawl, featuring four bars in the old Town of Houston. The bars rotate each night, so you can take the tour multiple times and discover new pubs every night. The tour always starts at The Cellar, located in the basement of Georgia's Market. The pubs date from 1861-1934, and offer unique tales of murder, gambling, brothels, and ghosts. If night clubs are more your style, check out Houston's amazing dance clubs, including The Flat, Fox Hollow, and Barbarella.

Family Time

Houston has several wonderful attractions for families that the kids will love. The Houston Zoo is one of Texas' best zoos, with plenty of animal habitats to explore, 4D experiences, and even giraffe feedings. Kemah Boardwalk has shops, restaurants, an aquarium, plenty of rides, and special events.
For a little culture, check out the Children's Museum of Houston, where your kids can explore 90,000 square feet of interactive exhibits. The Houston Museum of Natural Science allows your kids to explore the far reaches of space, roam with dinosaurs, and wander through the African Serengeti. With so much to see and do, you and your kids will have as much fun putting your tour together as you will exploring the places on it.
Putting a tour of Houston together is easy. Choose from existing tours or create your own. Look for Houston hotels during your search.