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Walking through the streets of Houston is pretty special but did you know that there is a whole underground system of tunnels below the city? This Houston tour will take you through the city, over and underground, until you get to know the city from every angle.

Highlights

  • Discover Houston's underground Tunnel System with a local guide
  • Explore the newest and oldest tunnel sections that are open to the public

  • Learn about the history of Houston through its architecture and art

  • See beautiful art deco treasures and sculptures by world-famous artists and learn how Houston’s 7 miles of pedestrian tunnels came to be

What You Can Expect

Houston from Below: Underground Tunnel Tour

Underground Shopping District

You’ll meet your local guide and begin your Houston tour with a walk down Main Street towards the Chase Bank Building, which features eight frescoes depicting Texas history. With your local guide to explain these pieces, you’ll gain a greater understanding of the history of the city and state alike. From here, we’ll enter the Downtown Houston Tunnel System and walk over to Chase Tower, the tallest building in Texas. Your guide will lead you outside for a photo op in front of Joan Miro’s 1982 Personage and Birds.

Next on this historical Houston tour, you’ll cross the street and enter Philip Johnson’s award-winning Pennzoil Place. You’ll ride an escalator down to the tunnel where you’ll get a sweet treat at a unique boutique bakery with some of the best cookies in Houston.

Finish your Houston tour by walking through downtown’s oldest and newest tunnels, and see the only remaining portion of a 1913 hotel known as “The Cotton” before returning to Café Express with your guide.

Customer Reviews

Larry M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Tour leader very knowledgeable and interesting!

Haakon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Very interesting guided tour. Guide was a bit late, but that was no problem in the end as we got some basic history and overview of Houston. Fascinating city.

Juan A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

The history of the buildings and tunnels was very interesting. The view from Chase Tower was awesome.

martha W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

I learned so much about certain houston buildings and discovered all the wonderful tunnels too. Great experience!

GG H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2014

Excellent! Really enjoyed it and would highly recommend.

Eben F USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Who would have guessed there are 7 miles of tunnels (but more like an underground connector, people connector and shops/restaurants to support the high rise buildings in downtown Houston. The architecture in each building is quite different and our guide described the differences as we walked underground through part of the tunnels. Since the tour, we talked to many people from the Houston area on a cruise that had heard of the tunnels, but never visited.
One temporary downside to the tour, the Chase Skylobby with aerial views of the city, has been closed for renovation for several months.

Sheeller

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

The two tour guides were very well educated and complimented each other well. Got a lot of good history of the city, enjoyed tunnels. Was a little disappointed that we could not go up to the sky lobby as if was closed. Only drawback is that the description talks about entry fees being included, and I was a little disappointed to find out that was because they don't actually take you anywhere that requires entry fees.

Anthony D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2014

Had a Great Time!

Very knowledgable tour guides and interesting subject matter make this is a much-do tour for visitors and natives alike. Something for everyone and guides are quick to adjust to the interests of the group. Highly recommend.

Sandra M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

Great fun if you like a little history. There's a lot more to downtown Houston than concrete.

Victoria G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2013

Enjoyed the history, exploring the tunnel system and the heights of the Chase tower! Sandra is extremely knowledgeable and passionate about her tour and Houston - hard not to love the city being around her!

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