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Historical Houston from Below: Morning Underground Tunnel Tour (Small Group)

Historical Houston from Below: Morning Underground Tunnel Tour (Small Group)

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Houston, United States
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Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

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.
  • 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
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Local English-speaking guide
Gratuity

Departure Point

650 Main St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

Cafe Express

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
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.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
JPMorgan Chase Tower
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.
Pass By:  
Downtown Tunnels
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.
Stop At:  
Houston Urban Adventures
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.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes and clothing is recommended
  • Please wear comfortable walking shoes and clothing. While the weather outside from May-November can be hot and humid, the Tunnel System is air-conditioned. While the weather from December-February can be cold, the Tunnel System is heated. Please check the local weather forecast and dress appropriately in case of rain and/or high winds.
  • This is a child-friendly tour. Children under the age of 6 are permitted to join this tour free of charge. Please inform us at the time of booking if you’ll be bringing a child under the age of 6.
  • Downtown parking: Do not park in a parking meter for this tour. The meters are good for only two hours, and violation tickets are quite expensive. Please park in an indoor garage or on an outside lot. For more information about parking downtown, see your ticket for more details.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Urban Adventures USA
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Historical Houston from Below: Morning Underground Tunnel Tour (Small Group)?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Historical Houston from Below: Morning Underground Tunnel Tour (Small Group).
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Historical Houston from Below: Morning Underground Tunnel Tour (Small Group)?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Historical Houston from Below: Morning Underground Tunnel Tour (Small Group).

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Reviews

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A Walk Through History
Melanie
, Feb 2020
Two hours of non-stop information shared. Kha-ai presented material in a format that was easy to comprehend. She answered all questions willingly. Information shared covered a variety of events in Houston's history.
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star-5
Great Tour!
garnette0312
, Feb 2020
Michael was a great guide. Very informative and interesting. Would recommend for a fun look at Houston from a different view!
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star-5
Great experience
melchiorrebiri
, Dec 2019
Must do in Houston, the host knows a lot of stories linked to things and places found downtown. The participants also pick up some historical background about the city and he state of Texas.
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star-5
Excellent tour - nice mix of novelty and history and fun
foxykit1
, Nov 2019
Our guide Mike was very knowledgeable and really made the tour lively and fun. I highly recommend this tour for visitors and locals alike!
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star-5
Great tour
Silvie S
, Aug 2019
Even when it was hot outside oud guide has been able to engage us for two hours with a mix of locations inside and outside teaching us the different Miami styles in Architecture and interior design. Very effective.
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star-5
So informative!
lauriemello
, Aug 2019
A wonderful tour and just the right amount of time. Sara our guide was awesome and very knowledgeable about the tour and the history behind it and more.....We so recommend this tour for some fun history of downtown Houston!!!
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Historical Adventure
chicharronquemado79
, Jul 2019
Michael was highly knowledgeable about history and did not hesitate in answering the tough questions concerning slavery. Thanks :)
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A Time to Remember
DayTrip819899
, Jun 2019
Wonderful tour! Our tour guide shared history in easy to remember terms! Never a dull moment. Job well done.
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Houston Underground Tunnel
741kathij
, May 2019
Not what I expected but interesting. Learned a lot of history about Houston. Guide personable and fun.
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star-1
The tour guide did not come as scheduled.
somchaisis
, Mar 2019
We book this tour which should start at 9:30am. We went to the appointment location 20 minutes before 9:30am. After we arrive, another couple also approach us and find that they also join this tour. We wail until 9:30am but no tour guide show up. I try to call the tour operator but no one pick up the phone so I have to leave the voice mail which no one call back. At around 9:45am, another couple has checked with the restaurant about this tour, they said that they often late !!! I am quite surprise that this tour often start late. Anyway, we decide to wait until 10:00am which no one show up so we just left Don't join this tour. They do not even show up.
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