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Tunnel into the heart of Houston on this adventure from the 1920's to now. Trade in Art Deco for contemporary and head underground into the city's tunnel system to discover what lies beneath. A nifty chance to escape the Texan heat, this Houston tour even surprises locals.
- Discover Houston’s underground Tunnel System, with a local guide
- Learn about the history of Houston through its architecture and art
- Take pictures from the 60th floor of the tallest building in Texas, the Chase Tower
- Shop at Houston’s visitor centre inside City Hall
- Grab a bite to eat in one of Houston’s underground food vendors
Tour style:Walking & Orientation, Local Life & Culture, Heritage & History
Local English-speaking guide
Personal food, beverages, tips and gratuities for your local guide.
Group size:Maximum 12
Additional information :
- Voucher exchange details:
Please present your voucher to the local guide at the beginning of the tour.
- Confirmation of booking:
If you have your voucher, your booking is confirmed. We'll see you at the start point.
Get in touch if you have any concerns or require more information via the email address or phone number (business hours only) on your voucher.
- Additional information:
You may not take photographs or film video in the Tunnel System and most building lobbies. Cameras are permitted in Chase Tower’s sky lobby, the Chase Building’s lobby, outside, and in the Visitors Center.
- Dress standard:
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.
- Child policy:
This is a child-friendly tour. Children between the ages of 6 and 11 inclusively are permitted on this tour. Children younger than 6 are permitted at no extra cost, but please make sure you inform our guides of this before you take the tour.
- Language: English
Also runs from:1 Jan 2015 to 31 Dec 2015
We would be the first to say that 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 Heart of the Tunnel Walk will take you through the city, over and underground, and into the sky to the best lookout point in Houston. You’ll get to know the city from every angle on this Houston walking tour!
You’ll meet your guide and begin this Houston tour by taking 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 what these mean for the city of Houston, and it will give you an easy introduction into the history of the city. From here you’ll head underground into Houston’s Tunnel System and walk over to the Chase Tower, the tallest building in Texas. You’ll take an elevator ride up to the 60th floor and take some epic photos of Houston from the sky lobby!
Time to head back to ground level, and from the Chase Building you’ll head outside for a photo op in front of Joan Miro’s 1982 Personage and Birds. Next on this historical Houston Tour you’ll head across the street and enter Philip Johnson’s award-winning Pennzoil Place. You’ll ride the elevator down to the Tunnel and walk underground to Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s 1972 One Shell Plaza, where you’ll have a shopping opportunity at Mendota, a unique boutique featuring gifts from around the world.
Next, you’ll head above ground and walk outside along Hermann Square Park into Houston’s City Hall, home to one of the largest visitors centers in the U.S. Watch a short video about Houston, pose for a photo with a life-size statue of Houston’s namesake, purchase cowboy hats, postcards and souvenirs, look at exhibits, and pick up free literature about what to do in the nation’s fourth-largest city.
You’ll return to the Houston Tunnel and join the lunch crowd for a bite to eat from one of the many food vendors, and then finish your Houston tour by walking through downtown’s newest tunnel and heading back up into Houston’s Theatre District, the Downtown Historic District, and MetroRail.
Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback.
- Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.76
- Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.94
The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.53
The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.78
- Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.69
Mr. Kellie A.
USA ~ 08 Sep 2014[back to top]
Really enjoyed the tour. The guide was very informative about history of the area. He also explained what we could expect from the tour at the beginning. Had a great time & would recommend to others.
Ms. Kassandra M.
USA ~ 25 Aug 2014[back to top]
Mikey is awesome of course...his advanced knowledge of Houston history really developed the touring experience! We had an absolutely wonderful time!
Mrs. Vivian A.
USA ~ 25 Jul 2014[back to top]
My husband is from Houston and he learned a lot from this tour!
Ms. Carolyn F.
USA ~ 02 Jul 2014[back to top]
Extremely enjoyed trip ... things I had never known about in Houston downtown ... Mike was a great informative guide.
This was our first Urban Adventures tour, but we look forward to others.
Mrs. Lenda J.
USA ~ 11 Apr 2014[back to top]
Mike did an awesome job of explaining and sharing Houston's culture and the tunnel experience. I enjoyed it so much that I plan on bringing my grandkids to take the tour when they visit this summer.
Ms. Tracy P.
USA ~ 06 Apr 2014[back to top]
I really liked the leisurely pace which allowed us to investigate the farmer's market while outside. I found it easy to ask any question that popped into my head and I feel comfortable exploring the tunnel system on my own now.
Mr. Alan N.
USA ~ 18 Mar 2014[back to top]
Very knowledgable guide. I had heard about the tunnel system but had never been to see it. Great experience for all of us.
Mr. Kuros S.
USA ~ 27 Nov 2013[back to top]
We took the Houston Tunnel Tour and liked it. Personally I loved the leisurely pace and the fact that there was no rush to get the tour done. Our tour was a little disjointed only because we actually had two tour guides who had quite different approached. Sandra was amazing and obviously LOVES leading the tours and is a natural at it. She really "makes" the tour and it would be a real pleasure to take any tour with her because she RELLY REALLY knows her stuff and relates it well. We both felt that she should consider getting a Segway so that she can continue to lead all of the tours. The other tour guide who was incredibly nice (her name escapes me at the moment) and whom we really liked was new and still has a ways to go before really being able to give a great tour. Overall we had a nice experience, enjoyed the tour, and were glad we took it.
Ms. Nicole Z.
Germany ~ 10 Nov 2013[back to top]
Great tour with a knowledgeable guide. Pace was good and we learned a lot...and I am fairly well read on Houston so that's saying something!
Mrs. Nicole F.
~ 13 Sep 2013[back to top]
I have lived in the Houston area (aka. Pearland) my entire life (over 30 yrs now) but I don't ventured into Houston very often. My husband and I heard about the tunnels a couple of years ago and we were able to make it out this year as an anniversary thing. It was so much fun. We loved hearing about the city and seeing all the history that is all around us. It was so neat to see a whole city going on underground. Jeremy was our tour guide and he was amazing. You have to check it out!
Ms. Jennifer S.
~ 03 Sep 2013[back to top]
I really enjoyed this tour and learning about the underground tunnel system in downtown Houston.
Ms. Susan M.
USA ~ 23 Aug 2013[back to top]
I think the Tunnel Tour exceeded my expectations in every way. My mom and I learned more about Houston than I could have thought imaginable, and we haven't been able to stop talking about it with our friends and family. Can't wait to try another tour! (Or maybe just head back down to the tunnels the next time we're in Houston!!)
Mr. Rudolph G.
USA ~ 06 Aug 2013[back to top]
We had a wonderful time. Our guide was very informative. Although we live in Houston, we felt like we were discovering the city for the first time. Thank you for a most enjoyable experience.
Mr. Warren B.
USA ~ 23 Jul 2013[back to top]
This was Jeremy's first tour. He is a keeper for sure.
Ms. Kaura W.
USA ~ 05 Jul 2013[back to top]
Sandra, our tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. I learned a lot and had an enjoyable experience.
Mr. Omurhu O.
~ 14 Jun 2013[back to top]
Excellent tour. Guide was very knowledgeable. Enough breaks and stops to keep things interesting.
Ms. ana a.
Mexico ~ 28 May 2013[back to top]
We had a good time while doing the walk in the Tunnels in Houston Downtown, the guide tour knew a lot of history and he was sharing it with us all the time, we are glad we bought the groupon for this adventure!
Mrs. Hilary P.
USA ~ 21 May 2013[back to top]
The Tunnel Tour was very good & enjoyable, & Ron was very knowledgable.
I saw little point in stopping for lunch, as the Tour ended 15 minutes later. I guess it gives the restaurants business.
Ms. Crista C.
~ 30 Apr 2013[back to top]
we loved our guide (maybe ray or roy...it was a pace that was very comfortable, we were not rushed...and what a pleasant surprise that we were all called by our first names
Mr. Greg Q.
USA ~ 30 Apr 2013[back to top]
We have lived in Houston 30+ years and did not know that the tunnels existed. Sandra did an excellent job explaining the history of the downtown area as well as the development of the tunnel system. Her passion for the city is very evident and made the tour a great experience for all! Highly recommend!!!
Mr. Lindon G.
USA ~ 22 Apr 2013[back to top]
Loved it! Sandra was unbelievable with all the dates & info she gave us. She was the best we could have received! Will definitely do another tour.
Mrs. Stacy W.
USA ~ 18 Apr 2013[back to top]
Ron was quite knowledgeable.
Mrs. shelley j.
USA ~ 26 Mar 2013[back to top]
the tunnel walk was truly an adventure. i have talked to many people, some that actually live in houston, and they didn't even know there were tunnels under downtown. the guide was well versed on many of the buildings in the area, and their history. very enjoyable tour .
Mrs. Rosana Sonia J.
USA ~ 29 Jan 2013[back to top]
Thank you Sandra Lord!!!
Mr. Cledir L.
Brazil ~ 29 Oct 2012[back to top]
Ms. Sandra Lord was awesome! I really like it.
Mr. James S.
USA ~ 15 Aug 2012[back to top]
I have been living in Houston for 17 yrs and never been to the tunnels. This was a good introduction and the "non-tunnel" activity was better than the focal point of the tour. Susan was an excellent guide and would consider her for future tours without hesitation.
Mr. Eric H.
USA ~ 12 Aug 2012[back to top]
Great guide. She gave information about the Houston tunnels and city history that we would otherwise have missed. Good fun and enjoyed the educational experience.
Mr. Brian Z.
USA ~ 22 Jul 2012[back to top]
Great tour! Sandra is an outstanding guide, extremely knowledgeable,enthusiastic,and personable. Thank you!
Mrs. Carol B.
USA ~ 09 Jul 2012[back to top]
This tour was great! Our ladies'group had talked about touring the downtown tunnel for years, so we were really looking forward to this event. Sandra led the way and we gladly followed. She was a combination of Texas history & Houston information. We learned some things about Houston that we didn't know while admiring the various buildings on the tour. Sandra was great about letting us know when pictures could be taken & even showed us how to get that "perfect shot" from the 60th floor. We do have a great group shot that one of our ladies is planning on using on her blog - watch for that! Lunch was delish, we got to shop at the Visitor's Center and Sandra even showed us how to get to a local specialty grocery store downtown. Thanks to Sandra for making our experience such an enjoyable one.
Mrs. Delphine D.
USA ~ 29 Apr 2012[back to top]
This is the second tour that we take with Urban Adventures and Sandra Lord as our guide. She is a great guide that manages to adapt her tours to interest her visitors of the day. She has a great wealth of knowledge both historic and esoteric and she peppers her tours with both with great skill, gusto and panache. I highly recommend her tours as you will walk away with a smile and a feeling that you have spent a few hours with an old friend.
Mrs. Linda H.
~ 18 Mar 2012[back to top]
This is a great trip even for "locals" if you don't work and have never worked downtown. I learned a lot and enjoyed every minute of it.
Ms. Brenda B.
USA ~ 28 Jan 2012[back to top]
The tour is a different kind of view of the city, info you would never learn elsewhere. It is very interesting and makes me want to explore the places and enjoy the businesses I've been introduced to.
Mr. Vern V.
USA ~ 23 Jan 2012[back to top]
Great tour!!! We enjoyed it and our tour guide, Sandra, very much!
Mr. John K.
USA ~ 15 Jan 2012[back to top]
Very interesting tour.
Ms. Kerrenda B.
USA ~ 02 Jan 2012[back to top]
My tour guide was amazing. She was friendly and very knowledgable. She gave us so much information. Now I am so enthused about this tour I want everyone to try it. It was absolutly amazing.
Mrs. Rona F.
USA ~ 18 Dec 2011[back to top]
Tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, and friendly. We had a great time; and learned so much about Houston that we didn't know even after living here for decades! We would recommend this tour to friends.
Ms. Rose Ellen D.
USA ~ 13 Nov 2011[back to top]
what a great tour! the guide was extremely knowledgeable and i gained a lot of understanding of houston. i've lived here for a year and had no idea about the downtown buildings, architecture and tunnel system. this tour definitely helped me appreciate my city more!
Mrs. Renee H.
USA ~ 13 Nov 2011[back to top]
I am an (almost) lifelong Houstonian and was overwhelmed with the amount of "new" knowledge I gleaned from the tunnel walk. Sandra Lord, our guide, REALLY knew her stuff and went the extra mile to answer all our questions. Sign up - you will be glad you did!
Mrs. Dawn U.
New Zealand ~ 09 Nov 2011[back to top]
We thoroughly enjoyed our Heart of the Tunnel Walk through Houston. Not only did we see some great architecture and learned Texas history, but we discovered a whole new world underneath Houston. Miguel, our guide was fun and knowledgeable.
Ms. Robin W.
USA ~ 01 Nov 2011[back to top]
Great tour! It was fun and informative. Our guide, Miguel, was fabulous. I will take my out of town guests to one of these. I look forward to taking your other tours.
Mrs. Laurie O.
USA ~ 23 Oct 2011[back to top]
Our guide was very knowledgable and made the whole experience enjoyable. She even made it possible for us to have a photo with the Houston Mayor.
Ms. Amanda P.
USA ~ 29 Aug 2011[back to top]
Sandra is great & I never knew there was so much to see below and above Houston, Texas!
For your Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
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