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Heart of the Tunnel WalkGeneral Info | Photo Gallery | Traveller Feedback
Immerse yourself in Texas history inside the Art Deco 1929 Chase Building, and then shift into modernity with a stroll through Houston’s Tunnel System. Enjoy spectacular westward views from the Chase Tower’s 60th-floor sky lobby, discover unique local shopping experiences, and enjoy lunch in the Tunnel System.
- Enjoy a westward view from Chase Tower’s 60th-floor sky lobby
- Stroll through the Downtown Houston Tunnel System
- Eat a Dutch-treat lunch in an air-conditioned, underground food court
- Shop at Houston’s Visitors Center and in an underground boutique
- Tour the lobbies of the 1929 Chase Building and 1976 Pennzoil Place
Tour style:Walking & Orientation, Local Life & Culture, Heritage & History
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:
Please contact Houston Urban Adventures to confirm your tour 24 hours prior to departure.
- 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:
Children must be 6 years of age to 11 years inclusively. Children below the age of 6 are not permitted on this tour.
- Language: English
Learn about the grand old state of Texas as you walk down Main Street into the 1929 Chase Bank Building, an Art-Deco banking hall that features eight frescoes depicting Texas history. Also within the hall is an impressive stained-glass window portraying the 1836 Battle of San Jacinto, where Texas won its independence from Mexico; and 12 portraits of the heroes of the Texas Revolution.
From there, stroll 20-feet underground through Downtown Houston’s air-conditioned Tunnel System to Chase Tower, the tallest building in Texas. Take in sweeping views and snap amazing photos of the westward view from Chase Tower’s 60th-floor sky lobby. Return to the lobby and go outside for a photo op in front of Joan Miro’s 1982 Personage and Birds.
Next, visit Philip Johnson’s award-winning 1976 Pennzoil Place, where you’ll return to the Tunnel. Continuing underground, we’ll pay a visit to Skidmore, Owings and Merrill’s 1972 One Shell Plaza for a unique shopping opportunity at Mendota, a boutique featuring gifts from around the world.
We’ll return outside for a walk along Hermann Square Park, a visit to Houston’s 1939 City Hall, and a walk to Wells Fargo Plaza, the tallest all-glass building in the Western Hemisphere. Join the busy lunch crowd underground as you enjoy a Dutch-treat meal in an air-conditioned food court featuring fare from all over the world.
You’ll finish your Houston tour with a newfound love and appreciation for Houston’s unique style and way of life, and will be perfectly situated to further explore everything Houston has to offer.
Want to check out what other travellers think of their Urban Adventure experience? See below for our traveller feedback.
- Your overall experience ...................................................................................... 4.80
- Your guide’s enthusiasm, local knowledge and communication skills........................................................................................................................ 4.96
The level of opportunity to learn more about the culture, interact
with locals, and experience their way of life......................................................4.60
The Responsible Travel philosophy implemented on your
Urban Adventure................................................................................................... 4.96
- Did the trip match your expectations?.............................................................. 4.76
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!!!
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. 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!
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