A comprehensive tour of a city is a good way to get a feel for its history, discover its coolest hangouts, and figure out where you left your car. Take an enlightening hike around downtown with today’s Groupon to a Heart of the Tunnel walk or historic downtown pub crawl from Houston Urban Adventures. Choose from the following options:
- For $30, you get a three-hour tour for 2 (up to a $60 value).
- For $60, you get a three-hour tour for 4 (up to a $120 value).
- For $180, you get a private three-hour tour for 12 (up to a $360 value).
Heart of the Tunnel walks begin at 10:30 a.m. on weekdays, and historic downtown pub crawls begin at 6 p.m. every day of the week. Check the calendars on each tour’s page for available times.
Houston Urban Adventures’ historically buffed guides lead walking tours of the downtown area’s most notable sites, imparting tidbits about each destination and local legends. Groups of 2 and 4 link arms with fellow tour-goers for three hours of urban exploration, while groups of 12 commandeer private tours. Heart of the Tunnel walks kick off in the lobby of The Lancaster Hotel, and then moves to the Chase Tower, where the group rides the elevator to the 60th floor for sky-lobby-photo opportunities and independent debunking of the earth’s supposed curvature. The tour goes from skyscraping to subterranean locales as the group heads into the tunnel system on its way to the 1929 Chase Building. Additional stops include a stained-glass window depicting the Battle of San Jacinto in the Chase Building, Houston City Hall's video center, an underground food court for a bite, and Pennzoil Place.
Suds-seekers can opt for a historic downtown pub crawl, beginning at The Lancaster Hotel and moving first to the Post Rice Lofts, where the guide will regale guests with Houston’s early history, including its formative years living abroad. The tour then heads to Main Street, where the group can democratically choose to stop at their choice of pubs and bars.
Discover Houston Tours
After 27 years of business, Discover Houston Tours has introduced tourists and locals alike through the hidden corners and celebrated landmarks of Houston through thousands of tours. Engaging, knowledgeable guides share their love of the city through exciting and informative walking tours of Houston’s scenic midtown and its historical local pubs. Tour leaders show visitors the sweet wonders of local chocolate companies on Rice Boulevard, or introduce tourists to the city’s subterranean system of shops and restaurants, originally constructed to shield commuters from the hot Houston sun and the stray hacky-sacks of med students on study breaks.