By day, your city is a bustling, cosmopolitan tourist destination. But at night, when the sky grows dim, the guides of Haunted City Tours set out in search of the towns' ghostly denizens. Your town is as rich in history, culture, and politics as any, but it has a sordid past filled with dark secrets that runs much deeper than you would ever expect. Haunted City Tours whisks guests to all of these eerie places and hotbeds of ghostly phenomenon during guided tours that include historical tidbits alongside tales of paranormal happenings.
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.
A fleet of segways ferries tour takers to scenic outposts in downtown Houston and along the historic bayou during four tours, seven days per week. Guides lead groups of up to eight riders in snapping sunset pictures during the Twilight Bayou tour and spout off historic anecdotes during the Houston History tour. In addition to tours of the city and scenery, friendly guides can travel with a brigade of segways to a client's home or office to teach friends, families, and coworkers how to navigate the two-wheeled steeds more effectively than a renowned segway whisperer.
In an effort to raise money for wildlife relief efforts, The Houston Zombie Walk of 2011 rounds up costumed participants for a mile-long loop around downtown. At 5 p.m. on September 24, the gates will open at Jones Plaza, where entertainment options include three bands, a zombie dance crew, a Halloween DJ, and cooking demonstrations that show ideal pairings for brains. The walk itself lasts from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., and participants may bring controlled canines. After the plaza closes at 10 p.m., revelers can continue on to zombie-friendly bars that serve up drink specials and host headless can-can dancers.
Visitors to the Dionsio Winery Wine Festival sample the award-winning rich reds, crisp whites, and sweet fruit wines from a selection of local wineries. Local restaurants and vendors whip up delectable dinners and food pairings, while merchants peddle memorable keepsakes and handmade jewelry. Energetic classic rock outfit Thermal Fusion fills the air with a catchy live soundtrack, as staff fill commemorative wine glasses with endless samples of Dionisio's delicious wines. With food, wine, and tunes provided by Houston-based bands and businesses, the fest is a better way to celebrate the local culture than nibbling sandwichs into the shape of the Astro's stadium.