Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 2?4 hours
Pro Tip: Our tours are a great opportunity to learn about Houston and meet new friends.
Handicap Accessible: No
Parking: Parking lot
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Downtown Houston Tunnel System
Recommended Age Group: All Ages
What special credentials do you or your staff have?
We are members of the Professional Tour Guide Association of Houston.
I'm a first-timer. How do you get me ready for the experience?
Wear comfortable walking shoes and dress for the weather.
What is the one feature of your business that you're most proud of?
Our guides love to show off Houston.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
The word "Texas" comes from the Hasinai Indian word for "friend" or "ally," so "Texas" really does mean "friendly."
Houston Urban Adventures maintains that if you're looking for wonders, one of the best ways to find it is to search for buried treasure. On their signature Heart of the Tunnel walks, customers explore seven miles of air-conditioned tunnels, learning the history of the city through its art and architecture before venturing above ground to the top of the tallest building in Texas. Of course, not every treasure is hidden indoors?the Historic Downtown Pub Crawl whisks participants to a 19th-century gambling parlor, a tailor shop that moonlights as a watering hole, and the historic Market Square Park.
Mysterious fires. An old bank vault that can’t be destroyed. A deceased opera singer who refuses to draw the curtain on the living world. These are the stories that Houston Ghost Tour’s seasoned phantom chasers impart to mortals as they guide them to local nooks and crannies where spectral squatters may dwell. Guests on the Houston tour tiptoe through the ghostly grounds of Rice University and explore Hermann Park, where the songs from Miller Outdoor Theatre and animalistic shrieks from the Houston Zoo converge to form an eerie soundtrack for sleuthing. Travelers drink in local history during the Old Town Spring adventure, which teems with tales of Civil War battles, high-stakes gambling bets, and brothels filled with the ghosts of bats forever tangled up in lingerie. Along the way, guests can also glimpse the bullet holes of a bank robbed by Bonnie and Clyde. The Tomball tour explores a paranormal train depot and a cemetery that, like an igloo made of dry ice, is said to have vanished into thin air.
The Social City Dash puts smart phones to good use during its urban adventure race. Teams of two turn to Twitter and Facebook to solve clues and complete tasks, harnessing the power of their social networks to tackle challenges that take them all over the city. As they race to beat the clock, participants learn new facts about their town and also raise money to support a local charity.
As the indoor swimming arm of the Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School scuba-diving school—recently named Houston's best by the Houston Press—Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School entices water persons with a saltwater pool of titanic proportions. The facility's 75-foot long, up to 15-foot deep heated saltwater pool plays host to a crowded schedule of activities. The watery fun includes swim instruction for those less than 1 year old as well as adults. Regular times are also set aside for lap swimmers and indoor scuba sessions in which divers explore the saltwater pool's mysterious depths.