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.
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."
When Houston Maritime Museum founder James L. Manzolillo moved to Houston in 1979, he found the city to be an ideal location for establishing a living, breathing monument to maritime history. As a host to the second-largest port in the United States, Houston provides a fitting backdrop for an institution that preserves the legacy of the intrepid individuals who explored the waters about which Manzolillo has always been passionate. Housed inside the former home of retired Navy lieutenant commander John Luykx, the Houston Maritime Museum's collection contains 150 model battleships, paddleboats, and submersibles as well as 100 maritime artifacts such as astrolabes, nautical quadrants, and sextants. An exhibit dedicated to the Port of Houston displays the port's history through artifacts and photos, and illustrates the port's significance to the local and national economy. Guided tours are conducted with advanced registration to allow visitors to learn little-known facts without having to forge the naval-officer secret handshake.
Strength and conditioning coach Hayden Cowie has trained with world champion boxers, football and basketball players, and supermodels. Today, he uses all that experience, which spans more than 20 years, in fitness classes at Sharp Physiques Fitness. Classes provide equipment for clients to train on, including TRX suspension trainers, medicine balls, kettlebells, body bars, dumbbells, spin bikes, and jump ropes.
Is a Skinny Sippin' Mixer a party focused on healthy living, or a party with cocktails? It's a trick question. The soirees are both, thanks to healthy drinks courtesy of one of the event's partners, Skinnygirl Cocktails. As attendees sip their lower-calorie libations, they mingle with some of the best health and wellness professionals in town, picking up key healthy living tips and maybe a few products along the way. Visitors also learn about cutting-edge wellness products, such as yoga mats that are also huge, flat protein bars. The event benefits CAN DO Houston, an organization fighting obesity in the Houston community.
Honoring National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Breathe The Cure Conference assists in the fight against cancer and other ailments with a day’s worth of classes, lectures, and presentations on breathing techniques, meditation, and yoga. Over the course of the day’s events, well-known presenters such as Gary Quinn, Amy Garratt, and Julie Byrd show participants how to use reiki, Ayurvedic psychology, and other holistic practices to unite body and mind against cancer and pets’ mind-control abilities. The conference will also include music by two-time Emmy Award winner Michael Brant and Purple Songs Can Fly, a performance by the Houston Ballet, and a Thai-inspired yoga and massage class.