The ghastly guides of Ghost Tours Texas lead groups of foolhardy interlopers on story-filled journeys past the spectrally inhabited landmarks of Galveston and Houston Heights. On the Galveston tour, a knowledgeable leader takes parties through the Silk Stocking District to visit the 1858 Ashton Villa mansion, whose second floor is occupied by the phantom “Miss Betty” Brown, and whose basement is occupied by a man who years ago forgot how to work a doorknob. The guide also divulges tales told from eyewitness accounts.
The Houston Heights tour winds through the area's historical and opulent homes, exploring such mysteries as the story of the Dean Correl murders and the children who are said to still haunt the alleyways of Houston Heights. Guides weave tales of ghostly possessions and evil voodoo dolls peppered with real-life testimonies from local residents.
In 1910, Louis Bush led his first tour of Washington, DC, loading passengers into the refurbished chassis of a Mack truck that he had painted blue and gray. From this humble beginning, Louis expanded his Gray Line tours throughout the United States and abroad. The company currently hosts tours in more than 700 destinations across six continents and all three moons. However, Gray Line's expansive international scope isn't nearly as important as its commitment to a narrow, regional focus. Each tour aims to introduce visitors to some distinctive facet of the city's identity, from the ghosts of Savannah, Georgia’s, historic district to the towering redwoods of San Francisco’s Muir Woods. During the chauffeured sojourns, guides dole out intriguing tidbits of local knowledge, giving the groups some invaluable insight into the areas’ histories and cultures.
Before John Lintner began leading jogging tours past the sculpture garden at the Dallas Museum of Art and the gothic splendor of the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, he was bustling with tour groups along the Mississippi River bluffs in Memphis. Aside from being an invigorating workout, running is his favorite way to charge into a new city’s atmosphere and history. So when he moved to Dallas, it was only natural that he’d keep his stride and offer tours of his new home.
As John sees it, his style of “sight-jogging” offers several advantages over bus, walking, or swimming tours. The expeditions get people off "the boring treadmill" and help them keep up their exercise routine on vacation so that later they can "enjoy [a] steak or tex-mex without the guilt." During the tour, John's interesting facts and offbeat anecdotes about the Deep Ellum neighborhood and Dealey Plaza keep the mind energized during 4- or 6-mile runs. The storytelling is crucial: "Without his narration, I couldn't make it past mile three," a Washington Post reporter confessed after attending a pair of John’s Memphis runs.
John describes the pace of his sight-jogs as "laid-back, not push, push, push”; they accommodate most skill and fitness levels. That’s partly because he himself hasn't always been a runner. Though he's now a seven-time marathon finisher, it was only a few years ago that he began running as part of a battle against a substance addiction he picked up in a stressful nursing job. It allowed me to channel my anger into something awesome,” he told Runner's World, who profiled his turnaround. If anything, he says, running has become even more essential to his life today: it’s "a way of life, a philosophy . . . It's very real. I sweat, and I feel it, and I love it."
SegCity has ridden the wave of Segway popularity to become one of Texas' largest distributors of the upright vehicle and a leader in Segway-authorized tours. With themes ranging from cultural campus tours to bat-cave excursions, six narrated guided tours escort visitors and locals alike around Austin's famed sites, such as 6th Street, the Texas Walk of Fame, and the Capitol. As an authorized Segway dealer, the business can also outfit riders with their own Segways and a take-home bassinet for their new vehicle to sleep in at night.
A native Fort Worthian with a degree in history from TCU, Segway Fort Worth's founder Daniel Dase, Jr. has always loved sharing his city?s cultural legacy?it?s just exponentially more fun to do so on an X2 Segway, the most advanced model on the market. With help from the deep treads on the machine's tires, each segway responds instantly to shifts in posture, moving organically and fluidly as groups flood city streets during segway tours. Before his groups of riders get gliding, his company's licensed operators conduct one-on-one tutorials to set all new riders at ease with their new moving platforms. And because Daniel corrals a fleet of these durable off-road models, his tours go places other segways can?t, be it the grassy knolls of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden or the slippery slopes of the neighborhood gym?s treadmills.
Wildcat Bluff Nature Center brings the natural world to open minds with outdoor trails and tours and a science center that hosts educational displays and classes. There are 5.3 miles of trails that wind through the Texas prairie and river-breaks habitats. Follow a naturalist on a guided tour or get shade from the hot sun under the visitor center's wrap-around veranda. Occasionally, Birds feed close by and occasionally deer show up to eat the bird food and and drink from a nearby pond.