Houston bus tours and urban adventures

Houston Highlights: City Tours and Urban Adventures

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I recently returned from a whirlwind trip to Houston Texas. This was my second trip to the state, and as with my previous Texas adventure, there were lots of surprises in store for me.

Houston Texas is known as the fourth largest city in the United States. I figured I’m about to see a big, busy American city. Boy, was I wrong! From four days and four nights, I have more content to share than I can fit into one post. Expect more in-depth posts on the city very soon.

In today’s post, I talk about the Houston guided city tours and urban adventures I participated in during my stay.

Houston bus tours and urban adventures

Take a Houston Bus Tour and Explore

When I arrive at a new city (especially one as big as Houston), I love to start off with a guided bus tour. It is an excellent way to get my bearings and learn about the key spots I want to hit while visiting a new city.

houston skyline view from bus tour Houston bus tours and urban adventures

Houston City Tours – Doubledecker Bus Tours

The double decker buses from Houston City Tours provided a high vantage point and overview of the city. Our tour guide pointed out the main attractions and districts during our one and a half hour tour. There were six hop-on-hop-off stops on the tour which include the Houston Aquarium and famous Museum district.

Houston Texas has a number of guided tours to help you explore their city. From double decker buses, bike tours of the park to Urban Adventures pub crawls to explore Houston's nightlife we cover it all in this article.

There is also a day trip tour to Galveston, for those who want to check out the coast. Unfortunately, I didn’t have time during this trip, but while researching Houston I was trying to figure out a way to get to Galveston, and now I have an option for my next visit.

Bike tour of Buffalo Bayou Houston Houston bus tours and urban adventures

Bike Tour of the Buffalo Bayou

One of the things I loved about Houston were the many parks and open spaces to explore. A must see Buffalo Bayou Park which spans 160 acres and includes many trails and the historic Houston Cistern. T

Buffalo Bayou park Cistern Periscope Houston bus tours and urban adventures

You can take a look into the cistern from above using this periscope or tour the cistern in person on one of their many tours. The former drinking water reservoir was built in 1926, and in 2010 the Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the City of Houston worked together to preserve the historic site.

Houston bus tours and urban adventures

Outside the Houston Cistern, we met our guide from Bayou City Bike Tours. In partnership with the Bike Barn, we got a quick familiarisation with our bikes before heading out to explore the trails along the Buffalo Bayou Park.

bike tour group riding through buffalo bayou park Houston bus tours and urban adventures

Every now and again our guide Tobin would stop, and we’d hear a little more about the city. He was filled with interesting stories and history. We also stopped at some iconic fountains and features throughout the park.

Stop at fountain in Buffalo Bayou Park in Houston City Bike Tour

Some of the greatest views of the Houston Skyline can bee is seen from the park, and of course, Bayou City Bike Tours has these photo opportunities along their tour trail.

We got some great views of the Houston skyline throughout our 2 hour tour with Bayou City Bike Tours. Houston has many tour options available for every type of traveller. Check them out in this article.

Houston street at night, discovering the houston nightlife with Houston Urban Adventures

Houston Urban Adventures Pub Crawl

Thanks to Houston Urban Adventures and our guide Mike I got to learn a little bit of Houston’s history while learning about the Houston nightlife. The Historic Downtown Pub Crawl included stops at local pubs and cocktail bars with interesting stories about their history.

Houston Urban Adventures pub crawl stop drink on table with candle

Our guide Mike had all the inside information at each location. The Houston Watch Company bar, for example, was a watch company in the past and still had many of the vaults and safes throughout the bar, even in the women’s bathroom.

Historic ledger at Dean's Downtown a stop on Houston Urban Adventure Pub Crawl tour

Dean’s Downtown was my favourite stop on the tour as we learned about the Men’s and Boys clothing store which operated between 1896 and 1998. There we saw the first electric elevator in Texas which is now home to a private VIP booth. We also saw an old ledger which the store used to track its clients’ purchases.

The team at Houston Urban Adventures had lots of amazing historical facts about Houston to share during this pub crawl through the city. Just one of the amazing tour options to take in Houston Texas.
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Houston free Green Link Bus

Source: Houston Downtown District

Houston Greenlink Bus (free)

On my last day in Houston, I had some time to kill before leaving for the airport.  I had a few more spots I wanted to get a final look at. Thankfully Houston has a free Greenlink Bus which circles the downtown core.

Two iconic buildings in Houston Texas exploring the city via greenlink bus

The environmentally friendly buses operate every 7-10 minutes and stop at 18 special metro bus stops marked with the Greenlink symbol. These stops cover some of Houston’s iconic office towers, Discovery Green and other attractions.

Aloft Downtown Houston building at street level

The best part there was a stop right outside my hotel the Aloft Downtown Houston. A review of the hotel and detailed guide about what to see and do in Houston is coming soon! Planning a Texas getaway? Check out our Texas Travel Guide here.

Travel assistance provided by Visit HoustonAs always, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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