Monthly Specials

All monthly specials are 2.5-hour walking tours. These tours should be scheduled with a non-refundable deposit of roughly 50% paid to reserve the tour at least one week in advance. However, you can call up to the day of the tour to see if openings still exist.

With the exception of the Downtown Haunted Tours, all tours start at 10:00 AM. Check below for the available days of the week.

Write to us for the starting locations of each tour outside of downtown. The downtown walking tours in May, June, September, and October all begin in the rotunda on the first floor of the City Hall building at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002. You can enter from either the east or west side of the building.

The nighttime downtown haunted tours in July starts at The Spaghetti Warehouse at 901 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

With the exception of the Downtown Haunted Tour in July and the Texas Medical Center (TMC) Walking Tour C in August, the discounts are between 17 and 29%. The average discount is 23.2%. The discounts for the haunted tour and the TMC tour are generally slightly greater.

  • 1 person – $50.00. The regular price is $70.00. This is a 29% discount.
  • 2 people – $30.00 each. The regular price is $40.00 per person. This is a 25% discount.
  • 3 or 4 people – $25.00 each. The regular price is $30.00 per person. This is a 17% discount.
  • 5 to 9 people – $20.00 each. The regular price is $25.00 per person. This is a 20% discount.
  • 10 to 19 people – $15.00 each. The regular price is $20.00 per person. This is a 25% discount.

Here is a brief identification of each month's special. Click each month for more details.

  • January — Museum District Walking Tour in the Montrose area
  • February — Rice Village and Rice University Walking Tou
  • March — Art Galleries Walking Tour
  • April — University of Houston Walking Tour
  • May — Downtown Tunnel Tour A
  • June — Downtown Tunnel Tour B
  • July — Downtown Haunted Tour X/Y
  • August — Texas Medical Center (TMC) Walking Tour C
  • September — Downtown Tunnel Tour C
  • October — Downtown Walking Tour F
  • November — Heights Walking Tour
  • December — Northern Hermann Park Walking Tour

January

10:00 AM on Tuesday through Saturday -Museum District Walking Tour in the Montrose area. This is our lesser-known secondary Museum District. If you like high culture, this is a GREAT tour! You can go inside 5 museums and 3 chapels. These include:

  • The Dan Flavin Installation,
  • The Cy Twombly Gallery,
  • The Menil Collection,
  • The Watercolor Art Society – Houston (WASH),
  • The Houston Center for Photography (HCP),
  • The Rothko Chapel,
  • The Chapel of Saint Basil, and
  • The former Byzantine Fresco Chapel.
  • Time-permitting, we might go into one or two more galleries.

These sites are all FREE to enter. The museums are closed on Monday. Many of these places are world renown. The Dalai Lama has been to the Rothko Chapel. Many people consider The Menil Collection as the best free art museum in the United States. We may run out of time if you are having too much fun while spending a lot of time in any or all of these museums. You will also discover a number of small cafes and restaurants in the area. Regardless of how many museums, chapels, and galleries that we enter, you will be more enlightened with the exhibits and Houston.

The tour begins at The Menil Collection Parking lot by the Bistro Menil. The parking is free. Two entrances exist for it. If you have a GPS, input either 1559 West Alabama Street, or 3860 Mulberry Street. The city and zip code is Houston, Texas 77006 for each address.

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February

10:00 AM on Monday through Saturday – Rice Village and Rice University Walking Tour.

The Rice Village is a cute shopping area that gets its name as it is next to Rice University and it is like a village of mostly mom and pop small stores. Many of the shops are locally owned and operated which means you will generally get better service from knowledgeable and concerned workers. It has over two-dozen cafes, restaurants, and specialty food stores and hundreds of retail stores. Most of the stores cater primarily to women. You may want to go to one of them for lunch after a tour.

Rice University is one of the twenty highest ranked universities in the United States and one of the top two or three universities in all of the South. It has a sprawling campus that goes on for over 1-mile/2-kilometers, yet it only has a few thousand students. Found in 1912 as the William M. Rice Institute for the Advancement of Literature, Science and Art, it became a full-fledged university in 1960. Ralph Adams Cram (1863 – 1912), one of the most renowned architects of American churches, libraries, and universities was the original architect. We will enter a number of the buildings, see several statues, and even view a piece of the Berlin Wall. You will see the statue of William Marsh Rice (1816 – 1900) sitting over where his were buried after he was murdered. Tall oak trees surround and dot the campus. It is a lovely place to spend 4 years as a student or part of a day on a walk.

We begin this tour at The Chocolate Bar at 2521 University Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77005. Free, unrestricted parking on the south side of the 2400 and 2500 block of Shakespeare Road, Houston, Texas 77005. This is one block behind The Chocolate Bar. Free parking is available on the north side of University Boulevard and in front of The Chocolate Bar, but for only two hours. Metered parking abounds in the area.

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March

10:00 AM on Tuesday through Saturday – Art Galleries Walking Tour.
Did you know that Houston has over 30 art galleries? Did you know that Houston has 3 or 4 areas with 5 or more art galleries within walking distance. We can give you a choice of which area you want to walk through leisurely. These galleries present art in different forms, styles, and genres from different ethnicities, philosophies, and nations. Just imagine. You get to learn about your city, explore new neighborhoods or old ones that you like, and see dozens of works of art. Some of these areas have quaint and cute cafes with excellent food in them to enjoy, also.

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April

10:00 AM on Monday through Friday – University of Houston Walking Tour. UH is the third largest University in Texas with approximately 43,000 students. Only The University of Texas at Austin and Texas A&M University are larger in the state. It comprises 667 acres/270 hectares. If you have not been on the UH campus in recent years, you might not recognize it.

This tour goes to the:

  • Blaffer Art Museum,
  • Rebecca and John J. Moores Opera House, 1997,
  • Fertitta Center, formerly Hofheinz Pavilion, 2018 and 1969,
  • Bronze statue of Roy Hofheinz,
  • Yeoman Fieldhouse,
  • Lyndall Finley Wortham Theatre and the Jose Benjamin Quintero Theatre,
  • Texas Dow Employees Credit Union (TDECU) Stadium for football, 2014,
  • University Center (UC),
  • A. D. Bruce Religion Center, 1965,
  • Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design, 1985,
  • Jack J. Valenti School of Communication,
  • Agnes Arnold Hall,
  • Free speech area, and
  • Various exhibits of public art.

The Moores Opera House has 800 seats and rivals some of the best performance halls in the nation and on almost all college campuses. UH has a high culture area with museums and theaters that most Houstonians are not even aware exist. We will go inside a variety of buildings that serve the students and faculty. You will be proud to have such an institution in our city.

This tour begins at the Moores Opera House at 3333 Cullen Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77004. If you have a GPS, input 3265 Cullen Street, Houston, Texas 77004, if you are coming from the north or south. The Entrance number is 16. A sign by Entrance 16 identifies:

  • Moores School of Music,
  • Mitchell Center for the Arts
  • School for Theatre & Dance
  • Valenti School of Communication
  • P Visitor UH

If you coming from the east or west, input into your GPS 4300 Elgin Street, Houston, Texas 77004. The Elgin entrance is Entrance #18.

Visitors and handicap parking is available close to the Moores Opera House and Entrance #16.

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May

10:00 AM on Monday through Friday – Downtown Tunnel Tour A.
The tunnels are closed on weekends and holidays. The tunnels are open from about 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM when the businesses that are connected to them are open. It has the least amount of walking at about 1.7 miles/2.7 kilometers. It includes the most history. If you like architecture, this is a FANTASTIC tour. The focus of this tour is to go into historic buildings of the 1920s, 1930s, 1940s, 1970s, and 1980s. These buildings include:

  • The 1939 17-story tall City Hall. The architect was Joseph Finger.
  • The 1971 50-story tall One Shell Plaza. This was the tallest building in Houston from 1971 to 1974.
  • The 1924 3-story tall Julia B. Ideson Library. This has a beautiful Spanish décor interior. The architect was Ralph Adams Cram.
  • The 1927 32-story tall Niels Esperson Building. This was the tallest building in Houston from 1927 to 1929. The architect was John Eberson.
  • The 1942 19-story tall Mellie Esperson Building. The architects were John and Drew Eberson.
  • The 1929 37-story tall J. P. Morgan Chase Building. This was the tallest building in Houston from 1929 to 1963. The architect was Alfred Finn.
  • The 1982 75-story tall J. P. Morgan Chase Tower. This is the tallest building in Texas. The architect was I. M. Pei.
  • The 1975 36-story tall Pennzoil Place. This is Houston’s most award-winning skyscraper. The architect was Philip Johnson.
  • The 1983 56-story tall Bank of America Center. This looks like a modern Gothic cathedral. The architect was Philip Johnson.

This tour starts in the rotunda located on the first floor of the City Hall building at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

We will discuss the architects, histories, different building usages, styles architectural features and changes to the buildings over the years. This tour can include going to an art gallery and seeing sculptures.

A walking tour only moves as fast as the slowest person.

Warnings:

  • Use a bathroom before the tour begins. Only about two public bathrooms are accessible during this tour. Most of the businesses in or operating over the tunnels do not allow the general public to use their bathrooms.
  • Not all of the tunnels are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 accessible. Thus, you should NOT select this special tour if you use a walker, a wheelchair or any other device that you need to enable you to move.
  • If you use a cane, we will be moving at such a slow pace that we will not be able to complete the whole tunnel tour. Thus, we will have to omit some buildings.
  • We go on elevators and escalators. Thus, you should NOT select this special tour if you have a phobia about either of these mechanical devices.
  • You cannot take photos inside the banks. Taking photos elsewhere is fine.

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June

10:00 AM on Monday through Friday – Downtown Tunnel Tour B.
The tunnels are closed on weekends and holidays. The tunnels are open from about 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM when the businesses that are connected to them are open. The focus on this tour is to see many retail stores and restaurants and to go to an observation deck on the 59th and 58th floors. The walking is 2.0 miles/3.2 kilometers. Shoppers and people with attention deficit disorder (ADD) tend to love this tour. This tour starts in the rotunda located on the first floor of the City Hall building at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002. It goes into the:

  • Wells Fargo Plaza
  • 1 Houston Center/LyondellBasell Tower/1200 McKinney Street,
  • 2 Houston Center/909 Fannin Street,
  • 3 Houston Center/Fulbright Tower/1301 McKinney Street,
  • 4 Houston Center/Shops at Houston Center/1221 Lamar Street, and
  • 5 Houston Center/1401 McKinney Street.

It goes under:

  • The Kinder-Morgan Building,
  • 919 Milam,
  • 1000 Main,
  • One City Centre,
  • 1001 Fannin,
  • 1001 McKinney/ International Bank of Commerce (IBC),
  • The Commerce Towers, and
  • 811 Louisiana.

You will walk through skywalks/skybridges over:

  • Caroline Street twice,
  • McKinney Street, and
  • San Jacinto Street.

A walking tour only moves as fast as the slowest person.

Warnings:

  • Use a bathroom before the tour begins. Only about two public bathrooms are accessible during this tour. Most of the businesses in or operating over the tunnels do not allow the general public to use their bathrooms.
  • Not all of the tunnels are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 accessible. Thus, you should NOT select this special tour if you use a walker, a wheelchair or any other device that you need to enable you to move.
  • If you use a cane, we will be moving at such a slow pace that we will not be able to complete the whole tunnel tour. Thus, we will have to omit some buildings.
  • We go on elevators and escalators. Thus, you should NOT select this special tour if you have a phobia about either of these mechanical devices.

You cannot take photos inside the banks. Taking photos elsewhere is fine.

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July

8:00 PM on Sunday through Thursday – Downtown Haunted Tour.
Haunted Tour X is 3 hours and Haunted Tour Y is 2 hours. This tour somewhere in-between. This tour starts at The Spaghetti Warehouse at 901 Commerce Street, Houston, Texas 77002. This tour goes to the following haunted sites:

  • The Spaghetti Warehouse – built in approximately 1903, it is Houston’s most popular haunted site. A worker fell down the elevator shaft to his death in the early 1900s.
  • The Brewery Tap – built in 1912, it was a speakeasy during the era of Prohibition when a bootlegger killed a barkeep.
  • See the remnants of a historic 1910s bridge and the old first floor, now basement of another building before Houston was raised 15 to 20 feet/5 to 7 meters.
  • The Donnellan Crypt – 4 people were buried in this historic vault between 1849 and 1867. This is about 30 feet/10 meters below where Houston is currently located.
  • La Carafe – the oldest bar in downtown Houston in the oldest operational building in downtown Houston dating to 1860. A madam Pamelia Mann, a prostitute, or baker John Kennedy may haunt the place.
  • Baker Building – the second oldest operational building in downtown Houston dating to 1861.
  • The Rice – built in 1913. The last president of the Republic of Texas committed suicide at this location in 1858. This was the site of the capital of Texas from 1837 to 1839 and again in 1842. Depending on how fast people are walking, sometimes we have to omit this site.
  • And more depending on how fast everyone walks.

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August

10:00 AM on any day –Texas Medical Center (TMC) Walking Tour C.
Participation is limited to a maximum of 15 people. These buildings are working research institutions and hospital buildings with patients and faculty moving through them. We cannot interfere with their work and needs. This is one of the world’s most famous cancer hospitals. This tour starts at the Patient Drop-off area on the third level of the Parking Garage 10 at 6700 MD Anderson Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77030. This is north of Holcombe Boulevard. This alcove area has three benches that can each accommodate about four persons for a total of twelve people. We walk through six buildings that make up part of the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. These include the:

  • Main Building,
  • Duncan Building,
  • Mays Clinic,
  • Pickens Tower,
  • Mendelsohn Faculty Center, and
  • Rotary House Hotel.

You will see:

  • The Aquarium,
  • The Art Gallery,
  • The Gazebo,
  • The Park,
  • The Pavilion,
  • The Star,
  • The Tree Sculpture,
  • A waterfall,
  • A grand piano, sometimes being played,
  • Lots of gift shops,
  • Chapels, and
  • Cafes and restaurants.

Learn who were:

  • M. D. Anderson,
  • George Mitchell,
  • T. Boone Pickens,
  • Dan Duncan,
  • Jesse H. Jones,
  • R. Lee Clark, and
  • Other movers and shakers.

You might ride on an electric golf cart through the skybridge along Pressler Street from the Mays Clinic to the Pickens Tower. This tour will be a fascinating experience in a world-class and respected institution.

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September

10:00 AM on Monday through Friday – Downtown Tunnel Tour C.
The tunnels are closed on weekends and holidays. The tunnels are open from about 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM when the businesses that are connected to them are open. The focus of this tour is to go through many energy related business buildings, three hotels, skybridges, and an observation deck on the 12th floor. This is the longest tunnel tour that we offer with about 4.0/6.4 kilometers of walking. It includes going to a 12th floor observation deck and taking the glass elevator facing the street in the Hyatt Regency Hotel to the 31st floor Spindletop bar and restaurant. Although Spindletop is closed during the day, the elevator rides can offer great views. This tour starts in the rotunda located on the first floor of the City Hall building at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002.

A walking tour only moves as fast as the slowest person.

Warnings:

  • Use a bathroom before the tour begins. Only about two public bathrooms are accessible during this tour. Most of the businesses in or operating over the tunnels do not allow the general public to use their bathrooms.
  • Not all of the tunnels are Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 accessible. Thus, you should NOT select this special tour if you use a walker, a wheelchair or any other device that you need to enable you to move.
  • If you use a cane, we will be moving at such a slow pace that we will not be able to complete the whole tunnel tour. Thus, we will have to omit some buildings.
  • We go on elevators and escalators. Thus, you should NOT select this special tour if you have a phobia about either of these mechanical devices.

You cannot take photos inside the banks. Taking photos elsewhere is fine.

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October

10:00 AM on any day – Downtown Walking Tour F.
This is a great month to be outside walking. The focus of this tour is Buffalo Bayou, 6 performance halls, statues, parks, and historic sites and buildings. This tour starts in the rotunda located on the first floor of the City Hall building at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, Texas 77002. This includes:

  • The Hobby Center for the Performing Arts,
  • The Wortham Theatre Center,
  • Houston Ballet Center for Dance,
  • Bayou Place with the Bayou Music Center, numerous restaurants, and a memorial to former US Congressman Albert Thomas,
  • The Alley Theatre,
  • Jones Hall,
  • Hogg Palace,
  • Buffalo Bayou Beast (our own pretend creation of a Loch Ness monster),
  • Buffalo Bayou Park,
  • Tranquility Park,
  • Sesquicentennial Park,
  • Market Square Park,
  • Fish Plaza,
  • Jones Plaza,
  • Statue of “In Minds” by Tony Cragg,
  • Statue of George Herbert Walker Bush,
  • Statue of James Baker, III, and
  • Statue of Virtuoso.

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November

10:00 AM on Monday through Saturday – Heights Walking Tour.

This can vary from one year to the next. Will we walk through Houston Heights, Independence Heights, Woodland Heights, Memorial Heights, Stone Heights, Sawyer Heights, Washington Heights, or a combination? Tell us what you want.

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December

10:00 AM on any day – Northern Hermann Park Walking Tour. The park was named after Houston’s greatest benefactor: George Hermann. Some of the highlights are:

  • Strolling through the Japanese Gardens,
  • Walking by the Houston Zoo,
  • Watching the activities at McGovern Lake,
  • Seeing our smaller version of the Washington Monument,
  • Visiting Miller Outdoor Theatre (MOT),
  • Viewing the children’s train,
  • Visiting the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS), the fourth most visited museum in the United States,
  • Seeing the most famous statue in Houston, that of General Sam Houston,
  • Seeing the 18-hole golf course,
  • Walking through the John P. McGovern Centennial Gardens and Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion,
  • Seeing the 3 Mecom Fountains,
  • Seeing nine busts of Latin American leaders: Benito Juarez, Jose de San Martin, Simon Bolivar, Jose Marti, Bernardo O’Higgins, Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca, Vicente Rocafuerte, Field Marshal Ramon Castilla, and Dr. Jose Rizal,
  • Seeing 3 statues of men of peace: Mahatma Gandhi, Confucius, and Martin Luther King, Jr.,
  • Seeing miscellaneous other statues and structures of Cancer, There is Hope, Grecian Dancer, Oliver Twist, Atropos Key, a Japanese Stone Lantern, and Chinese pagoda, and
  • Seeing the holiday decorations in the park.

This tour begins outside the main entrance of the Houston Zoo on the north side. If you have a GPS, input 1680 Zoo Circle Drive, Houston, Texas 77030. The street may also be identified as Golf Course Drive and Hermann Park Drive. Parking Lot G is the closest lot. Parking is free, but limited to 3-hours. The parking garage by the Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) costs money, but one can park there for several hours.

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