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Ultimate Houston Self-Driving Audio Tour

Welcome to Houston’s self-guided driving audio tour! As you drive, you’ll see everything that makes Houston special, from historic districts to stunning parks and, of course, the famous Space Center! This self-guided audio tour allows you to explore Houston with maximum flexibility and value.

Here's how it works: Within 30 min, we'll send you two things: a unique password and an app. Download the app, enter password, & download tour. Start at the first stop and follow the instructions! Stick to our route and speed limit for the best experience.

Recommended: purchase one tour per car. Everyone can listen at the same time!

Uncertain Travel Date? The tour’s valid for 30 days from booking!

This is not an entrance ticket to attractions along the route. Check pandemic rules and opening hours before your visit.

per adult from

$10

AUD

Duration

2 to 3 hours

Voucher

Mobile ticket

Select Date and Travellers

No tour options available.

  • What's included :
    • GPS Map
    • Audios and Text
    • Online Support
    What's excluded :
    • Admission to Paid Attractions
    • Entry/Admission - Buffalo Bayou Park
    • Entry/Admission - Sam Houston Park
    • Entry/Admission - Houston City Hall
    • Entry/Admission - Market Square Park
    • Entry/Admission - JPMorgan Chase Tower
    • Entry/Admission - Christ Church Cathedral
    • Entry/Admission - Minute Maid Park
    • Entry/Admission - Emancipation Park
    • Entry/Admission - Houston Museum District
    • Entry/Admission - Hermann Park
    • Entry/Admission - Rice University Campus
    • Entry/Admission - William Marsh Rice Statue
    • Entry/Admission - James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyscape
    • Entry/Admission - MacGregor Park
    • Entry/Admission - Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial
    • Entry/Admission - Space Center Houston
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Buffalo Bayou Park, 18-3600 Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

    Consider the river we just crossed. * Back in the 1900s, this is where Houston’s drinking water came from, thanks to an enormous cistern. If you’d like to visit it, take the Sabine Street exit -- it’s approaching in just a few moments.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Sam Houston Park, 1100 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002-2504

    The homes depict the day-to-day living of many tiers of society, from freed slaves building new lives for themselves to affluent merchants.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Houston City Hall, 901 Bagby St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    Construction began in 1939, shortly after The Great Depression hit. Austrian-American architect Joseph Finger wanted to include bronze statues of the Allen brothers, Houston’s founders, but the aftershock of the Depression stopped him. They would have cost $8,000, equivalent to $137,000 today!

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Pass By: Pennzoil Place, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    We’re surrounded by the imposing skyscrapers of downtown Houston! Ahead, look for two huge black towers. That’s Pennzoil Place.

    Stop At: Market Square Park, 301 Milam St, Houston, TX 77002, USA

    Market Square Park, the heart of Houston’s Historic District. In fact, this used to be the town center. Burgeoning businesses and an open-air produce market quickly grew here.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: JPMorgan Chase Tower, 600 Travis St, Houston, TX 77002-3009

    The Chase Tower is the tallest building in all of Texas… and it was almost taller. Architects originally planned for 80 stories, but that was deemed hazardous to air navigation…yikes! The roof even features an emergency helipad, though it’s never been used.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Christ Church Cathedral, 1117 Texas St, Houston, TX 77002-3183

    This is Houston’s very first religious congregation. As workers began building the foundation in 1859, a cattleman and his herd driving down Texas Avenue asked what they were up to. When told they were building a church, the cattleman gave one of his steer as a contribution. That’s why a steer’s head is now part of the church’s seal!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Minute Maid Park, 501 Crawford St, Houston, TX 77002-2113

    If you’re a baseball fan, get excited! This ballpark is the home of the Houston Astros. Opened in 2000, the stadium’s real grass playing field and classic architecture pay homage to the Golden Age of baseball. But there’s a modern twist! It also boasts Houston’s first retractable-roof stadium-- so no more rain delays! The opening season brought more than 3 million spectators to the stands.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Emancipation Park, 3018 Emancipation Ave, Houston, TX 77004, USA

    Emancipation Park has been around since the 1800s, and it’s seen a lot of historical upheavals. The end of the Civil War meant dramatic societal change, including new freedom for former slaves. Although President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863, Texas didn’t accept it for two full years. In fact, Texas was the last slave state to respect the proclamation.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Houston Museum District, Houston, TX

    In this area, you can find the African American Culture Museum, which dives into the impact and significance of the black community in the US. It covers far more than I can in the course of this tour, from political leaders to inventors to celebrities.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: 6201A Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030-1709

    In 1914, entrepreneur and real estate investor George Hermann gifted the land to the city to turn into a park. It now contains….everything. Do the kids want to ride a miniature train along a railroad? Or perhaps the zoo is more to their taste. Crocodiles, cheetahs, and chimps alike find a home in this 55-acre park.

    Duration: 15 minutes

    Stop At: Rice University Campus, 6100 Main St, Houston, TX 77005-1827

    William Marsh Rice founded Rice in 1912. And, like most founders, he has a huge bronze statue of himself on campus -- -- affectionately nicknamed Willy. Normally, Willy looks across the main campus green. But on one sunny April day, the campus awoke to find him facing the library… in the opposite direction!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: William Marsh Rice Statue, Houston, TX 77005, USA

    One of the eleven students was identified and offered to pay for a professional company to rotate Willy back. The entire prank had only cost the students $400 -- the professionals charged more than 3 times that! But the student body rallied to support their fallen comrade and sold t-shirts.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: James Turrell's Twilight Epiphany Skyscape, Rice Boulevard Entrance 18 West Lot 1, Houston, TX 77005

    Fittingly, the campus is also home to the James Turrell ‘Twilight Epiphany’ Skyspace. * What’s a skyspace, you ask? * Well, this unique pyramidal building has a hole in the ceiling, opening directly to the sky. Colorful LEDs augment the shifting tones of the sunrise or sunset, creating a beautifully rich viewing experience.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: MacGregor Park, 5225 Calhoun Rd, Houston, TX 77021, USA

    MacGregor developed an electric streetcar system to replace the stubborn animals. He then went on to develop the Midtown and Museum Districts we passed through earlier.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, MacGregor Park Trail, Houston, TX 77021, USA

    At the end of the boulevard, look to the right. You should be able to spot the bronze statue of Dr. King. For a full picture of his life and achievements, check out the African American Culture Museum in Midtown.

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Old Spanish Trail, Houston, TX, USA

    This is the Old Spanish Trail. Once upon a time, it spanned the entirety of the country! The trail connected the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific with over 2,750 miles!

    Duration: 10 minutes

    Stop At: Space Center Houston, 1601 NASA Parkway, Houston, TX 77058-3145

    Did you know that this is where astronauts train before being sent into space? The sprawling, 1,600-acre facility houses all sorts of crazy contraptions to help prepare NASA’s astronauts for their missions.

    Duration: 20 minutes

  • Departure Point :
    Lamar St @ La Branch St, Houston, TX 77010, USA
    Departure Time :
    5/5/2020 - 10/25/2021
    Monday - Sunday:06:00 AM - 11:30 PM
    Return Detail :
    Returns to original departure point
    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

Language

English - Written, English - Audio

Age Req.

-

Fitness Req.

None

Group Size

5

Organised by SpectrumXP

Activity ID: V-259428P5

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