Discover Houston Tours Offers New Tours of Downtown Houston

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New “Around Downtown” tours show visitors unique places in downtown Houston.

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Discover Houston Tours is once again offering new and exciting guided walking tours of downtown Houston. The new “Around Downtown” tours are available from 2-4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays and show off the dynamic city.

Those on the tour will have the opportunity to walk both inside and outside, as well as ride on the free, air-conditioned Greenlink Connector shuttle bus. The guides will take visitors to historical buildings, sculptures, art, parks and more in just two hours. The routes vary each day. The fee for the tour is $30 for adults and $10 for children. Advance paid reservations are required.

Visitors will begin by meeting their guide at the designated time inside the Visitors Center at City Hall. There, they can learn about the Art Deco design of the Visitors Center and the 1939 City Hall. Restrooms are also available.

Tuesdays, guides will take visitors through Hermann Square Park to Houston’s Central Library, home to Claes Oldenburg’s Geometric Mouse X (think Mickey Mouse); to the Heritage Society’s Museum in Sam Houston Park (Houston’s oldest park, dating to 1899); Heritage Plaza, where lobby sculptures fly through the air; then across a sky bridge into Allen Center, an office complex connected on the second floor, overlooking a multi-block garden complete with Paul Kittleson’s Disappearing Gnomes (think the seven dwarfs from Snow White).

Wednesdays, the tour will go through Hermann Square Park to the 1926 Julia Ideson Building, a breathtaking example of Spanish-Mediterranean architecture filled with amazing murals and sculptures. Then, visitors will hop aboard the free Greenlink Connector and ride with the guide to view a spectacular sky-ring, designed by Cesar Pelli, and Louise Nevelson’s Frozen Laces I.

Thursdays, visitors will begin by hopping aboard the Greenlink Connector for a ride with their guide to Discovery Green, Houston's east-side, 12-acre park, filled with Doug Hollis’s Listening Vessels, where you can hear someone speaking several feet away; Margo Sawyer’s Synchronicity of Color, resembling Rubik’s Cubes covering the entrances to the park’s underground garage; the Dancing Waters and Kinder Lake, a playground; Doug Hollis’s Mist Tree, a fun Dubuffet sculpture sitting across from the George R. Brown Convention Center; and the Lake House, where visitors can pause for a snack and a drink.

Other stops may include Phoenicia, an international grocery store and café (Tuesdays); Cullen Center, an office complex filled with art and snack shops (Wednesdays); GreenStreet, three blocks of shopping, dining, entertainment and events (Wednesdays); the Shops at Houston Center, downtown’s only interior, three-story shopping mall with a huge food court (Thursdays); and MetroRail’s Main Street Square fountains (Thursdays).

To learn more about Discover Houston Tours and the new “Around Downtown” tours, visit their website at
<br>About the company:<br>In 1988, Discover Houston Tours introduced daily guided walking tours to Houston. In 2011, Discover Houston Tours partnered with Urban Adventures and Intrepid Tours to offer Houston Urban Adventures. To date, Discover Houston Tours and Houston Urban Adventures have conducted 4,795 tours for 57,100 visitors from around the world. Join Discover Houston Tours and find out why Texas means friendly. Tour groups will finish their Houston tours with a newfound love and appreciation for Houston’s unique style and way of life, and will be perfectly situated to further explore everything Houston has to offer. Discover Houston Tours’ offices are located at 8181 Fannin St., Suite 2218, in Houston, Texas 77054. For more information, call 713-222-9255 or visit

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