Downtown Tunnels Tours
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The signature weather of Houston is something to write home about – it’s hot. Really hot in the summer, and as Houston is a do-something city, the powers that be decided to do something about it – they built the Houston Downtown Tunnels. A series of interconnected and, bless them, air-conditioned tunnels running 20 feet below the surface of the street, the Downtown Tunnels connect restaurants, shops and office buildings and provide some much-needed respite from the Houston heat. A feat of engineering that connects 95 city blocks, the tunnels themselves are an attraction for the Houston visitor.
While you might expect a city of two million people to offer a downtown scene full of bustling people, you may find Houston’s streets oddly deserted – but that’s just because the real life of the downtown scene is happening underground. See it for yourself, and enjoy one of the most unique attractions in the entire southwest.
The Houston Downtown Tunnels are open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are only two points of access to the Downtown Tunnels from the streets: Wells Fargo Plaza and McKinney Garage on Main Street.
Address: Houston, Texas, USA
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Downtown Tunnels
Walking through the streets of Houston is pretty special but did you know that there is a whole underground system of tunnels below the city? This Houston tour will take you through the city, over and underground, until you get to know the city from every angle.
Looking for something fun to do in Downtown Houston before the Rockets take flight at Toyota Center? Our guests will enjoy a firsthand glimpse of the tallest building in Texas, City Hall & the newest section of the United States' largest downtown tunnel system before heading over to the Toyota Center for the big game! You will be sure to enjoy amazing city views throughout the tour while also learning about the history of Houston's Discovery Green. Not to mention, we will be talking Rockets all night long! This includes the development of the Toyota Center and its impressive world-class amenities as well as the superstar Rockets and famous entertainers that have performed at Toyota Center. Whether you are a die hard Rockets fan or just visiting Houston to see your favorite team in action, we promise you will have a fantastic evening in Houston and many pictures to share with families and friends!
Come enjoy diverse plates in the heart of Downtown Houston at some of Houston's most famous restaurants. This tour will begin at the Historic Market Square Park (outside Niko Niko's) where you will learn about Houston's rich history, beautiful architecture & growing diversity. Our guests will also enjoy viewing the tallest building in Texas & largest underground tunnel system in the U.S. The tour generally consists of 3-4 (dependent on group size) restaurants where you will try flavorful food from around the world including samplings of tapas-style Latin American dishes, Mexican, Italian-American, and Japanese cuisine. These meals are pre-planned and will be waiting for you and your group once we arrive to the restaurants. **If you have any food allergies or any concerns please contact us before scheduling the tour. Beverages and any additional food besides the samplings are optional and not included as part of the tour.**
Looking for something fun to do with family & friends a couple of hours before the big game in gorgeous Downtown Houston? Our Astros Gameday tour will begin inside the Magnolia Hotel and will work itself toward Minute Maid Park. Your tour guide will lead you to some of Downtown Houston's most noteworthy locations right by the ballpark including the largest Downtown Tunnel System in the United States as well as a fan-favorite Bar & Grill with perfect views of the Ballpark! On the Astros Gameday tour, you will learn about Houston's baseball history, culture, architecture, and the team's role in the Houston community. This is a family-friendly tour and will get any fan pumped for an unforgettable Gameday experience. You will also get a first-hand look at some of the most historical buildings in Downtown Houston including the tallest building in Texas, view some of our city's oldest churches, and have plenty of photo-op opportunities with family and friends by the ballpark!
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Downtown Tunnels?
The best ways to experience Downtown Tunnels are:
- Historical Houston from Below: Morning Underground Tunnel Tour (Small Group)
- Houston Rockets Basketball Game Day Tour with Tunnel Access
- Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
- Houston Astros Baseball Game Day Tour with Tunnel Access
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