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
5 Tours and Activities to Experience Downtown Tunnels
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 & the largest underground tunnel system in the United States. The tour consists of 3-4 (dependent on group size) restaurants where you will try delicious food including authentic Mexico City cuisine, Filipino novelties, Houston's famous "The Works" pizza, and Italian-American dessert. These meals are pre-ordered and will be waiting for you and your group once we arrive. We hope to be eating with you soon! **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.**
Houston may be the most-populated city in Texas & 4th most-populated city in the United States, but Downtown Houston can look like a ghost town during warm summer days. This is because just 20-25 feet below street level, there are more than 7.5 miles of underground tunnels that encompass Texas' tallest skyscrapers and serve as a corporate playground for a multitude of Fortune 500 companies. The daily Astroville Downtown Tunnel Tours explores some of downtown Houston’s most well renowned skyscrapers and provides guests with great opportunities for photos alongside Texas' two (2) tallest buildings, oldest bank in Houston, and newest portion of the downtown tunnel system. Learn all about the history of our city's extensive Tunnel System and its modern corporate appeal including a diverse range of great dining options and business amenities that resemble Houston's diversity.
Want to venture through Houston's coolest bars and have a great night out in Houston? We promise you will enjoy some of the best-frozen drinks/cocktails that Downtown Houston has to offer including our primary Downtown bar partner which offers 3 floors of seating and a Mardi Gras-style balcony with amazing views of Downtown Houston's tallest buildings. **Please note, two (2) Cocktails/Food are included as part of the tour price.* * This tour will begin at the Historic Market Square and will guide you through Downtown Houston's breathtaking scenery with a historical perspective as well as provide a sneak-peak of the most expansive downtown tunnel system in the U.S. We will visit four hidden gems that offer a variety of frozen, traditional, and Southern cocktails/beverages. We promise that you will have plenty of photo-op opportunities at Houston's historic Downtown spots including the oldest elevator in Texas!
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!
All aboard! Join us on tour to get a firsthand look at the 2nd largest Metro Rail system in the Southern United States. Tour guests will have the opportunity to stop and get an up-close perspective of Houston's wonderful touristic sights as well as learn about the history of the Metro Light-Rail system & its incorporation into Houston's distinct and diverse culture. With a guided ride through the world's largest medical district, most famous city park, most prestigious university in the city & a planned stop in the historic Museum District, there will be plenty of chances on tour for breathtaking pictures! Make sure to ride with us soon as all Metro Rail tickets are included with the tour price.
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:
- Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access
- Astroville Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston
- Astroville Downtown Bar Crawl & Tunnel Access (2 Cocktails Beverages Included)
- Houston Rockets Basketball Game Day Tour with Tunnel Access
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