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Market Square Park Tours

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Market Square Park
Set in the heart of downtown Houston at the site of the city’s original founding, Market Square Park is the greenest, hippest, and most historic square block in town. The urban park is popular with picnickers, cyclists, and anyone looking for quiet reflection in the middle of the bustling city. 

The Basics
Anchored by a clock tower that dates back to 1904, when it adorned City Hall, Market Square Park is rich in local history and ambiance. Colorful public art is scattered throughout the park’s ample green space, and a dog run draws pet owners and their four-legged friends. Community bike rides and other outdoor events often fill the park with a lively buzz. Many walking tours of downtown Houston, including cocktail tours, haunted city tours, underground tunnel tours, and self-guided audio tours, feature a stop at Market Square Park. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Don’t forget to bring your camera; the park’s public art collection makes for excellent photo ops.
  • Visitors are welcome to bring blankets, lawn chairs, food, and non-alcoholic beverages to the park. 
  • The park is well shaded and has plenty of benches for seating.
  • How to Get There
  • Market Square Park is located in downtown Houston, within easy walking distance of many attractions and public parking garages. Parking during weekday business hours can be a challenge, so it’s a good idea to take public transit, a taxi, or a rideshare. 
When to Get There
The park is open daily from dawn to dusk, and there’s no admission charge to visit. Go around mealtime to grab a bite at one of the many surrounding restaurants.

Lauren’s Garden
While taking a stroll through Market Square Park, be sure to stop at Lauren’s Garden. This memorial—a stone fountain with seasonal flower displays—is dedicated to the memory of the lives lost on September 11, 2001. The garden is named for Houston native Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas, a passenger on flight United 93, and is a peaceful yet somber piece of more recent history that accompanies the park’s centuries-old Texas heritage.
Address: 301 Milam St, Houston, Texas, USA 77002, USA
Hours: Daily 6am-11pm
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Houston's Official Hop on-Hop off TourBus Tours

Houston's Official Hop on-Hop off Tour

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See the historical highlights and cultural delights of Houston on this 75-minute loop, hop-on sightseeing tour.  Enjoy unobstructed views and listen to fascinating audio commentary as you cruise past important landmarks like the historic City Hall and Houston Zoo. See popular attractions like Market Square, Downtown Aquarium and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, hopping off to explore further whenever an attraction captures your attention. Rejoin the tour at a time to suit your schedule at any conveniently located stops along the route.
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Best City Tour 2 hoursBus Tours

Best City Tour 2 hours

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A good choice for first-time visitors to Houston, this tour offers a comprehensive overview of the city. Visit several well-known landmarks, parks, and stadiums including historic Market Square, Discovery Green, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, Buffalo Bayou, and more. You’ll also have an opportunity to admire the lavish homes and boutiques in River Oaks. A local guide shares insider information about what to see, where to eat, and what to do while you’re in town.
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Mural Instagram TourPrivate and Luxury

Mural Instagram Tour

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Explore Houston’s colorful side and get a collection of Insta-worthy photos along the way. Pose in front of downtown’s most vibrant street art, including hidden murals that even most locals don’t know about. Cover lots of ground in an open-sided electric cart, and get personalized attention and tips from your street-savvy guide on this private tour.
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NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour

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Hitting Houston's top attractions couldn't be easier than on this double-decker sightseeing tour. See top sights around the city like parks, landmarks, and historic districts, and then head to the official visitor center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center for a self-guided tour.
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NASA Space Center and Houston Sightseeing TourFull-day Tours

NASA Space Center and Houston Sightseeing Tour

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Secure your ticket in advance to the NASA Space Center and visit Mission Control, Rocket Park, Independence Plaza, and the astronaut training facility. After hotel pickup in a climate-controlled vehicle, see popular landmarks around Houston, stopping briefly for photos during a small-group guided sightseeing tour. With a map and instructions, enjoy the flexibility to explore the space center on your own time, without the stress of rushing.
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 Astroville Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown HoustonPrivate and Luxury

Astroville Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston

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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.
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Houston Historic District Craft Cocktail Tour Historical Tours

Houston Historic District Craft Cocktail Tour

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The Historic Houston Craft Cocktail Tour will feature a variety of cocktails from some of the city’s most talented mixologists in addition to a few delicious bites and a dose of history. Each tour will be different, offering an element of surprise to all participants. We’ve partnered with numerous downtown hotspots including OKRA Charity Saloon, Frank’s Pizza and El Big Bad to name a few. Consider this tour a refined happy hour that transports you back to the beginnings of Houston. Participants can expect a variety of flavor profiles throughout the tour. Some may enjoy a Blueberry, Jalapeño & Cilantro Margarita paired with a hearty Steak Carne Asada Taco or a warm, flakey Plantain Empanada (vegetarian-friendly) from El Big Bad. Others may enjoy a refreshing Peach Moonshine paired with a mouthwatering Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese from The Moonshiners Southern Table + Bar. Some may even enjoy both! All tours will end with a spiked coffee drink for a little pick-me-up.
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Haunted Houston Ghost Walking Tour (All Ages)Beer & Brewery Tours

Haunted Houston Ghost Walking Tour (All Ages)

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Learn about Houston’s spooky side on this Houston ghost tour. Follow a costumed guide on a 1.5-mile (2.4 kilometer) walk through downtown, including sites such as the Buffalo Bayou river, Market Square Park, and the Conservatory underground market, all while listening to Houston lore. Your guide is equipped with an EMF reader to pick up on signals from spirits along the way.
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Sightseeing Tour

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When you book with Joyride Houston, you are the only group on the tour. This tour is exclusive to your group only!
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Managers Special

If you want the best of all three of our Sightseeing, Brewery and Mural Tours, choose the Managers Special to get the best of it all. We will go through the city and talk about all of the great history as well as see 9 different districts, including, but not limited to, Theatre, Museums, Parks, Judicial, Ball Parks, Convention and much more. We will also stop and take a look and some of the most beautiful murals that Texas has to offer on many buildings. We will also stop by two of the famous breweries and let you try some craft beer to round out your tour.
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Houston City Tour Plus Holocaust Museum TicketAttraction Tickets

Houston City Tour Plus Holocaust Museum Ticket

Take a 75 -minute panoramic guided tour on-board a double-decker bus. The city tour includes the downtown historic district, Toyota Center, Convention Center, Minute Maid ballpark, Market Square, Buffalo Bayou, City Hall, Heritage Society park, Midtown and more. After your guided city tour, pick up your day pass to the Houston Holocaust Museum & exhibits. Note: additional transportation services are not included.
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Private Houston City TourHalf-day Tours

Private Houston City Tour

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Explore Houston on a private, half-day sightseeing tour that provides a comprehensive introduction to this huge Texas city. Learn about Houston's history as you see Minute Maid Park, Market Square, Midtown, City Hall, Houston Astrodome, the George Bush Monument, Toyota Center, NRG Stadium, the Texas Medical Center, and more. Includes a narrated train ride through Hermann Park that provides a close look at the landscape and cultural institutions like the Houston Zoo and Houston Museum of Natural Science.  If you prefer, skip the train ride for a stop at a pastry shop the glamorous Uptown neighborhood.
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Private Full-Day Galveston Island and Houston Sightseeing Tour

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See the top attractions of Houston and Galveston on a full-day tour in a climate-controlled vehicle, which combines the best of the city and coast. Check out Houston landmarks like the Museum District, City Hall, and Discovery Green during a city tour, and learn about the region's history. Then, go to Galveston where you ride the ferry, look for dolphins, view US battleships and historical homes, browse the shops in the Strand District, and more. Your tour includes guide, transportation, admission to one of several select museums, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Guided Houston Tour and Kemah Boardwalk Day Trips

Guided Houston Tour and Kemah Boardwalk

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Cruise downtown Houston on a tour of the city's top attractions, then follow-up it with a trip to the exhilarating Kemah Boardwalk. Begin your day sightseeing aboard a double-decker bus, visiting such landmarks as Market Square, the Houston Zoo, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Afterward, board a deluxe coach for round-trip transport to Kemah Boardwalk, where you'll have a few free hours to enjoy the amusements (including a wooden roller coaster and Ferris wheel), peruse quirky souvenir shops and grab a bite to eat (own expense).
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Brewery TourDining Experiences

Brewery Tour

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Houston is home to a thriving craft beer and brewery scene, but it can be hard to decide where to drink. Remove the guesswork and let a local guide take you on a personalized bar crawl to four of downtown Houston’s best watering holes, from small-batch distilleries to cozy pubs and cutting-edge craft breweries. Save yourself a long walk by riding in an eco-friendly electric cart, and admire some colorful street murals along the way.
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Tanger Outlets Shopping and Houston City Sightseeing TourDay Trips

Tanger Outlets Shopping and Houston City Sightseeing Tour

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Experience Houston's top attractions and shopping deals with this combination sightseeing and outlet excursion. Start your day with a 90-minute tour of local landmarks from the comfort of a double-decker bus, taking in such sites as the Houston Zoo, the Museum District and Minute Maid Park, home ballpark for the Houston Astros. Afterward, board a deluxe coach and enjoy round-trip transport to Tanger Outlets. Here, spend the afternoon scoring major discounts at more than 200 outlet stores, including Kate Spade New York, Coach and Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th.
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Houston: Old Town Historic Pub Tour (Small Group)Half-day Tours

Houston: Old Town Historic Pub Tour (Small Group)

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Houston, we have a problem: there are just too many good pubs in our city. Join this Houston tour to visit a bar that doubles as a tailor shop by day, a watering hole in a 1920s watch and jewelry company, and a bar that features the very first electric elevator in Texas. Fun guaranteed, hangovers optional.
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Houston City Tour and Downtown Aquarium All Rides PassAttraction Tickets

Houston City Tour and Downtown Aquarium All Rides Pass

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Find out what the largest city in Texas has to offer during a sightseeing tour by bus, and a visit to the Houston Aquarium. Includes one admission ticket for the Houston Aquarium and one ticket for the Houston City Tour.
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 90 Minute City TourBus Tours

90 Minute City Tour

Explore the top landmarks and attractions in Houston during a driving city tour, ideal for first-time visitors or those on a time budget. Escape the hot Houston weather by exploring in an air-conditioned vehicle and cover more ground than you could on foot, while you learn more about the surroundings from your guide than you would alone. Plus, benefit from personalized recommendations.
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Haunted Houston Food & Ghost Walking TourHalf-day Tours

Haunted Houston Food & Ghost Walking Tour

What could be better than a food tour combined with a ghost tour? Nothing! You will meet your guide in downtown Houston for exclusive access to our haunted restaurants. We will visit 4-5 haunted restaurants and multiple haunted buildings along a walking route of downtown. At the restaurants, we have set up for 1-3 food tastings per location. We will visit other historic and haunted buildings along the route and tell stories and give your bellies a few minute break from the samples. Tours last about 3 hours, cover less than a mile on a walking route, and have plenty of time spent inside haunted restaurants for food and stories.
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Haunted Houston Ghost and Pub Walking TourBeer & Brewery Tours

Haunted Houston Ghost and Pub Walking Tour

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Explore the historic district of downtown Houston on a leisurely walking tour that combines a pub crawl with ghost stories recounted by your costumed guide. Your 2.5-hour evening walking tour visits four bars located in historic buildings that each boast spooky stories. Have time to sip a drink (own expense) as your guide illuminates the history of Houston through tales of rumored hauntings and other spine-tingling tales.
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Houston City Lights TourBus Tours

Houston City Lights Tour

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Get in the holiday spirit during a 90-minute double-decker bus tour of Houston. Start from City Hall and travel through downtown’s Historic District and Theater District, passing Market Square Park, Buffalo Bayou, Allen Parkway, the River Oaks district and more as you take in colorful holiday light displays in this giant Texas city. Ride in comfort while sipping complimentary hot chocolate and listening to festive music. You’ll enjoy unobstructed views from your seats on the double-decker bus along with live commentary about Houston’s landmarks.
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are Market Square Park hours of operation?
A:
Market Square Park hours of operation: Daily 6am-11pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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