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Houston's Official Hop on tour

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icon1 hour 20 minutes  (Approx.)
iconOffered in: English and 1 more

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What you can expect during your visit
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Overview

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.
  • Hop-on sightseeing tour of Houston
  • Enjoy great views of Houston from the open-top, double-decker bus
  • See the historic downtown, Market Square Park, Hermann Park, Chase Tower and more
  • Hop off the bus to visit the lively Museum District, Theater District or Houston Heritage Society
  • Take the family to see a variety of critters at the Houston Zoo or Downtown Aquarium
  • Learn about Houston’s history and sights from live commentary by an onboard guide
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Second day FREE
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Map and orientation
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Gratuities
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Returns to original departure point
Climb aboard a distinctive double-decker bus at the cowboy-themed Houston City Tours Visitor Center.  Pop in your headphones and listen to informative onboard commentary as you cruise through the vibrant Texan city, passing iconic landmarks like the Chase Tower and the Convention Center. 

Disembark the bus whenever you wish to explore an attraction further. Hop off near Market Square Park to sample a cosmopolitan variety of food in the historical 19th-century square; or, ascend to the vertiginous observation deck of the JP Morgan Chase Tower to enjoy sweeping vistas from Texas’ highest building. 

Stop at City Hall to admire the tranquil park and historical structures that surround it, or absorb the electric atmosphere of the theater district as you explore the thriving 17-block area. Cross Hermann Park to visit Houston Zoo and the erudite Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Museum of Fine Arts. 

Buses depart from each of the six stops every 75 minutes and run between 10am and 4pm. Please see the Itinerary section below for a full list of stops serviced.
Itinerary
Duration: 
1 hour 20 minutes
Operating Schedule:
  Departure from Visitors Center at 10:00am - 11:30am - or 1:00pm 7 Days a week. The tour bus makes stops and passengers have the option to hop off for a few minutes explore and take pictures & hop on back to continue with your tour experience.
1302 Dallas St
Visitor Center located behind Four Seasons Hotel at Convention Center area.
George R. Brown Convention Center
Corner of Walker and Avenida Houston in front of Convention Center.
Minute Maid Park
Outside Main building ( former Union station )
Market Street
Corner of Travis street and Congress Street at Market Square.
Downtown Aquarium
Main access at Aquarium Fountain
Theater District
1100 Bagby street ay Heritage Society building
Midtown
Bagby park at Midtown ( Grey street & Bagby street )
Points of interest passed by on this route
Sam Houston Park
 
Discovery Green
 
George R. Brown Convention Center
 
Minute Maid Park
 
Downtown Historic District Market Square
 
Downtown Aquarium
 
MATCH - Midtown Arts & Theater Center Houston
 
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • OPERATED BY Houston City Tours

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Houston's Official Hop on tour?
A:
The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks provided for travelers
See all safety measures taken by Houston's Official Hop on tour.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Houston's Official Hop on tour?
A:
The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Houston's Official Hop on tour.

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Not worth the money
Julie_J
, Apr 2021
I have traveled quite a bit and taken several Hop-On Hop-Off tours. This is the first time I have ever been on one that didn't have an option to sit on the lower level. It wasn't horribly hot outside, but when it starts getting hotter, that is going to be one miserable tour. This is also the first time I've been on one that doesn't run all day. I knew it wouldn't be leaving from the HQ after 1pm, but I thought there would be busses running to the other destinations to pick people up. Therefore, our tour was just a hop-on-only experience, yet I still had to pay full price. If people can't do the full Hop-On Hop-Off experience, then it should be offered at a lower price. I'm used to receiving disposable ear buds to make it easier to hear the tour. This tour was only done over speaker, which made it difficult to hear since we were all sitting on top and had surrounding wind and car noises. I normally love these tours, but this one honestly sucked.
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star-5
Amazing
Daiuna_L
, Mar 2021
Everything. I loved everything especially the graffiti art work , I loved learning about the history & about all the things this city has to offer.
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star-5
Amazing 🤩
PATRICIA_A
, Mar 2021
My Family had Amazing experience 🤩🤩🤩... we feel very comfortable.. we re warmly welcome .was a very interesting tour...Now i know much more about Houston .thanks again and i recommend houston s oficial Hop on Hop of tour.
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RIP off
Sharon_A
, Dec 2020
Terrible! Complete rip off. Paid for tour that didn’t happen. When tried to contact operator was ignored then sent an email late at night saying a tour was running on a different day. No help to someone on holiday. Do yourselves a favour and don’t waste your money. Wish I had read other reviews as this is a regular occurrence. No refund either.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Unfortunately due Covid 19 restrictions some schedules had to been modified. We apologize or the inconvenience, safety is our number one priority.
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Disappointed!
Sharon_A
, Nov 2020
Really disappointed. Turned up for tour which I paid for and the Tour office was closed. I waited for almost an hour. There was someone inside but he ignored my knocking. When I called the phone was put down on me and my messages ignored (WhatsApp and they were read). The tour never happened. 7 other people also turned up but they left also. Customer service was non existent. To not have the courtesy to tell me it wasn’t happening when I was seen there is disgusting. Feel completely ripped off. No sign of a refund!! Would not recommend.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Unfortunately due Covid 19 restrictions some tour schedules had to been modified and office was closed temporarily . We apologize or the inconvenience, safety is our number one priority.
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Disappointing, lack of customer service
Jessica_D
, Oct 2020
I flew from Los Ángeles to visit Houston which is a really beautiful city and I wanted to get a nice tour of the city so I booked an 11:30am tour on Sunday through the website which showed “available”. As I arrived 30 minutes early to my tour through an Uber (mind you my hotel was 30 minutes away) to the address listed in the instructions I received through my purchased ticket, upon my arrival the visitor center is CLOSED. Although, online the store is listed as open yet all the numbers listed online AND at the door where not answering. One of the numbers listed on google was for the hotel across the street which was highly disappointing as I was charged in full for my ticket and no type of notice that the tour was possibly not available or closed. I attempted numerous times to get in contact & even though the online messaging system and nothing. Please update your website if this facility and tour is closed as it’s disappointing to be given false information and your money taken.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Unfortunately due Covid 19 restrictions office had to be closed temporarily some schedules had to been modified. We apologize or the inconvenience, safety is our number one priority.
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star-5
Hop on off red bus tour
Lucy_G
, Sep 2020
It was such a good tour learnt a lot I didn’t know. We also did some visits to the art district saw huge statues of the Beatles up for sale for $250.thousand.
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star-5
Nice tour
TSF
, Aug 2020
Great tour. Learned a lot of interesting things about Houston. Tour driver was really nice. I would recommend.
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Frauds
Christina
, Aug 2020
They told me on the phone that my pickup point was the downtown aquarium I waited and waited to no avail then when I called them again they told me the location was at the conventional center and it was last minute. They didn’t refund my money instead they told me there’s nothing they could do and even Hung up on me because she said she had to attend to another customer.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2021
Unfortunately due Covid 19 restrictions some stops & local attractions like the Downtown aquarium had to be closed . We apologize or the inconvenience, your health & safety is our number one priority.
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Theater district was nice
John_L
, Feb 2020
The beginning of the tour was not very attractive. We were all disappointed for first half hour. Houston has much mire to show that you left out
icon Response from Host , Feb 2020
Sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the tour. However, the city tour is just that, a tour of the City. We try our best to showcase everything in the area we service, which is Downtown Houston, if you feel we missed something or would like to see something we did not show, please let us know.
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