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Houston City Tour and Admission to Downtown Aquarium
"This bus tour is a wonderful way to start your Houston vacation. This lightly narrated 90-minute tour showcases Houston's famous land marks historic Houston areas and breath taking views. Explore the great city of Houston and see what the largest city in Texas has to offer.This guided tour drives through Houston's beautiful market square and many more downtown locations including Buf Allen Parkway and Houston's upscale midtown residential area. You will enjoy the breath-taking billion dollar Downtown Houston Skyline and museum district.Once the city tour is complete you will be dropped off at the Houston Aquarium which you are welcome to explore and enjoy. This package includes one admission ticket for the Houston Aquarium and one ticket for the Houston City Tour.""""Take a 90-minute panoramic guided tour on board a double decker buss. The city tour includes Downtown Historic district Toyota Center
From $50.00
 
Galveston Warship and Submarine Tour
"The tour will start with complimentary pickup from your centrally located Houston accommodation where all will receive a free gift before proceeding downtown for a 1-hour mobile view of Discovery Green Park GRB convention center The Toyota center Minute Maid Park Market square Buffalo Bayou Eleanor Tinsley park
From $142.00
 
Houston City Lights Tour
"Climb aboard a distinctive double-decker bus at a conveniently located departure point in downtown Houston. Listen to informative on board commentary as you cruise through the vibrant Texan city passing iconic landmarks like the Chase Tower and the Convention Center. You will also see Market Square Park where you can find a variety of food in the historical 19th-century square. Admire the tallest building in Texas the JP Morgan Chase Tower and enjoy sweeping vistas from the top of our British double decker buses. You will also see City Hall as well as Tranquility Park and the historical structures that surround it. Take in the electric atmosphere of the theatre di"""See the historical highlights and cultural delights of Houston on a 60 minute guided evening tour. You will have the best views of Houston as you travel through the city on the top deck of a double decker bus. Take in the city lights and listen to fascin the Downtown Aquarium the Theatre district
From $40.00

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The Ship Canal

Two brothers, John and August Allen founded Houston in 1836, naming it for Sam Houston, hero of the Mexican war with Generalissimo Santa Anna. The idea was to attract people there on the basis of its success as a port. They were optimistic but as it turned out justifiably so. Houston was state capital in the mid 1800's until Austin superseded it. The building of a ship canal linking it to the sea began to establish it as a port of some value and when Galveston, at the time the main port, was destroyed by a hurricane in 1900 growth really began. Houston went from being prosperous port and trading centre to one of the powerhouses of the nations economy with the discovery of oil in 1901.

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Nov 01, 2004

The Port Of Houston/Houston Ship Channel

The Houston Ship Channel is the 30+ mile long waterway that extends from Galveston Bay to the southeast side of town, and turns into Buffalo Bayou, which runs through the center of the city. The Ship Channel is how Houston got its start as growing city on the banks of Buffalo Bayou, and it links Houston to the sea, making the city one of the most important international port cities in the world. After Texas won it's independence from Mexico in 1836, small ships began navigating up the then narrow and shallow channel to Buffalo Bayou, and the city. Plans were made quickly to expand the channel so larger vessels could make their way up to the city. Competition quickly began between Houston and it's then rival city to the southeast, Galveston. As the jostling continued between the 2 cities over several decades, Houston was also linked to the national system of railroads, which gave it an extra edge on the dispersal of shipped in items. Then in 1900 when a hurricane struck Galveston, killed thousands of it's residents, and all but wiped the city of the map, Houston emerged as the chief port city on the Texas coast. And after the Texas oil boom occured soon after, Houston's shipping activities increased dramatically. Over the years, as the port has been expanded and more commerce and shipping has been conducted here, the Houston Ship Channel has become one of the most vital parts to the city's livelihood. Now not just used for shipping, many cruise and casino ships use the port for a departure location. Tours are now available to relive the port's history, and discover it's immense importance to the City of Houston. A very interesting look into one of the largest ports in the world!

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Mar 14, 2006

Houston Ship Channel Boat Tour

This an absolute amazing boat tour that allows you to see the real Houston at work, a close up of the boats on the ship channel and the industries along it. It takes one hour and a half and it is FREE! The little boat for tourists, called the Sam Houston, takes you up close next to huge tankers and bustling, hissing and smoking factories of all types. The industrial landscape is haunting. Remember that he Port of Houston ranks as the US largest port in international tonnage and second in total tonnage, it is very impressive!! A must see!!!

You have to reserve in advance by calling Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 5 pm; or you can reserve on line (webite below).
Tours take place:
Tu, W, Fr, Sat 10:30 am and 2:30 pm
Th, Su 2.30 pm
Monday, Holidays and September: closed.

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Sep 17, 2003

Oil Refineries

One of the densest concentrations of refineries are found in the Houston area. The oil companies are located along the Houston Ship Channel where it is more sheltered from bad weather that comes up from the Gulf. The construction of the refineries began during World War 1 and were expanded during World War II.

Another large refinery is south of the city at Texas City.

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Mar 08, 2004
 
 
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Tour of the Ship Channel

If you are interested in seeing an up close view of the refineries etc, you can take a boat ride on the Sam Houston Inspection Ship for around 90 mins through the deep water channel. You can see all the large container ships, barges and tugs.

Another good view is from the San Jacinto Battlefield on the other side of the channel.

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Mar 08, 2004

Port of Houston

The Port of Houston is currently ranked first in the nation for international tonnage. Located in the Houston Ship Channel which is only six miles from the city, the port has something like an excess of 6,400 ships which pass through the waterway each year.
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Jun 22, 2003

Lynchburg Ferry

Although I was disappointed not to be able to go up the monument, I could still take the Lynchburg Ferry from the park across the ship channel of the San Jacinto River.

Lynch’s Ferry was started by Nathanial Lynch in 1822.. When Sam Houston defeated Santa Anna’s Army at The Battle of San Jacinto, wounded soldiers were carried from the battlefield aboard Lynch’s Ferry to the town of Lynchburg.

From 1888 to today, Harris County has operated the Lynchburg Ferry Service. There is no charge for the ferries. Depending on the wind, currents, and traffic the ferry takes 7-10 minutes to cross the ship channel.

Restrictions:
No loaded 2-axle dump trucks or trailers over 60 feet, or any single vehicle over 20,000 pounds.

Hours Of Operation:
4:30 AM - 8:00 PM Monday - Friday
11:00 AM - 6:30 PM Saturday and Sunday

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Feb 20, 2015

Houston Ship Channel

Here is a chance to see what this great industrial city is really all about. The oil refineries, tankers, and freighters are all right here. You can observe them from the Sam Houston, a tour vessel.

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