2. Houston: Sights of Downtown Smartphone Audio Walking Tour
Embark on a self-guided tour through Downtown Houston. Stroll past historical and modern landmarks while listening to the audio guide on your smartphone device as you explore the history, art and culture of Houston.
Marvel at the large imposing Houston City Hall while you hear some of Houston’s exciting past. See the Bob Lanier Public Works Building, the impressive United States Custom House and the 1884 Houston Cotton Exchange Building, once a commercial and trading center for the cotton industry.
Learn the history behind some of Houston’s oldest homes at the Kellum-Noble House, The Old Cabin, the Nichols-Rice-Cherry House and the Majestic Metro which originally operated as a movie theater.
Hear the interesting personal stories behind the Julia Ideson Building, the Niels and Mellie Esperson Buildings, and the Rice Hotel. We’ll tell you about Allen’s Landing, a popular spot offering a glimpse into Houston's history.
Learn the history of the Gulf Oil Building, the Texaco Building and the oldest continually operating church in Houston, the Christ Church Cathedral. Hear how the Buffalo Bayou, with its rich history, played a significant role in the development of Houston as a city.
Explore the Heritage Society Museum at Sam Houston Park which is dedicated to preserving and interpreting the history of Houston and the Houston Aquarium building, home to over 200 species of marine animals. We’ll visit Market Square, a historic district located in the Old Town area, known for its vibrant atmosphere and diverse mix of restaurants, bars, shops, and entertainment venues.
Stroll past Houston’s dynamic Theater District while you hear about the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts, a popular venue for theatre and music, the Jones Hall for the Performing Arts dedicated to the Houston Symphony and the Alley Theatre with its wide variety of plays and musicals. You’ll also see the Wortham Theater Center home to the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera.
You can take as long as you like to enjoy the parks and buildings, museums, restaurants and shopping while you explore the wonderful Downtown Houston!