Visiting a city often presents many pleasant surprises. Scenic parks, incredible museums, majestic rivers and other sites are often unknown, not just to outsiders but sometimes even to the people who live nearby. A great way to get acquainted with these hidden gems is to take a guided tour and let an expert lead you to new and interesting places. Here are some of the top guided tours in Houston.
Bayou City Bike Tours
1824 Spring St.
Houston, TX 77008
(832) 387-5631

The perfect way to get to know Houston on a more intimate level, Bayou City Bike Tours guides guests on a journey by bicycle through different Houston neighborhoods. Guests select one of the neighborhood tours, meet with a tour guide at a specified time and place, and then proceed to peddle from one landmark to the next. Bayou City Bike Tours touches on the highlights around the city and includes stops for drinks, food, picture taking and more. Best of all, you get to enjoy the fresh air and get some much-needed exercise, making Bayou City Bike Tours one of the Houston area’s best guided tours.

Houston Culinary Tours
220 Main St.
Houston, TX 77002
(713) 554-1735

Houston’s food scene is one of the finest in the nation so it only makes sense that one of the top tours of the area would center on food and eating. Houston Culinary Tours schedules several different tours, some of which are led by chefs and others by individual tour guides who walk guests from one eatery to the next. The tours usually focus on a specific neighborhood or region of the city, allowing guests to sample the different eats from one section of Houston and then compare them to the food served at restaurants in other sections of the city. Houston Culinary Tours strives to introduce guests to a diverse set of dining experiences and no two excursions are the same. The education and the delicious food served at so many fine restaurants combine to make Houston Culinary Tours one of the area’s best.

Buffalo Bayou Partnership Pontoon Boat Tours
150 Sabine St.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 752-0314

Houston’s waterways are usually associated with commerce, but there are several recreational opportunities as well and Buffalo Bayou Partnership Pontoon Boat Tours is ready to introduce them to its guests. The pontoon boat rides take guests on an intimate tour of Houston’s famed Buffalo Bayou where they can enjoy the sites of nature and learn more about the history of the bayou and its importance. Buffalo Bayou Partnership Pontoon Boat Tours has a special twilight tour that takes place at night and even a bat colony tour that motors guest to Houston’s Waugh Bridge, home to a large colony of flying mammals. A tour by boat affords a way to see Houston from a completely different perspective, and that makes Buffalo Bayou Partnership Pontoon Boat Tours one you don’t want to miss.

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Bayou City Adventures
1520 Silver St.
Houston, TX 77007
(713) 538-7433

A multi-services business, Bayou City Adventures offers everything from surfing lessons to paddle boarding to guided tours. The tours Bayou City Adventures offers include bicycle tours and paddling tours via kayak. Bring along your own bicycle or rent a bike from Bayou City Adventures for a tour around the city. Then, head to one of Houston’s many waterways for a guided tour on a kayak and enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Houston skyline and the many varied animal species that call these rivers and bayous home. Whether you want an adventure or want to learn the basics of water sports, Bayou City Adventures has you covered.

Port of Houston Authority Sam Houston Boat Tour
111 East Loop North
Houston, TX 77029
(713) 670-2400

If you like to take guided tours on the water but feel a kayak or pontoon boat is too small, then consider a tour from the Port of Houston Authority Sam Houston Boat Tour. This tour takes passengers on a larger, 90-passenger boat and explores the Houston Ship Channel, one of the busiest in the world. The tour guides inform passengers about the ship channel and its critical role to the Houston economy while answering questions about the industry and other landmarks that dot the surrounding waters. The tour is great for one other very important reason: it is offered free of charge with an advanced reservation and complimentary coffee, soft drinks and water are served on board. It’s the perfect way to learn more about local commerce and cruise on the open water, all while protecting one’s bank account from harm.

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Bryan Carey is a Houston, Texas resident with an avid interest in restaurants, dining, breweries, wineries, festivals, cultural events, museums, theatre, concerts, and other forms of entertainment. He has been writing about entertainment, travel, and related topics for more than fifteen years and has thousands of articles to his credit. His work can be found at