Destination Houston Tours

Discover Houston Cultural Tours - Join us on Thursdays to explore Houston, meet friends and discover our diverse and interesting city. Insider Houston tours show you where to go, where to eat, where to take your family and all that is happening in Houston.

Tour Descriptions

Volunteer at NRG

The needs of evacuees of Hurricane Harvey are great. That is why our first tour will be a donation of time and money. Proceeds from your ticket price will go directly to helping Houstonians through the Houston Flood Relief Fund.
Join us to volunteer at NRG on this day. NRG is looking for volunteers who speak languages other than English, in addition to English speakers. If you are safe and able to volunteer, sign up to volunteer with us.


Goya Plant Tour

Ever wonder how it is made? We will put on our hard hats and see up close the manufacturing and distribution centers in this state of the art, 350,000 square foot plant just west of Houston. Built in 2013, this plant produces 1000 cans of beans each minute! Tour limit 25 guests.


Brazos Bend State Park

Education, Exercise and Alligators! Get to hold a baby alligator and learn about Gulf Coast wildlife. After our introduction class we will take an hour guided hike around the lake to see alligators up close as well as turtles, birds and other native wildlife. Wear your comfortable shoes and bring binoculars to maximize your comfort and viewing. This park is one you will want to return to with your family to picnic, camp or ride bikes, or see the stars at night at one of the best planetariums around. Tour limit 25 guests.


The Weird Side of Houston

Join us for a private tour of The Orange Show and Smither Park. Put on your creative hat and step back to the time when Houstonian Jeff McKissack created this park to express his artistic vision. The Orange Show, built between the years of 1956-1980, captures a segment of 20th century culture. Next, we will mosey over to Smither Park, a green space filled with art and mosaic adjacent to The Orange Show. This tour will include time for lunch at the American cafeteria, The Dinner Bell. This nearby café is where Mr. McKissack rode his bike for lunch everyday during his years on the East End. Bring your camera for lots of great selfies! Tour limit 25 guests.


I Love Houston Street Art Tour in the Houston Heights on the Houston History Bus

What do you Love about Houston? This special street art tour through the Heights historic neighborhood features many walls by artist Wiley who loves to paint the word, “Love.” We will be traveling on the new Houston History Bus- a convertible school bus- a mobile classroom! With beautiful walls that say beautiful words and the historic architecture of the Heights, you will want to snap lots of photos. A map included so you can bring your family back for photos- what a great holiday card backdrop! Tour limit 20 guests.


Day of the Dead Art Class

El día de los muertos, or Day of the Dead, is a popular tradition celebrated in Mexico and Central America and also in parts of the US. Houston has a vibrant hispanic community and it is easy to participate in this colorful and interesting celebration. We will visit some community altars and learn more about the tradition while participating with our own art class to create traditional masks or retablos. Time to get your hands dirty and your creativity flowing as we gather together to have some fun. Tour limit 25 guests.


Chinatown

One of our most popular tours! If you have ever wanted to visit this part of town but didn’t know where to shop or eat, then this tour is for you! Our knowledgeable guide will lead us on a tour of the area to show us the rich culture and talk about the history of Houston’s Chinatown. Do you know that it was originally located on the East End of Houston?
We will visit a bakery and have a guided tour of an asian grocery store before having lunch at a nearby restaurant. Join us and learn the secrets of Chinatown! Tour limit 25 guests. Lunch not included in ticket price.


Nutcracker Market- Let’s go Christmas Crazy!

The Nutcracker Market is a must do! This Houston Tradition, benefitting the Houston Ballet, is the biggest and craziest Holiday Market in town and you don’t want to go it alone! We will meet for coffee nearby and conveniently park and ride the light rail into NRG Park. I’ll show you the best of the shopping will personally escort you to five of my favorite stores. Ticket includes your entrance to shop, market map and program, and a Destination English shopping bag.


Learn to make Pralines at Mercantile Montrose

Let’s hang out at one of the hottest coffee shops in town and learn to make Pralines from Houston’s best. Becca Reyenga with Eat my Pralines will give us a hands on demo at the Montrose Mercantile. Plenty of samples and a chance to to buy your own box to take home for the holidays.


Holiday Shopping and lunch on 19th street

Find eclectic gifts in the Heights neighborhood. 19th Street is home to Mexican arts and crafts, record shops, resale stores as well as new clothing & jewelry. We'll grab a taco at Torchy's & keep going. Shop till you drop just in time for the holidays! Tour limit 25 guests.


Downtown Sunset happy hour and Champagne Holiday Light Tour through River Oaks. 5:00pm-8:00pm

Couples are invited to celebrate the season in style. We begin with a sunset wine and cheese picnic overlooking downtown Houston in the Eleanor Tinsley Pavilion. This is a great backdrop for your Holiday Facebook Selfie! We will continue on in style to tour Houston’s best Christmas lights with a Champagne ride through River Oaks. There will be stops along the way to take pictures and sing carols. Bus leaves the Energy Corridor at 5:00 pm and returns at 8:00 pm.


Holiday Luncheon

We will celebrate the holidays, the end of the semester and new friendships we've made over lunch, a gift exchange and other surprises. Lunch, laughs, and holiday gift included in your ticket. Don't miss the fun and friends.