Hidden Tunnel Underground Tour
Self-guided tour or a guided tour of the tunnels!
Recommended by Daniel & his Mom from Pasadena, Texas!
Going through the Houston downtown tunnels reminds me of ants working underground. We started at the Visitor Center at City Hall where we watched a short video about Houston. I like short. Then we followed our map to the tunnels. There's a whole city down there where it is definitely a lot cooler than up top! There were tons of places to eat and shop. We ended up at the Chase Tower and took an elevator all the way to the 60th floor.
You could get some really great pictures of the whole city from up there. After leaving the Chase Tower building, we walked over one block to the Metrorail that took us back to the middle of downtown.
The Houston Tunnel System began with a passageway between two theaters because the owner of one did not like walking in the rain. When you live in Houston, an aversion to rain is going to be a problem. The system, over six miles long today, connects 95-city blocks. Mainly downtown workers trying to avoid rain, heat and humidity use it.
The Wells Fargo Plaza is the only building that has direct access from the street into the tunnel system. The rest of the entrances require access through building escalators or stairs. Access to the tunnels is limited to business hours during the week. That may be why only a few people know about them. Check out my new favorite section underneath the Esperson Building!
Whether you choose a self-guided tour or a guided tour is up to you. There is no admission fee to enter the tunnels and the fee to ride on the MetroRail depends on the route and length of your ride. We highly recommend getting a map of the tunnel system since the maze of passageways can be confusing. The guided tours require advance reservations and are about three hours long. For the price, you get a tour guide who can share their knowledge and enthusiasm about this other city deep in the heart of Houston.
Self-guided tours: Downtown Houston with entrances marked on map
Guided tours: Begin at Georgia's Market, 420 Main Street, Houston, Texas
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