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Food Lover's Guide to Houston

Food Lover's Guide to Houston

Houston was recently named the most ethnically diverse city in the United States—and that diversity is reflected in its culinary melting pot, which combines Texas classics with everything from South African sandwiches to Korean braised lamb. Here are some of the city’s must-try dishes and food experiences.

Must-Try Dishes

In Houston, as in much of Texas, two food icons reign supreme:barbecueandTex-Mex. The former typically features slow-smoked brisket with a dry rub instead of a sauce. The latter is somewhat of its own food group in H-town, encompassing everything fromtacosandburritostofajitasandenchiladas. No matter what Tex-Mex dish you’re nomming on, it’s best served with a side of gooey***chile con queso***. Those who believe breakfast is the most important meal of the day are in luck:breakfast tacosare sure to get your day off to the right start.

Houston’s diversity has given birth to some rather unique fusion foods, none more famous among locals thanViet-Cajun crawfish. Cajun influences combined with one of the country’s largest Vietnamese populations has yielded this succulent seafood favorite, made from boiled crawfish tossed in garlic butter and cayenne pepper as well as Southeast Asian ingredients like lemongrass, ginger, and Thai basil. It’s location on the Gulf of Mexico means seafood features prominently in the gastronomic landscape, particularlygulf shrimp, which are often served fried.

Must-Do Experiences

  • Explore the diversity of Houston on a walking food tour of the downtown, Sugar Land, Montrose, or Houston Heights neighborhoods.

  • Satisfy your thirst with a tour of Houston’s exploding craft beer and spirits scene through the lens of breweries and distilleries in the Woodlands, Houston Heights, Pearland, or Cypress.

  • Combine a pub crawl through some of downtown Houston’s most historic buildings with stories of the city’s haunted history.

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NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour

NASA's Space Center plus Houston's Official City Tour

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Hitting Houston's top attractions couldn't be easier than on this double-decker sightseeing tour. See top sights around the city like parks, landmarks, and historic districts, and then head to the official visitor center for NASA’s Johnson Space Center for a self-guided tour.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$83.07
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$83.07
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NASA Tour, Space Center Houston

NASA Tour, Space Center Houston

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Perfect for history buffs, space lovers, and would-be astronauts, this personalized tour of the Space Center Houston brings the magic of the cosmos to life. In the morning, meet your guide at your hotel and travel in the comfort of an air-conditioned vehicle. Tickets are included in the cost, so you head right in. See real-life spacecraft, touch moon rocks, visit the astronaut training facility and living quarters plus much more.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.60
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$88.60
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Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip

Houston Sightseeing Tour and Galveston Day Trip

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See the key sights of central Houston and historic Galveston on a comprehensive coach tour. Begin your day of sightseeing with an overview tour of Houston by double-decker bus. In Galveston, enjoy free time to explore this scenic Gulf of Mexico town at your own pace. Admire the historic Victorian mansions, the Galveston Seawall, and the Strand historic district. Other optional activities include hitting the beach or going on a dolphin-watching tour by boat.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$102.81
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$102.81
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Private NASA Space Center and Houston Sightseeing Tour

Private NASA Space Center and Houston Sightseeing Tour

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Secure your ticket in advance to the NASA Space Center and visit Mission Control, Rocket Park, Independence Plaza, and the astronaut training facility. After hotel pickup in a climate-controlled vehicle, see popular landmarks around Houston, stopping briefly for photos during a small-group guided sightseeing tour. With a map and instructions, enjoy the flexibility to explore the space center on your own time, without the stress of rushing.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$88.99
From
$88.99
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Group Tour of the Space Center Houston Guided by a Real Rocket Scientist

Group Tour of the Space Center Houston Guided by a Real Rocket Scientist

This is an in depth, 6 hour group tour of the Space Center Houston which is the most popular tourist destination in Houston. Your private guide is a real rocket scientist and an experienced space expert who will explain everything you see and answer all of your questions in a way you will easily understand. The tour provides an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the history, current programs and future plans for space exploration. This is where NASA trains the astronauts and operates the US human space exploration programs. You will see the actual hardware used to fly our astronauts into space, touch a moon rock, go inside a space station, go inside the Space Shuttle, visit Mission Control and tour the massive Saturn V rocket used to fly to the moon. This interesting and fun tour is suitable for all ages - seniors, youth and children mature enough to enjoy the wonders of space flight. Face masks must be worn at all times and social distancing will be enforced.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$89.95
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$89.95
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Houston CityPASS

Houston CityPASS

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Maximize your time in the spectacular city of Houston with an indispensable Houston Mobile Ticket. Your mobile ticket includes free admission to five of the city’s premier attractions, including the Downtown Aquarium, the Space Center Houston, and the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Enjoy free entry to two additional attractions of your choice and choose from a variety including the Museum of Fine Arts, home to more than 60,000 artworks, or the Houston Zoo; Kemah Boardwalk All-Day Ride Pass or the Children's Museum of Houston.
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  • 9 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.00
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$64.00

Houston's Official Hop on tour

Houston's Official Hop on tour

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See the historical highlights and cultural delights of Houston on this 75-minute loop, hop-on sightseeing tour.  Enjoy unobstructed views and listen to fascinating audio commentary as you cruise past important landmarks like the historic City Hall and Houston Zoo. See popular attractions like Market Square, Downtown Aquarium and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, hopping off to explore further whenever an attraction captures your attention. Rejoin the tour at a time to suit your schedule at any conveniently located stops along the route.
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  • 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.85
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$35.85
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Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access

Astroville Food Tour of Downtown Houston with Tunnel Access

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Foodies wanted! Come enjoy diverse plates in the heart of Downtown Houston at some of Houston's most famous restaurants. This tour will begin at the Historic Market Square Park (outside Niko Niko's) where you will learn about Houston's rich history, beautiful architecture, and diversity of cultures. Guests will enjoy first-hand views of the tallest building in Texas and the largest Downtown Tunnel System in the USA. The tour consists of three (3) stops where you will try 6-7 delicious food samplings including authentic Mexico City cuisine, traditional Asian novelties, Houston's unique take on Italian-American, and gourmet dessert. These meals are pre-ordered and will be coming out nice & fresh for your whole group. We hope to be eating with you soon! **If you have any food allergies or any concerns please contact us before scheduling the tour. Beverages and any additional food besides the samplings are optional and not included as part of the tour.**
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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$65.00
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$65.00
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Best City Tour 2 hours

Best City Tour 2 hours

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A good choice for first-time visitors to Houston, this tour offers a comprehensive overview of the city. Visit several well-known landmarks, parks, and stadiums including historic Market Square, Discovery Green, Toyota Center, Minute Maid Park, Buffalo Bayou, and more. You’ll also have an opportunity to admire the lavish homes and boutiques in River Oaks. A local guide shares insider information about what to see, where to eat, and what to do while you’re in town.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$51.00
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$51.00
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Private Tour of NASA Space Center Houston Guided by a Real Rocket Scientist

Private Tour of NASA Space Center Houston Guided by a Real Rocket Scientist

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This is an in depth, 5 hour private tour of the Space Center Houston which is the most popular tourist destination in Houston. Your guide is a real rocket scientist and an experienced space expert who will explain everything you see and answer all of your questions in a way you will easily understand. The tour provides an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the history, current programs and future plans for space exploration. This is where NASA trains the astronauts and operates the US human space exploration programs. You will see the actual hardware used to fly our astronauts into space, touch a moon rock, go inside a space station, go inside the Space Shuttle, visit Mission Control and tour the massive Saturn V rocket used to fly to the moon. This interesting and fun tour is suitable for all ages - seniors, youth and children mature enough to enjoy the wonders of space flight. A face mask must be worn and social distancing is enforced throughout this tour.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$449.00
Price varies by group size
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$449.00
Price varies by group size
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Private Arrival Transfer from Houston George Bush Airport (IAH)

Private Arrival Transfer from Houston George Bush Airport (IAH)

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Don't sweat the small stuff. Instead of waiting in line for a shuttle or taxi, book a private ground transfer from Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH) to your area hotel. Meet your driver upon arrival and head directly to your downtown Houston, Galleria or Medical Center lodging in both style and comfort. Simply sit back and enjoy the ride.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.00
Price varies by group size
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$44.00
Price varies by group size

Sightseeing Tour

Sightseeing Tour

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When you book with Joyride Houston, you are the only group on the tour. This tour is exclusive to your group only!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$49.04
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$49.04

 Astroville Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston

Astroville Underground Tunnel Tour of Downtown Houston

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Did you know that Houston has the most extensive downtown tunnel system in the United States? Join us on our Underground Tunnel tour for an in-depth look at the incredible metropolis below ground-floor in Texas' largest business district including the most award-winning downtown skyscrapers which host many of Texas' most noteworthy Fortune 500 corporate headquarters & historical venues. As part of this day tour, we will visit multiple historical and artistic sections of Downtown Houston's tunnels as well as the corporate buildings that lie on top of them. Not only is the architecture of these buildings beautiful but their history is as well. Make sure to bring your smile and camera as we will provide you with unique photo-op opportunities and secrets that most native Houstonians don’t even know about!
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$26.00
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$26.00
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Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

Houston Museum of Natural Science General Admission

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Visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science to see the largest dinosaur hall in North America, check out the extensive collection of rare gems, and stop into your choice of permanent exhibits.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$13.75
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$13.75
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Private Arrival Transfer from Houston William P. Hobby Airport HOU

Private Arrival Transfer from Houston William P. Hobby Airport HOU

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When your flight arrives at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport (HOU) the last thing you want to do is deal with long taxi lines or figuring out public transit. Book a private ground transfer instead. A driver will meet you at the airport and transport you directly to your Houston, Galleria or Medical Center area hotel in comfort and with ease.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
Price varies by group size
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$36.00
Price varies by group size

Houston Historic District Craft Cocktail Tour

Houston Historic District Craft Cocktail Tour

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The Historic Houston Craft Cocktail Tour will feature a variety of cocktails from some of the city’s most talented mixologists in addition to a few delicious bites and a dose of history. Each tour will be different, offering an element of surprise to all participants. We’ve partnered with numerous downtown hotspots including OKRA Charity Saloon, Frank’s Pizza and El Big Bad to name a few. Consider this tour a refined happy hour that transports you back to the beginnings of Houston. Participants can expect a variety of flavor profiles throughout the tour. Some may enjoy a Blueberry, Jalapeño & Cilantro Margarita paired with a hearty Steak Carne Asada Taco or a warm, flakey Plantain Empanada (vegetarian-friendly) from El Big Bad. Others may enjoy a refreshing Peach Moonshine paired with a mouthwatering Smoked Brisket Grilled Cheese from The Moonshiners Southern Table + Bar. Some may even enjoy both! All tours will end with a spiked coffee drink for a little pick-me-up.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$81.03
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$81.03

Private Departure Transfer to Houston George Bush Airport IAH

Private Departure Transfer to Houston George Bush Airport IAH

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Get from your Houston area hotel to the George Bush Intercontinental Airport on-time and hassle-free with a private ground transfer. Simply book ahead and a driver will meet you at your downtown Houston, Galleria or Medical Center lodging and transport you to the airport in comfort, with ample time for your departure. This convenient service is available 24/7.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.00
Price varies by group size
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$44.00
Price varies by group size

Apollo 13 Escape Room

Apollo 13 Escape Room

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Take a break from sightseeing and book a turn in this Apollo 13-themed escape room. Located in Houston's Midtown District, this conveniently located activity is a challenge for any group of friends and family. Test your problem-solving skills while locked in the Mission Control Room, working together to decipher puzzles, clues, and codes.
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  • 1 hour
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$42.13
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$42.13

Mural Instagram Tour

Mural Instagram Tour

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Explore Houston’s colorful side and get a collection of Insta-worthy photos along the way. Pose in front of downtown’s most vibrant street art, including hidden murals that even most locals don’t know about. Cover lots of ground in an open-sided electric cart, and get personalized attention and tips from your street-savvy guide on this private tour.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$59.94
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Astroville Weekend Downtown Houston Tour With Tunnel Access

Astroville Weekend Downtown Houston Tour With Tunnel Access

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Interested in learning more about why Downtown Houston has been labelled as the "fastest-growing neighborhood" in the city as well as its top architecture, restaurants, and parks? Our Downtown Tour is perfect for guests & families of all ages looking to discover what makes Houston the center of business, culture, history & sports in Texas. Enjoy up-close perspectives of Downtown Houston's hidden gems including the tallest Skyscraper in Texas, most expansive Tunnel System in the United States, and two professional sporting venues as well as its world-class, outdoor dog-friendly Entertainment Mall & Park. Our tour guests will be sure to enjoy some jaw-dropping views and photo-ops while learning about all that Downtown Houston has to offer for its twenty Fortune 500 companies and over 50,000 residents.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes to 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$35.00
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$35.00
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SUV Airport Transfer to Galveston

SUV Airport Transfer to Galveston

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We provide a private airport pickup & transfer from IAH George Bush Intercontinental Airport to the beautiful island of Galveston. Whether you are going to the cruise port or a hotel, we have you covered.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$298.67
per group
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$298.67
per group

Private Departure Transfer to Houston William P. Hobby Airport HOU

Private Departure Transfer to Houston William P. Hobby Airport HOU

Get from your Houston area hotel to the William P. Hobby Airport on-time and hassle-free with a private ground transfer. Simply book ahead and a driver will meet you at your downtown Houston, Galleria or Medical Center lodging and transport you to the airport in comfort, with ample time for your departure. This convenient service is available 24/7.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
Price varies by group size
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$36.00
Price varies by group size

Houston Museum of Science Death by Natural Causes Exhibit

Houston Museum of Science Death by Natural Causes Exhibit

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Tack the “Death by Natural Causes” exhibit on to your Houston Museum of Science itinerary. Buying online saves you the hassle of ticket lines at the museum, which allows you to head straight in and start exploring. Visitors learn potentially surprising facts about the dangers of the natural world, from glow-in-the-dark radium ink to lethal mushrooms.
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  • 1 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$22.67
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$22.67
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Brewery Tour

Brewery Tour

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Houston is home to a thriving craft beer and brewery scene, but it can be hard to decide where to drink. Remove the guesswork and let a local guide take you on a personalized bar crawl to four of downtown Houston’s best watering holes, from small-batch distilleries to cozy pubs and cutting-edge craft breweries. Save yourself a long walk by riding in an eco-friendly electric cart, and admire some colorful street murals along the way.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$53.40
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$53.40