Just four miles east of downtown, you will find one of the nation's top seaports. A tour of the port offers an ... More
Sam Houston Boat Tour
Just four miles east of downtown, you will find one of the nation's top seaports. A tour of the port offers an opportunity to view ocean freighters, ships and barges as they maneuver up and down the 50-mile channel that leads to the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. The port opened in 1914 with President Woodrow Wilson throwing the switch and firing the cannon. You will learn about this history and much more by taking the free 90-minute boat tour aboard the 90-passenger Sam Houston. Points of interest will include ships, geese and pollution control facilities. You are welcome to ask questions during the tour. The Port Authority holds a wealth of information. Before leaving, be sure and take one last look at the turning basin from the observation deck. It is a sight to behold. The tour is free, but reservations are required. All adults are required to have photo ID, and oversized bags or purses are not allowed. Please check the website for the tour schedule.
THE KIDS AT NANA`S HOME DAYCARE LOVE THIS BOAT TOUR. WE SCHEDULED IT TWICE THIS YEAR. THEY LOVE CRUISING ON THE WATER NO MATTER WHERE OR HOW FAR. IT IS AN EXPERIENCE THAT OTHERWISE THEY WOULD NEVER EXPERIENCE. AND IT`S FREE! THE STAFF IS FRIENDLY AND WE HAVE NEVER HAD A PROBLEM.
I thought my nephews would love this boat trip, but found this to be a slow boat to nowhere. We did not pass any active docks or working ships. Only one tug boat cruised past. We definitely were not in the main channels of the port. Maybe it was because we were there on a calm day... but the smell of the area is unpleasant. But it was free and there is a little history narration that goes along with the trip. The soda was a pleasant surprise.
Free boat trip through port of Houston was interesting as it followed the man-made channel for many miles -- a video described the role the port has played in Houston's history. Even free soft drinks were provided.
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