Downtown Orientation Walk, Houston

While Houston, Texas is a massive metropolis, its Downtown is relatively compact yet bustling business, culture and entertainment hub, with a vibrant theater scene. Alongside several theaters, Downtown Houston hosts a number of museums, parks and historic buildings, alongside many other attractions. To explore some of them, follow this orientation walk.
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Downtown Orientation Walk Map

Guide Name: Downtown Orientation Walk
Guide Location: USA » Houston (See other walking tours in Houston)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 10
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.4 km
Author: doris
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Christ Church Cathedral

1) Christ Church Cathedral

The Christ Church Cathedral is the oldest worshiping congregation in Houston, and is also one of the most interesting. This facility has been around since 1839. In those days, Texas was not part of the United States, and Houston was actually the capital of the Republic of Texas. The members of this church are among some of the first families to colonize the area. This congregation also founded the Trinity Church of Houston.

The other interesting thing about this church is that the...   view more
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Market Square District

2) Market Square District

The Market Square District of Houston has just recently become a prominent part of the downtown area. There is a park is the area also, which is very much a part of the neighborhood now. The main lawn area is where the old City Hall used to stand. It is located at the intersection of Travis, Milam, Congress and Preston. The location is full of historical structures, wonderful restaurants, and nightclubs that can all be reached quickly.

Yet the park is very new. For instance, there is a great...   view more
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Sesquicentennial Park

3) Sesquicentennial Park

The Sesquicentennial Park is a wonderful memorial to the 150th birthday of Houston. The city was founded in 1836 and visiting this 10 acre park on the banks of the Buffalo Bayou is a delightful way to celebrate. There is plenty of space to take a walk, bike, have a picnic, read a book on a spring day or just let the kids get a little time to run. The park was built in two phases and took fourteen years to complete.

There are several different features that really add interest. Most noticeable...   view more
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Bayou Place

4) Bayou Place (must see)

Although Bayou Place has gone through different owners and has had several different businesses come and go, it still features many attractions. Once Houston’s Convention Center, it has many dining options, including The Hard Rock Café, sushi, local cuisine, and much more. The site also offers theaters including the recently opened Robert Redford’s Sundance Cinema. It also has Verizon Wireless Theater, which can be transformed into numerous different layouts for different concerts,...   view more
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Alley Theatre

5) Alley Theatre (must see)

Not only is the Alley Theater one of the country’s oldest theaters, but it is also one of Houston’s biggest such facilities. The theater boasts two auditoriums, one seating over 800 people and the other seating over 300. The theater hosts productions year round including plays of all tastes. It features new plays, classics, comedies and dramas. A full list of productions and their dates can be found at The Alley theater's website. The location also prides itself in HYPE, which is an...   view more
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Jones Hall

6) Jones Hall

This majestic building, which takes up an entire city block, houses Houston’s performing arts center. Jones Hall hosts many art forms including ballets, symphonies, and plays. Events are run throughout the year and can be located on the company’s website. In addition to the classical arts, it is also a popular venue for more modern artists to rent out for concerts. The hall also features dining options. One of the most magnificent features of the building is its eight hundred hexagons that...   view more
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Tranquility Park

7) Tranquility Park

Tranquility Park is located in a busy, bustling part of Houston, so the name seems to be a bit of a misnomer. However, the Park is named for the Sea of Tranquility. The park was dedicated to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon. The surface of the park has crater like features that simulate the Moon’s surface which is a rather interesting feature.

Another interesting feature of the park is the cylindrical water fountains that are a bit reminiscent of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Houston City Hall

8) Houston City Hall (must see)

The Houston City Hall, constructed in 1938-1939, is flanked by Tranquility Park and the Houston Public Library. This simply designed structure features many construction details that have helped to make it an architectural classic. The architect of the City Hall was Joseph Finger, an Austrian-born Texan architect responsible for a number of Houston-area landmarks. The design on the lobby floor depicts the protective role of government. In the grill-work above the main entrances are medallions of...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Heritage Society Museum

9) Heritage Society Museum

The Heritage Society Museum was started in the year 1954. It was the brain child of Faith Moore and Marie Phelps, two prominent members of the Houston area. The museum was designed to help preserve the history of this part of Texas. The building is located on Bagby Street in downtown Houston. The property also contains the Kellum Noble House, which was saved from destruction when the area was made into a museum.

This is the only interactive museum of its kind in the city that is completely...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Sam Houston Park

10) Sam Houston Park (must see)

The Sam Houston Park was established in 1899 on 20 acres of land in Houston. The centerpiece of the park was the path by the mill and stream. There was also a house on the property that was being used as a school, as well as an older bridge that crossed the stream. This made for a rather picturesque little park.

In 1954 the Heritage Society was formed. One of the projects was to save older homes and buildings that were destined for destruction as a more modern Houston was evolving. Some of...   view more

Walking Tours in Houston, Texas

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Cultural Walk in Houston

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Houston's Landmarks Tour

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Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.1 km
Live Music Clubs Tour of Houston

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