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City Tours

NOTE: Guests should wear comfortable clothing and walking shoes for all tours.
A hat and sunscreen are also recommended. Motor coach transportation is provided.

Tours can be purchased during the 15ATCE registration process. Arrive at the Convention Center 15 minutes prior to departure for each tour.

Space Center Houston
Monday, 28 September 2015 
Hours: 0915–1500  Ticket Price: USD 80 per person. Lunch is included.

“Houston, we have a problem” is a famous saying all over the world. Experience the history of space exploration and get a firsthand look at Mission Control and other attractions. A narrated tram tour will take you behind the scenes, and the galleries will leave you in awe of monumental achievements in space travel. At the start, you will receive a lunch card that can be used at any time during the tour. The bus ride to the Space Center lasts approximately 45 minutes. Time at the Space Center is about four hours.

Houston City Tour
Wednesday, 30 September 2015
Hours: 0900–1215  Ticket Price: USD 55 per person

Sample the excitement of a truly international city through this narrated driving tour of Houston. From the impressive downtown Theater District to the historic Rice University campus, the tour highlights some of the green spaces and skyscrapers that coexist in downtown Houston.

Watch a short film about the city at the Houston Visitor Center in the recently renovated City Hall and use the center’s touchscreen computers to find restaurants, attractions, and events.

The tour passes through the affluent River Oaks area, where homes of the rich and famous abound. It also passes by Bayou Bend, one of River Oaks’ most famous residences, which serves as the decorative arts wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Anchored by the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Museum District includes 16 different institutions. The tour passes by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the Houston Children’s Museum; the Museum of Health and Medical Science; and the Houston Holocaust Museum.

The Magic Circle with the Galleria—a luxurious three-story shopping extravaganza sporting an ice rink and the impressive Williams tower—is another of the city’s highlights. The focal point of Williams Park is the dynamic, 64-foot Water Wall.

On this city tour, you can sample the diverse neighborhoods, parks, and commercial areas to experience the fascinating meld of contrasts and contradictions that is Houston.