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Houston: Guided Tour of NASA Space Center and Galveston

1. Houston: Guided Tour of NASA Space Center and Galveston

Head south from Houston for a day-trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center and a guided tour of the nearby town of Galveston. See why the space center is Houston’s no. 1 tourist attraction, and ride through the island city on the Gulf Coast known for its 10-mile Seawall and Victorian-era streets. Discover the exciting future and remarkable past of America’s human spaceflight program set among more than 400 space artifacts. Find flown spacecraft, the largest collection of moon rocks on public display, and seasonal exhibits throughout the year that offer exciting attractions for all ages. Explore the red planet in the interactive Mission Mars exhibit. Experience a virtual Martian sunset, climb into a simulated Orion capsule, and feel the texture of rock cliffs. See what it takes to travel to Mars, what tech will get us there, and how humans may live there in the next few decades. Visit Independence Plaza presented by Boeing, the only shuttle replica mounted on a shuttle carrier aircraft, and the only place where you can enter both vehicles. Get a rare glimpse into history and breakthroughs of the Space Shuttle Program in the eight-story, multi-exhibit complex. Next, drive with your guide to Galveston, a charming Southern retreat just 50 miles from Houston. Discover the art, historic architecture, chic boutiques, and ghost legends that are all tucked into a little Gulf Coast barrier island. Listen to the history and legends that formed the city, like that of Pirate Jean Lafitte. Admire the Victorian homes and scenic downtown area, and learn the stories of 19th century buildings like Lucas Terrace, Bishop’s Palace, and Ashton Villa. Make the most of your tour with plenty of time to ask questions and stop for photos. Get dropped off back in Houston at the end of your tour.

From Houston: Galveston Tour with Tall Ship Elissa Admission

2. From Houston: Galveston Tour with Tall Ship Elissa Admission

Embark on a guided day tour to the city of Galveston, a charming Southern retreat just 50 miles from Houston. Discover a destination full of art, historic architecture, chic boutiques, and ghostly legends - all tucked within a quaint Gulf Coast barrier island. Depart Houston by minivan and hear about the stories that formed the city from your guide. Upon arrival, get a closer look at Galveston’s history on a sightseeing tour through the city center with your guide. Stroll down Broadway Street, stop at Moody Mansion, and see historic Lucas Terrace. Arrive at Galveston Historic Seaport, and visit the tall ship, Elissa, with admission included. A designated National Historic Landmark, it is one of the world's oldest sailboats in operation. Learn more about immigration to the United States as well as more about Galveston's maritime history. Next, take your harbor cruise departing from the port. See ships and seabirds, dolphins and drilling rigs on this hour-long cruise. Afterwards, benefit from some free time to grab some lunch or to stroll on the beach. Afterward, meet with your guide and return to Houston.

From Houston: Day Trip to Galveston City Highlights

3. From Houston: Day Trip to Galveston City Highlights

Explore the sights in Galveston on this day trip from Houston. Hear about the history of this facinating city and stop at sights like Bryan museum, 1859 Ashton Villa, the Moody Mansion, and the Galveston Seawall. Meet your guide and sit back and relax on the scenic drive from Huston to Galveston where you can enjoy the historic architecture and chic boutiques. Listen to anecdotes, legends, and ghost stories on the trip. Have your questions answered by your guide. Stop at the Galveston Seawall which was built to protect the city after the hurricane of 1900. Continue to the historic Galveston Orphans Home that converted into the Bryan Museum which houses Texan art and historical collections. View the Victorian houses on Broadway street. Stop for pictures at the Victorian-style Moody Mansion, the 1859 Ashton Villa, the 1892 Bishop’s Palace, and the Lucas Terrace apartments. See where the cruise ships come in at Galveston Port. Learn about the famed pirate Jean Lafitte. Take in the vibe in the historic downtown district before heading back to Houston.

From Houston: City Landmarks and Galveston Guided Tour

4. From Houston: City Landmarks and Galveston Guided Tour

See the highlights of Houston in a day on this guided sightseeing tour. Enjoy sites such as the Annunciation Catholic Church and Buffalo Bayou. Hear stories about the city’s founding. From there, heading to Galveston. Uncover the charms of a Southern metropolis and seaside town.  Your tour starts from the Toyota Center in the city center. Ride past Minute Maid Park where the Houston Astros baseball team plays. The Annunciation Catholic Church stands across the street from the stadium.  Pass through the Court District, the heart of the city’s civic center. Nearby you’ll see the historical Rice Hotel. Along the way, you’ll receive a history of the city’s founding from your guide. You’ll be surprised to learn how much they invested in land back in 1837. Across the Buffalo Bayou, check out the Arts District. Enjoy the colorful street art and lively atmosphere. Spot other public artworks, including sculptures and murals. Take some time to explore and enjoy a bite to eat. After Houston, ride fifty miles out of town to Galveston. Listen to tales of the city’s past, ghosts, and pirates along the way. Visit the historic downtown which has kept much of its Victorian architecture. As you walk around town, keep an eye out for the statues of sea turtles.  Learn more of the city’s history at Ashton Villa and the Bishop’s Palace. Listen to tales about the end of the Civil War and the origins of Juneteenth. Stroll along Galveston’s seawall and admire old-time ships in the port. At the end of the trip, you will return to the Toyota Center in Houston.

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