The Port of Houston Authority offers FREE boat tours 5 days a week, 11 months a year. The only thing required is a reservation and a valid ID.
We had this tour on our Summer Bucket List, but it turns out that everyone else did as well. No reservations were available over the summer, so we booked a spot in October. As long as space is available and you reserve a spot 24 hours in advance, you can take a free tour of one of the busiest ports in the world.
Find the schedule HERE.
There was a huge parking lot and plenty of room for the 100 tour boat passengers. The pavilion was very nice with clean bathrooms. It was so nice with the brick construction, benches and water view, that I hope it gets used for lots of parties and not just us tour go-ers.
Outside you stand at the front of the boat or take a seat in the back. Or walk laps like my kids did.
As we passed the cargo vessels and refineries, the tour guide would announce what we were seeing. The speakers are not very loud, but if stand in the right spot, you can learn a lot about the Houston Ship Channel.
On the boat we just saw a few crew members who were pleasant but not outgoing. If you asked them, they could tell you a lot about the Port of Houston. If we had paid for the tour, I'd have expected them to volunteer the information. For free, I was very pleased with the experience!
Afterwards we made the short drive to The Original Ninfa's on Navigation making it the perfect Saturday morning.
We recommend you take the tour! To reserve a spot, go HERE or call 713-670-2416.
(And in case you are concerned, I asked the crew and was told that taking pictures was okay!)