Above and Below Downtown

About the Greet:

The Downtown Tunnel system consists of more than 6 miles of air conditioned walkways. Of course we are not going to walk all of it! On this greet we will be walking both in the tunnels and above ground, which is why I like to call it “Above and Below Downtown”. We will set a mutually convenient place to meet and then begin the journey. (Once connected, if you wish I can send driving directions or Metro Rail directions to confirm a meeting place.)

Depending on the weather, we usually walk above ground through the Theater District past Jones Hall, the Alley Theatre, the Wortham Center, City Hall, and if there is time and you are interested, we can visit Sam Houston Park where there are many historic houses from across Texas.

There are a variety of shops and eateries lining the tunnels. We can plan to eat lunch together downtown above or below ground, which will also give us a rest from walking.

We can visit some Art Deco buildings as well. You need to tell me what sounds good to you and how much walking you want to do. Here is the URL of a map of the tunnels: http://downtownhouston.org/site_media/uploads/attachments/2012-06-15/2012_Above__Below_Map.pdf

About Me:

I have lived in Houston about 40 years and my wife and I have raised our family here. I am a retired chemist. I have been doing Greets for Houston Greeters for several years.

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6 reviews

  1. Great tour with knowledgeble Greeter Ken

    I love to travel and some of the best excursions came from greeters in different cities and countries. This was my second trip to Houston, and I was determined to learn about the city – I did not get to do much the first time, so I turned to Houston Greeters and they did not disappoint! This was a bit of the last minute (two days before the tour), luckily Ken responded within a few hours and worked with us to accommodate our schedule and needs.
    There were originally 4 of us, two of whom have lived in Houston for a few years, all for the first time on a tour of Downtown Houston. Unfortunately, only 3 of us could make it in the end.
    It was a hot day, Ken met us at the MUAH garage lobby and provided with tram passes, making it for easy parking and meeting point, as well as a wonderful experience riding a modern tram.
    Over the next 3 hours, we had walked around entire downtown, some underground and some above, stopped in amazing buildings, learned about the history of Texas and heard stories about key people, who shaped Houston, Texas and had a tremendous impact on US history as well. Ken is very knowledgeable about architecture and offered some tidbits on the subject. Ken also made sure our trip allowed us to cool off every 20min or so from the bright sun and hot weather.
    This was a great excursion and we really appreciate the time that Ken had spent with us. It was helpful for us to understand how Houston fits into TX history, especially after visiting Austin, St. Antonio and Galveston earlier same week. For those who did not, this would be helpful to understand to put things into perspective.
    p.s. Tour took place on Friday April 28th

  2. A must-take journey with Ken

    My friends and I had a wonderful journey with Ken through downtown tunnels and other buildings along downtown. He explained history and art decor style all the things he know during the journey. In addition, he is so considerate and recommended a quite, nice restaurant with round tables for us, so that we six could talk easily over lunch. Since we have no car at that time, and unfamiliar with the neighborhood. He met us at where we live and accompanied us back after the journey. If it’s your first time in Houston, don’t hesitate to contact Ken for a journey to explore the downtown. That’s the journey you couldn’t miss.

  3. Excellent tour with a very friendly and knowledgeable Greeter

    We had a day and a half stay in Houston on our way back to Europe and didn’t really know what to do in such a short time period. By chance we came across the Greeters website and decided to give it a try. We were more than surprised when we received an email shortly after in which Ken, our Greeter confirmed our walk giving details of time, meeting place and weather conditions (even in °C which was very much appreciated) He also looked up where we were staying and provided us with a detailed map on how to get to the meeting point. Ken took us through many Downtown buildings and tunnels pointing out historical events and architectural features along the way, always making sure that we could understand his explanations since our mother tongue is not English. Over lunch he gave us an understanding of the American way of life and answered all our questions. Ken is a very knowledgeable and dedicated Greeter who took great care of us (when I asked for a shop where I could buy a new suitcase as mine was damaged on the flight to Houston, he even drove us to the nearest shopping center) We realized that we eventually spent almost a whole day with him. It was an amazing experience that I can only recommend! There is now way we could have learned so much about the city by ourselves in such a short time period. Vielen Dank!!!

  4. Thank you Ken!

    My friend and I took this tour on our week off and just had a wonderful time. Ken was quick to send an email with all the information and set up a date. While on the tour we learned so much about the history of Texas, architecture and many many more. I have lived in Texas for 12 years and Ken showed us many new places for us to go back and visit. Ken was very knowledgeable with everything we asked about. Thank you so much for a wonderful experience.

  5. More than just a walk around Downtown

    Ken, our Greeter promptly made email contact to confirm our arrangements giving details of time and meeting place. When he heard where we were staying he changed these arrangements to meeting in our hotel foyer which was so convenient for us. Ken took the time to gauge our interests then took us through many Downtown buildings and tunnels pointing out history and architectural features along the way. Over lunch we really appreciated the opportunity to ask questions about everything and anything. Ken proved a very knowledgeable man who explained many details of American life and history to us. The afternoon was spent looking at Sam Houston Park. Suddenly we realized we had spent six hours with Ken and learnt so much. Thank you Ken

  6. Highly recommended and interesting

    Ken was our Greeter and my family and I had a wonderful and very educational time. He walked us through the tunnel system and taught us about the Texas history. Very Nice and patient was Ken.

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