The Houston Ship Channel complex is comprised of over 200 public and private establishments. As such, it stands as the largest port for waterborne tonnage in the country and a crucial economic powerhouse for not only the state of Texas but the entire United States. This season, you can get a closer look with a free tour on the Sam Houston.
Since its first voyage on July 30, 1958, the M/V Sam Houston has been serving as Port Houston’s public tour vessel. Providing a complimentary, informative 90-minute round-trip journey along the Houston Ship Channel, this service invites Houstonians and tourists alike to delve into the fascinating world of the port and maritime industry.
Setting sail from Sam Houston Landing, Port Houston’s M/V Sam Houston offers sightseers a delightful experience as they cruise along, catching glimpses of bustling international cargo vessels and witnessing the bustling activities at the Turning Basin Terminal.
With a capacity for up to 100 passengers, the 95-ft. vessel provides comfortable air-conditioned seating in the lounge, along with ample standing room on the deck for those who prefer the fresh breeze.
As mentioned Port Houston tours on the M/V Sam Houston are complimentary, although reservations are required and patrons must check in with staff prior to boarding. To book your voyage be sure to do so at the beginning of the month – as reservations open on the first day of the month for a 30-day period.
The Sam Houston tours are located at 7300 Clinton Drive inside the active port facility. Patrons are advised to take Exit 28, Clinton Drive from I-610 East Loop as there is presently roadway construction on Clinton Drive near Gate 8.