Port Houston offers free, 90-minute round-trip, educational cruises along the Houston Ship Channel. Embarking from the port's Sam Houston Landing, visiting sightseers can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels, and operations at the port's Turning Basin Terminal. Measuring 95 feet in length and 24 feet in width, the boat carries a maximum capacity of 100 passengers, with air-conditioned lounge seating and additional standing room on the boat's rear deck.
The M/V Sam Houston has been operating as Port Houston’s public tour vessel since its inaugural voyage on July 30, 1958 and has welcomed over 2 million visitors over the last 60 years.
The tour is free, but reservations are required in advance. Enhanced port security measures require photo identification for passengers ages 18 and older. Register online anytime (https://porthouston.com/sam-houston-boat-tour/registration/) or call 713-670-2631, Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Tours take place Tuesday through Saturday.