2. Port of Houston
Reserve in advance to embark on a free tour of one of the world’s largest and busiest container ports, with 7,700 ship calls every year. The trip on the M/V Houston will take 90 minutes and on the voyage you’ll watch the comings and goings at the Turning Basin Terminal, getting informed commentary from boat’s experienced staff. The tour boat has been operating since 1958, recently upgraded with hi-tech, low-emission engines. You can stay in the air-conditioned cabin, or step on deck to marvel at the scale of the operation, including the 50-mile man-made Houston Ship Channel.