Audio tour

Audio tourGo West: A Trip Through Downtown Houston

Only in English

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  1. Audio tour Summary
  2. Audio tour Summary

    Welcome! We’re so glad you’ve chosen to join us for today’s tour:

    Go West: A Trip Through Downtown Houston. We know you’re going to enjoy it.

    This tour is brought to you by ListenUp Audio, a leader in spoken word production since 2010. ListenUp provides the voices for walking tours, audiobooks, podcasts, and more. Visit us at www.listenup.audio.And now, on with our tour:

    I’m Brian Troxell, and I’m going to be your guide. A few notes before we get started. This tour takes approximately an hour to complete. You can stop at any time and start at the same spot later. If you’d like, you can put your phone in your pocket and just listen from here. I’ll be giving you clear directions and the audio will automatically start when you get close to each point of interest. If a site is closed or your path is blocked, don’t worry. Just go around it. The tour will pick up at the next location. And this is important: PLEASE make sure you stay aware of your surroundings at all times and obey all traffic signals.

    Okay, I think we’re ready to get started. You should be standing at the south entrance of Discovery Green Park, where Crawford Street dead-ends into Lamar Street. You should be near a walkway through the park called White Promenade. As soon as you’re ready, let’s begin!

    Welcome to downtown Houston, the heart of the 4th most populous city in the United States, a diverse and growing urban center for entrepreneurs in retail, industry, and entertainment. It’s prospered in many industries, among them shipping, space and aeronautical, medical research, and, of course, oil and gasoline. But growth in major American cities often brings with it the dreaded urban sprawl – and Houston is infamous for its sprawling, automobile-dependent layout. And therefore it’s also notorious for traffic. Every day, you can see the idling cars and trucks packing Houston’s ever-expanding gridlocked corridors, burning up untold gallons of the city’s cash cow.

    But luckily, you can forget traffic for a while. Because you’re downtown, which is surprisingly walkable. Since the mid-1990’s, the city has worked to revitalize its downtown into a pedestrian-friendly area catering to various tastes. Citizens and visitors alike can set off on foot to seek out a baseball game or an opera, a hot meal and/or a cold drink, or a free refreshing stroll through one of the many public downtown parks. Like a lot of urban centers, Houston’s downtown is a mix of the old and the new. Over the years the city has sought to build exciting new attractions while also spotlighting the historical markers sprinkled throughout. This tour follows that spirit by guiding you through a sample of downtown’s old and new attractions. From here, you’ll head north to the Ballpark District, west into the Historic District, and then south through the Theater District, so that you can see the past, the present, and a little glimpse into the future of this city.

    Walk up White Promenade through Discovery Green to start the tour.

    Photo “Panoramic Houston skyline.jpg” by Henry Han is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

  3. 1 Discovery Green / George R. Brown Convention Center
  4. 2 Annunciation Church
  5. 3 Minute Maid Park
  6. 4 Sam Houston Hotel
  7. 5 Houston Chronicle
  8. 6 Market Square Park
  9. 7 La Carafe
  10. 8 Theater District
  11. 9 Buffalo Bayou
  12. 10 Downtown Aquarium
  13. 11 Bayou Place
  14. 12 Tranquility Park
  1. Audio tour Summary

    Welcome! We’re so glad you’ve chosen to join us for today’s tour:

    Go West: A Trip Through Downtown Houston. We know you’re going to enjoy it.

    This tour is brought to you by ListenUp Audio, a leader in spoken word production since 2010. ListenUp provides the voices for walking tours, audiobooks, podcasts, and more. Visit us at www.listenup.audio.And now, on with our tour:

    I’m Brian Troxell, and I’m going to be your guide. A few notes before we get started. This tour takes approximately an hour to complete. You can stop at any time and start at the same spot later. If you’d like, you can put your phone in your pocket and just listen from here. I’ll be giving you clear directions and the audio will automatically start when you get close to each point of interest. If a site is closed or your path is blocked, don’t worry. Just go around it. The tour will pick up at the next location. And this is important: PLEASE make sure you stay aware of your surroundings at all times and obey all traffic signals.

    Okay, I think we’re ready to get started. You should be standing at the south entrance of Discovery Green Park, where Crawford Street dead-ends into Lamar Street. You should be near a walkway through the park called White Promenade. As soon as you’re ready, let’s begin!

    Welcome to downtown Houston, the heart of the 4th most populous city in the United States, a diverse and growing urban center for entrepreneurs in retail, industry, and entertainment. It’s prospered in many industries, among them shipping, space and aeronautical, medical research, and, of course, oil and gasoline. But growth in major American cities often brings with it the dreaded urban sprawl – and Houston is infamous for its sprawling, automobile-dependent layout. And therefore it’s also notorious for traffic. Every day, you can see the idling cars and trucks packing Houston’s ever-expanding gridlocked corridors, burning up untold gallons of the city’s cash cow.

    But luckily, you can forget traffic for a while. Because you’re downtown, which is surprisingly walkable. Since the mid-1990’s, the city has worked to revitalize its downtown into a pedestrian-friendly area catering to various tastes. Citizens and visitors alike can set off on foot to seek out a baseball game or an opera, a hot meal and/or a cold drink, or a free refreshing stroll through one of the many public downtown parks. Like a lot of urban centers, Houston’s downtown is a mix of the old and the new. Over the years the city has sought to build exciting new attractions while also spotlighting the historical markers sprinkled throughout. This tour follows that spirit by guiding you through a sample of downtown’s old and new attractions. From here, you’ll head north to the Ballpark District, west into the Historic District, and then south through the Theater District, so that you can see the past, the present, and a little glimpse into the future of this city.

    Walk up White Promenade through Discovery Green to start the tour.

    Photo “Panoramic Houston skyline.jpg” by Henry Han is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

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