Guided and Self-Guided Tours

Guided Tours


Your group will be greeted by one of our adventure guides when you arrive at the Sam Houston Statue Visitor Center. A short presentation on the construction of the statue will be presented while you enjoy a cup of coffee and a restroom break in the newly constructed William Hodges Educational Building. Take a short stroll through the park and have your picture taken with the face of Sam Houston in our amphitheater and then at the tallest statue of a American Hero in the world! Before boarding the bus, enjoy the architectural structure of a dog-run style home with a wrap around porch, swing on the porch swing and pick up a souvenir in the Visitor Center while our guest services staff tells you what all Huntsville has to offer you while you are touring the city!

The Historical Tour


Our Adventure guide will take you on a 90 minute driving tour through Huntsville and learn the fascinating history of our Piney Woods historic town. The fee is a $3 per person with a $30 minimum deposit. There is no stop on this driving tour.
  • 10 a.m. - Arrive at the Sam Houston Statue/Visitor Center see the tallest statue of an American Hero in the world!
    • Restrooms, coffee, visitor information and a great Huntsville and Texas gift shop.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Driving tour of Huntsville featuring historic sites, Sam Houston State University, the oldest prison unit in the State of Texas, historic downtown and much more.
  • Noon - Lunch at your choice of restaurants
  • 1:30 p.m. - Visit one, or all, of Huntsville's Museum and attractions
    • Sam Houston Memorial
    • Huntsville State Park
    • Texas Prison Museum
    • Downtown Stroll
    • Veterans Military Museum
    • Wynne Home Art Center
Driving Tour Deposit

The Heritage Home Tour

 
Our Adventure guide will step on your bus and take you to the following homes for a fee of $6 per person with $50 minimum deposit (Group of at least 10).
  • 10 a.m. - Arrive at the Sam Houston Statue/Visitor Center to see the tallest statue of an American Hero in the world!
    • Restrooms, coffee, visitor information and a great Huntsville and Texas gift shop.
  • 10:30 a.m. - Depart for the Gibbs Powell House, Joshua Houston Jr. Home, & Wynne Home Arts Center 
  • 12:30 - Lunch at your choice of restaurants
  • 1:30 p.m. - Stroll our Historic Downtown Square and visit all the various antique shops.

Heritage Home Tour Deposit

Self-Guided Tours

Dive in deeper and explore Huntsville on your own with these self-guided tours that will take you through Huntsville's diverse history and culture.


Historic Driving Tour

This tour showcases more than 30 beautiful monumental buildings that were developed as early as 1831, creating a scenic course while educating visitors about Huntsville's historic sites.

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Downtown Walking Tour

This tour allows you to discover modern downtown Huntsville, its rich historical heritage, cultural development, and ongoing urban beautification. Downtown Huntsville grew as the seat of Walker County welcoming prominent leaders including General Sam Houston, Henderson Yoakum, and Anthony Martin Branch.

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Oakwood Walking Tour

Explore the monuments inside the Oakwood Cemetery, the final resting place for many people of historical prominence, including General Sam Houston. Pleasant Gray, the founder of Huntsville, deeded the land for this cemetery to the City of Huntsville in 1847.

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The Art Tour

This tour guides visitors through the artistic beauty of Huntsville's monuments, murals and statues. This unique display of Huntsville treasures captures history through various expressive works of art.

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Prison Driving Tour

This tour reveals a curious aspect of Huntsville that intrigues many visitors. Huntsville is the home of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The Prison Driving Tour features the Texas Prison Museum, area prisons, and the prison cemetery.

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Huntsville Historical Trail

Welcome to the Huntsville Historical Trail.  As you travel through the trail, we hope that you have fun as you learn a little history of our town, including Sam Houston’s connection to it.  This trail is open to anyone but was designed with youth groups in mind such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and church groups.  To earn a patch, especially designed for this trail, you must complete the questions listed in this booklet and do a small service project at either the Josey Scout Lodge, Sam Houston Museum Complex or Oakwood Cemetery.  Boy Scout and Girl Scout groups are also required to spend one night at either the Josey Scout Lodge or Huntsville State Park.   Families and other individuals are encouraged to stay in one of Huntsville hotels.

     The sites can be visited in any order, but the following is suggested.  All the sites, except for the Sam Houston Statue and visitor’s center, are within walking distance.   If you decide to walk, you can park at the Josey Lodge (a total of approximately 4 miles to walk the trail and return to the Lodge) or at the Sam Houston Museum Complex (a distance of about 3 miles to return).

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