Sam Houston Boat Tour


Update 3/10/2021:  The health and safety of Port Houston visitors, employees and the community remains our primary concern.

Therefore, out of an abundance of caution, we will continue to postpone all public and special tours until further notice. 

We look forward to seeing you aboard the M/V Sam Houston soon. Until then, we will be carefully planning and making all necessary arrangements so our team can provide you the safest possible experience when we re-open.

Please check back with us regularly for additional updates.

Tour Experience

The M/V Sam Houston has been operating as Port Houston’s public tour vessel since its inaugural voyage on July 30, 1958. This free service offers a leisurely, 90-minute round-trip, educational tour along the Houston Ship Channel. Individuals and groups are invited aboard to learn more about the port and maritime industry.

Embarking from Port Houston’s Sam Houston Landing, visiting sightseers aboard the M/V Sam Houston can enjoy passing views of international cargo vessels and operations at the port’s Turning Basin Terminal. The 95-ft. vessel holds up to 100 passengers and features air-conditioned, lounge seating, as well as standing room outside on the boat’s deck.

What People Are Saying

“First, the boat is nice, clean and spacious, providing indoor and outdoor views. It is a free tour worth taking, and they even offer a complimentary soda, water or coffee. My 13-year-old enjoyed the commentary and history about the surrounding businesses through the tour.” – Zaira Acosta Lopez

“The two months wait to get a place on the boat tour was worth it. We were able to see firsthand the original docks by the bayou near Houston. The personnel was very courteous and knowledgeable. We were treated to coffee and soft drinks on a free 90-minute ride through history.” – Alfredo Vargas

“If you’re in the city, this attraction has to be in your list. You’ll love this – the ship is comfortable, the crew is really nice and the view is beautiful!” – Rosalba Flores

Tour Schedule

Tours will be closed for scheduled maintenance for two weeks during the month of November.

Monday                       Closed

Tuesday                      10:00 am & 2:30 pm

Wednesday                 10:00 am & 2:30pm

Thursday                    10:00 am

Friday                          10:00 am & 2:30pm

Saturday                     10:00 am & 2:00 pm

Sunday                        Closed


Limited 6:00pm tours are offered on Fridays. Please check online reservations for availability.

Regularly scheduled tours may be canceled without advanced notice. Before traveling to the Port of Houston, please check this web site for information on the status of your tour.


Reservations can be made online here and are only available 90 days from the present date.

If you have any questions or would like to inquire about a tour date more than 90 days in advance, please contact the Sam Houston team at 713-670-2631.


Please be advised that there is currently roadway construction on Clinton Drive near Gate 8, and guests should exercise additional caution in the area.

Tour address: 7300 Clinton Drive, Houston, Texas 77020

Take Exit 28, Clinton Drive, from the I-610 East Loop. Head west on Clinton Dr., past McCarty, to Gate 8 on the left. A security guard and signs will direct you to the Sam Houston Landing.


For Your Enjoyment, Safety & Security

Because the Sam Houston tour is located inside an active port facility, guests must enter the terminal and drive to the tour area in a car, van or bus.

Passengers are advised to arrive at least 15 to 30 minutes before their tour launches to ensure adequate time for check-in.

Parking at the Sam Houston Landing is free. Ample spaces are available for personal vehicles as well as charter vans and buses.

All passengers must have a reservation in advance. Passengers age 18 and older must present a valid, government-issued photo identification before boarding the vessel.

Tours operate under most weather conditions.  In the rare event that weather impacts the tour, a Sam Houston representative will contact you with additional information.

As part of our commitment to safety, all children under age 12 must be accompanied by an adult. A maximum passenger ratio of one (1) adult for every four (4) children under age 12 is mandatory.

Current conditions have slightly altered our operations to better accommodate regular public tours. Because of this, the vessel is not currently handicapped accessible; however, once conditions improve, we will return to normal operations and full accessibility for all passengers.

Passengers may not bring food or beverages onto the dock area or aboard the vessel. One free beverage per passenger is offered on the vessel during the tour. Due to extreme heat in the summer, we advise that you bring your own water or water bottles while you wait to board the vessel at the Pavilion.

Casual attire and flat, comfortable footwear is recommended.

Backpacks, over-sized purses and other large bags are prohibited aboard the vessel. Passengers’ personal belongings may be subject to searches in accordance with federal regulations.

Cameras are allowed on the tour; however, Port Houston must provide consent for any photographs to be published.

The tour is free. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and they are required at least 24 hours in advance.

Restroom facilities are available at the Sam Houston Landing area.  Restrooms are also available below deck aboard the vessel.

The M/V Sam Houston vessel operates on low-emission fuel engines and generators. These environmental upgrades were made possible through grants from the Texas Emissions Reduction Plan and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding through EPA’s National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program.

We hope you enjoy your tour aboard the M/V Sam Houston.  Our crew members are available throughout the trip to provide additional information and answer any questions you may have.

Port Houston reserves the right to refuse passage to board the vessel, to any person, for any reason at any time.