Sam Houston Boat Tour


Named after the legendary military commander who led the fight for Texas independence from Mexico and later statehood, 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 to learn more about the port and maritime industry through this enjoyable tour.

Embarking from the port’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.

As part of Port Houston’s commitment to environmental stewardship, the vessel operates on low-emission fuel engines and generators. The 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.

Make your reservations now for this rich and unique educational experience. Note: Reservations are only available 90 days from the present date. To book a date more than 90 days in advance, please contact the Sam Houston team at 713-670-2631.

Tour Schedule

Today’s tours are running as scheduled.

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 and Saturdays. Please check online reservations for availability.

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


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 Boat Pavilion.


For Your Enjoyment, Safety & Security

Port Houston maintains a steadfast commitment to safety and security.  Due to activities inside the Port terminal, no one is allowed to walk onto port property to access the M/V Sam Houston tour vessel.  All individuals and groups taking the boat tour must enter the terminal and drive to the tour boat area in a car, van, or bus.

Please note that the vessel currently does not have wheelchair accessibility. There are public restrooms available on the vessel.

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.

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.

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

Backpacks, oversized 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 on a first-come, first-serve basis are required at least 24 hours in advance.


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