Act Like a Tourist on the Red Line
Friday, October 25, 2013 2:43 PM
The next time you host out-of-town guests, take them for a ride on the North/Red Line.
Discover Houston Tours, which has offered educational and entertaining tours since 1988, is offering a snapshot of Houston's history and current hot spots - all accessible from METRORail's Red Line.
The tour starts and ends at the same place - Fannin South Park & Ride lot, where you can park for $3. You'll travel northbound from the world-famous Astrodome to Buffalo Bayou, where Houston began.
Stops include the Downtown Historic District, Main Street Square and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Discover Houston offers this tour on Sundays - and says you can do the tour in air-conditioned comfort. Yes, our trains do have excellent air conditioning.
This is also a fun event for locals who want to learn something new about their city and an adventurous activity for kids. Pull them away from their X-box, and take a train ride.
The Red Line will get even more interesting when the 5.3 mile - extension opens with eight new stations from UH-Downtown to the North Line Transit Center/HCC. The Red Line will run through the heart of the historic Northside, a community that grew with the expansion of the Hardy Rail Lines in the 1800s.
The extended Red Line is scheduled to open on Dec. 21.