World Gathering 2021 Tours

Make the most out of your trip to Houston, a city rich in culture and teeming with life, with these hand-picked excursions.

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World Gathering 2021 Tours

Sunday, Aug. 22
9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Houston Panoramic Tour
$99 per person

Tour bus

Start the day with an 80-minute exploration of Space City from an open-top double-decker bus, where we’ll visit Discovery Green, Minute Maid Park, the Historic and Theater districts, Market Square, Graffiti Park, the We Love Houston sign, Midtown, and other H-Town hotspots before touring Galveston Island.

Following the Panoramic Tour, we’ll board an air-conditioned bus to Galveston Island to enjoy a guided tour of the strand and seawall, Broadway Avenue, historic Victorian homes, and Bishop’s Palace. We’ll have a little free time for lunch in the historic Strand District and an optional 45-minute dolphin watch boat tour.

Total tour length is 7 hours. Lunch is not included in ticket price.

Monday, Aug. 23
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Enhanced NASA Space Expert Tour
$225 per person per person

EVA Spacewalk

Unlike Apollo 13, we only have a problem if you don’t visit Space Center Houston. Go on a guided adventure through the center and get a detailed look at the past, present, and future of human space exploration. Discover one-of-a-kind artifacts, such as the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft NASA 905, and a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Afterward, we’ll go on a guided tour of Rocket Park, home to the massive Saturn V rocket, as well as the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, which is home to robotic prototypes and spacecraft replicas used for research and astronaut training.

Once we’ve been behind-the-scenes, we’ll split into teams to use Sphero robots to practice the basics of driving and programming, which will be used in an engineering design challenge. Planetary teams will build an apparatus to attach to their robot to transport cargo from one side of the planet or moon base to its destination. Each participant will be given specific job duties within the team including mission manager, finance officer, supply officer, and engineer. Working together, the group will design, build, and create an innovative apparatus to complete its task on budget before the mission deadline.

After a boxed lunch, we’ll stop by the Neutral Buoyancy Lab where astronauts complete EVA training underwater.

Monday, Aug. 23
5 - 10:30 p.m.

Cowboys & Cattle
$100 per person

Children play on stilts in front of the George Ranch Historical Park

Travel back to a time when people worked hard, played hard, and depended on themselves for entertainment after a long day on the cattle trail. At the George Ranch Historical Park, we’ll gather around a chuckwagon for a barbecue dinner featuring a cowboy telling stories around a campfire. You’ll also be able to try your hand at roping a steer and explore the four time periods (1830s, 1860s, 1890s, and 1930s) featured at George Ranch.

Your ticket includes dinner (cash bar available) and a nonstop tram tour of historic homes in the park. This tour is being held in conjunction with the 2021 Mensa International Board of Directors meeting.

Tuesday, Aug. 24
8:30 a.m. - Noon

Buffalo Soldier National Museum
$35 per person

Bust featured inside of the Buffalo Soldier Museum

Experience the Buffalo Soldier National Museum with a private tour and historical re-enactment, highlighting historical African American military history.

The Buffalo Soldier National Museum is dedicated to exploring and displaying the stories and contributions of African Americans in the military by way of performing and visual arts, educational programming, and exhibitions. The museum’s hope is to extend public knowledge of the achievements of all the nation’s African American armed forces personnel to the general public, building pride and patriotism throughout all of the communities they serve.

Wednesday, Aug. 25
8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Houston Museum of Natural Science
$40 per person

Dinosaur skeletons on display inside the Houston Museum of Natural Science

When you visit the Houston Museum of Natural Science, you’re not just going to one place. You’re exploring tropical rainforests and worlds galaxies away. You’re going back in time to when dinosaurs walked the Earth and blasting forward to the future of renewable energy. With five floors of permanent halls and a steady rotation of traveling special exhibits, this Houston attraction will take you beyond our walls to experience the wonder and delight of science.

Take a one-hour guided tour of the Morian Hall of Paleontology, followed by a one-hour guided tour of the Hall of Ancient Egypt. Then enjoy an hour on your own to explore the other permanent exhibitions, including the John P. McGovern Hall of the Americas, the Cullen Hall of Gems and Minerals, the Wiess Energy Hall, and more.

Wednesday, Aug. 25
3 - 6 p.m.

Gulf Coast Distillers Tour & Tasting
$35 per person

Distillery shot

Nearly a century ago, Carlos de Aldecoa Bueno’s grandfather started a coffee business in Spain, expanding his enterprise to the fertile soils of Veracruz, Mexico. In 1998, the De Aldecoa family bought the then-memorable Uncle Ben’s Rice manufacturing facility on Clinton Drive. Now the facility has been turned into a world-class coffee plant and distillery, expanding the beverage imperium with the creation of Gulf Coast Distillers.

Explore this distillery with a thoughtful tour planned to get a behind-the-scenes look at the entire distilling process. And, yes, we’ll taste some of their exclusive spirits. During the tour, we’ll learn about the remarkable history of Ben’s Den.

Thursday, Aug. 26
8 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

NASA Space Expert Tour
$100 per person

Outside of Space Center Houston

On this shorter, guided tour of Space Center Houston, we’ll get a detailed look at the past, present, and future of human space exploration and discover some of the center’s one-of-a-kind artifacts, such as the Apollo 17 spacecraft, the Shuttle Carrier Aircraft NASA 905, and a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

Afterward, we’ll have a guided tour of Rocket Park, home to the massive Saturn V rocket, as well as the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility, which is home to robotic prototypes and spacecraft replicas used for research and astronaut training.

Thursday, Aug. 26
1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Minute Maid Park Tour
($28 per person)

Tour bus

Minute Maid Park is a unique Houston location where you can share a memorable baseball experience. Enjoy a walk in the park and revisit Houston Astros baseball history with a private guided tour of the ballpark.

This tour will visit the Upper Deck, Gallagher Club, Bank of America Suite Level, Honda Club Level, Press Box, and Houston Methodist Hall of Fame Alley. Fans will also have the opportunity to check out the Lexus Field Club, Michelob Ultra Club, the Union Station Roof Deck, the Diamond Club, and Astros dugout.