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Houston Texas

Welcome to Houston, the fourth largest city in the U.S. and one of the most culturally diverse. We are proud of our Texas hospitality, so don’t be surprised if someone gives you a big smile and says “Howdy.” We hope you have the opportunity to visit some of our world class museums, as wells as some more eclectic areas and sample some incredible cuisine.

Registered guests are invited to enjoy the comforts of the Guest Hospitality Suite in the Hilton Americas Hotel located across from the George R. Brown Convention Center. This is the perfect place to visit with friends, relax and enjoy refreshments.

Volunteers from the Guest Program Committee will be on hand to answer your questions about the tours and about the Houston area. Let us help you get acquainted with our city and the surrounding area and provide you with the brochures and maps you need. Whatever your interest, Houston has something for everyone!

This year we have set up a Facebook page to help you connect with old friends, make new friends with similar interests, get links for useful tools, and links to navigate and enhance your stay in Houston during the convention. “Like us” now to get info and updates prior to the convention! Facebook Page (search: AAPG ACE 2017 GUEST PROGRAM)

Guest Hospitality Suite Hours:

Monday, 3 April
8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, 4 April
8:00 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 5 April
8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Guest Tours

All Guest Tours will depart from the Guest Hospitality Suite at the Hilton Americas Hotel. Participants should plan to arrive in the Hospitality Suite 15 minutes prior to the published departure times and check in with the AAPG Guest Tour Host. Participants need to wear comfortable walking shoes and wear appropriate clothing for both indoor and outdoor conditions.

The HMNS is a must see in Houston. With a mineral exhibit and new paleontology exhibit that rival the Smithsonian’s and a one of a kind energy exhibit that engulfs visitors in the process of exploring and producing oil and gas, this really is an out of this world learning experience! In addition, guests will receive admission to the “Mummies of the World” (limited engagement), the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, presenting a never before seen collection of preserved human and animal mummies. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies from South America, Europe and ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 4,500 years.

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The HMNS is a must see in Houston. With a mineral exhibit and new paleontology exhibit that rival the Smithsonian’s and a one of a kind energy exhibit that engulfs visitors in the process of exploring and producing oil and gas, this really is an out of this world learning experience! In addition, guests will receive admission to the “Mummies of the World” (limited engagement), the largest exhibition of real mummies and related artifacts ever assembled, presenting a never before seen collection of preserved human and animal mummies. This compelling collection, presented with reverence and dignity, includes ancient mummies from South America, Europe and ancient Egypt, dating as far back as 4,500 years.

Panel_35019 Panel_35019 Houston Museum of Natural Science & "Mummies of the World" Tour Monday, 03 April, 2017 Monday, 03 April, 2017 8:30 AM 12:30 PM

Houston is known more for its clay and lack of outcrops, unless you are downtown that is. Join Neal to discover the variety of interesting sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks from all over the world that now cover the surfaces of Houston’s downtown buildings, both inside and out.

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Houston is known more for its clay and lack of outcrops, unless you are downtown that is. Join Neal to discover the variety of interesting sedimentary, igneous and metamorphic rocks from all over the world that now cover the surfaces of Houston’s downtown buildings, both inside and out.

Panel_35018 Panel_35018 "Houston Building Stones" – Walking Tour with Geologist Neal Immega Monday, 03 April, 2017 Monday, 03 April, 2017 10:00 AM 12:00 PM

Downtown Houston has recently established itself as a hot new scene for foodies. This Downtown Houston Culinary Tour Guide will take you on a leisurely one mile walk of the historic and hip downtown Houston food scene giving you interesting tidbits about the historic beginnings of this early section of Houston, its architecture, and culture. The tour stops every 3-4 blocks to visit each of three critically acclaimed local restaurants where you can meet the chefs, learn about their culinary influences and enjoy some of their delectable specialties. Beer and wine can be purchased a la carte on site.

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Downtown Houston has recently established itself as a hot new scene for foodies. This Downtown Houston Culinary Tour Guide will take you on a leisurely one mile walk of the historic and hip downtown Houston food scene giving you interesting tidbits about the historic beginnings of this early section of Houston, its architecture, and culture. The tour stops every 3-4 blocks to visit each of three critically acclaimed local restaurants where you can meet the chefs, learn about their culinary influences and enjoy some of their delectable specialties. Beer and wine can be purchased a la carte on site.

Panel_35021 Panel_35021 Downtown Houston Walking Culinary Tour Monday, 03 April, 2017 Monday, 03 April, 2017 12:15 PM 3:30 PM

Join celebrity talk show host, Deborah Duncan, as an audience member at the live taping of her morning talk show. This winner of two Emmy Awards and two Gracie Allen Awards is known for her wit and for her dedication to community service. Each program has surprise guests, delves into the fascinating things that make Houston tick, and everyone has a great time. After the show, enjoy lunch at The Dunlavy, one of Houston’s wonderful new parkland restaurants overlooking Buffalo Bayou.

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Join celebrity talk show host, Deborah Duncan, as an audience member at the live taping of her morning talk show. This winner of two Emmy Awards and two Gracie Allen Awards is known for her wit and for her dedication to community service. Each program has surprise guests, delves into the fascinating things that make Houston tick, and everyone has a great time. After the show, enjoy lunch at The Dunlavy, one of Houston’s wonderful new parkland restaurants overlooking Buffalo Bayou.

Panel_35044 Panel_35044 "Great Day Houston" with Deborah Duncan on KHOU-TV and Lunch at the Dunlavy Tuesday, 04 April, 2017 Tuesday, 04 April, 2017 7:25 AM 12:30 PM

The city of Houston is well known for being nicknamed “the bayou city” and Buffalo Bayou is surely one of our most natural gems. This slow-moving waterway was the site of Houston’s founding in 1836 and has become a destination for outdoor recreation in the heart of the city. The park has been recently improved and contains an incredibly diverse urban ecosystem that supports dozens of native species of flora and fauna. Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s pontoon tour boat, Spirit of the Bayou, will take you and your guide on a 1½ hour ride through beautiful Buffalo Bayou Park as you take in historic sites and great downtown views.

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The city of Houston is well known for being nicknamed “the bayou city” and Buffalo Bayou is surely one of our most natural gems. This slow-moving waterway was the site of Houston’s founding in 1836 and has become a destination for outdoor recreation in the heart of the city. The park has been recently improved and contains an incredibly diverse urban ecosystem that supports dozens of native species of flora and fauna. Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s pontoon tour boat, Spirit of the Bayou, will take you and your guide on a 1½ hour ride through beautiful Buffalo Bayou Park as you take in historic sites and great downtown views.

Panel_35045 Panel_35045 "Spirit of the Bayou" Boat Tour - (Sold Out) Tuesday, 04 April, 2017 Tuesday, 04 April, 2017 12:45 PM 3:30 PM

Want to really get to know Houston? Biking can be the best way to discover a city from the most intimate, hands on perspective! This active tour will take you on a ride through downtown and the ever expanding bike trails our city has to offer. Your Host will walk you outside to meet your Bayou City Bike Tour Guide, grab a helmet, and settle onto your bicycle for this fascinating tour. Average 10 mile total trip distance with many stops offers an opportunity to explore at a leisurely pace. One stop in Market Square Park offers an opportunity for a water refill or to purchase a snack or beverage at Niko Niko’s.

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Want to really get to know Houston? Biking can be the best way to discover a city from the most intimate, hands on perspective! This active tour will take you on a ride through downtown and the ever expanding bike trails our city has to offer. Your Host will walk you outside to meet your Bayou City Bike Tour Guide, grab a helmet, and settle onto your bicycle for this fascinating tour. Average 10 mile total trip distance with many stops offers an opportunity to explore at a leisurely pace. One stop in Market Square Park offers an opportunity for a water refill or to purchase a snack or beverage at Niko Niko’s.

Panel_35046 Panel_35046 Bayou City Bike Tour Wednesday, 05 April, 2017 Wednesday, 05 April, 2017 9:00 AM 12:00 PM

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