We visited friend in Houston recently and went on the Houston Skyline Tour. Our group included four adults and five children.
My observations are as follows:
-One of the big draws of this tour was the idea of seeing the Houston Skyline. The Skyline does not become visible until the last quarter of the tour. During most of the tour you could see the trees along the banks (along with a few birds). By the time we reached the part with the skyline, I was pretty tired and not very interested in taking photos, so I would have enjoyed it if it had been half as long.
-The lead guide was not particularly friendly or engaging. He asked when we started who had previous kayaking experience. Most of us had been kayaking a few times, but none of us were regulars at it. He complained several times about some of the weaker members (two 12 year old girls), apparently assuming that the fact one had been kayaking made her an expert.
-We were told at the beginning that we would be given an option to stop at the midway point, but that did not happen.
-We were told that we would travel as fast as the slowest member. After we cleared the areas with obstruction, the lead guide took off a young couple. I was the third canoe in line most of the last third and they were often out of sight.
If you are an experienced kayaker or visit with a young and fit partner, then this might be enjoyable, as this is who the guide seemed to prefer. I would not recommend it for family with pre-teens or even younger teens (unless they are experienced).
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