Have you ever found yourself walking around downtown Houston and wondering about the history of the place? If you have a cellphone with you, you can take a self-guided tour.
Launched in March, Downtown Mobile Info begins at Wortham Center, winding throughout downtown, hitting spots like Sesquicentennial Park and Sabine Promenade before ending about an hour later. There are multiple access points to start the tour.
“Folks are sort of fascinated because they are finding things down there that they had never seen before,” said John Klumb, Convention & Entertainment Facilities division manager of special events. “In promoting the city, you look to highlight all the attractions that you can, and downtown is a central part of Houston’s history.”
Development and planning for the mobile tour started roughly a year ago.
Visitors can access a map and audio files of the tour at http://houstondmi.org. Klumb said more sites will be added to the route this summer.
More is available at http://www.downtownhouston.org/guidedetail/audio-walking-tours. It’s not quite what I had in mind when I said I wanted to see Houston-centric smartphone apps developed, but it’s a start. And as a reminder, there’s an app to tell you what building you’re looking at, too.