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  • Type: Neighborhood/Area
  • Time to Spend: 2 hours to Half Day
Overall Rating: 4.5 (4.6)
Value: 5.0 (5.0)
Food Scene: 4.5 (4.5)
Atmosphere: 4.5 (4.5)
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Just so there's no confusion, the name "Buffalo Bayou" refers to an entire 52-mile waterway that starts in Katy, Texas, and winds its way to Houston's River Oaks area. It's been around since 1836 and is now being used for outdoor recreation. Recently, the stretch of Buffalo Bayou from Sheperd Drive to Sabine Street underwent a complete restoration: $58 million was put in to revitalize the area by reintroding natural landscapes, updating hiking and walking trails and more. You can canoe or kayak on its slow waters or, if you'd rather someone else do the work, you can take a boat tour. For more information on how to do that, check out the vendors renting equipment here. There are also a number of parks, like the enormous Memorial Park, that line the bayou's banks. To narrow down what you'd like to do and see, consider downloading the free Buffalo Bayou Guide app that'll direct you to points of interest. For more information on Buffalo Bayou, visit its website.

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