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105 Sabine St.

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Free

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Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
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  • 4.5Food Scene
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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. The 10-mile stretch from Sheperd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin is a popular place 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 reintroducing natural landscapes, updating hiking and walking trails and more.

There are a number of attractions within the Buffalo Bayou Park, including a skateboarding park, a nature-inspired playground and picnic pavilion, a tributary, a dog park and the Houston Police Officers' Memorial. The park is also home to fascinating restored elements, such as The Water Works building, made from a 4-acre abandoned city water system. Today, it's a popular hub for outdoor events and performances as well as food trucks. It's also home to public restrooms and bike rental facilities. You'll also find the Cistern there: Houston's first underground drinking-water reservoir that's been converted into an interesting public space. 

Not only is the park great for outdoor activities, recent guests said it's a great place for stunning photo ops of the Houston skyline. Buffalo Bayou Park and it's attractions are open every day from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., but non-lighted areas are only open from dawn to dusk. To help you narrow down where to start your adventures in the massive complex, 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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