West of Downtown

Buffalo Bayou Park

The 160-acre Buffalo Bayou Park is a collaboration of Buffalo Bayou Partnership, the City of Houston through Houston Parks & Recreation Department and Harris County Flood Control District. Over the 30-year life of the project, Downtown TIRZ #3 will contribute $2 million per year for the park's maintenance and operations. The Kinder Foundation committed a $30 million gift. Buffalo Bayou Partnership raised $23.5 million to complete the project.
  • The Water Works

    The official "gateway" to Buffalo Bayou Park, this elevated skylawn and pavilion will offer stunning views of Houston's skyline. more info
  • Eleanor Tinsley Park

    Named in honor of the late City Councilmember and civic activist, Eleanor Tinsley, the park is home to the city's annual Fourth of July celebration and other large-scale festivals and events. more info
  • Johnny Steele Dog Park

    The Johnny Steele Dog Park features large and small dog ponds, shade structures, water play features, dog washing areas, benches and drinking fountains. more info
  • Lost Lake

    Lost Lake features lush wetland gardens surrounding a restored pond that is situated near a visitor center housing restrooms and paddle craft rentals; The Dunlavy, a private event space; and The Kitchen at The Dunlavy, a grab-and-go food counter offering breakfast and lunch daily. more info

Sabine Promenade

The 23-acre waterfront park features hike and bike trails linking western trails in Buffalo Bayou Park with Sesquicentennial Park in downtown, lush landscaping, unique lighting, boat launch and a pedestrian bridge. Buffalo Bayou Partnership served as the construction manager for this $12 million project.

Sesquicentennial Park

Commemorating Houston’s 150th birthday in 1986, Sesquicentennial Park has become an urban oasis in the heart of Houston’s downtown Theater District.

Allen’s Landing

Allen’s Landing is an historic park that truly defines our city. It was here in 1836 that August Chapman and John Kirby Allen stepped ashore and claimed Houston as their own. This site also became Houston’s first port, a thriving commercial hub and a symbol of our city’s entrepreneurial spirit. Through Buffalo Bayou Partnership's efforts, Allen’s Landing is being transformed into an active and vibrant destination along downtown’s waterfront.

Neighboring Parks

After passing the Barker Reservoir near Beltway 8, Buffalo Bayou runs through the 500-acre Terry Hershey Park and through the Memorial area to the Houston Arboretum and Memorial Park, and the River Oaks area. Buffalo Bayou Partnership’s jurisdiction officially begins when Buffalo Bayou hits Shepherd Drive and stretches to the Turning Basin of the Port of Houston. Enjoy exploring and discovering the numerous parks located along this waterway.

Things to Do

  • Walk, jog and bike the trails (download the Buffalo Bayou Guide)
  • Rent a bicycle from Bike Barn and ride along the hike and bike trails
  • Rent a canoe or kayak from Bayou City Adventures and paddle on Buffalo Bayou
  • Picnic on the banks
  • Hop aboard the Spirit of the Bayou for a private charter tour, bat tour or history tour
  • Experience the sights and sounds of over 250,000 Mexican free-tailed bats at Waugh Drive Bridge
  • Catch a glimpse of the resident hawks and owls
  • Play frisbee, volleyball or disc golf
  • Take a self-guided public art walk and look for works by artists Henry Moore, Mel Chin, John Runnels and more
  • Enjoy a docent-led walking tour through the prairie
  • Press the “secret” red button located at Preston Street Bridge to see artist Dean Ruck’s Big Bubble

Bike & Boat Rentals

Visitors can rent bicycles and paddle crafts from Buffalo Bayou Park. Reservations can be made in-person or online. Please visit the concessionaires’ respective websites for more information about rentals and hours.


There are public parking areas available at Lost Lake, Eleanor Tinsley Park and The Water Works, as well as along Allen Parkway, Memorial Drive, and city streets surrounding Buffalo Bayou Park. When parking along city streets, please pay close attention to signage, be neighborly and use the pedestrian bridges to safely access the park. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.


Restricted & Temporary Parking Options:

  • City of Houston Lot H – Over 400 spaces available for public parking on weekends and after 6 pm on weekdays. Buffalo Bayou Park trails can be accessed from Sabine Promenade.
  • American General Campus Surface Lot – The American General Campus is temporarily offering free weekend parking to park visitors. To access this parking on Saturdays and Sundays, proceed east on the Allen Parkway (inbound) feeder from Waugh. Turn right into entrance 4, then turn left to enter the surface lot. Once parked, please use paved paths and sidewalks to proceed to the crosswalk at Studemont to safely cross Allen Parkway to Buffalo Bayou Park. All garage and parallel parking within the American General Campus is private parking and reserved for office tenants only.
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