West of Downtown

Buffalo Bayou Park

Buffalo Bayou Park offers 160 acres of beautiful scenery and skyline views, artwork, a nature play area, the “go-to” dog park in the city, hike and bike trails, and gathering places for visitors to enjoy outdoor activities as well as live, artistic performances. Stretching from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive, it is fulfilling its potential as one of the country’s great urban parks.
  • 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

    Near Allen Parkway and Dunlavy Street, Lost Lake features lush wetland gardens surrounding a restored pond that is situated near a visitor center housing restrooms and paddle craft rentals. This is also the location of The Dunlavy, the multi-purpose private event space under the development of Clark Cooper Concepts scheduled to open in Fall 2015. Park users will be able to enjoy breakfast and lunch daily from The Kitchen at The Dunlavy, a grab-and-go counter service inside the event space. 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)
  • Canoe and kayak on the 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 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
  • Catch-and-release fish from the bayou’s waters
  • Enjoy a docent-led walking tour through the prairie
  • Press the “secret” 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.

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