Trails & Destinations

Trails &
Destinations

Our work weaves together wide-open parks and tree-lined trails with repurposed buildings and reimagined industrial relics that serve as welcoming public spaces for art and play, as well as waterfront portals to Houston’s diverse history and neighborhoods.

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explore all of our spaces.
Buffalo Bayou Park
Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street
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The Water Works
The Water Works
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The Water Works
105-B SABINE STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77007

Here, you will find the Wortham Insurance Visitor Center with restrooms, bike rentals, and staff available to answer your questions and provide directions. Visitors can also enjoy food trucks, stunning views of the downtown skyline from The Brown Foundation Lawn, and frequent performances and events at the Hobby Family Pavilion. 

Learn more about renting The Water Works for your own event here.

VISITOR CENTER

Open daily from 9am – 6pm

RESTROOMS

Open daily from 8am – 8pm

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Eleanor Tinsley Park
Eleanor Tinsley Park
Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Houston Texas,
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Eleanor Tinsley Park
3600 ALLEN PARKWAY, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

Named in honor of the late City Council Member and civic activist Eleanor Tinsley, this “park within a park” is one of Houston’s most popular outdoor spaces with the signature Bud Light Amphitheater lawn and open-air Nau Family Pavilion. Visitors can also enjoy the Eleanor Tinsley Garden and the tranquil Jane Gregory Garden nearby.

Volleyball Court Rentals

The sand volleyball court at Eleanor Tinsley Park is available to rent here.

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Tapley Tributary
Tapley Tributary
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Tapley Tributary
WEST OF SABINE STREET

The late Houston landscape architect Charles Tapley designed this inspirational site in the late 1970s, featuring a bayou tributary, riparian plantings, granite steps, and seating areas. BBP later added a wetland, native Texas prairie, footbridge, the Vale-Asche Foundation Spring, and the Charles Tapley, FAIA Overlook.

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Houston Police Officers’ Memorial
Houston Police Officers’ Memorial
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Houston Police Officers’ Memorial
1400 MEMORIAL DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

Late Texas artist Jesús Bautista Moroles’ Houston Police Officers’ Memorial commemorates the 113+ Houston Police Department officers whose lives were lost in the line of duty. Shaped like an Aztec pyramid, the sculpture symbolizes a royal tomb. The Police Officers’ Memorial and surrounding grounds are guarded 24 hours a day. This is also the site of an annual procession and wreath-laying ceremony.

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Wortham Foundation Grove
Wortham Foundation Grove
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Wortham Foundation Grove
2904 ALLEN PARKWAY, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

At the center of this grove is the Gus S. Wortham Memorial Fountain, affectionately known as the “dandelion.” The fountain’s brass starburst of pipes sprays joggers, cyclists, and walkers, offering a cool respite from the heat. Points of interest at this favorite meeting spot include: Cullen Foundation Overlook; John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Overlook; and the Fountain Gardens, a gift from River Oaks Garden Club.

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Green Tree Nature Area
Green Tree Nature Area
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Green Tree Nature Area
MEMORIAL DRIVE AT WAUGH DRIVE

Unless you know it’s there, the Green Tree Nature Area may be difficult to find. Located south of Memorial Drive at Waugh Drive, this heavily forested trail is a nature lover’s delight. You will find birds, squirrels, and even a rabbit or two on any given day.

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Waugh Bat Colony
Waugh Bat Colony
Buffalo Bayou Park - Jonnu Singleton-3680.jpg
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Waugh Bat Colony
WAUGH DRIVE AT ALLEN PARKWAY

Watching more than 300,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge every evening from the crevices of the Waugh Drive Bridge is truly a spectacular sight. Unlike in other colonies, a large number of these bats remain through the winter months, providing viewing opportunities on warm nights. Stop by at sunset to witness this natural wonder and learn more about the bats through interpretive signage at the viewing platform.

Bat Chats

The Houston Bat Team hosts Bat Chats every Friday, April through October. Please arrive 30 minutes before sunset and meet at the viewing platform at the corner of Waugh Drive and Allen Parkway. Check their Facebook for updates.

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Lost Lake
Lost Lake
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Lost Lake
3422 ALLEN PARKWAY, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

Lost Lake is the site of a former pond that was lost in the 1970s, when its dam across a natural ravine broke. The pond was restored and is now a tranquil area for reflection, surrounded by beautiful plantings and gentle cascades. Visitors will also find public restrooms and a restaurant here.

FLORA Restaurant at Lost Lake

Please visit the FLORA website for reservations and information.

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Johnny Steele Dog Park
Johnny Steele Dog Park
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Johnny Steele Dog Park
ALLEN PARKWAY AT MONTROSE BOULEVARD

One of Buffalo Bayou Park’s most beloved destinations is the Johnny Steele Dog Park. Dogs have plenty of space to run, swim, and play, while their owners can relax on benches and take advantage of dog washing stations and drinking fountains (complete with spigots for dogs). Limited parking for the dog park is available along the frontage road of Allen Parkway.

DOG PARK REGULATIONS

Hours: 7am – 8pm (may be closed during bad weather or for maintenance)

Help us keep this popular destination safe for dogs and their owners by adhering to these rules:

  • Owners are liable for damage or injury inflicted by their dog(s). This means owners are legally and financially responsible for their dog’s behavior. Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the City of Houston have no liability or responsibility for injuries in the dog park.
  • Limit of two dogs per person per visit and one hour for each dog.
  • Dogs taller than 15 inches may not use the small dog area.
  • Dogs must be properly licensed and vaccinated with City of Houston registration and rabies tags visible on each dog’s collar.
  • Dogs must be leashed before entering and upon leaving the dog park and must be leashed in the transition area. Owners must have a visible leash for each dog at all times.
  • Owners must have disposable pet waste materials visible at all times and must pick up their dog’s fecal matter and dispose of it in a trash receptacle.
  • Owners must have verbal and sight control of their dog(s) at all times and prevent aggressive behavior, fighting, biting, and aggressive barking. Never leave your dog(s) unattended.
  • Dogs with a known history of dangerous behavior are prohibited. Immediately leash your dog and leave the park if your dog(s) behaves aggressively.
  • No puppies under four months of age are allowed in the dog park.
  • No female dogs in heat are allowed in the dog park.
  • No children aged 12 or under are allowed in the dog park. An adult must accompany children ages 13 through 18. Permitted children must be supervised by an adult and behave appropriately. No running, shouting, chasing dogs, or petting other people’s dogs without their permission.
  • No dog or people food is allowed in the dog park.
  • No smoking in the dog park or elsewhere in the park.
  • Violation of the City Code results in fines and no further dog park use.
Buffalo Bayou Downtown
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Sabine Promenade
Sabine Promenade
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Sabine Promenade
SABINE STREET TO BAGBY STREET

The Buffalo Bayou trail system winds through this 23-acre waterfront destination that lies just east of Buffalo Bayou Park. Visitors will find stainless steel boat sculptures by Houston artist John Runnels at major park entrances, BBP’s signature Lunar Cycle Lighting, and the Hobby Pedestrian Bridge, among other features.

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Sam Houston Park
Sam Houston Park
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Sam Houston Park
1000 BAGBY STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002

This historic park, created in 1899 by Mayor Sam Brashear, was originally landscaped like a Victorian village. Today it is home to The Heritage Society, an organization devoted to preserving a collection of Houston’s historic structures. Nine buildings have been restored and relocated to Sam Houston Park that together tell the story of Houstonians throughout the city’s past.

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Sesquicentennial Park
Sesquicentennial Park
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Sesquicentennial Park
400 TEXAS AVENUE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002

This 22-acre park is the centerpiece of downtown’s Theater District and commemorates Houston’s 150th birthday. Visitors can stroll along the promenade and take in the public art in the park, including artist Mel Chin’s monumental stainless steel pillars, Seven Wonders.

A bronze statue of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III gazes from the Baker Common across Buffalo Bayou at a statue of former President George H.W. Bush. North Carolina sculptor Chas Fagan created both statues.

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Allen’s Landing
Allen’s Landing
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Allen’s Landing
1005 COMMERCE STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002

Allen’s Landing marks the spot where August Chapman and John Kirby Allen stepped ashore in 1836 and began the transformation of the area from swampy marshlands to the city we know today. This site, at the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak Bayous, became Houston’s first port and a thriving commercial hub. After years of neglect, BBP revitalized this historic site and park into an active waterfront destination. Stainless steel canoe sculptures by John Runnels grace the entrances to the space, and visitors can walk along the wharf where they will find public text art designed by local artist team, ttweak.

Buffalo Bayou East
Downtown to the Turning Basin
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James Bute Park
James Bute Park
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James Bute Park
512 MCKEE STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002

James Bute Park is the original site of Germantown and Frost Town, two early immigrant neighborhoods. In the 1970s, Houston artist Kirk Farris transformed the once-abandoned site into a park named for a Houston entrepreneur who lived nearby. A Texas Historical Marker displayed in the park officially designates Frost Town as a historic site.

McKee Street Bridge

Painted aquamarine, purple, and lavender, the nearby McKee Street Bridge adds a splash of color to the bayou landscape. Kirk Farris is responsible for transforming the bridge that was built in 1932 into a piece of public art.

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Guadalupe Plaza Park
Guadalupe Plaza Park
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Guadalupe Plaza Park
2311 RUNNELS STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77003

This City of Houston park features green space, trails, and a boat dock as well as interpretive signage about the history of the East End. The Azios family fountain and historic columns are reminiscent of Mexico City’s colonial Zocalo architecture.

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Gravel Silos
Gravel Silos
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Gravel Silos
507 N NAGLE STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77003

Several remnants of the East End’s industrial past can be found along the hike and bike trail. Just east of Jensen Drive, you will discover massive concrete gravel silos now owned by BBP. These tall structures are not only important interpretive landscape elements but the canvas for imaginative public art events.

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Brick Smokestacks
Brick Smokestacks
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Brick Smokestacks

Not currently open to the public.

Located halfway between Jensen Drive and North York Street, you will come across two brick chimneys. These are the remnants of a City of Houston incinerator built in 1925.

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Tony Marron Park
Tony Marron Park
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
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Tony Marron Park
808 N YORK STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77003

Central to the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan is the expansion of the City of Houston’s Tony Marron Park from 19 to nearly 40 acres. By 2026, the enhanced park will become the open space anchor for the area, providing residents with a wide range of activities and featuring improved sports fields, new nature play area, and venues for special events and festivals. Learn more about the vision and plans for Tony Marron Park here.

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Japhet Creek Park
Japhet Creek Park
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Japhet Creek Park
4600 CLINTON DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77020

Changes are underway at Japhet Creek, a bayou tributary stretching north, deep into the Fifth Ward neighborhood. BBP has begun implementing the enhancements envisioned in the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan to revitalize this historic tributary with a native prairie, creekside nature trail, landscaping, lighting, and by 2027, a bayou-crossing pedestrian bridge connecting to Tony Marron Park.

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Lockwood on Buffalo Bayou
Lockwood on Buffalo Bayou
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Lockwood on Buffalo Bayou
733 N DRENNAN STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77003

Not currently open to the public.

On this site near Tony Marron Park, BBP is working with partners to create mixed-income and affordable housing that will be surrounded by more than six acres of new parks and trails. 80 multi-family units are currently under construction.

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Northside Sewage Treatment Facility
Northside Sewage Treatment Facility
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Northside Sewage Treatment Facility
BUFFALO BAYOU AT LOCKWOOD

Not currently open to the public.

Decommissioned more than 20 years ago, much of the Northside Sewage Treatment Facility’s infrastructure remains. Aeration and settling tanks, compressor rooms, as well as original pipes and valves are intact. BBP envisions redeveloping the site into a major, regional destination.

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Turkey Bend
Turkey Bend
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Turkey Bend
5807 NAVIGATION BOULEVARD, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77011

Not currently open to the public.

This dramatic former industrial site along Navigation Boulevard at a stretch of the bayou called Turkey Bend will be transformed by BBP in the coming years into a unique recreational and cultural destination. Future visitors to the site will be able to congregate and relax along the waterfront, attend events and programs of various scales, and participate in boating activities.

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Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park
Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park
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Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park
2300 S SGT MACARIO GARCIA DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77011

Formerly an industrial property, this 10-acre site was transformed into a natural green space named in memory of Yolanda Black Navarro, a committed civic leader who served Houston for decades. The park features three wetland ponds with an overlook, cistern, native plantings, and footpaths. BBP is working on connecting Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park to the City of Houston’s Hidalgo Park to the east.

HOURS

Open daily from dawn to dusk

 

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Historic Gazebo
Historic Gazebo
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Historic Gazebo
7000 AVENUE Q, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77011

Perhaps the finest example of textured concrete artistry in Houston, Hidalgo Park’s gazebo was completed in 1934. Vidal Lozano, its designer and builder, fashioned concrete columns and railings to look like tree timbers, the roof to represent shingles, and the ceiling thatch. The gazebo is a landmark in the Buffalo Bayou landscape.

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Hidalgo Park
Hidalgo Park
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Hidalgo Park
7000 AVENUE Q, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77011

Built in 1932, Hidalgo Park is a popular East End site for Sunday picnics, birthday parties, and baseball games. Neighborhood children enjoy the park’s creative wooden playground and water play station. Among the park’s treasures is a statue of Father Miguel Hidalgo, a gift from the government of Jalisco, Mexico.

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Turning Basin
Turning Basin
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Turning Basin
111 EAST LOOP N, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77029

Not currently open to the public.

In 1837, the Allen brothers arranged for the Constitution, a 150-foot steamboat, to visit Houston to dispel doubts about Buffalo Bayou’s navigability. Not being able to turn around once it arrived at its destination, the boat backed down the bayou until it reached a wide enough bend. Dubbed Constitution Bend, the site is now the Port of Houston Turning Basin.

Buffalo Bayou Park
Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street
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The Water Works
The Water Works
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The Water Works
105-B SABINE STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77007

Here, you will find the Wortham Insurance Visitor Center with restrooms, bike rentals, and staff available to answer your questions and provide directions. Visitors can also enjoy food trucks, stunning views of the downtown skyline from The Brown Foundation Lawn, and frequent performances and events at the Hobby Family Pavilion. 

Learn more about renting The Water Works for your own event here.

VISITOR CENTER

Open daily from 9am – 6pm

RESTROOMS

Open daily from 8am – 8pm

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Eleanor Tinsley Park
Eleanor Tinsley Park
Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Houston Texas,
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Eleanor Tinsley Park
3600 ALLEN PARKWAY, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

Named in honor of the late City Council Member and civic activist Eleanor Tinsley, this “park within a park” is one of Houston’s most popular outdoor spaces with the signature Bud Light Amphitheater lawn and open-air Nau Family Pavilion. Visitors can also enjoy the Eleanor Tinsley Garden and the tranquil Jane Gregory Garden nearby.

Volleyball Court Rentals

The sand volleyball court at Eleanor Tinsley Park is available to rent here.

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Tapley Tributary
Tapley Tributary
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Tapley Tributary
WEST OF SABINE STREET

The late Houston landscape architect Charles Tapley designed this inspirational site in the late 1970s, featuring a bayou tributary, riparian plantings, granite steps, and seating areas. BBP later added a wetland, native Texas prairie, footbridge, the Vale-Asche Foundation Spring, and the Charles Tapley, FAIA Overlook.

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Houston Police Officers’ Memorial
Houston Police Officers’ Memorial
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Houston Police Officers’ Memorial
1400 MEMORIAL DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

Late Texas artist Jesús Bautista Moroles’ Houston Police Officers’ Memorial commemorates the 113+ Houston Police Department officers whose lives were lost in the line of duty. Shaped like an Aztec pyramid, the sculpture symbolizes a royal tomb. The Police Officers’ Memorial and surrounding grounds are guarded 24 hours a day. This is also the site of an annual procession and wreath-laying ceremony.

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Wortham Foundation Grove
Wortham Foundation Grove
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Wortham Foundation Grove
2904 ALLEN PARKWAY, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

At the center of this grove is the Gus S. Wortham Memorial Fountain, affectionately known as the “dandelion.” The fountain’s brass starburst of pipes sprays joggers, cyclists, and walkers, offering a cool respite from the heat. Points of interest at this favorite meeting spot include: Cullen Foundation Overlook; John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Overlook; and the Fountain Gardens, a gift from River Oaks Garden Club.

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Green Tree Nature Area
Green Tree Nature Area
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Green Tree Nature Area
MEMORIAL DRIVE AT WAUGH DRIVE

Unless you know it’s there, the Green Tree Nature Area may be difficult to find. Located south of Memorial Drive at Waugh Drive, this heavily forested trail is a nature lover’s delight. You will find birds, squirrels, and even a rabbit or two on any given day.

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Waugh Bat Colony
Waugh Bat Colony
Buffalo Bayou Park - Jonnu Singleton-3680.jpg
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Waugh Bat Colony
WAUGH DRIVE AT ALLEN PARKWAY

Watching more than 300,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge every evening from the crevices of the Waugh Drive Bridge is truly a spectacular sight. Unlike in other colonies, a large number of these bats remain through the winter months, providing viewing opportunities on warm nights. Stop by at sunset to witness this natural wonder and learn more about the bats through interpretive signage at the viewing platform.

Bat Chats

The Houston Bat Team hosts Bat Chats every Friday, April through October. Please arrive 30 minutes before sunset and meet at the viewing platform at the corner of Waugh Drive and Allen Parkway. Check their Facebook for updates.

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Lost Lake
Lost Lake
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Lost Lake
3422 ALLEN PARKWAY, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

Lost Lake is the site of a former pond that was lost in the 1970s, when its dam across a natural ravine broke. The pond was restored and is now a tranquil area for reflection, surrounded by beautiful plantings and gentle cascades. Visitors will also find public restrooms and a restaurant here.

FLORA Restaurant at Lost Lake

Please visit the FLORA website for reservations and information.

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Johnny Steele Dog Park
Johnny Steele Dog Park
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Johnny Steele Dog Park
ALLEN PARKWAY AT MONTROSE BOULEVARD

One of Buffalo Bayou Park’s most beloved destinations is the Johnny Steele Dog Park. Dogs have plenty of space to run, swim, and play, while their owners can relax on benches and take advantage of dog washing stations and drinking fountains (complete with spigots for dogs). Limited parking for the dog park is available along the frontage road of Allen Parkway.

DOG PARK REGULATIONS

Hours: 7am – 8pm (may be closed during bad weather or for maintenance)

Help us keep this popular destination safe for dogs and their owners by adhering to these rules:

  • Owners are liable for damage or injury inflicted by their dog(s). This means owners are legally and financially responsible for their dog’s behavior. Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the City of Houston have no liability or responsibility for injuries in the dog park.
  • Limit of two dogs per person per visit and one hour for each dog.
  • Dogs taller than 15 inches may not use the small dog area.
  • Dogs must be properly licensed and vaccinated with City of Houston registration and rabies tags visible on each dog’s collar.
  • Dogs must be leashed before entering and upon leaving the dog park and must be leashed in the transition area. Owners must have a visible leash for each dog at all times.
  • Owners must have disposable pet waste materials visible at all times and must pick up their dog’s fecal matter and dispose of it in a trash receptacle.
  • Owners must have verbal and sight control of their dog(s) at all times and prevent aggressive behavior, fighting, biting, and aggressive barking. Never leave your dog(s) unattended.
  • Dogs with a known history of dangerous behavior are prohibited. Immediately leash your dog and leave the park if your dog(s) behaves aggressively.
  • No puppies under four months of age are allowed in the dog park.
  • No female dogs in heat are allowed in the dog park.
  • No children aged 12 or under are allowed in the dog park. An adult must accompany children ages 13 through 18. Permitted children must be supervised by an adult and behave appropriately. No running, shouting, chasing dogs, or petting other people’s dogs without their permission.
  • No dog or people food is allowed in the dog park.
  • No smoking in the dog park or elsewhere in the park.
  • Violation of the City Code results in fines and no further dog park use.
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The Water Works
The Water Works
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The Water Works
105-B SABINE STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77007

Here, you will find the Wortham Insurance Visitor Center with restrooms, bike rentals, and staff available to answer your questions and provide directions. Visitors can also enjoy food trucks, stunning views of the downtown skyline from The Brown Foundation Lawn, and frequent performances and events at the Hobby Family Pavilion. 

Learn more about renting The Water Works for your own event here.

VISITOR CENTER

Open daily from 9am – 6pm

RESTROOMS

Open daily from 8am – 8pm

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Eleanor Tinsley Park
Eleanor Tinsley Park
Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Houston Texas,
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Eleanor Tinsley Park
3600 ALLEN PARKWAY, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

Named in honor of the late City Council Member and civic activist Eleanor Tinsley, this “park within a park” is one of Houston’s most popular outdoor spaces with the signature Bud Light Amphitheater lawn and open-air Nau Family Pavilion. Visitors can also enjoy the Eleanor Tinsley Garden and the tranquil Jane Gregory Garden nearby.

Volleyball Court Rentals

The sand volleyball court at Eleanor Tinsley Park is available to rent here.

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Tapley Tributary
Tapley Tributary
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Tapley Tributary
WEST OF SABINE STREET

The late Houston landscape architect Charles Tapley designed this inspirational site in the late 1970s, featuring a bayou tributary, riparian plantings, granite steps, and seating areas. BBP later added a wetland, native Texas prairie, footbridge, the Vale-Asche Foundation Spring, and the Charles Tapley, FAIA Overlook.

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Houston Police Officers’ Memorial
Houston Police Officers’ Memorial
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Houston Police Officers’ Memorial
1400 MEMORIAL DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

Late Texas artist Jesús Bautista Moroles’ Houston Police Officers’ Memorial commemorates the 113+ Houston Police Department officers whose lives were lost in the line of duty. Shaped like an Aztec pyramid, the sculpture symbolizes a royal tomb. The Police Officers’ Memorial and surrounding grounds are guarded 24 hours a day. This is also the site of an annual procession and wreath-laying ceremony.

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Wortham Foundation Grove
Wortham Foundation Grove
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Wortham Foundation Grove
2904 ALLEN PARKWAY, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

At the center of this grove is the Gus S. Wortham Memorial Fountain, affectionately known as the “dandelion.” The fountain’s brass starburst of pipes sprays joggers, cyclists, and walkers, offering a cool respite from the heat. Points of interest at this favorite meeting spot include: Cullen Foundation Overlook; John R. Eckel, Jr. Foundation Overlook; and the Fountain Gardens, a gift from River Oaks Garden Club.

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Green Tree Nature Area
Green Tree Nature Area
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Green Tree Nature Area
MEMORIAL DRIVE AT WAUGH DRIVE

Unless you know it’s there, the Green Tree Nature Area may be difficult to find. Located south of Memorial Drive at Waugh Drive, this heavily forested trail is a nature lover’s delight. You will find birds, squirrels, and even a rabbit or two on any given day.

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Waugh Bat Colony
Waugh Bat Colony
Buffalo Bayou Park - Jonnu Singleton-3680.jpg
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Waugh Bat Colony
WAUGH DRIVE AT ALLEN PARKWAY

Watching more than 300,000 Mexican free-tailed bats emerge every evening from the crevices of the Waugh Drive Bridge is truly a spectacular sight. Unlike in other colonies, a large number of these bats remain through the winter months, providing viewing opportunities on warm nights. Stop by at sunset to witness this natural wonder and learn more about the bats through interpretive signage at the viewing platform.

Bat Chats

The Houston Bat Team hosts Bat Chats every Friday, April through October. Please arrive 30 minutes before sunset and meet at the viewing platform at the corner of Waugh Drive and Allen Parkway. Check their Facebook for updates.

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Lost Lake
Lost Lake
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Lost Lake
3422 ALLEN PARKWAY, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77019

Lost Lake is the site of a former pond that was lost in the 1970s, when its dam across a natural ravine broke. The pond was restored and is now a tranquil area for reflection, surrounded by beautiful plantings and gentle cascades. Visitors will also find public restrooms and a restaurant here.

FLORA Restaurant at Lost Lake

Please visit the FLORA website for reservations and information.

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Johnny Steele Dog Park
Johnny Steele Dog Park
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Johnny Steele Dog Park
ALLEN PARKWAY AT MONTROSE BOULEVARD

One of Buffalo Bayou Park’s most beloved destinations is the Johnny Steele Dog Park. Dogs have plenty of space to run, swim, and play, while their owners can relax on benches and take advantage of dog washing stations and drinking fountains (complete with spigots for dogs). Limited parking for the dog park is available along the frontage road of Allen Parkway.

DOG PARK REGULATIONS

Hours: 7am – 8pm (may be closed during bad weather or for maintenance)

Help us keep this popular destination safe for dogs and their owners by adhering to these rules:

  • Owners are liable for damage or injury inflicted by their dog(s). This means owners are legally and financially responsible for their dog’s behavior. Buffalo Bayou Partnership and the City of Houston have no liability or responsibility for injuries in the dog park.
  • Limit of two dogs per person per visit and one hour for each dog.
  • Dogs taller than 15 inches may not use the small dog area.
  • Dogs must be properly licensed and vaccinated with City of Houston registration and rabies tags visible on each dog’s collar.
  • Dogs must be leashed before entering and upon leaving the dog park and must be leashed in the transition area. Owners must have a visible leash for each dog at all times.
  • Owners must have disposable pet waste materials visible at all times and must pick up their dog’s fecal matter and dispose of it in a trash receptacle.
  • Owners must have verbal and sight control of their dog(s) at all times and prevent aggressive behavior, fighting, biting, and aggressive barking. Never leave your dog(s) unattended.
  • Dogs with a known history of dangerous behavior are prohibited. Immediately leash your dog and leave the park if your dog(s) behaves aggressively.
  • No puppies under four months of age are allowed in the dog park.
  • No female dogs in heat are allowed in the dog park.
  • No children aged 12 or under are allowed in the dog park. An adult must accompany children ages 13 through 18. Permitted children must be supervised by an adult and behave appropriately. No running, shouting, chasing dogs, or petting other people’s dogs without their permission.
  • No dog or people food is allowed in the dog park.
  • No smoking in the dog park or elsewhere in the park.
  • Violation of the City Code results in fines and no further dog park use.
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Sabine Promenade
Sabine Promenade
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Sabine Promenade
SABINE STREET TO BAGBY STREET

The Buffalo Bayou trail system winds through this 23-acre waterfront destination that lies just east of Buffalo Bayou Park. Visitors will find stainless steel boat sculptures by Houston artist John Runnels at major park entrances, BBP’s signature Lunar Cycle Lighting, and the Hobby Pedestrian Bridge, among other features.

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Sam Houston Park
Sam Houston Park
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Sam Houston Park
1000 BAGBY STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002

This historic park, created in 1899 by Mayor Sam Brashear, was originally landscaped like a Victorian village. Today it is home to The Heritage Society, an organization devoted to preserving a collection of Houston’s historic structures. Nine buildings have been restored and relocated to Sam Houston Park that together tell the story of Houstonians throughout the city’s past.

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Sesquicentennial Park
Sesquicentennial Park
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Sesquicentennial Park
400 TEXAS AVENUE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002

This 22-acre park is the centerpiece of downtown’s Theater District and commemorates Houston’s 150th birthday. Visitors can stroll along the promenade and take in the public art in the park, including artist Mel Chin’s monumental stainless steel pillars, Seven Wonders.

A bronze statue of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III gazes from the Baker Common across Buffalo Bayou at a statue of former President George H.W. Bush. North Carolina sculptor Chas Fagan created both statues.

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Allen’s Landing
Allen’s Landing
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Allen’s Landing
1005 COMMERCE STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002

Allen’s Landing marks the spot where August Chapman and John Kirby Allen stepped ashore in 1836 and began the transformation of the area from swampy marshlands to the city we know today. This site, at the confluence of Buffalo and White Oak Bayous, became Houston’s first port and a thriving commercial hub. After years of neglect, BBP revitalized this historic site and park into an active waterfront destination. Stainless steel canoe sculptures by John Runnels grace the entrances to the space, and visitors can walk along the wharf where they will find public text art designed by local artist team, ttweak.

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James Bute Park
James Bute Park
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James Bute Park
512 MCKEE STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77002

James Bute Park is the original site of Germantown and Frost Town, two early immigrant neighborhoods. In the 1970s, Houston artist Kirk Farris transformed the once-abandoned site into a park named for a Houston entrepreneur who lived nearby. A Texas Historical Marker displayed in the park officially designates Frost Town as a historic site.

McKee Street Bridge

Painted aquamarine, purple, and lavender, the nearby McKee Street Bridge adds a splash of color to the bayou landscape. Kirk Farris is responsible for transforming the bridge that was built in 1932 into a piece of public art.

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Guadalupe Plaza Park
Guadalupe Plaza Park
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Guadalupe Plaza Park
2311 RUNNELS STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77003

This City of Houston park features green space, trails, and a boat dock as well as interpretive signage about the history of the East End. The Azios family fountain and historic columns are reminiscent of Mexico City’s colonial Zocalo architecture.

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Gravel Silos
Gravel Silos
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Gravel Silos
507 N NAGLE STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77003

Several remnants of the East End’s industrial past can be found along the hike and bike trail. Just east of Jensen Drive, you will discover massive concrete gravel silos now owned by BBP. These tall structures are not only important interpretive landscape elements but the canvas for imaginative public art events.

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Brick Smokestacks
Brick Smokestacks
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Brick Smokestacks

Not currently open to the public.

Located halfway between Jensen Drive and North York Street, you will come across two brick chimneys. These are the remnants of a City of Houston incinerator built in 1925.

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Tony Marron Park
Tony Marron Park
Buffalo Bayou Partnership
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Tony Marron Park
808 N YORK STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77003

Central to the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan is the expansion of the City of Houston’s Tony Marron Park from 19 to nearly 40 acres. By 2026, the enhanced park will become the open space anchor for the area, providing residents with a wide range of activities and featuring improved sports fields, new nature play area, and venues for special events and festivals. Learn more about the vision and plans for Tony Marron Park here.

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Japhet Creek Park
Japhet Creek Park
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Japhet Creek Park
4600 CLINTON DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77020

Changes are underway at Japhet Creek, a bayou tributary stretching north, deep into the Fifth Ward neighborhood. BBP has begun implementing the enhancements envisioned in the Buffalo Bayou East Master Plan to revitalize this historic tributary with a native prairie, creekside nature trail, landscaping, lighting, and by 2027, a bayou-crossing pedestrian bridge connecting to Tony Marron Park.

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Lockwood on Buffalo Bayou
Lockwood on Buffalo Bayou
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Lockwood on Buffalo Bayou
733 N DRENNAN STREET, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77003

Not currently open to the public.

On this site near Tony Marron Park, BBP is working with partners to create mixed-income and affordable housing that will be surrounded by more than six acres of new parks and trails. 80 multi-family units are currently under construction.

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Northside Sewage Treatment Facility
Northside Sewage Treatment Facility
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Northside Sewage Treatment Facility
BUFFALO BAYOU AT LOCKWOOD

Not currently open to the public.

Decommissioned more than 20 years ago, much of the Northside Sewage Treatment Facility’s infrastructure remains. Aeration and settling tanks, compressor rooms, as well as original pipes and valves are intact. BBP envisions redeveloping the site into a major, regional destination.

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Turkey Bend
Turkey Bend
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Turkey Bend
5807 NAVIGATION BOULEVARD, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77011

Not currently open to the public.

This dramatic former industrial site along Navigation Boulevard at a stretch of the bayou called Turkey Bend will be transformed by BBP in the coming years into a unique recreational and cultural destination. Future visitors to the site will be able to congregate and relax along the waterfront, attend events and programs of various scales, and participate in boating activities.

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Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park
Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park
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Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park
2300 S SGT MACARIO GARCIA DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77011

Formerly an industrial property, this 10-acre site was transformed into a natural green space named in memory of Yolanda Black Navarro, a committed civic leader who served Houston for decades. The park features three wetland ponds with an overlook, cistern, native plantings, and footpaths. BBP is working on connecting Yolanda Black Navarro Buffalo Bend Nature Park to the City of Houston’s Hidalgo Park to the east.

HOURS

Open daily from dawn to dusk

 

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Historic Gazebo
Historic Gazebo
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Historic Gazebo
7000 AVENUE Q, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77011

Perhaps the finest example of textured concrete artistry in Houston, Hidalgo Park’s gazebo was completed in 1934. Vidal Lozano, its designer and builder, fashioned concrete columns and railings to look like tree timbers, the roof to represent shingles, and the ceiling thatch. The gazebo is a landmark in the Buffalo Bayou landscape.

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Hidalgo Park
Hidalgo Park
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Hidalgo Park
7000 AVENUE Q, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77011

Built in 1932, Hidalgo Park is a popular East End site for Sunday picnics, birthday parties, and baseball games. Neighborhood children enjoy the park’s creative wooden playground and water play station. Among the park’s treasures is a statue of Father Miguel Hidalgo, a gift from the government of Jalisco, Mexico.

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Turning Basin
Turning Basin
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Turning Basin
111 EAST LOOP N, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77029

Not currently open to the public.

In 1837, the Allen brothers arranged for the Constitution, a 150-foot steamboat, to visit Houston to dispel doubts about Buffalo Bayou’s navigability. Not being able to turn around once it arrived at its destination, the boat backed down the bayou until it reached a wide enough bend. Dubbed Constitution Bend, the site is now the Port of Houston Turning Basin.

TRAIL & VISITOR  UPDATES

Friday, May 17: Due to last night’s storm, The Water Works Visitor Center and Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern are closed today. All Cistern and Boat Tours have been canceled.

A portion of the hike & bike trail on the north side of Rosemont Pedestrian Bridge (just east of Montrose Blvd.) is closed for maintenance. A detour is available via the pedestrian trail, and the bridge itself is still accessible.