Wouldn’t it be nice if summer vacation came with a handbook? Yes, How to Keep the Whole Family Entertained for Three Hot Months would certainly come in handy. We may not have space here to tell you how to fill all of your time until school is back in session, but we can offer one suggestion that offers plenty of ways to have fun in or around Houston: Buffalo Bayou.
Though Buffalo Bayou proper spans 52 miles from Katy to the River Oaks area of Houston, it’s a 10-mile stretch between Shepherd Drive to the Port of Houston Turning Basin that draws visitors for all kinds of outdoor recreation.
Enjoy One of Houston’s Best Parks
Within this area, Buffalo Bayou Park, there are more than a few ways to occupy yourself and the kids for a full day if you choose. Beyond hiking and walking trails, you’ll find a skateboarding park, a dog park, a nature-inspired picnic pavilion and playground, a tributary, the Houston Police Officers’ Memorial, and restored elements like the former Water Works building. Be sure to stop by the Cistern, a cool public space that served as Houston’s first underground drinking-water reservoir.
You can also take advantage of spectacular photo ops at various spots throughout the park. You can get the Houston skyline in the background or family shots surrounded by the natural beauty of the park itself.
Available tours include boat tours, tours of the Cistern, walking tours, and audio tours, and there’s even a handy app you can download if you’d like more guidance navigating this massive expanse of parkland. The Buffalo Bayou Guide is free to download.
The park’s attractions are open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.; unlighted areas are open dawn to dusk.
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