Did you know that many residents of Houston have never even explored Buffalo Bayou?
Buffalo Bayou officially starts just west of Katy, Texas about 35-miles from downtown Houston where a few intermittent streams empty into the bayou. From this point, Buffalo Bayou lazily winds its way through South Katy and West Houston towards downtown. Its journey includes passage through 500-acre Terry Hershey Park , the Memorial area, the Houston Arboretum, Memorial Park, and River Oaks.
Beginning in 1986, the Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP) took control of 10 square miles of the bayou beginning at Shepherd Drive. Since that time, the BBP has raised millions of dollars in funding to renovate and restore vital ecosystems along the bayou and to create visitor stops. Some of the projects the BBP has completed include miles of hike and bike trails, restoration of Tapley Tributary, Allen’s Landing, and Sabine Promenade. They recently unveiled the Shepherd to Sabine Master Plan. Because of the tireless efforts of the BBP, Houstonians now have a fantastic place to enjoy the natural environment of Houston and take part in outdoor recreation such as kayaking, hiking and biking.
At Allen’s Landing, the historical birthplace of Houston, White Oak Bayou meets Buffalo Bayou. From Allen’s Landing east, Buffalo Bayou becomes much wider and deeper. Allen’s Landing is now a pontoon boat landing site for Buffalo Bayou Boat Tours. At Christmas time, special 30-minute tours are being served up first come, first serve to area visitors complete with plenty of decorations, brightly colored lights, song and cheer. Share a holiday evening with your fellow Houstonians an ponder the upcoming year as you cruise down the Bayou enjoying the lights
Departing at Allen’s Landing (Commerce and Main Street)
You don’t need a reservation. This is first come, first served (we suggest you arrive 10-15 minutes before you’d like to board)! Fee is $7 for adults and $5 for children. Weather dependent.