Buffalo Bayou Cistern

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Houston: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern Guided History Tour

1. Houston: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern Guided History Tour

Discover the secrets of one of Houston's most iconic and historical landmarks on a guided, walking tour. Hear about the origins of the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern and admire the subterranean architecture as you experience a highly unusual space with vast columns and a 17-second echo. Check in at the Visitor Center of Buffalo Bayou Park, Houston's oasis of green in the middle of the city. Meet your guide at the entrance of the cistern, and discover how the structure was built in 1926 as the city's original drinking water reservoir. You'll be led into the cavernous cistern that has been repurposed as a subterranean public space. Marvel at an interior the size of 1.5 football fields and which, at one time, held 15 million gallons of drinking water. Unleash your inner child and play in the space. Trying calling out to hear the 17-second echo as the sound of your voice bounces off the walls and ceilings. Admire the architecture of monolithic concrete columns.

Houston: Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Downtown Area

2. Houston: Guided Walking Tour of the Historic Downtown Area

During your visit to Houston, be sure to check out the city's historic downtown area. Find out about how the main street was revitalized, why Houston is not the state capital, visit the Theatre District, see downtown street art, and more on this guided walking tour. Begin at the Personage and Birds statue in front of the JPMorgan Chase Tower. Learn about the history of this artwork, the surrounding architecture, and the Notsuoh Festival of the early 1900s. As your guide points out some notable bars,hear how the main street was revitalized in the 1980s. Head to Allen's Landing, the birthplace of the city, and discover the history of the ice houses of Houston. Continue onwards and hear about Houston's Forrest Gump, Howard Hughes Jr. Finally, pass through the Historic Market Square and learn about the area's history and the story of the town hall bell.

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What people are saying about Buffalo Bayou Cistern

It was very interesting and my husband and I learned a lot!! It was also totally wheelchair assessible! Austin was a great guide!