Buffalo Bayou Cistern & Bridge Bat Viewing (REGISTER AHEAD OF TIME)
Come for historic night as we head to Buffalo Bayou Park for a tour of the historic cistern, a walk through the city's prized bayou parkgrounds and a viewing of one of Texas' largest bat colonies for their nightly emergence around dusk. Est. 6:30PM-8:30PM
Facts to Consider:
The bats usually emerge after dusk each night. The emergence times vary, known only to the bats themselves. Sometimes the bats surprise viewers & emerge before sunset or well after dark. Try to arrive about 15 - 30 minutes before the official sunset time for that evening. We'll be walking over to arrive around 8PM to Waugh and Allen Parkway. The highest bat population at Waugh Drive is usually in August & September. Some of the best emergences have been observed in the summer & fall months.
The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern is located at 105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007. We will learn about the architecture of this unique space and the history of Houston’s water system
Duration: 30 minutes
Cost: FREE (no children under the age of 9 permitted) for a 30-minute, guided tour. Reservations are still required and discount automatically taken at checkout. Tickets can be reserved up to 60 days in advance (SO ORDER THEM NOW)
Capacity: 30 people
Parking: A number of parking options are available around Buffalo Bayou Park.
There are public parking areas available at Lost Lake, Eleanor Tinsley Park and The Water Works, as well as along Allen Parkway, Memorial Drive, and city streets surrounding Buffalo Bayou Park. When parking along city streets, please pay close attention to signage, be neighborly and use the pedestrian bridges to safely access the park. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.
Street Parking is free after 6PM where not prohibited by signage but below are some Restricted & Temporary Parking Options:
City of Houston Lot H – Over 400 spaces available for public parking on weekends and after 6 pm on weekdays. Buffalo Bayou Park trails can be accessed from Sabine Promenade.
American General Campus Surface Lot – The American General Campus is temporarily offering free weekend parking to park visitors. To access this parking on Saturdays and Sundays, proceed east on the Allen Parkway (inbound) feeder from Waugh. Turn right into entrance 4, then turn left to enter the surface lot. Once parked, please use paved paths and sidewalks to proceed to the crosswalk at Studemont to safely cross Allen Parkway to Buffalo Bayou Park. All garage and parallel parking within the American General Campus is private parking and reserved for office tenants only.
Parking on Allen Parkway – Parking is available 9 am – 7 pm Monday-Sunday. There are 140 parking spots between Sabine and Taft streets with pricing at $1 per hour for a 3 hour max (including Saturday and Sunday).
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Andrew Griffin BA 2011