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Buffalo Bayou Cistern, Houston

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Houston: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern History Tour

1. Houston: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern 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: Cistern Art Installation - Haha Real

2. Houston: Cistern Art Installation - Haha Real

Embark on a one-of-a-kind experience in Houston with a ticket to the "Haha real" art installation in the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. Connect with the city's past while discovering contemporary cultural experiences in this hidden underground gem.  Step into this underground reservoir, which has been repurposed into a unique public space. Experience "Haha real," a site-specific multimedia installation created by artist Rachel Rossin, who drew inspiration from the world of the Velveteen Rabbit. Lose yourself in this hidden piece of Houston history, built in 1926 as part of Houston's water system. As you journey around the Cistern, see characters and symbols appear on LED hologram screens, while kinetic features and lighting augment the architecture of the space and play upon the water’s reflective surface.

Downtown Houston: In App Audio Walking Tour

3. Downtown Houston: In App Audio Walking Tour

Welcome to Houston, the fourth-largest city in America! This in-app audio tour offers you the opportunity to explore downtown landmarks in a car-free manner, challenging the city's renowned reputation as car-centric. Commence your journey by enjoying a panoramic view of Houston from the grassy hills of Discovery Green Park. Nearby, the oldest Catholic Church of the Annunciation will surprise you with masses conducted in both English and Latin. As you pass by the distinguished Sam Houston Hotel, delve into the legendary legacy of its namesake, Sam Houston, and his pivotal role in the founding and governance of the state of Texas. Explore the original center of Houston's early years, now transformed into the bustling Market Square Park. The tour then guides you through the renowned Theater District, home to award-winning ballet, opera, and theatre venues. Follow the path to the Buffalo Bayou, near the location where the Allen brothers established Houston in 1836. Continue your journey by visiting Tranquility Park, a recreational area with an insightful layout recounting the Apollo 11 landing and Houston's significant role in that historic event. Conclude your tour at Sam Houston Park, the city's first park, which showcases architectural icons from various historical periods, providing a glimpse into the different eras of Houston's rich history. Join this tour to immerse yourself in Houston's distinctive charm, embracing its local sports, space history, performing arts, and urban landscapes. HOW IS THE TOUR GOING — Stay flexible: [join the tour whenever you want and] explore the sights as long as you like. — Enjoy the tour even offline: all audio tours are tested for high quality and easy navigation.

Houston: Street Art & Small Bar Tour

4. Houston: Street Art & Small Bar Tour

Starting in Market Square your the tour will walk through the skyscrapers, pop into the small bars and learn about the many art forms bringing life back to downtown Houston. Your guide will tell stories and provide two drinks (Alcoholic/Non-Alcoholic) in two quirky bars. The perfect way to start your Friday night in Downtown Houston, end a long work week or meet new friends. Grab social media content or impress your date with the vibrant art Houston has to offer. Your guide will also provide Howdy H-Town Ultimate Guide to Houston so you can continue exploring Downtown and the surrounding areas after the tour.

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Lovely experience and very interesting overall. It’s a great for kids and a wonder afterwards around the Bayou is fun. Our guide Rosemary was lovely.

Took noon tour and learned the history of the cistern and following struggles to keep up with the growing city’s need for additional supplies.

Cistern was very very cool Exceeded expectations Only change I suggest would be bigger & more impactful music.

Awesome tour. Our guide sang to show us the echo and she had a beautiful voice!

Fascinating and amazing full of mystery and intrigue!