Guided tour

Houston: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern Guided History Tour

Houston: Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern Guided History Tour

Activity provider: Buffalo Bayou Partnership

From US$ 10 per person

Explore one of Houston's hidden treasures, the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern. Take this guided tour to see and hear about the architecture of this unique space.

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Duration 30 minutes
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Live tour guide
Wheelchair accessible


  • Enjoy an expert-led tour of the iconic underground Buffalo Bayou Cistern
  • Experience a subterranean architectural wonderland in the middle of Houston
  • Admire the imposing architecture which is the size of 1.5 football fields
  • Learn about the fascinating history behind one of the country's largest cisterns
  • Play in the space and try out the Cistern's 17-second long for yourself
Full description

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.

  • Entrance
  • Guide
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • Children under 9 years

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Meeting point

Meet inside the visitor's center to check-in for your tour. Overfill parking is available in City Lot H, located at 1643 Memorial Dr, Houston, TX 77007, just to the east of Fonde Recreation Center. Do not leave valuables in your vehicle.

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Important information

Not allowed

  • Pets (assistance dogs allowed)
  • Tripods

Know before you go

  • This tour takes place underground
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It was very interesting and my husband and I learned a lot!! It was also totally wheelchair assessible! Austin was a great guide!

September 12, 2022

The guide was so entertaining. One should go see illumination and or other events there!

January 17, 2023

Product ID: 429005