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#BBPSpringBreak is here!

#BBPSpringBreak

March 13 - 17

Kick off your spring break in the great outdoors! From the Regatta, to paddlecraft and bicycle rentals, to volunteer projects and food trucks galore, there is no shortage of fun along Buffalo Bayou!

Don't forget to snap photos of your adventures this spring and tag it on Instagram with #BBPSpringBreak! Besides seeing your photos reposted on Buffalo Bayou Partnership's social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram), two lucky winners will be randomly selected to win an item from our Bayou Boutique!

How to Enter the #BBPSpringBreak Photo Competition:
  1. Tag your photos with #BBPSpringBreak on Instagram, or
  2. Visit the Lost Lake or Wortham Insurance Visitor Centers to fill out a short entry form.
Good luck and happy trails!

45th Annual BBP Regatta on March 11

photo by Katya Horner/Slight Clutter Photography
All are invited to our free finish line festivities in downtown's Sesquicentennial Park (500 block of Preston Street, across from the Downtown Aquarium) from 11am - 2pm. Congratulate paddlers on completing a 15-mile race while enjoying live zydeco music, a rock climbing wall, beer garden, giveaways and more! Food and drink available for purchase.
Regatta Registration and Information

Rain:  Magdalena Fernández at the Houston Cistern

photo by Peter Molick, courtesy of the artist and Sicardi Gallery
Now through June 4, 2017, visit the award-winning Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern to view the incredible installation of Magdalena Fernández's highly acclaimed 2iPM009 on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston's permanent collection. 
  • Hours:
    • Wednesdays through Fridays, 3:30 - 7pm
    • Saturdays & Sundays, 10am - 7pm
    • Tours every 30 minutes. Maximum of 40 people per tour.
  • Cost:  $10 per person; $8 for Seniors (65+ with ID), Youth (9-17) and Students (18+ with ID). Children under the age of 9 not permitted.
  • Free on Thursdays, but reservations are still required.
  • Tickets must be reserved online up to 60 days in advance.
  • A number of parking options are available around Buffalo Bayou Park.
Purchase Tickets

Paddlecraft and Bicycle Rentals

photo by Jeremy Keas
Visitors can rent kayaks/canoes and bicycles from the visitor centers in Buffalo Bayou Park! Reservations can be made in-person or online.
  • Paddlecraft rentals from Bayou City Adventures at the Lost Lake Visitor Center (3422 Allen Parkway). Open March 12 - March 19 from 9am - 5pm (weather permitting). Normal schedule resumes March 20.
  • Bicycle rentals from Bike Barn at the Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works (105 Sabine Street). Open March 10 – 19, from 10am - 5pm.

Explore Buffalo Bayou

Enjoy exploring and discovering all the natural beauty Buffalo Bayou has to offer by downloading the Buffalo Bayou Guide below. Use the map to guide you as you walk, run or cycle along the waterway and visit the many parks and historic areas.
Buffalo Bayou Guide

Food Trucks at Buffalo Bayou Park

Make the most of your Spring Break trip to Buffalo Bayou! Enjoy tasty meals and sweet treats from food trucks parked at the entry court of The Water Works (105 Sabine Street) from March 12 - 18, 11am - 3pm and 4 - 8pm. Follow Buffalo Bayou on Twitter and Facebook for updates. Truck schedule is subject to change and weather permitting.
For exact locations and updates:
Abu Omar Halal @AbuOmarHalal
Baby's Burgers @BabysBBsHouston
Copa Coffee @COPAhtx
Cousins Maine Lobster @CMLobsterHOU
Doughmaker Doughnuts @DoughmakerHTX
Friohana Shave Ice @Friohana
KICPOPS @kicpops
Steel City Pops @SCPhouston

Monthly Volunteer Day on March 18

Individuals and groups are invited to help keep Buffalo Bayou green and growing this spring! Bring your own gloves and BBP will provide any needed tools.

Monthly Volunteer Day
Date: Saturday, March 18
Time: 8:30 - 11:30am
Parking: City Lot H (1643 Memorial Drive)
Check-In Location: Wortham Insurance Visitor Center at The Water Works (105 Sabine Street)

To sign up, please complete an online volunteer waiver with the event date 03/18/2017.
Sign Up to Volunteer
Have a larger group that wants to volunteer on March 18 or need more information about our volunteer program? Contact the Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer@buffalobayou.org.

Please Welcome BBP's New Volunteer Coordinator

Give a big BBP welcome to our new Volunteer Coordinator, Leticia Sierras. Leticia is a native Houstonian and comes to BBP with a strong background in management and volunteer coordination from Walgreen's and HISD. A wife, mother and grandmother, Leticia is a self-described people-person and enjoys to be of service to others. It's clear she's a perfect fit for this role, as she will be responsible for the coordination and supervision of volunteer-based activities including Buffalo Bayou Park improvement projects, internships, corporate engagement programs and court-ordered volunteerism. If you or your group would like to volunteer with Buffalo Bayou Partnership, please contact Leticia at volunteer@buffalobayou.org.
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Upcoming Events

Support BBP at Total Wine's Grand Openings

Total Wine & More is opening up several stores in the Houston-area over the next few weeks. In keeping with their commitment to the Houston community, Total Wine has agreed to support Buffalo Bayou Partnership by donating a portion of their sales every Thursday – Sunday, March 2 – March 11.

Memorial (map): March 2-4

West U (map): March 9-11

More Information

Luck of the Irish Foodie Float

Date: March 17
Time: 6:30 - 8pm
Location: Allen's Landing
Cost: $35 per person

Celebrate St. Patty’s Day with another Saint….St. Arnold Brewery. Toast to all things Irish as you enjoy tasty brew from our friends at St. Arnold’s and pizza bites. Enjoy BBP’s pontoon boat and cruise along Houston’s historic waterway.

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"Second Saturday" Boat Ride

Date: Saturday, March 25 (not a second Saturday because of the BBP Regatta on March 11)
Time: 10am - 2pm
Location: Sabine Promenade Boat Launch (150 Sabine Street, 77007)
Cost: $7 and $5 for children 4-12 (cash onlypayment taken when boarding)

These 30-minute boat rides are a great way to spend the afternoon with your family. Escape from the city and enjoy the cool breeze as you glide along Buffalo Bayou’s waters. Look for graceful herons, jumping fish, and even an occasional alligator sunning on the banks.
Weather permitting. No reservations are taken for these tours. They are first come, first serve.
Questions? Contact Trudi Smith at 713.752.0314 ext. 103.

Rice Design Alliance H2Ouston: Living in Flood Plains

Date: March 25 and 26
Time: 1 - 6pm

The Rice Design Alliance's 42nd Spring Architecture Tour will explore the ways architects have responded to design with our bayous for resilience and features our BBP office, the Sunset Coffee Building. Current RDA members may purchase discounted tickets for $25. RDA membership is open to all! Tickets for all others are $35; tickets are $15 for students with ID.

Discover the full tour schedule here.

Bayou Bash

Tickets are now on sale for Bayou Bash, Bayou Buddies' biggest party of the year on Saturday, April 22! Enjoy crawfish, libations, a silent auction, live music and more at The Water Works! Learn more.
Purchase Tickets & Sponsorships

Parking

  • City of Houston Lot H – Over 400 spaces available for public parking on weekends and after 6pm 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.
  • Parking on Allen Parkway – Parking is available 9am – 7pm, 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).

Street Closures

Please be aware that access to Buffalo Bayou Park may be affected due to the following events:

March 2-4: Rodeo Run and Parade
March 18: Bayou City Classic
March 19: Tour de Houston

Buffalo Bayou Revealed

Take a tour of Buffalo Bayou Park at your leisure with Houston Public Media's Ernie Manouse, Catherine Lu, and Tom Carter in Buffalo Bayou Revealed. Learn more about key destinations in the park, including the Cistern, Johnny Steele Dog Park and more in this 12-part audio tour.

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