The Rest of the Best: Top 10 Parks in Houston
|Photo by Amanda Duran|
|Allen's Landing in Downtown Houston|
1001 Commerce Street
At less than two acres, Allen's Landing is the smallest park on our list, but it may be the most historically important. This is where the Allen brothers, August and John, landed in 1836 when they first came to the area to start a settlement. It's also the site of the city's first port and commercial hub.
5. Sesquicentennial Park
400 Texas Avenue, 713-250-3666
In the middle of the downtown theater district, Sesquicentennial Park is the site of canoe and boat races, as well as home to several festivals. Just over 10 acres, the park is almost entirely made up of waterfront, some of it neat and manicured (that's the part just behind the Wortham Center) and some of it wild and natural (that's the part across the bayou from the Wortham Center).
4. Buffalo Bayou
1800-3600 Allen Parkway/Memorial Drive, 832-395-7000
Buffalo Bayou would take the award for Most Improved Park, but, sorry, we don't have one. Over the last 20 years the Buffalo Bayou Partnership has continued to improve and restore the area's waterfront, adding trails, public art, a skate park and pedestrian bridges. The area is also home to Houston's largest bat colony.