Why I Love Houston...The Great Outdoors!
|Scenes from Buffalo Bayou Park|
Houston might seem like the concrete jungle but there's plenty of wildlife inside and outside the city to explore when you need a nature break. For inner-loopers, the stretch of Buffalo Bayou running along Allen Parkway is a scenic delight for jogging, biking, and admiring the art installations and wildflowers adorning the trails. Enjoy lunch or brunch in The Kitchen at the Dunlavy housed in a treehouse-like space shimmering with chandeliers overlooking Lost Lake. You can also rent kayaks and canoes at Buffalo Bayou Park if you want to get on the water. Or go for an underground adventure at the just-opened Cistern where you can go on a guided tour of one of the city's first drinking water reservoirs that's been transformed into a modern-day relic.
|Bird watching in the Heights - Flamingo by Coolidge|
For a scenic drive, I love to take the country roads to Matagorda Bay where you can fish for speckled trout and redfish in the bay and catch some rays on the beach.
For camping, Brazos Bend State Park is just an hour's drive from downtown Houston. With six lakes for fishing, plenty of hike and bike trails, and the George Observatory for stargazing on Saturdays, a visit to this state park is an easy escape from city life. Be sure to check their calendar for special events that include guided nature walks. Kathlyn's Tip: With our frequent summer showers, don't leave home without making sure the park is open because flooding can cause closures.