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Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

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Free on Thursday Afternoon

An interesting talk that is underground and talks about the water supply for Houston. You can see... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago

Very unique tour, reasonably-priced at $5, and only takes 30 mins. Its location in the midst of a... read more

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The Cistern was one of the City of Houston’s first underground drinking-water reservoirs. Built in 1926, it provided decades of service until it was decommissioned in 2007 due to an irreparable leak. The 87,500-square-foot expanse includes 25-foot...more
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105 Sabine St, Houston, TX 77007-8322
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Reviewed 5 days ago

An interesting talk that is underground and talks about the water supply for Houston. You can see how dark it is and also hear echos.

Date of experience: January 2020
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very unique tour, reasonably-priced at $5, and only takes 30 mins. Its location in the midst of a large park close to downtown makes this a great all-around experience that everyone in our group really enjoyed.

Date of experience: January 2020
Thank davidandrose1
Reviewed November 22, 2019 via mobile

This more than a trip to a tank in the ground. The physical space is amazing almost art like. The tour and history add to the experience. The walk is easy and the views are work the short hike.

Date of experience: November 2019
1  Thank 60garyg
Reviewed November 14, 2019

Our sister-in-law discovered this place for us (we were visiting from Long Island) and prebooked our tickets. It's huge, full of echoes, lighting was cool and our tour guide let us SCREAM all at once to hear the echo. Wow! Any age (other than babies...More

Date of experience: October 2019
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Reviewed October 21, 2019

The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern is a former drinking water reservoir built in 1926 for the City of Houston. The cistern was decommissioned in 2007, but the City decided to preserve/restore rather than demolish the cistern. Why would you want to go down there and...More

Date of experience: October 2019
2  Thank alexisrachelletx
Reviewed October 13, 2019 via mobile

The cistern was beautiful! Such a unique structure. Our tour guide was super informative and made the tour a great experience. Our group was a full group at 30 people. Make sure to bring your camera! Oh and video when he makes everyone make noise...More

Date of experience: October 2019
2  Thank sam0025
Reviewed September 29, 2019

Visitors are taken on guided tours of the cistern. All tours are FREE on Thursdays. Quite a bargain! It's a cool reprieve from the Houston sun.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Melinda B
Reviewed August 27, 2019

The Houston cistern is very interesting and the tour is well done. It only lasts about 1/2 hour but has a lot of information and fun facts. We did it on a very warm and rainy day and it was perfect!

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank Peter M
Reviewed July 27, 2019

This is a guided (only) tour of a 15,000,000 gallon indoor reservoir that used to be the backup water supply for Houston. Reservations are highly recommended, especially on free Thursdays. The wonderful echo is fun. The tour guides really know their stuff.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank Lewis K
Reviewed July 3, 2019

This is a very interesting underground attraction which originally was the Houston water source more than 100 years ago and recently re-discovered. There is a $5, 20 minute tour, but the guide was only so-so as her voice did not carry. There is limited lighting...More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Response from MagnificentMom | Reviewed this property |
Pleasantly cool inside. The waiting line is outside in the weather so can be hot depending on the day. Also, be aware that inside is also dim and damp although the path is wide and there is lighting. A group of seniors... More
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