Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

Cistern History Tour

Learn about the architecture of this unique space and the history of Houston’s water system. Tours available Thursday - Sunday and last 30 minutes. Tours are free on Thursday but still require a reservation. Upon booking, you will receive a promo code that you will need to use to make your reservation.




  • Thursday - Sunday, 30 minutes
  • Free on Thursdays
  • History of Houston's water system
  • Reservations required
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Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

Cistern History Tour

The Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern is a former drinking water reservoir built in 1926 for the City of Houston. After operating for decades, an irreparable leak was discovered and the underground reservoir was decommissioned in 2007. Recognizing the significance of this unique industrial site, Buffalo Bayou Partnership repurposed the Cistern into a magnificent public space.

Access to the Cistern is limited to guided tours. In addition to History tours, Photography and Drawing sessions are held in the Cistern on weekends at 10 a.m. Reservations for Photography, Drawing and Free Thursday History tours should be made directly through the BBP ticketing site.

Visit buffalobayou.org for more information about the Cistern and Buffalo Bayou Partnership.

Upon booking, you will receive a promo code that you will need to use to complete your reservation here.

Admission price reserves a space on one of our 30-minute historical tours.

Duration: 30 minutes
Times: 3:00 – 7:00 pm Thursdays and Fridays; 11:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturdays and Sundays
Free on Thursdays, but reservations are still required.
Reservations can be made up to 60 days in advance.
Capacity: 30 people
Parking: A number of parking options are available around Buffalo Bayou Park.




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Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

(713) 752-0314


105 Sabine Street, Houston, TX 77007, United States

Buffalo Bayou Park is the 160-acre green space developed and operated by the non-profit organization Buffalo Bayou Partnership. The park lies west of downtown Houston and includes beautiful gardens and native landscaping; hike and bike trails; paddle craft and bike rentals; the go-to dog park in the city; public art; a creative nature play area; two visitor centers; the Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern; and gathering places for visitors to picnic, relax and enjoy outdoor activities.


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