APA recognizes Houston's Buffalo Bayou

Buffalo Bayou is one of many reasons you should consider exploring some of the homes for sale in Houston. This waterway is located approximately 25 miles east of Houston, just south of Interstate 10, and hosts a wide range of outdoor recreational activities. Additionally, the American Planning Association (APA) recently named Buffalo Bayou one of its top 10 great public spaces for 2012.

Buffalo Bayou stands out for a variety of reasons
A nine-mile stretch of Buffalo Bayou - from Shepherd Drive to Turning Basin Overlook Park - stood out in the eyes of many APA members. This area features quality amenities, design and public art that helped showcase the city's dedication to ecological protection and restoration.

"Buffalo Bayou is our Central Park," Houston Mayor Annise Parker said. "Yesterday it was used for commerce and trade. Today it provides recreation for increasing numbers of bikers, hikers, joggers, skateboarders, dog walkers and art lovers. Tomorrow, it will serve as the spine for a continuous system of public parks and trails, or greenways, linking every major bayou segment of the city."

Visit Buffalo Bayou to explore vast terrain, see spectacular views of the Houston skyline and enjoy an extensive collection of public art. This Bayou features landmarks that also make it a popular spot for those who want to learn more about the area's past.

For example, Allen's Landing has been called "Houston's heart" and "Plymouth Rock" by many residents because of its rich history. Houston traces its roots to this site, as August C. Allen and John K. Allen claimed the city as their own upon their arrival in 1836.

Allen's Landing is memorable for many reasons, including its current features. The area consists of 1.76 acres of land and includes a grass lawn, text-based public artwork and a promenade. Many visitors appreciate the terrace overlooking Buffalo Bayou, which provides a breathtaking view of the water.

Buffalo Bayou also hosts various events throughout the year, such as its annual boat regatta. This race has taken place for 40 years, and the 2013 edition is scheduled for March 16.

Join Houston residents and check out Buffalo Bayou to get a taste of just a few of the fun-filled attractions available in this city. When you become a Houston resident, you'll be able to celebrate a variety of regular festivities that allow you to meet your neighbors and make friends.