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You Can Explore An Abandoned Underground Cistern In Houston

It's almost 100 years old, but it's still beautiful.
You Can Explore An Abandoned Underground Cistern In Houston

There's far more history right under our feet in Houston than we even realize. One remaining hidden gem is the Cistern, located in Buffalo Park, that dates back to 1926 when it served as an underground water reservoir.

Today, the Cistern is home to art installations and awaits visitors to come explore the rich history of the city. At 87,500-square-feet (or the length of 1.5 football fields), the space holds 25-foot tall concrete columns that tower over two inches of water.

Some previous art installations have played with moving multicolored lights, giving it an even more mysterious vibe. Stay tuned to their website to know when their next art installation opens.

Why take your date to a fancy restaurant? You want to impress her? Take her to an abandoned water reservoir. Now that's romance.

And if you really want to impress her, you can let out a loud scream and watch as she's amazed (or freaked out) over the 17 second echo.

They offer guided tours Thursday through Sunday for just $5, except on Thursday when entry is free! You can even get a photography session for $10. Tickets for the history-loaded tours and sessions can be purchased here

The cistern is located directly under Buffalo Bayou Park, and the trees on the Water Works lawn were even planted directly above the columns. 

It was coined the "Cistern" first by architect Kevin Shanley as it reminded him of ancient Roman cisterns under Istanbul. It really is a golden piece of history right under our concrete jungle.

Back when it could function at capacity, this baby could even hold 15 million gallons of water (maybe we need to put this back to use?).

Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern

Price: $5 or free on Thursday

Address: 105 Sabine StHouston, TX 77007-8322

Why you need to go: This underground location is rich in history and unique architecture. 


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