Some people refer to Buffalo Bayou as Houston’s Central Park, as this swathe of downtown space has always attracted active folk in search of fresh air. But the Bayou is getting better with an ambitious restoration. (Myriad sections remain accessible during the re-do, with enhanced portions opening as they are completed.) Runners, walkers, bikers, kayakers, and the old and the young all enjoy the 160 acres’ abundant trails, as well as Buffalo Bayou’s assortment of pedestrian bridges, artful lighting, statuary, benches, water craft and bike rental stations. Live performance venues, native gardens, dog runs, and kids’ playgrounds ensure this will be the go-to park in the region.