It unfurls like a green flag among the human-built expanse of Houston’s concrete jungle: Buffalo Bayou, Houston’s reminder that there is life (nature) after traffic and urban buzz. Eschew the traffic jams, and get thee to the glades, which are studded with statuary, lined with bike trails, and opulent with perennial commons, concert venues and picnic sites—making this one of the most social spots in town. Twenty-six miles of kayak-worthy, red clay-framed waters await, though pontoon boats offer an alternative mode of water transport. Just redone and expanded in 2015, this jewel in the city’s green crown now meanders for 160 fun-filled acres. Rentals and tours are available.