Buffalo Bayou is the lifeblood of the bayou city. For a soft outdoor adventure, explore this waterway on a three-hour guided kayak trip, with a fine view of the skyline. You’ll pass under the Waugh Drive Bridge, a year-round home to some 250,000 Mexican freetail bats. After you finish your paddling trip, drive over to the Waugh Bridge at least 30 minutes before dusk to witness hundreds of thousands of bats emerge from the bridge and then fly east over the bayou and into the city, where they consume millions of insects nightly. Watching the bats as they leave their day time roost to cloud the evening sky is often cited as one of the top things to do in Houston. The best place to view them is from the sidewalk over the bridge or adjacent grassy area by the Wortham Fountain. On Friday and Saturday summer evenings, biologists offer free educational talks starting 30 minutes before dusk, and even let visitors hear the bats’ sonar clicks with special bat detectors. On the 2nd and 4th Fridays between March and October, you can watch the bats by pontoon boat, leaving from the Sabine Promenade. Kayak trips leave from the Woodway Boat Launch near Memorial Park.
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