Bikers and joggers are forbidden at this nonprofit park dedicated to the preservation of Houston’s flora and fauna, but that’s okay—the site’s quiet, meandering trails are better enjoyed at the slowest pace possible. The two-mile Outer Loop wraps around the park’s exterior and is good for a light stroll, but if you’re in the mood to explore, bring bug repellent and some water-resistant boots, then head toward the ponds. It’s the best place to observe the resident hummingbirds and dragonflies dancing over the Buffalo Bayou.

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