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Best Rated Parks In Houston

WRITTEN BY Carter

1. Hermann Park

Hermann Park has a bountiful assortment of entertainment with a golf course, an outdoor theater, a jogging track, a beautiful rose garden, picnic spaces, a butterfly exhibit, and even a museum. Hermann Park, presented to the City of Houston by George Hermann in 1914, is Houston’s most historically significant public green space. The gardens here are beautiful and plentiful. There are also pedal boats on offer, which are great for the family and a fun, relaxing activity to do while at the park.

 

2. Pumpkin Park (River Oaks Park)

River Oaks Park – also known as Pumpkin Park – is straight out of a storybook. Cinderella’s pumpkin carriage is the crowning feature here. However, you’ll also find multiple playing courts, a short hike and bike trail, and the park’s other unique and defining attraction: a set of wishing trees where you can write a wish on a slip of paper and pin it to the trees. This park is great for kids and is also fantastic for sitting and reading a book. There’s also sand volleyball at River Oaks Park as well.

 

3. Sam Houston Park

Sam Houston is downtown Houston’s park. It’s close to the buildings that shape the city’s beloved skyline but distant enough, so it feels like you’ve arrived somewhere else. This park is home to some lovely modern monuments and also wide open greenery. The group of buildings within Sam Houston park represents many eras, such as the pre-Texas revolution. This park is located really nicely within the city is only a short walk from City Hall. Sam Houston Park is a Houston Protected Landmark and a State of Texas Historical Site.

 

4. Buffalo Bayou Park

Buffalo Bayou Park is located from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street between Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive. Groups meet at the riverbanks near Waugh Bridge at sunset to witness impressive flights of more than 200,000 bats, or you can choose to take a boat that goes right under the bridge. The park also features a skate park, many bridges, fountains, and biking and jogging trails that run alongside the bayou for miles. From this park, you can also get a fantastic view of Houston’s skyline, which looks majestic at night. With the park being as large as 160 acres, it’s incredibly spacious, and there’s plenty to walk around and see.

 

5. Memorial Park

If you’ve ever come across a multitude of runners while driving through Houston, then you’ve probably driven past Memorial Park. Put this park on your weekend activity list if you’re into running, but know that’s not the only activity this park offers. There are amenities for pretty much every sport. There’s plenty of conservation efforts that go on at this park as well. This park also used to be known as Camp Logan, a military training facility during World War I. Memorial park has a fitness center, tennis center, golf course, and pool.

 

6. Mason Park Houston

Located at South 75th and Tipps Streets, on Houston’s east side, Mason Park is a wonderful space for Tree gazing, leisure, and other activities. Mason Park is a great community park with many useful amenities. Baseball and football fields, six tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a disc golf course make this park a favorite for active Houstonians. This Park also has its own initiative to reduce pollution. The community center highlights the park, with after-school and summer activities for kids and social activities for adults.

 

7. Terry Hershey Park

Terry Hershey Park has long been a favorite spot for running and strolling, especially because of its 496 acres in size. The extensive trails nestled into the woods take you out of the city without ever leaving it. There’s a small playground at the entrance, and the mostly paved trails are perfect for biking, hiking, and observing the different critters that pop out along the way.  Terry Hershey Park is great for fishing, and there’s also good canoe access as well. This park has good restroom and shower availability, unlike a lot of parks out there.

8. Levy Park

It is located on the west side of Houston; Levy Park is the result of a 1942 bequest from Leon Levy’s estate. The Upper Kirby Redevelopment Authority, in partnership with the Upper Kirby District Foundation, undertook the transformation of Levy Park into a world-class park. The park features a popular dog park, interactive water features, a children’s play area, a performance pavilion, an event lawn, a community garden, and native landscaping. This park is fantastic for children with all sorts of climbing and play areas. There’s also occasional fun activities for the public such as piano playing and children’s bingo.

9. Discovery Green

Discovery Green is an 11.78-acre public urban park in downtown Houston, Texas. Discovery Green features a lake, bandstand, and venues for public performances, two dog runs, a playground, and multiple recreational lawns. Dsicovery Green is a great place for public and corporate sponsored events such as roller blading, yoga and tai chi. There are also many ecological and conservation events that take place here. Fitness is a big segment of the events that happen here, so if you’re looking for personal trainers or fitness guided events, this is the place to be.

10. Bear Creek Pioneers Park

Bear Creek Pioneers Park was created in the 1940s by the United States Army Corps of Engineers to prevent the repetition of flooding that occurred in Houston in 1935. Bear Creek Pioneers Park is 2,168 acres in size and has paved roads and parking for visitors. The park also features walking trails, an equestrian trail, a small zoo (including buffalos, an ostrich, and emus) , playgrounds, soccer fields, little league and softball fields, four lighted tennis courts, eight picnic pavilions, horseshoe courts, and hundreds of picnic tables and grills. This park is a great place to spot deers and other wildlife. Bear Creek Pioneers Park has fantastic facilities and fishing is quite a popular activity here.

Posted on April 7, 2021

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