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Parks and nature in Houston

Top parks

Park
“There’s always something going on at Discovery Green. It’s definitely a family area, but still fun. You can get great pics in that area and you’ll be right downtown. Walk around one of the largest metropolitan downtown areas in the nation. ”
  • 226 locals recommend
Train
“Lovely place to take a stroll or people watch. You can try paddle-boating, stop by the playgrounds, or enjoy the Japanese garden. Free parking avalible in the zoo parking lots. If full, try the centennial garden lot at Hermann Dr and Jackson St”
  • 137 locals recommend
Park
“I could go on & on. It is definitely a MUST-DO. city bikes, dog park, skate park, walking/ running trails, bike trails, beautiful pedestrian bridges with views, water works, Waugh bridge bat colony, etc”
  • 158 locals recommend
Park
“Enjoy a convenient walk to the waterfall. Great photo opportunity. Pack a light picnic and enjoy a stroll. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Botanical Garden
“Walk the Trails at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Drive less than one mile west of Memorial Park to reach a stunning 155-acre nature sanctuary tucked right into the heart of the fourth largest city in America. Meander along the five miles of scenic trails under towering sycamore, oak, and pine trees, and then keep an eye out for turtles and fish as you wander through a shallow wetland. With free admission and much to see, you could spend a whole day here. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Public Art
“Fascinating tour on its history, and play on interior space and sound. Tour guides are entertainingly sardonic.”
  • 42 locals recommend
Park
“A great park in the city that features food, constant events, festivals, music, and even movies!”
  • 38 locals recommend
Trail
“If you want to hike, jog, run, bike or get in a round of golf or some tennis, Memorial Park is only 6 miles away from the home. ”
  • 32 locals recommend

Playgrounds

Park
“My favorite place to play basketball and just chill with some friends and a picnic basket. Beautiful park extremely close by and nestled within the city. There's a great view of the skyline from here!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Gym
  • 2 locals recommend
Playground
“Close park with first come first serve tennis and bball courts. Play equipment for kids or plenty of benches for picnics.”
  • 1 local recommends

Trails

Botanical Garden
“Walk the Trails at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Drive less than one mile west of Memorial Park to reach a stunning 155-acre nature sanctuary tucked right into the heart of the fourth largest city in America. Meander along the five miles of scenic trails under towering sycamore, oak, and pine trees, and then keep an eye out for turtles and fish as you wander through a shallow wetland. With free admission and much to see, you could spend a whole day here. ”
  • 45 locals recommend
Trail
“If you want to hike, jog, run, bike or get in a round of golf or some tennis, Memorial Park is only 6 miles away from the home. ”
  • 32 locals recommend
Park
“Great running trails, biking, walking, and running around. Festivals and live music happen occasionally, there are canoe and kayak tours, and a bayou boat ride tour. The park runs all along the bayou and runs into downtown. Super cool skate park on one end, and lots of room for running with your kids and dogs, pack a picnic and have a good time. Check out the Waugh Street Bridge and Bat colony, too - it's a sight to behold!”
  • 27 locals recommend
Trail
“Great for walking or going on a run/bike ride. Beautiful skyline views and nature/parks.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Park
“perfect for your Instagram selfie. Get a spectacular view of our Houston skyline”
  • 2 locals recommend
Trail
“You can access the Bayou trails from the heights walking path although easier to park along Allen Parkway and hop on the trail. Trail winds through recently renovated landscape with a dog park. Tree lined paths for bikers, runners and walkers all along the Buffalo Bayou.”
  • 2 locals recommend