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Top park recommendations from locals

“Nice park downtown. Sometimes they host special activities like movie nights or ice skating in the wintertime.”
  • 224 locals recommend
“Fabulous park in the Museum District with a beautiful Japanese Garden. Love this place! ”
  • 137 locals recommend
“You can explore the water in a kayak or on a pontoon boat, walk the Kinder Footpaths, take kids to the Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area, and ride bikes on the Sandy Reed Memorial Trail.”
  • 154 locals recommend
“Enjoy a convenient walk to the waterfall. Great photo opportunity. Pack a light picnic and enjoy a stroll. ”
  • 36 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. ”
  • 47 locals recommend
Public Art
“Get out of the heat and visit the underground cistern. It's dark and damp and occasionally hosts light performances. ”
  • 41 locals recommend
“Nestled in Houston's Historic District, Market Square Park actually sits on the site of the original City Hall (and the three iterations that followed), providing a place for entertainment, dining, public art and—yes—green space. The goal? Create an increased sense of community for downtown's businesses and its growing number of residents. A large central lawn dominates the park, which is bordered by Congress, Travis, Preston and Milam streets.”
  • 38 locals recommend
“Very beautiful park in Houston perhaps a little smaller than Hermann Park but both are a must.”
  • 34 locals recommend
“Less than half a mile away. Great place to exercise. Trails winding through downtown, the Heights, and other cool areas. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
“Armand Bayou Nature Center is an urban preserve located in Pasadena and southeast Houston between the Johnson Space Center and the Bayport Industrial District. The 2,500-acre nature center is the largest urban wilderness preserve in the United States.”
  • 18 locals recommend
“Menil Park is part of the Menil Museum in the museum district. It a one mile away from the carriage house.”
  • 15 locals recommend
“Terrific place to sit and smell the roses. Check the operating hours as they are limited, plan to walk a few blocks to get there on nice weekends as the lot stays full, and be aware of closures for special occasions.”
  • 16 locals recommend
“Terry Hershey Park is a county park that runs parallel to a roughly 6-mile (9.7 km) stretch of the Buffalo Bayou in western Houston, Texas. The park is named after Terry Hershey, a conservationist who campaigned to keep the banks of Buffalo Bayou from being paved.[3][4] The park hosts a network of trails that run along the bayou from State Highway 6 to the Sam Houston Tollway and is a popular destination for local residents, runners, bicyclists and Geocachers.”
  • 14 locals recommend
“This little park is a pretty and picturesque place with vies of downtown and the bayou. Hop on a bicycle or if you schedule a Segway Tour, it is one of the stops.”
  • 7 locals recommend
“(4 min. walk) This a lovely place to stroll or job among majestic oaks. It's also a good spot for a picnic!”
  • 10 locals recommend
“Dog park, GREAT for kids, adult games, yoga on weekends and weekday evenings!”
  • 8 locals recommend