Herman Park, Houston
Located 3 miles south of downtown & adjacent to the Texas Medical Center and Rice University is Hermann Park. With all of it's activities that are available and proximity to other attractions within the city, Hermann Park is one of Houston's premiere locations for recreation. The park itself has a nice 2 mile jogging trail around it's perimeter, and the golf course has recently been renovated, along with the driving range. McGovern Lake is located at the center of the park, and you can rent a paddleboat to cruise around it. Miller Outdoor Theatre has shows year-round that are free to the public. The Houston Zoo is also within the park, open every day of the year except Christmas Day. If you feel up to a train ride, the Hermann Park Miniature Train runs 7 days a week through the park. And with the Houston Museum District just across the street, Hermann Park is a great place to spend a day in Houston.
This open-air theater is located in Hermann Park, and is an excellent place to catch one of the free shows that are put on here year-round. Many plays, concerts, and kid's activities take place here throughout the year. There is a covered area in front of the stage with seats, and a nice grassy hill as well to relax and enjoy the show. Many people often have picnics or just partake in a peaceful day in the sun on the hill, even when there is not an activity going on at the theater. Check out their website for upcoming shows and events.
Great place for a day out - it's Houston's oldest park and June, 2004 marked the 90th birthday of George Hermann’s gift of park land to the City of Houston. The restoration of Sam Houston Monument Circle will mark the completion of nearly $30 million in capital improvement projects in Hermann Park managed by the Friends of Hermann Park in partnership with the City of Houston.
For more information about Hermann Park and all the attractions in the area look at the website below - it's a great resource!
Very close to the large Medical City area, just South of Downtown is Hermann Park. In and around the park itself are several museums, a golf course, a lake with paddle boats, a small scale train to tour the park on, botanical gardens, a world-class zoo,and lots of green areas.
If you don't want to drive an hour outside the city to enjoy the outdoors I recommend Hermann Park. The park is very clean and offers many playgrounds and picnic areas complete with barbecue pits. Inside the park you will find a lake where paddle boats can be rented, a golf course open to the public, Miller Outdoor Theater and the Houston City Zoo. On the Northern border of Hermann Park near the main entrance you will find the Houston Musuem of Natural Science and Butterfly Exibit, The Planetarium and the IMAX theater. Hermann Park offers many relaxing, fun and educational options......trust me you won't be bored.
A lovely lake, an elegant reflecting pool, a Japanese garden, beautiful trees make this park in Houston very pleasant to stroll through. The best times are October-November and April-May for perfect temperatures. There is also a little train that drives around it (see picture). The reflecting pool has the statue of Sam Houston on its North end, and a small obelisk at the South end. The parc is located close to the Museum District, with even the Museum of Natural Sciences and the Houston Zoo on its grounds. It is also right next to Rice University and the Medical Center.
We always parc at the free parking lot of the Museum of Fine Arts on Main Street and then walk a block to the parc. You can also take the tramway.
Here is a nice urban park, with a lot of things to see and do nearby. The Miller Outdoor Ampitheater has all kinds of shows during the long, hot summers. Be sure to visit the beautiful Japanese gardens.
Beautiful grounds with fountains, lakes, flowers, and trees. The Japanese Gardens are especially beautiful and a great place to take vanity shots. This park has plenty for the kids including, paddle boats, mini-trains, play-grounds, and plenty of bizarre looking water fowl.
The Miller Outdoor Theatre has plenty of great free shows. If you're in town it's worth checking out their event calender. http://milleroutdoortheatre.com/
It's not my favorite Zoo. At $13A the zoo admission seems high to me. For example the excellent Lufkin Zoo two hours north, is only $5. As a kid many zoos I'd visit were free. So it might just be relative.
The Natural History Museum is also on park grounds and has the most amazing collection of raw minerals and gems in the world (thank the deep drilling of the oil industry).
There are also some luxury restaurants within walking distance.
Favorite park in the Houston area. Near the medical center, museums, houses the pretty Japanese Tea garden, take a train ride around the park with the kids. Play at the playground, picnic under great big shade trees, go for a jog, let the kids run through the water fountains on a hot day. Beautiful park in Houston.
The Kemah boardwalk located about 20 minutes away from downtown is lovely place to spend time. Known for it's beautiful sunsets and seafood, this place packs up a lively atmosphere with a ferris wheel for the kids along with several other rides. Other will enjoy walking along the boardwalk, looking at the boats in the marina. You can also take a boat trip for around $7. You will also find various live entertainment. Whenever I visit, there is always a live band and an artist that performs juggling stunts with a twist of fire and blades. I highly recommend this place to everyone. Plus parking is free!!!
Nice break from walking around. Jumping off at the children's park isn't recommended because even though the train passes close to the playground, the builders inexplicably chose a distant corner to house the stop. This forces a march through a gauntlet of homeless people stationed on the benches at the stop and sprawled out on picnic tables along the trail. Very Creepy, especially for my family of toddlers. We don't have any plans to return.
I took my son and his girlfriend for a very enjoyable day trip to Hermann Park. We started with a picnic near the vast playgrounds. I couldn't believe how many kids were playing on the newly refurbished playground equipment. We then took a few minute walk to the train station and rode the Hermann Park Railroad. It was only $3 per person. I remember the old train from years ago. This is really new and improved. We then took a pedal boat ride. They did all the work, I just sat back and relaxed. The lake is so pretty, not like the old one. We ended the day feeding the many ducks on the lake. It was such a great day, right in the center of Houston.
While on my visit to the Houston Zoo I saw the Hermann Park Train. It's in front of the entrance. In fact, we saw the gift shop associated with it, and I thought it belonged to the zoo. We stopped at the gift shop to get hats and sunglasses for my young nephews (pictures are included) because it was a hot day for the zoo.
The ride on the mini-train is about 2 miles long so you get to see a bit of the Hermann Park area. It's great on those fall/spring days. It's especially great for children and families.
Suggestion: Bring a picnic lunch and have a picnic in the park while enjoying the train!
Extra Information: The new train is a scale replica of the famous 19th century C. P. Huntington 4-2-4T steam locomotive. The original C. P. Huntington is currently on static display at the California State Railroad Museum. It's also next to a new, state-of-the-art playground that was made for children of all abilities (handicapped accessible). The train is also handicapped accessible!
10am - 5:30pm M-F and 10am - 6pm Sat-Sun
$3 per person, adults and children 1 year and older
All day pass (weekdays only) - $6 (Not available during Spring Break, 3/14 - 3/18)
Set of 10 gift tickets - $35
There is a great place to go in Houston known as Miller Outdoor Theatre. It is in the Hermann Park and is free! I go there on a regular basis. It is a great picnic spot where families come along (even individuals). All you need is a folding chair a picnic basket with plenty of drinks and things to munch while you spend the evening. If you do not go prepared you can buy food and drinks next to the theatre as well. The covered seating is free too but you need to go on the day of the show to get the free tickets (limit 4 per person) available from 10:30 to 1 PM on first come first served basis.
The venue has a great website with all the information one may need before heading out to the venue. The calendar of events can be checked and you can plan ahead based on what you find interesting.
If you are in Houston on the July 4th holiday the venue will have a Symphony Orchestra playing followed by spectacular fireworks.
Here is the link for you to check out.
I hope you have a great time in Houston.
This small but well-landscaped park is next to the Zoo and the museum district. There is a lake with paddleboats and nice views.