No matter how old you are, you’re bound to find something to do at Hermann Park, which is located near downtown Houston and is bustling with activity any time of day. Pack a picnic, feed the ducks or simply enjoy the view from a wooden bench. Park features include a miniature train that chugs through the park, a Japanese Garden, pedal boat rentals, the McGovern Centennial Gardens, a café and various public art projects. The Miller Outdoor Theatre, which is located inside the park, features a variety of shows – from Houston Symphony performances and concerts to plays and musicals -- throughout the year. The Houston Zoo and the Houston Museum of Natural Science are also located just a short walk away.
By Kristin Finan, AFAR Local Expert
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Confucius in Houston's Hermann Park
The gardens in Hermann Park are a lot of fun, and offer a unique twist: Where else can you spend a day among a vast array of beautiful flowers, surrounded by statues of notable historical figures? The park also hosts an event series, and if you're looking to get out on the water, you can rent a pedal boat, or even do a little fishing!
The Rose Garden in Hermann Park is BEAUTIFUL!
Get Lost in Hermann Park
Hermann Park—my favorite outdoor space in Houston—is best described by its large areas of green grasses, people (and dog) watching, pouffy quinceañera dresses, picnic opportunities, sidewalks for running, gardens, lake and ducks, children rolling down green hills, and fake Washington Monument. It's a place I continue to visit even though I live much closer to other Houston parks. There's so much to do for all walks of life—between the trails, golf course, playgrounds, pedal boats, and railroad tour. Photo via hermannpark.org
By Jessica Lymberopoulos, AFAR Local Expert