What are the best parks in Houston?

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Leah Walker

Discovery Green:
This twelve-acre park sits on the edge of downtown and was created by the City of Houston and the non-profit group, Discovery Green Conservancy. Kids flock to the John P. McGovern Playground. During Houston’s hot summers, the most fun and laughter can be found near Gateway Fountain. This is the spot where children of all ages beat the Texas heat. Kinder Lake is a man-made lake that features a water garden and a pier with tables and chairs. In the winter, Kinder Lake is frozen and turned into an ice rink. Oak trees form a canopy over the limestone path known as Brown Foundation Promenade. Dog runs, jogging trails, indoor and outdoor reading rooms, and even a branch of the Houston Library are found throughout Discovery Green. Free entertainment abounds in the form of concerts, family and date night movies, exercise and dance classes, and a monthly flea market. 

Memorial Park: 
Memorial Park is located west of downtown near the Galleria. It’s a 1,500-acre park that features a nearly three-mile jogging/ walking trail, tennis facilities, and opportunities for hiking and biking, One of Houston’s best public golf courses, a swimming pool, and fitness facility are also found in the park. The Houston Arboretum and Nature Center is 156-acres and contains five miles of nature trails for visitors to explore.

Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park:
Located next to the Galleria in the shadows of 64-story Williams Tower, Waterwall Park is also known as the Williams Waterwall. The main attraction of this nearly three-acre park is the 64-foot, semi-circular water fountain. With it’s numerous surrounding oak trees and expanse of green grass, this park is a great photo opportunity and place to relax to the sound of the water falling.

Beth DeLozier-Hayes


Memorial Park - This is Houston's signature park. This outdoor space borders both Downtown and the Galleria District. Memorial park hosts many events each year and boasts a five k running trail, which makes it ideal for early morning or lunch break warriors looking to catch a workout around their business schedule. 


Herman Park - Located in the Medical Center area, this park also borders West University and surrounds Houston's fantastic Museum District and Zoo. The park itself has a scenic lake and a reflection pond, which is a near replication of the pond in Washington DC. The park is also home to one of Houston's premier outdoor performance spaces Miller Outdoor Theatre. There is always something to see at Miller, and keeping up with their twitter feed will ensure you are instantly updated with all of their performances. There is also a pristine golf course, and a train that will take you to all of the many sites around the park. 


Discovery Green - Discovery Green is Houston's latest creation in the Downtown Area. Many would say it is the park of the future. Nestled neatly downtown between the George R Brown Convention Center, the Hilton Americas Hotel, and Toyota Center, Discovery brings a sense of outdoor fun and playfulness with a stylish eco-friendly twist. There are numerous events held on a daily basis in the park with everything from Zumba on the Green, to ice skating on the lake. Discovery Green also has a large stage, and hosts many concerts and outdoor movies all year long. There are two restaurants on the grounds of Discovery Green. The Grove is a very contemporary fine dining establishment, and The Lake House offers a gourmet take on some classic American fare. 


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