Parks and Outdoor Attractions: Houston

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Houston is home to some great outdoor attractions  and parks for you to enjoy.  Houston has more than 300 miles of trails and 50,632 acres of parkland for you to enjoy all year long.

Houston Parks

Terry Hershey Park… A county park that runs parallel to a roughly 6 mile  western stretch of the Buffalo Bayou.  The park is named after Terry Hershey, a conservationist who campaigned to keep the banks of Buffalo Bayou from being paved. The park hosts a network of walking and dirt trails that run along the bayou from State Highway 6 to the Sam Houston Tollway. This is a popular destination for residents living in the neighborhoods along the park, local city bikers and Geocachers. The park maintains a network of both paved asphalt paths and dirt trails along the bayou. The paved walkways are located in the cleared stretch of the park, free of trees, and are about 10 feet in width. The dirt trails, however, cut through the densely grown forest growing along the bayou, and are not easily accessible.

Buffalo Bayou Park.. Buffalo Bayou Park offers 160 acres of beautiful scenery and skyline views, artwork, a nature play area, the “go-to” dog park in the city, hike and bike rails, and gathering places for visitors to enjoy.  Buffalo Bayou also offers live, artistic performances.  It stretches from Shepherd Drive to Sabine Street between Allen Parkway and Memorial.  It is one of the area’s great urban parks.

Cullen Park…Cullen Park, which was leased to the City of Houston in 1983, encompasses more than 10,500 acres of land just west of Addicks Reservoir. The hike and bike trail and picnic areas are on the north side of Saums Road, whereas the soccer fields and Velodrome are on the south side and one of the parks that residents really enjoy.

George Bush Park…The George Bush Park Hike and Bike Trail, in western Houston, starts at the west end of the Terry Hershey Park Hike and Bike Trail and, together, they offer a continuous 22-mile ride. The park itself sprawls 7,800 acres and has a number of recreational amenities, including ballfields, picnic areas, a shooting range, and wildlife habitat. Note that the park’s paved trail is largely unshaded.

Lake Houston Wilderness Park… This park includes lodges, campsites, nature trails and an equestrian area, s well as swimming, birding, biking and horseback riding. Located t 25840 FM 1485 in New Caney.  Admission Charge.

Houston Preserves

Houston Arboretum & Nature Trail…This 155 acre nature sanctuary has more than five miles of trails. The center features interactive exhibits and aquariums.  Located at 4501 Woodway Drive.

Discovery Green…is a public urban park in Downtown Houston. Opened in 2008, Discovery Green 11.78-acre (47,700 m2) is located on Avenida de las Americas across from the George R. Brown Convention Center and the Hilton Americas Hotel, adjacent to Toyota Center. The park includes a lake, bandstands and venues for public performances, two dog runs, a children’s area and multiple recreational areas. 

Market Square Park.. is a public park in Downtown Houston, Texas, United States. It is bounded by Travis, Milam, Congress and Preston streets. It has remained a geographic centerpiece of Downtown Houston since the arrival of the city’s founders, John Kirby and Augustus Chapman Allen in 1836. The historic square is surrounded by 19th century architecture, housing a variety of businesses, entertainment venues, nightclubs and dining establishments. Market Square is located directly between Allen’s Landing and the Theater District.

Mc Govern Centennial Gardens… The McGovern Centennial  Gardens is home to a diverse collection of gardens including an arid garden, a rose garden, a woodland garden, an interactive family garden and more.  Visitors can get a bird’s ye view by walking the spiral path to the top of a mound. 

Japanese Garden… Designed by Ken Nakajima, world renowned Japanese landscape architect who designed gardens in Moscow, Montreal and roe  Features Yukmi Stone Lantern, a Tea House, and waterfalls mid winding paths and lush exotic plants  In Hermann Park. Admission Charge.

Houston Garden Center… has garden trails, a rose garden and center headquarters.  Located at 1500 Hermann Drive.

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