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Houston's Hermann Park

This Texas-sized city park has lots to do
Difficulty: Easy
Length: 5 miles
Duration: Full day
Family Friendly

Overview :  Houston's diverse population supports a broad range of parks, from huge parks with lots of open spaces to wooded parks to smaller... more »

Tips:  The summer heat & humidity breed insects, so wear bug spray and beware standing water, the breeding ground for mosquitoes.

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Points of Interest

Get to the Houston Zoo early, when animals are the most active and the summer heat hasn't kicked in (you can go later in winter).

Feed giraffes at the African Forest, ride the Wildlife Carousel at the Children's Zoo and watch the elephants get bathed. There is also an aquarium, a rainforest canopy and hundreds of animals in naturalistic settings.
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2. Hermann Park Railroad

Hermann Park Railroad offers relaxing ways to see more of the park. Tickets are sold at the Hermann Park Conservancy Gift Shop at Kinder Station in Lake Plaza, next to the Houston Zoo main entrance.

There are stops at he Houston Museum of Natural Science; METRORail and Rice University and the Playground for All Children.
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3. Pedal Boat Rides

Pedal boats rides leave from Lake Plaza, and tickets are sold at the same place as railroad tickets, the Hermann Park Conservancy Gift Shop.
Rentals available 11am-4pm, Friday - Sunday, with the last boat departure at 4:30pm.

$9 for a 30 minute boat ride.
All riders must wear life vests and at least one rider has to be 18 years or... More

Lunch in Hermann Park is challenging; the zoo has fast food kiosks and the Museum of Natural Science has a McDonald's. For healthier, tastier food, head to the nearby Baba Yega Restaurant.

The restaurant, around since 1975, has an extensive salad bar and great vegetarian or meat sandwiches, along with burgers and soups.
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5. Japanese Garden

The Japanese Garden has waterfalls, bridges, and stone paths. The 5 acre spot, designed by landscape architect Ken Nakajima , ha crepe myrtles, azaleas, Japanese maples, dogwoods, and cherry trees.
Open daily
April-September, 10am-6pm
October-Mar, 10am-5pm.

Admission: free.


The gigantic Houston Museum of Natural Science, in Hermann Park, is great for all ages. It has dinosaurs, an IMAX theater, planetarium and many hands-on exhibits. The more intimate Discovery Place has interactive exhibits specially for young kids.

The 3-story Butterfly Center is a mellow place where toddlers can walk around while colorful... More

7. Buddy Carruth Playground for All Children

The handicapped-accessible Buddy Carruth Playground for All Children, built in 1995, has an interactive water play area where kids can cool off.

There is also a shaded area and restrooms.

The 18-hole municipal Hermann Park Golf Course was redesigned in 1997.

The golf course, built in 1922, was the first in the United States to be fully integrated.

Greens fees range from $8 for under age 17 to $16.50, with discounts late in theh day.

Phone: 713-526-0077

9. The Miller Outdoor Theater

The Miller Outdoor Theater has a season of free outdoor performances, including concerts, musical theater, movies and children’s programming from March through October. A canopy provides shade for matinee performances.

Check the performance schedule on the website before your visit.

Evening events (excluding movies) offer ticketed, assigned... More