The Rest of the Best: Top 10 Parks in Houston


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Photo by Amanda Duran
Allen's Landing in Downtown Houston
6. Allen's Landing
1001 Commerce Street

At less than two acres, Allen's Landing is the smallest park on our list, but it may be the most historically important. This is where the Allen brothers, August and John, landed in 1836 when they first came to the area to start a settlement. It's also the site of the city's first port and commercial hub.

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Sesquicentennial Park
5. Sesquicentennial Park
400 Texas Avenue, 713-250-3666

In the middle of the downtown theater district, Sesquicentennial Park is the site of canoe and boat races, as well as home to several festivals. Just over 10 acres, the park is almost entirely made up of waterfront, some of it neat and manicured (that's the part just behind the Wortham Center) and some of it wild and natural (that's the part across the bayou from the Wortham Center).

4. Buffalo Bayou
1800-3600 Allen Parkway/Memorial Drive, 832-395-7000

Buffalo Bayou would take the award for Most Improved Park, but, sorry, we don't have one. Over the last 20 years the Buffalo Bayou Partnership has continued to improve and restore the area's waterfront, adding trails, public art, a skate park and pedestrian bridges. The area is also home to Houston's largest bat colony.


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Elizabeth Baldwin Park

1702 Elgin St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Spotts Park

401 S. Heights Blvd., Houston, TX

Category: General

Sam Houston Park

1000 Bagby St., Houston, TX

Category: General

Allen's Landing

Commerce and Main, Houston, TX

Category: General

Sesquicentennial Park

400 Texas Ave., Houston, TX

Category: General

Buffalo Bayou Art Park

Memorial Drive and Sabine, Houston, TX

Category: General

Discovery Green Conservancy

1500 McKinney, Houston, TX

Category: General

Memorial Park

6501 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX

Category: General

Hermann Park

6001 Fannin St., Houston, TX

Category: General


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6 comments
WestsideJoe
WestsideJoe

There's also Reckling Park at Rice University, come on out and see the Owls play Harvard this afternoon and tomorrow...  But seriously Terry Hershey Park is worth a mention, great biking/running area, you can bike for 20 miles+ and never have to contend with a single car.

Westside
Westside

No love for Terry Hershey, eh? Seriously there are nice things outside the loop.

J.A.Justice
J.A.Justice

Allen's Landing:  Beautiful. Historic. Filled with violent hobos, crackheads and the strewn remnants of their nightly napping spots.   Thanks City of Houston!

H_e_x
H_e_x

I like the hordes of rabbits that come out at Herman Park late at night. It's like something out of the birds, but cuter.

jamestda
jamestda

@J.A.Justice and the historic bit is understood to be a complete fiction.  but not the crack heads!

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