The Rest of the Best: Top 10 Parks in Houston
3. Discovery Green
1500 McKinney, 713-400-7336
The newest park on our list, Discovery Green has two advantages over the city's other green spaces: location and programming. Nestled between the George R. Brown Convention Center and several area hotels and shops, Discovery Green is an easy walk away for anyone downtown. There are more than 300 events planned per year, including an ice rink, concerts, film screenings, festivals and more. Locals and tourists alike flock to Discovery Green year-round.
2. Memorial Park
6501 Memorial Drive, 713-863-8403
Houstonians fall into two camps: Team Memorial Park and Team Hermann Park. Which one you love most depends on what you like to do. Active folks who want to play a game of softball or join a group of costumed knights to role play a fierce battle, tend to like Memorial Park. With its tangle of trails and various playing fields, it's easy to see why. Memorial Park is always busy but its large size keeps it from feeling crowded. The Bayou City Arts Festival is just one of the many events planned for the park during nice weather.
1. Hermann Park
6201 Hermann Park Drive, 713-524-5876
Hermann Park takes our No. 1 spot because of all the various environments it offers. There's Miller Theatre and its hill (generations of Houstonians have rolled down that embankment), the Japanese Garden (stay clear of the ducks, they're kinda territorial), the reflection pond, the train and several wooded areas. The METRO train stop just outside the Japanese Garden makes it easy to drop in without having to look for parking. There are several other attractions within walking distance, the Houston Museum of Natural Science, the Houston Zoo and a golf course all border the park itself while more museums and Rice University are just a little more than a block away. Miller Theatre is the home to the Shakespeare Festival as well as free performances by Houston Grand Opera, Houston Ballet and Houston Symphony every summer and several music and dance festivals are on the schedule throughout the year.