Hermann Park#2 in Best Things To Do in Houston
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Those looking to feel like a local should take a trip to Houston's Hermann Park. The park borders several different city neighborhoods, attractions, universities and local institutions, meaning you'll find plenty of green spaces and amenities that will appeal to all ages. Hermann Park boasts playgrounds, pavilions, picnic areas, lakes, gardens, a golf course, a railroad ride for kids, pedal boats and trails. What's more, the park is also home to the Houston Zoo.
Aside from the zoo, the McGovern Centennial Gardens and the Miller Outdoor Amphitheater are some of the most popular points of interest in the park. The McGovern Centennial Gardens cover 8 acres and feature 50 different species of trees as well as plenty of flowers, shrubs and other greenery, including a rose garden and woodland garden. The Miller Outdoor Amphitheater is an entertainment venue that showcases movies, plays, performance art, cultural presentations and musical performances year-round.
Travelers found Hermann Park to be a nice break from the hustle and bustle of Houston. Recent visitors said the green space is incredibly relaxing and roomy, and were quite impressed with the amount of things to do here. It's the perfect place for families to visit (many recommend snagging a bench in the shade), especially those who clocked in long hours touring the neighboring Museum District.
Hermann Park is located less than 4 miles south of Downtown Houston. The park is free to visit and is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Parking is free at select lots in the park, however, during the weekends, expect to pay $7 at the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Garage. It’s important to keep in mind that certain attractions within the park, including the McGovern Centennial Gardens and Japanese Gardens, have their own set hours. For more information, visit the Hermann Park Conservancy website.
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