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Courtesy of Memorial Park Conservancy

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Free

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Free, Parks and Gardens, Hiking, Recreation Type
1 to 2 hours Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 2.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

Memorial Park is the perfect place to go if you want to get lost in nature in the city. Compared to Hermann Park, Memorial Park is much bigger in size and features fewer things to do, making the flora its main attraction. And thanks to the park's 30-plus trails, it's easy to take in the scenery. The trails, which travelers can hike or bike on, zigzag through the park's lush, wooded grounds. Some even take visitors to the Buffalo Bayou, which runs along the park's southern border.

In addition to beautiful trails, Memorial Park offers a nearly 3-mile granite running trail, picnic areas, a fitness center, a swimming pool and a golf course. For sports, there are fields and courts for croquet, volleyball, baseball, tennis and soccer. And if you get peckish, you will find food trucks are stationed at the Eastern Glades entrance regularly.

Recent travelers say that Memorial Park is indeed a beautiful place to take a long walk or go for a run or bike ride. However, if you're looking for activities beyond that, this may not be the park for you. Some travelers noted that there are a lot of people at the park, so if you want the trails to yourself, plan to arrive early.

You can find Memorial Park just 5 miles east of downtown Houston. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. year-round and it's free to visit. There are parking lots and street parking available for free, plus paid lots near the golf course, fitness center and tennis complex. For more information, visit the Memorial Park Conservancy's website.

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