Houston will be forever grateful for George Hermann's generous gift of land in the early 1900s. The park spans over 445 acres (180 hectares) and is one of Houston's oldest public parks. People from all walks of life gather here for various events throughout the year. A monstrous statue of Sam Houston welcomes you to the park. Those seeking an educational outing for themselves or the kids will find many options inside the park. The Museum of Natural Science, Houston Zoo, Burke Baker Planetarium and an IMAX theater are all popular attractions. Lighter family entertainment is available in the form of pedal boats, train rides and other activities.
If you love to explore a city on your bike, Bayou City Bike Tours is a perfect for you. It aims in propagating the city of Houston and its attractions. The tours caters to all age groups and are accompanied by Iraq and Afghanistan war soldiers. Their are two adventurous tours available - a 3-hour Bayou City Bike Tour exploring the Downtown Houston and nearby areas; and an informative Heights Culture Tour taking you through the historic Houston Heights and its neighborhoods.
First Colony Branch Library is a public library located a short drive away from the city center. This library is equipped with computer facilities and WiFi, thus allowing you to get work done without any hassle. Additionally, there are network printers and scanners available. The library is also home to meeting rooms that are perfect for executing smaller conferences.
Home to more than 300 species of birds, the Baytown Nature Center is a 450-acre (182-hectare) peninsula surrounded by three bays. Not just for bird-watching and appreciating nature, the center also has other outdoor recreational activities including fishing and a children’s playground built around a nature theme. Another attraction is the butterfly garden which features a colorful medley of flowers and native plants carefully placed to attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Be prepared to walk or bike when you visit since vehicle movement is restricted here to protect the natural habitat of the wildlife. Open 365 days except during extreme weather conditions, the gates open to the public 30 minutes before sunrise and close 30 minutes after sunset. Admission costs USD3 for adults and children above 12 years.