Buffalo Bayou Park is a lush 160-acre park (64 hectares), where everyone can come to soothe the senses. Eleanor Tinsley Park, located within the park is host to many of Houston's festivals and a variety of activities. Experience a canoe trip, or a walk with a loved one through the beauty of this park. The park also has a play area for children, a dog park, sculptures and fountains throughout and also includes bike trails.
Standing stoically among 18 acres (7.28 hectares) of oak trees, the Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park (formerly known as Williams Water Wall) has amazed visitors since its 1985 opening. The Waterwall sends 78,500 gallons of water down its face every three hours, utilizing a recycling mechanism that continues the torrent until the lights are turned off at the end of the day. Visible from many of downtown Houston's buildings, this attraction has become something of an icon with locals. Perfect for a romantic stroll, picnic, or reflective moment, Williams Water Wall is a great stop in the area.
This pleasant lake in East Houston is a citywide favorite for a little dose of the great outdoors. The park has several features, the most obvious of which is Sheldon Lake itself. The lake is open to the public and mostly used for fishing, wildlife spotting and boating, although there are some regulations concerning boat horsepower. Finally, the John Jacob Observation Tower is an 82-foot tall tower providing expansive views of the lake and park for miles and miles in every direction.
Levy Park & Dog Park is a cultural and recreational hub, a place to meet, play, and rejuvenate. The park is beautifully landscaped and features a large event space, a lawn for some casual sports, a beautiful garden, a children's playground, a game room, and a large fenced dog park. The kids love this park, the dogs are in a world of their own, and the adults have plenty to keep them occupied. If you're lucky you could also get a chance to enjoy some great live music. This place is a true Houston gem and should not be missed when visiting the city.
Market Square Park is a brimming center located at Downtown Houston's Historic District. A prominent landmark, the park served as an open air local market. The park comprises a bow-shaped dog run, a brightly lit walkway path and plenty of open space to relax. Visit the Houston's Niko Niko's to delight yourself with the outdoor seating, a performance plaza, and a Greek and American favorites. Do visit the Lauren's Garden, a memorial built to commemorate Lauren Catuzzi Grandcolas - a passenger on United Flight 93. Occasional live entertainment, events and community activities makes this place a vibrant gathering spot for locals.
Rover Oaks Pet Resort pampers your furry little loved ones with a plethora of spa and beauty packages. A unique kennel facility, this is where you dog or cat can enjoy a bit of care and attention, with an added bit of grooming and styling. The professional trainers at this spot ensure your pets receive the same amount of attention that you would give it yourself. At the play yard, the pets can run around, interact and play with the other dogs and cats.
Jones Lawn located within Discovery Green, is a pleasant garden space for any event. The well decked up outdoor venue can be booked for any party, receptions or even business events. The lawn also conducts various sporting events for the Discovery Green park, by hosting its Dog Dock's competition. A great space for socializing and enjoy recreational activities.
Spotts Park is a beautiful natural retreat that's located just outside the city center near the Buffalo Bayou and Memorial park. The park has excellent sports facilities that include basketball courts, football and soccer fields, a playground, plenty of trails for hiking and biking, and loads of picnic areas and tables. The park is clean and well-maintained and is a great spot for a fun day out.
Claimed to be one of the most beautiful sites in the city, McGovern Centennial Gardens at Hermann Park is a must visit while in Houston. This picturesque park offers the perfect getaway from the bustling city, with its lush, landscaped gardens, flower beds, fountains and sculpture parks. A center of recreation and learning, the garden also provides you with a bit of information on some of its more exotic varieties of plant and flower species.
MacGregor Park is a true gem and is located in the South Central district right across the University Of Houston. The park is massive and features long paths that are great for casual strolls, jogging, or biking, a baseball park, The Homer Ford Tennis Center, a community center that frequently hosts local events, a basketball court, wide open grassy lawns, a weight room, a children's play area, and a swimming pool. This park runs along Brays Bayou and offers refreshing views of the water and the University buildings. There also are a number of picnic tables and benches scattered around the park. This place is clean, well-maintained, and perfect for a fun day out with a family. A visit here should not be missed when in the area.