As the fourth largest city in the nation one may find it hard to believe that Houston is an outdoor city. Rated first among the nation’s ten most populated cities in total acreage of parkland the Houston metro area offers a great deal of space to get out and enjoy Mother Nature. There are ample green spaces, parks and nature centers for Downtown Houston’s urban outdoors.
Hermann Park is one of Houston’s first parks and is one of the most remarkable in the Parks Department inventory. With over 450 acres of land there is plenty of green space for visitors to enjoy Houston’s clement weather. Hermann Park offers a wealth of amenities and attractions. To name a few; there is a golf course, outdoor theater, jogging track, garden center, picnic area, butterfly exhibit, and even a museum.
Whether it’s an outdoor movie, weekly farmer’s market or art exhibit this 12 acre park offers a multitude of events and activities no matter what the time of year. Discovery Green has open lawn spaces for gathering; a dog run, children’s playground, and amphitheater stage all surrounding a one-acre lake. Park visitors also have a range of dining choices, from casual restaurants to the quick meal venues.
Market Square Park
Market Square Park sits on the side of the original City Hall, providing entertainment, dining, public art and green space. The park has a walk-up kiosk for breakfast, lunch and dinner, a dog run and a children’s play area. The park was initially developed to increase a sense of community among downtown’s businesses and its growing number of residents.
Right next to downtown Houston’s City Hall is Tranquility Park. Filled with serene pools and lush embankments, the oasis of fountains was built to commemorate the first landing on the moon by the Apollo 11 mission. This has become a popular spot for people seeking shade or to have lunch on a sunny day.