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10 Houston Parks Your Kids Will Love

10-Houston-Parks-Your-Kids-Will-LoveWhen the weather is sunny and your kids are itching to play outdoors, Houston can provide just the place to keep your children entertained. With more than 366 parks in the city of Houston, you have more than enough jungle gyms to choose from. Try venturing out to one of these 10 parks your kids will love.

1. Donovan Park

Donovan Park, seated at the intersection of Heights Boulevard and the MKT Trail, is perched right between two of Houston’s bicycle routes. This private park is maintained by private citizens and features a slide, swings, a zipline, tunnels and tree-house attractions for the little tikes. Take a bike ride to this featured playground and enjoy the safety of a fenced in area for your little ones to play.

2. Hermann Park Conservancy

Located at 201 Hermann Park Drive, Hermann Park sits between Rice University, the Texas Medical Center and the Museum District. Acknowledged as one of the premiere parks in the city of Houston, Hermann Park is home to the Houston Zoo, the Miller Outdoor Theatre, the Museum of Natural Science, the Japanese Garden and McGovern Lake, complete with paddle boats. Your little ones can hop on board the Hermann Park Mini-Train and cool off in the Buddy Carruth Playground, which features interactive water features and playground equipment.

3. Memorial Park

Let your kids run off some energy with the 2.88 mile walking trail or six mile bike trail featured at Houston’s memorial park. Memorial park, located at 6501 Memorial Drive, offers a little bit of everything for the athletic child, including tennis courts, playing fields, a swimming pool and a fitness center in addition to the miles of trails with distance markers. This premiere park is also home to the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center.

4. Discovery Green

Located at 1500 McKinney Street, the Discovery Green Conservancy is an urban green space in the Heart of Houston, offering a wealth of opportunity for fun, play and learning. Home to the John P. McGovern Playground, the Wortham Foundation Gardens, Kinder Lake and the Lindsey Waterside Landing and Garden, your family can spend days roaming the greenscapes of this downtown park.

5. Arthur Storey Park

Want to take your kids for a stroll around a lake and feed the ducks basking in the water? Then Arthur Storey Park is the place for you. Located at 7400 W. Sam Houston Parkway South, this adventure station features a playground and pond for the little ones, a kid fit exercise station, walking trail and picnic areas. Spend the day without worry since restrooms are located on site. You can even bring your pets as long as they are on a leash.

6. Sam Houston Park

Located at 1100 Bagby, Sam Houston Park sits on the edge of downtown. This park offers a history lesson in architecture and design for your little ones. As one of the oldest parks in the city, the Sam Houston Park is home to the Heritage Society’s museum and restored homes of early settlers of the City, including the Jack Yates house, an 1823 cabin, the Nichols-Rice-Cherry House and the San Felipe Cottage, all with unique historical significance your children will love.

7. Mason Park

Home to 104 acres of tree-lined leisure space, Mason Park is the perfect place to let your kids run off some energy and play a game of tag. Located on Houston’s east side, at 541 South 75th Street, the park boasts six lighted tennis courts, a swimming pool, and a 1.4 mile long trail and a ten-station exercise circuit along the trail. The community center within Mason Park features a clubroom, stage and summer and after-school activities for the kids.

8. Bay Area Park

For a fun-filled afternoon with the kids and your four-legged friends, visit Bay Area Park, home to a dog park and play areas for children. Located between Space Center Boulevard and Red Bluff Road, Bay Area Park is a vibrant greenspace complete with playground structures, hiking trails, a botanical garden and picnic areas. Get active, too, by taking advantage of the canoe ramps along the shores of Armand Bayou, or try your hand at tennis on the courts or a game of baseball or softball on the fields within the park.

9. Ingrando Park

Home to recreational facilities that will keep your children entertained for hours, Ingrando Park, located at 7302 Keller, may be the perfect choice for a day in the sun. Ingrando Park features a multi-use pavilion, three ball diamonds, a .59-mile walking trail and basketball courts. One of the highlights of the tree-lined park is the newly renovated playground surface for all ages.

10. Buffalo Bayou Park

For 124 acres of skyline views and green, lush scenery, take the family to Buffalo Bayou Park. Located along the 1800-3600 blocks of Allen Parkway and Memorial Drive, this premiere Houston park boasts the Gus S. Wortham fountain, a nationally recognized skate park and a biking and jogging trail. For a night cap to a day exploring this park, consider sticking around at dusk in the Waugh Bridge Bat Colony, where you can view bats drop out of their home below the Waugh Drive Bridge.


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