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Hermann Park

This expansive green space in the heart of the city offers places for exercising and relaxing, as well as a zoo and the Museum of Natural Science.

More than 6 million visitors – a mix of locals and out-of-towners – use Hermann Park’s facilities each year. The 445-acre (180-hectare) green space is just south of Houston’s Central Business District. It has trails for walking, jogging and biking, numerous gardens, a small lake, playgrounds, a golf course and an outdoor theater. It’s easy to make a full day’s outing here, including a visit to the Houston Zoo and the Museum of Natural Science, which are both on the grounds.

Upon entering the main gates at the intersection of Main Street and Montrose Boulevard, you’ll see the tranquil Japanese Garden. There’s a peaceful teahouse, a pond, and winding paths amongst cherry trees and Japanese myrtles. Even when the rest of the park is busy, this is the place to come for quiet reflection.

A wide variety of plants and flowers, including a year-round rose garden, can be found in the Houston Garden Center, at the north end of the park.

Rent a pedal boat or go fishing off Bob’s Fishing Pier on McGovern Lake. Take in a round of golf on the 18-hole course, which is open seven days a week and caters to all skill levels.

Those with children will find plenty to do at Hermann Park. Take a ride on a local favorite: the miniature train, which has been around for more than 50 years. It recently underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to include more tracks and a bigger train. There’s an expansive playground, which is wheelchair accessible and has a water feature to keep kids cool in summer.

Join other families on the lawns with a picnic blanket, and secure a grill to cook up lunch or an early dinner; there are more than a dozen throughout the park. Thanks to Houston’s temperate climate, locals come here year-round. In the evening, catch a show at the Miller Outdoor Theatre, a natural amphitheater with a host of free live music performances, movies and plays. Check the Hermann Park website for a calendar of events. 

Hermann Park is located about 10 minutes by car from downtown Houston, and parking is available. 


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Lodging Near Hermann Park

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Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District

Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District

5701 Main Street, Houston
4.5
of 5, from 1,417 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This Houston boutique hotel lies in the Arts District within walking distance of numerous museums; the Texas Medical Center and Rice University are 1 mile away, the Galleria shopping mall is 6 miles away and connected via a complimentary shuttle. The Reliant Park, the Reliant Stadium and Downtown Houston are also within easy reach.

$68
Americas Best Value Inn-Medical Center Downtown

Americas Best Value Inn-Medical Center Downtown

2419 Riverside Dr, Houston
3.3
of 5, from 760 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Houston, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Buffalo Soldiers National Museum and Children's Museum of Houston. Houston Zoo and Houston Natural Science Museum are also within 1 mi (2 km).

$87
Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites

Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites

6800 Main Street, Houston
3.9
of 5, from 1,434 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Houston, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Houston Maritime Museum, Houston Zoo, and Houston Natural Science Museum. NRG Park and Children's Museum of Houston are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$76
Extended Stay America -Houston-Med Ctr-NRG Pk-Braeswood Blvd

Extended Stay America -Houston-Med Ctr-NRG Pk-Braeswood Blvd

1301 Braeswood Blvd, Houston
3.2
of 5, from 669 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Texas Medical Center, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Zoo, and NRG Park. Houston Natural Science Museum and Children's Museum of Houston are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Beautiful 3 Bedroom Apt. Near MDA & Hermann Park w/ Shuttle to TMC

Beautiful 3 Bedroom Apt. Near MDA & Hermann Park w/ Shuttle to TMC

3 Hermann Museum Cr. Dr., Houston
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Houston, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum of Houston and Houston Natural Science Museum. Houston Zoo and University of Houston are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Fabulous 1 Bedroom / 1 Bath Apt. Hermann Park Near MD Anderson and TMC

Fabulous 1 Bedroom / 1 Bath Apt. Hermann Park Near MD Anderson and TMC

3 Hermann Museum Cir Dr, Houston
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Houston, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum of Houston and Houston Natural Science Museum. Houston Zoo and Menil Collection are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$119
Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District

Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District

6580 Fannin Street, Houston
4.3
of 5, from 681 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Located in Texas Medical Center, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston Zoo, and Houston Natural Science Museum. Children's Museum of Houston and NRG Park are also within 3 mi (5 km).

Luxury 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Med Center/hermann Park/museum District

Luxury 2 Bedroom 1 Bath Med Center/hermann Park/museum District

5755 Almeda Rd, Houston
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Houston, this apartment is within a 15-minute walk of Children's Museum of Houston and Houston Natural Science Museum. Houston Zoo and Menil Collection are also within 3 mi (5 km).