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Memorial Park

Houstonians come to Memorial Park for some serious exercise — indoor as well as outdoor.

Thanks to miles of trails and a myriad of sporting facilities, Memorial Park, on the western outskirts of Houston, draws millions of active locals each year. The huge 1,466-acre (593-hectare) public property is one of the largest city parks in the U.S. Play a game of tennis or croquet, swim laps at the park pool, play a round of volleyball or 18 holes of golf. Joggers come in the early mornings, late afternoons and weekends for the three-mile (five-kilometer) Seymour Lieberman Exercise Trail. The granite track is lined with workout stations, restrooms and water fountains, and is lighted at night for safety. 

Skate and ride on the smooth surface of the Memorial Park Picnic Loop. True to its name, it’s dotted with picnic facilities and restrooms, so on weekends it’s popular with families looking more to relax and eat than hit the pavement.

Any bike rider will tell you that Memorial Park is mountain biking paradise, particularly on the heavily wooded southwest side. Ravines along the Buffalo Bayou waterway prove challenging terrain, even for experienced riders. Hikers also take advantage of the terrain, looking to spot the abundant wildlife in the forest. Some of the trails here aren’t well marked, so make sure you know where you’re going. A compass or companion is also advisable, and don’t attempt to hike far at night.

Memorial Park has a serious side as well as being a place for fun and recreation. During World War I, this large green space was used as an army training camp. When the land was sold back to the city in 1924, it was dedicated to soldiers who died fighting in the war. There’s not much around now to remind visitors of that history, but it’s worth remembering as you stroll the grounds.

Memorial Park is a 10-minute drive from downtown Houston. Entrance to the park is free but the facilities, such as the golf course and swimming pool, charge separately. It’s open daily and free parking is available.


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Lodging Near Memorial Park

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$109
Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

Royal Sonesta Houston Galleria

2222 West Loop South, Houston
4.4
of 5, from 1,639 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the entertainment district, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Uptown Plaza and The Galleria. Memorial Park is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) away.

$101
Hotel Derek Houston Galleria

Hotel Derek Houston Galleria

2525 West Loop S, Houston
4.0
of 5, from 2,795 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Hotel Derek keeps you "In the Loop" with its prominent 610 Westheimer location, with hundreds of shops, dining and entertainment options all within walking distance.

$174
The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa

111 N Post Oak Ln, Houston
4.7
of 5, from 1,089 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

2 miles from the Galleria via complimentary shuttle, this urban oasis with acclaimed spa, aquatics center, and health club sits on 18 wooded acres; downtown Houston and the Museum District are within 9 miles.

$212
Hotel Granduca Houston

Hotel Granduca Houston

1080 Uptown Park Blvd, Houston
4.7
of 5, from 423 reviews
5.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Houston hotel is located in the entertainment district, within 1 mi (2 km) of Uptown Park and Houston Arboretum and Nature Center. The Galleria and Memorial Park are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$70
Scottish Inns Westcott Street

Scottish Inns Westcott Street

6677 Westcott Street, Houston
3.6
of 5, from 21 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Houston, this motel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Beer Can House and 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Memorial Park. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Houston Arboretum and Nature Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$76
La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston Galleria Area

La Quinta Inn & Suites Houston Galleria Area

1625 West Loop S, Houston
4.1
of 5, from 1,208 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

La Quinta Inn and Suites Houston Galleria is an 8-minute drive from The Galleria shopping mall - the state’s largest. The hotel is 8 miles (12.9 km) from downtown Houston with its 500,000-gallon aquarium and George H. Bush Monument. Minute Maid Park baseball park is a 15-minute drive away.

$80
Hampton Inn & Suites Houston I-10 / Central

Hampton Inn & Suites Houston I-10 / Central

5820 Katy Fwy, Houston
4.6
of 5, from 589 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Houston, this hotel is 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from Beer Can House and 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Memorial Park. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens and Houston Arboretum and Nature Center are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$105
Drury Inn & Suites Houston Galleria

Drury Inn & Suites Houston Galleria

1615 West Loop South, Houston
4.4
of 5, from 695 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Houston, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Uptown Park and The Galleria. Memorial Park is 2 mi (3.2 km) away.