Hermann Park

Vacation Travel Guide
Hermann Park which includes a fountain and a garden

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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SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Houston Medical Center
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Houston Medical Center
2.5 out of 5
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The price is ¥10,215 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
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Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
4.5 out of 5
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The price is ¥27,298 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
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Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites
Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
6800 Main Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥11,505 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
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Americas Best Value Inn Medical Center Downtown
Americas Best Value Inn Medical Center Downtown
2 out of 5
2419 Riverside Dr, Houston, TX
The price is ¥7,962 per night from Oct 28 to Oct 28
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Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
4.5 out of 5
5701 Main Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥27,298 per night from Oct 31 to Oct 31
Hotel Zaza Houston Museum District
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Houston Medical Center
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Houston Medical Center
2.5 out of 5
6700 Main Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥10,215 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
SureStay Plus Hotel by Best Western Houston Medical Center
Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites
Wyndham Houston - Medical Center Hotel and Suites
3.5 out of 5
6800 Main Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥11,505 per night from Nov 17 to Nov 17
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Hilton Houston Plaza / Medical Center
Hilton Houston Plaza / Medical Center
3.5 out of 5
6633 Travis St, Houston, TX
The price is ¥10,578 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 7
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The Westin Houston Medical Center
The Westin Houston Medical Center
4 out of 5
1709 DRYDEN ROAD, Houston, TX
The price is ¥16,603 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
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Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District
Houston Marriott Medical Center/Museum District
4 out of 5
6580 Fannin Street, Houston, TX
The price is ¥15,372 per night from Nov 13 to Nov 13
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1 BDR Luxury Loft by Medical Center
1 BDR Luxury Loft by Medical Center
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Domio Museum District Spacious 2BR Roof Lounge/bbq Grills
Domio Museum District Spacious 2BR Roof Lounge/bbq Grills
3.5 out of 5
1699 Hermann Drive, Unit 2125, Houston, TX
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