Hermann Park is a historic 445-acre space that is within easy walking distance to the Texas Medical Center, Rice University, and the Museum District – and the site of some of Houston’s most prominent cultural and recreational attractions.
One of the city’s most popular parks – and, dating back to the early 1900s, the first in Houston – it is a must-see destination for visitors from around the world. Hermann Park has also become a highly desirable place to live, offering a mix of business and pleasure that has drawn young professionals, students, singles and families, and homeowners and apartment dwellers.
But it’s the range of entertainment and education that makes the park truly captivating, and perfect for a day trip – or even two:
- The Houston Museum of Natural Science, one of the most popular in America, with four floors of halls and exhibits, the Burke Baker Planetarium, the Cockrell Butterfly Center, and the Wortham Giant Screen Theatre, which presents educational films using the very latest technologies.
- The Houston Zoo, which is home to more than 6,000 animals and is the tenth most visited zoo in America, with 1.8 visitors annually.
- The Hermann Park Golf Course, a highly rated public course in the center of the city, that’s framed by elegant oak trees and lets players relax in a modern clubhouse when they’ve finished the 18th.
- The Miller Outdoor Theater, which offers eight months of free professional entertainment, including classical music, jazz, ethnic music and dance, ballet, Shakespeare, musical theatre, and classic films.
The park’s natural beauty has been preserved, protected, and enhanced by the Hermann Park Conservancy, a nonprofit citizens’ organization committed to upgrading and maintaining the grounds. In addition to overseeing stewardship, visitor service programs and park improvement projects, the Conservancy also operates and maintains the McGovern Centennial Gardens.
In 2005, the Conservancy earned the General Design Award from the American Society of Landscape Artists for improvements it made to the park – specifically The Heart of the Park project, whose centerpiece is a 740-foot long and 80-foot wide reflection pool flanked by pedestrian plazas. In 2015, Hermann Park was named one of America’s Great Public Spaces designated by the American Planning Association.
For more information on Hermann Park, visit hermannpark.org.
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