Outdoor Activities

Museum District

Centrally located, Hermann Park boasts lots of attractions, including the zoo, an outdoor theater, a Japanese garden and a golf course. Visitors can enjoy a picnic under the pines, ride the miniature train, rent paddle boats, or simply stroll...  Read More

Houston Arboretum & Nature Center

Adjacent to Memorial Park, the arboretum encompasses 155 acres of natural forest inside Loop 610 and showcases more than 450 native plants. It's a source of recreation for residents and a preserve for local wildlife, wisely protected by the...  Read More

Buffalo Bayou Park

A 124-acre greenway that stretches from Downtown to the River Oaks neighborhood, Buffalo Bayou offers great views of the city skyline. Within the park, paved trails welcome runners and bikers, and a disc golf course, boat launch, and children's...  Read More

Armand Bayou Nature Center

This wildlife refuge and nature preserve occupies 2500 acres and is one of only four state coastal preserves in Texas. It has the distinction of being located on the Central Flyway, a North American migratory bird route, so bird-watching is an...  Read More

Just west of Houston over 13,000 acres of land with 14 preserves is owned and managed by the Katy Prairie Conservancy. Each has a unique history, geology, and wildlife community. Wildlife viewing, nature hikes and classes are offered.