When can I visit the Park?

Hermann Park is open from 6 a.m.-11 p.m.

McGovern Centennial Gardens hours:
Summer: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (May 27 to Sept. 4, 2017)
Fall: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sept. 5 to Nov. 5, 2017)
Winter: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Nov. 6, 2017 to March 9, 2018)
Spring: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mar. 10 to May 25, 2018)

Japanese Garden hours:
March 1 - October 31: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m
November 1 - February 28: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Where can I park?
Free parking is available near the Sam Houston Monument (Lot A), the large central parking lots in front of the Houston Zoo (Lots G and F), across the street (Lot H), near Miller Outdoor Theatre (Lots E and D) and beside the McGovern Centennial Gardens (Lot C) located on Hermann Drive. Metered parking is available on the streets adjacent the Park. To view a parking lot map, click here.

Please note: On weekends, holidays and during special events, the Park is extremely busy and parking can be difficult. We strongly encourage you to utilize public transportation, ride your bike (bicycle parking is available), park outside of the Park and walk in, or carpool for a more stress-free experience. Accessible parking is available in each parking lot.

Can I ride METRORail?
We encourage you to utilize METRORail especially on heavy traffic days. There are three convenient stops near the Park:

• Hermann Park/Rice University stop at Fannin and Sunset
• Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo stop at Cambridge and Fannin Streets
• Museum District stop between Ewing and Binz Streets.

To see a METRORail schedule, click here.

Can I reserve a covered picnic pavilion?
Yes. The covered pavilions in Hermann Park are available to rent. For information please call the Houston Parks and Recreation Department at 832-394-8805. To reserve a pavilion online, click here.

Where are the pavilions?
There is one large and two smaller pavilions near Fannin and Cambridge Streets, and one in Bayou Parkland. The Fannin Pavilion holds 100 people while the nearby Lowe and Carruth Pavilions hold 20 each. To see the location of the pavilions on the Hermann Park interactive map, click here

Do I need to reserve a picnic table?
No. All individual picnic tables are available on a first come, first served basis to Park users. To see picnic areas on the Hermann Park interactive map, click here.

Can I sell food or other products in the Park?
Selling food, drinks, merchandise or services in the Park require a permit. For more information, email visitorservices@hermannpark.org.

What does it cost to ride the Hermann Park Railroad and pedal boats?
The cost to ride the train is $3.50 per person, for adults and children one year and older. A 30-minute ride on a pedal boat (holds four people) costs $10. For more information and hours, click here.

Can I have a special event in the Park?
There are venues (and the Hermann Park Train!) available for private rental. Please visit our Facility Rentals page to learn more about hosting a birthday party or special event in the Park.

Can I host an organized workout group in the Park?
The City of Houston and the Houston Parks and Recreation Department have made the decision to limit the number of organized exercise programs/groups operating within Hermann Park. Hermann Park Conservancy has been asked to assist them by implementing a permit program for exercise programs/groups in Hermann Park. For information about obtaining a permit for exercise programs, click here.

Can I get married in Hermann Park?
The McGovern Centennial Gardens offer rental space for weddings and other special events in the Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion and the Celebration Garden. For rental information, click here.

Can I have my wedding photos taken in Hermann Park?
Any commercial use of any city property requires a permit. A professional photographer must obtain a permit for a photography session in Hermann Park by calling the City of Houston at 832-394-8805. Professional photography is not permitted in the Japanese Garden.

Are dogs allowed in Hermann Park?
Dogs are allowed on a leash only. There are no off-leash areas. All city municipal codes pertaining to dogs must be followed, including cleaning up after them. No pets are allowed on the Hermann Park train, pedal boats, in the Zoo or any buildings (except for service dogs).

How long is the jogging trail?
The Marvin Taylor Trail offers runners and walkers a picturesque two-mile path, much of it under the shade of historic live oaks. There are distance markers every 1/4 mile. To view the trail on our interactive map, click here.

Can I bring a pop-up tent?
Yes, however, tents cannot be staked into the ground.

Are bounce houses (moonwalks) allowed in the Park?
No.

Can I buy food in the Park?
Located in Hermann Park's Lake Plaza, Pinewood Cafe features fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, a kids' menu, and smoothies, plus a fun build-your-own grilled cheese menu. The cafe has extended hours on the evenings of Miller Outdoor Theatre shows and the theater opens concessions windows for shows, as well. Food trucks are in the Park on weekends and serve a wide variety of tasty snacks and meals. To find Pinewood Cafe and Miller Outdoor Theatre on our interactive map, click here.

Are grills allowed in Hermann Park?
Yes.

Are there any grills available?
Yes, there are 17 grills scattered throughout the Park. They are available on a first come, first served basis.

Can I fish in McGovern Lake?
Fishing is permitted at Bob's Fishing Pier along the western side of the lake beyond the green buoys. It is restricted to those aged 12 and younger and 65 and older (Sec. 32-35 City of Houston Municipal Code). A Texas fishing license is required for those aged 65-70. “Catch and release” is recommended. To find Bob’s Fishing Pier on our interactive map, click here.

Are glass containers allowed?
No.

Is alcohol allowed in the Park?
Yes, but not in glass containers.

Still have a question? If so, please email info@hermannpark.org.