BAYOU PARKLAND

Bayou Parkland is an 80-acre oasis for native plants and wildlife, nestled along Brays Bayou. Scenic trails, wetlands, prairie meadows and an urban forest offer a diverse nature experience. A multi-use pavilion provides a comfortable place for picnics. The area was once cut off from the Heart of the Park ...

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BILL COATS BRIDGE

Spanning 290 feet, this contemporary suspension bridge connects the banks of Brays Bayou in the Bayou Parkland area of Hermann Park. Named for a Conservancy founder, the bridge is an important link that connects the Park to nearby neighborhoods and to a 35-mile trail system. Cyclists and pedestrians enjoy the ...

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BRAYS BAYOU

Houston’s 2,500 miles of bayous and waterways are an integral part of its landscape giving the city its nickname “The Bayou City.”  One early planner of Houston’s park system noted that the banks of Houston’s bayous were natural parks already. The banks of Brays Bayou in ...

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BUDDY CARRUTH PLAYGROUND FOR ALL CHILDREN

The Buddy Carruth Playground for All Children, opened in 1995, provides play equipment for children of all abilities, most of which is accessible by wheelchair. Designed by landscape architect Lauren Griffith & Associates, the playground also provides a fun interactive water play area, perfect for cooling off. The playground and nearby ...

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CELEBRATION GARDEN

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1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

The Celebration Garden is a unique venue located outdoors within the McGovern Centennial Gardens. Tall hedges surrounding this magical garden will provide privacy for your ceremony or special event. The lawn measures 60’x44’ or 2640 sq. ft. The Celebration Garden can accommodate a ...

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CHERIE FLORES GARDEN PAVILION

1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

The Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion serves as the main entryway to the Gardens and offers a stunning view of a 30-foot garden mount across the expansive Centennial Green. The Pavilion was designed by Apple store architect Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. The Pavilion ...

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DESTINATION MOUND TOWN (TRAIN TUNNEL) BY TRENTON DOYLE HANCOCK

Trenton Doyle Hancock, a Houston-based artist, has transformed the interior walls of the Hermann Park Railroad train tunnel into a fantastical landscape populated with creatures both real and imagined. Destination Mound Town is a contribution to Hancock's ongoing narrative in his artwork of the Mounds, a group of mythical ...

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DILLIDIIDAE BY SHARON ENGELSTEIN

<p>Sharon Engelstein (Canadian, born 1965), Artist Rendering of <em>Dillidiidae</em>, 2014, foam, polymer concrete shell, Dimensions variable. </p>

A former Core Fellow and a resident of Houston for many years, Sharon Engelstein is known for her organic, bubbly sculptural forms. For Hermann Park, Engelstein designed one taller element, Mamadillidiidae, poised on the site surrounded by several smaller pieces called Dillidiidae. These “wandering” forms are not immediately recognizable as ...

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FAMILY GARDEN

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This is an edible, interactive garden, designed to showcase vegetables, herbs, fruit, citrus, and berries that can be grown successfully in the Houston area. Children of all abilities are invited to partcipate in cultivating these beds, and to experience the touch, the scents, the colors, and the taste of fresh ...

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FRIENDSHIP PAVILION

Sitting atop the Tudor Family Pine Hill Walk within the McGovern Centennial Gardens, the ornate Chinese Friendship Pavilion was gift to the City of Houston made in 1976, the City's sesquicentennial, from sister City of Taipei. The pavilion was situated in Hermann Park in 1978 and was refurbished by ...

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GRAND GATEWAY

The Grand Gateway, the historic main entrance to Hermann Park, includes the area from the Mecom Fountain to the Sam Houston Monument, erected in 1925, and the stretch of parkland along Main Street from the Fountain to the Texas Medical Center. Planned in 1915, the axis of Main and Montrose ...

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HERMANN PARK CONSERVANCY GIFT SHOP

The Hermann Park Conservancy Gift Shop, 6102 Hermann Park Drive, is located in Kinder Station, home to the Hermann Park Railroad. The gift shop offers a variety of Park-related souvenirs  and sells tickets for train rides and the pedal boats. For more information, call 713-526-6891.

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HERMANN PARK CONSERVANCY OFFICE

The Hermann Park Conservancy office is located at 1700 Hermann Drive, Houston, Texas  77004. Hermann Park Conservancy is a nonprofit citizen's organization dedicated to the stewardship and improvement of Hermann Park – today and for generations to come. To learn more about the Conservancy and its initiatives, click here.

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HERMANN PARK GOLF COURSE AND CLUBHOUSE

Built in 1922, the Hermann Park Golf Course is one of Houston’s oldest and most popular municipal golf courses. it was the first golf course in the country to be integrated. The golf course was redesigned in 1997. 

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HERMANN PARK HISTORIC CLUBHOUSE

The Houston Parks and Recreation Department office is located in the historic Spanish-style clubhouse at 6201 Hemann Park Drive. Designed by Alfred E. Nutter in 1933, the cozy building was the original Hermann Park Golf Course clubhouse. 

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HERMANN PARK RAILROAD

The Hermann Park Railroad has been a favorite with children for over 50 years. The train winds its way around the Park on a scenic tour, delighting riders of all ages. Riders can board at Kinder Station, the main stop for the train, or at one of three substations. The ...

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HOUSTON ZOO

The Houston Zoo, 6200 Hermann Drive, offers a 55-acre lush tropical landscape for more than 6,000 permanent animal residents. More than 1.86 million guests visit the zoo each year to enjoy learning about a wide variety of animals and the ecosystems they live in. The Houston Zoo is ...

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JAPANESE GARDEN

With its waterfalls, bridges, and stone paths that wander among crepe myrtles, azaleas, Japanese maples, dogwoods, and cherry trees, the Japanese Garden is a peaceful hideaway in Hermann Park. The garden was designed by world-renowned landscape architect, Ken Nakajima. Natural materials are used, such as rock, wood, and plants, to ...

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KINDER STATION

Following a $2 million donation by the Kinder Foundation, Kinder Station was built as a new central rail station for the Hermann Park Railroad. Here, riders buy tickets and board the train for a 20-minute scenic trip on the Park’s train. The Hermann Park Conservancy Gift Shop is also ...

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LAKE OVERLOOK AND MOLLY ANN SMITH PLAZA

Located on the north shore of McGovern Lake, picturesque Lake Overlook and Molly Ann Smith Plaza offer picnic areas on a raised lawn, shaded seating, and playful interactive fountains for children to enjoy. The Pioneer Memorial obelisk honors the early pioneers who founded Houston.

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LAKE PICNIC AREA

Through a partnership with the City of Houston, Hermann Park Conservancy developed the new Lake Picnic area. This enhanced space is located between Miller Outdoor Theatre and Lake Plaza and includes: picnic tables and BBQ grills, a swing set, a boardwalk and new trails.

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LAKE PLAZA

Scenic Lake Plaza, renovated in 2008, is situated along the eastern edge of McGovern Lake and is adjacent to the main entrance to the Houston Zoo. The Plaza includes Kinder Station (the main station for the Hermann Park Train), the Hermann Park Conservancy Gift Shop, Pinewood Cafe, public restrooms, the ...

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LYKES GROVE

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MARVIN TAYLOR TRAIL

The Marvin Taylor Trail offers runners and walkers a picturesque two-mile path, much of it under the shade of historic live oaks. Renovated in 2011, the former carriage trail now features a decomposed granite surface with concrete curbs, new light poles, and improved drainage. The trail is named for Marvin ...

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MARY GIBBS AND JESSE H. JONES REFLECTION POOL

One of the most popular features in Hermann Park, the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool measures 740 feet long and 80 feet wide. Sculpted stone edges create an attractive border for the pool and a black bottom offers maximum reflection. Both sides are lined with beautiful mature ...

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MCGOVERN CENTENNIAL GARDENS

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1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX  77004

Hours: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily

In celebration of Hermann Park’s 100th birthday in 2014, the 15-acre site where the Houston Garden Center previously stood was transformed into the new McGovern Centennial Gardens. The Gardens delight visitors with traditional features like ...

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MCGOVERN LAKE

The scenic, eight-acre lake offers Park visitors a beautiful spot to relax and watch birds or take a pedal boat ride. Major improvements to the lake were started in 1999 when the old lake was drained, enlarged, and concrete edges were added for safety. The lake now includes three islands ...

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MECOM FOUNTAIN

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In 1964, oil magnate John W. Mecom and his wife Mary presented the Mecom Fountain as a gift to the City of Houston. The spectacular fountain, located in the traffic circle where Montrose and Main Streets connect, is an iconic Houston landmark. Designed by Eugene Werlin, the fountain was the ...

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MECOM ROCKWELL COLONNADE

The attractive Mecom Rockwell Colonnade and fountain were added to Hermann Park in 1968 using the limestone columns from the original Miller Outdoor Theatre, built in 1923.

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MILLER OUTDOOR THEATRE

Miller Outdoor Theatre offers one of the most diverse seasons of professional entertainment of any Houston performance venue. Theater-goers can take in a show in the covered seating area or enjoy a performance and picnic on the hillside. All performances at Miller Theatre are family-friendly and free of charge.

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O. JACK MITCHELL GARDEN

The O. Jack Mitchell Garden is named for the former dean of the Rice School of Architecture. The picturesque garden is located along the side of the Jones Reflection Pool across from Arbor in the Pines. 

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PEDAL BOAT LAGOON AND DOCK

Hermann Park's Pedal Boat Lagoon is the starting point for pedal boat rides on McGovern Lake. Boaters get up close and personal with the many ducks and water fowl that call Hermann Park home, as well as fish swimming below the surface. The cost is $10 per boat for ...

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PINEWOOD CAFE

Located in Hermann Park's Lake Plaza, next to Kinder Station, Pinewood Cafe features fresh salads, wraps, sandwiches, burgers, a kids' menu, and smoothies, plus a fun build-your-own grilled cheese menu. The dining terrace overlooking McGovern Lake is an unbeatable setting for an enjoyable meal. Call ahead for pick up ...

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PIONEER MEMORIAL LOG HOUSE MUSEUM

Teaching Texas history since 1936, this authentic log house is supported by the San Jacinto Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The house and grounds are a memorial to the pioneer women and men of Houston. For information, call 713-522-0396. 

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PIONEER MEMORIAL OBELISK

The Pioneer Memorial granite obelisk, located on Molly Ann Smith Plaza between the Jones Reflection Pool and McGovern Lake, honors the early pioneers who founded Houston. The monument was placed in Hermann Park in 1936 to celebrate the centennial of Texas Independence. It was created by a German Immigrant, Frank ...

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SAM HOUSTON MONUMENT

General Sam Houston, sitting atop his horse, Saracen, has watched over the entrance to Hermann Park at Montrose and Main streets since 1925. The bronze sculpture was created by Enrico Filiberto Cerrachio (1880-1956) and was funded by the Women’s City Club. Frank Teich (1856-1939) sculpted the massive granite arch ...

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SARA H. AND JOHN H. LINDSEY PLAZA

The Sara H. and John H. Lindsey Plaza provides an attractive entryway to Hermann Park, leading from the Sam Houston Monument to the Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool. Colorful landscaping and paving bricks create a beautiful spot welcoming visitors to the Park.   

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TIFFANY & CO. FOUNDATION BRIDGE

The attractive Tiffany & Co. Foundation Bridge spans the corner of McGovern Lake near the pedal boat lagoon and connects the Lake Plaza and Lake Picnic areas. A $1 million grant from Tiffany & Co. Foundation in 2008 made this scenic bridge possible. The bridge was designed by Overland Partners with White ...

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URBAN FOREST

A small urban forest, tucked away in Bayou Parkland along the banks of Brays Bayou, provides cooling shade and a quiet place to rest. The numerous species of trees and undergrowth are a source of food and shelter for a variety of wildlife. The forest is the perfect retreat from ...

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WHISTLESTOP PRAIRIE

This special grassland was planted in 2009 to give visitors a chance to experience Houston’s natural heritage as a prairie and to enjoy a patch of wilderness in the middle of a busy city. This prairie planting is part of Project Blazing Star, an effort to bring native prairie ...

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