Located in the heart of Houston, Hermann Park welcomes an estimated six million visitors a year. Thanks to its proximity to downtown, the Texas Medical Center, Rice University, and the Museum District, this 445-acre urban park is an important resource for many Houstonians.
While visitors come from across Houston and even from outside the city limits, the Park’s most frequent visitors come from its surrounding neighborhoods, which represent a diverse cross-section of Houston. As a free, safe, and enjoyable public space, Hermann Park brings people together and fosters a strong sense of community.
Hermann Park was recently named one of America’s great public spaces by the American Planning Association and the Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens was honored with the Landmark Award from Keep Houston Beautiful (Mayor’s Proud Partner Awards). Hermann Park is a wonderful place to spend a day. Whether you wish to ride the train along the Hermann Park Railroad, pedal around in a pedal boat on McGovern Lake, jog along the trails, or enjoy a peaceful moment in the Japanese Garden, Hermann Park offers countless opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation.
The Hermann Park Railroad, pedal boats, and Pinewood Cafe are closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day. Hours for the train, boats, and cafe are subject to change based on weather conditions.
The McGovern Centennial Gardens hours change seasonally. The gardens stay open later during the summer months between Memorial Day and Labor Day and close earlier during the shorter winter months.
McGovern Centennial Gardens hours:
Fall: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Sept. 6 to Nov. 5, 2016)
Winter: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (Nov. 6, 2016 to March 10, 2017)
Spring: 9 a.m.-7 p.m. (Mar. 11 to May 26, 2017)
Summer: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. (May 27 to Sept. 5, 2017)
If coming from the North on 59, exit Fannin. Turn left at Hermann Drive, then right on Caroline Street into Hermann Park by the Houston Museum of Natural Science.
If coming from the Southwest on 59, exit and turn right at Main Street. Go around Mecom Fountain and take Hermann Park Drive toward Sam Houston Monument and into the Park.
If coming from the North on 288, exit MacGregor and turn right onto North MacGregor. Hermann Park begins once you cross Almeda at the first traffic light. Continue on North MacGregor, turning right at the next light onto Cambridge Street, and then right again onto Hermann Park Drive, to reach the central parking lot and Zoo entrance.
If coming from the South on 288, exit MacGregor, turn left onto North MacGregor. Hermann Park begins once you cross Almeda at the first traffic light. Continue on North MacGregor, turning right at the next light onto Cambridge Street, and then right again onto Hermann Park Drive, to reach the central parking lot and Zoo entrance.
Free parking is available at the Sam Houston Monument (Lot A), the large central parking lots in front of the Houston Zoo (Lots G and F) and across the street (Lot H), near Miller Outdoor Theatre (Lots E and D). Parking Lot C, previously accessible off Hermann Park Drive has been replaced with a new lot located off Hermann Drive with entrances at Crawford and Jackson Streets. New pedestrian walkways enable easy connection to Miller Outdoor Theatre. Free parking is available for golfers only at the golf course clubhouse located at the corner of Almeda and MacGregor and at the Bayou Parkland Pavilion (Lot P). A for-pay parking garage is available at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Please note: head in parking on the east side of Caroline is no longer available.
On weekends, visitors may park in the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Garage at the corner of Cambridge and Fannin across from the Park for a flat rate of $7 per day (price subject to change by Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Garage). Click here for a Google map to the garage.
Please note: Do not leave valuables in your car.
Use a bike to explore Hermann Park. Pick up a bike at the Hermann Park BCycle station located just off of Lot F behind Lake Plaza on the path between Kinder Station and Miller Outdoor Theatre and return it to the same or any other B-station in the city.
Please consider riding METRORail to Hermann Park.
There are three convenient stops near the Park:
For more info, please visit www.ridemetro.org.