Summer

Check out this guide for refreshing ideas on how to have fun and stay cool while enjoying the wonderful outdoors in the summer. Beyond these exciting, family-friendly destinations, we also recommend sunrise or sunset ventures to start or end your ideal summer day. 

STOP 1.

Fountains in Molly Ann Smith Plaza

Cool off from the heat by running or strolling through four fun fountains! The Plaza’s picturesque fountains offer the perfect water-fun activity for both kids and adults. They are located in Molly Ann Smith Plaza by the Pioneer Memorial Obelisk at the end of the Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool. The Plaza’s central location makes these fountains a convenient and universal refuge from the heat. 

STOP 2.

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 $11 per boat for 30 minutes. Boats accommodate up to four people. For hours and information about riding the pedal boats, click here.

STOP 3.

HOUSTON B-CYCLE - MCGOVERN CENTENNIAL GARDENS

The Houston B-Cycle bike sharing program makes it simple to pick up a bike at a B-station and return it to the same or any other B-Cycle station. Hermann Park has two B-Cycle Stations, one located in Parking Lot C outside of the McGovern Centennial Gardens, the other just off of Parking Lot F behind Lake Plaza on the path between Kinder Station and Miller Outdoor Theatre. 

STOP 4.

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 Carruth Pavilion were named after Allen H. “Buddy” Carruth, a partner of the Wortham Insurance Company. 

STOP 5.

FAMILY GARDEN

Lifted Up Aerial Photography

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 vegetables and herbs. You may see beds in various stages of production, from newly-planted all the way to harvest-ready. Herbs are highlighted for their many uses: culinary, medicinal, ornamental, fragrance. 

Bring your kids to the Family Garden every Friday at 10 a.m. for Children's Story Hour. After the reading, children are invited to participate in a fun activity like coloring a picture or planting a seed to take home. 

Click here for a tree guide for the family garden.

Would you like to name a garden? Donation opportunities are available. Contact mmiller@hermannpark.org or call 713-524-5876 ext. 339 for information.  

STOP 6.

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.

Visit the Miller Outdoor Theatre website for a full list of events. 

STOP 7.

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.