Japanese Garden at Hermann Park – Visiting Houston’s Parks, One Week at a Time

Hermann Park Japanese Garden Bridge
Address: Hermann Park, 6100 Hermann Park Dr, Houston, TX 77030

We’ve written a lot about Hermann Park, but it has come to my attention that the weekly Houston park series is missing Hermann Park’s hidden gem… the Japanese Garden!

The garden is next to the Hermann Park reflecting pool and many people walk by and don’t even know it is there!

Hermann Park Japanese Garden 6
This fenced-in garden is right in the middle of the park and free to enter. Walk right in to be amazed by the waterfalls, bridges, paths and trees.

Take a stroll through the lush gardens and let the kids run through the paths and play on the bridges.

Hermann Park Japanese Garden Small Bridge
Take some time to relax on the shaded benches or take a quick walk through. Stop back each season to see how the gardens change and how the cherry blossoms light up the Japanese Garden.

Before you leave the park, be sure to visit Boogie Woogie next door, splash in the water by the reflecting pool, rent a pedal boat, ride the train or visit the zoo!


Revival Market – Our Search for Houston’s Best Restaurants for Kids

Location: 550 Heights Blvd 77007
Age Appropriate: All ages!
Price: $$

Revival Market
Hi, I’m Juliette! My husband, my 6-year-old and I love going out to eat and we are sharing our restaurant finds with you. Our weekly reviews are really a family affair: my husband is usually the one that feels like…Mexican or a hamburger, my son checks that it is kid-friendly and I take the pictures – even though I sometimes have to reconstruct plates because we have started eating!

We go out to eat once a week, maybe twice so we carefully choose where we go because we only have one go!

So last Saturday, as we are heading out for a new family-friendly restaurant, it looked like any other time BUT… in the garage, my son fell so hard getting into the car. He screamed, I held him and checked for blood. He didn’t bleed but got scared and really hurt.

We get in the car anyway and are heading to meet friends in the Heights… on the way, my poor son is still crying and suffering. As we drive by the restaurant, it looks full and it is impossible to park – so we make the only smart decision we could think of: we cancel.

But we are still hungry… and luckily we drive by Revival Market, at Heights Blvd and White Oak Bayou.  I had been intrigued by it and it looked perfect for us at that moment!

Inside Revival Market
It is a really special and unique place: a butchery, small grocer and cafe… organic and local. There is a small patio and some tables inside. The shopping carts are made of recycled water bottles.

Our son just sat down as my husband and I browsed their vegetable, cleaning products, dairy and frozen section and then ordered. I have to admit I have not checked for a bathroom, sorry about that.

Meatball Sandwich
We ordered a garden salad, a charcuterie plate and a meatball sandwich to share. It was fresh, well served and all was delicious. We ate fast…listening to the whimpers of our son, by that time we felt barely hungry… just ready to take him home.

Garden Salad
So, I really like the concept of the place, it reminded me of small shops in Europe where you go and buy what they have that day. We told each other that we will go back in happier circumstances!

Revival Market is great for a healthy lunch or dinner or even a snack, with the added bonus of a small grocery market.

See you next week for another culinary adventure!

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Japanese Garden at Hermann Park

Address: Montrose and Hermann Park Drive – See Map

Cost:  Free

Appropriate Age:  Any age

Inside Hermann Park, in the Museum District, is a Japanese Garden.  Fenced off from the rest of the park, the Japanese Garden is a little retreat within the bustling city.  It has waterfalls, bridges, paths and benches  between crepe myrtles, azaleas, Japanese maples, dogwoods and cherry trees.

The Japanese Garden is located in the middle of the park, near the reflection pool.  Parking is free in any of the Hermann Park lots.  The METRORail Hermann Park Station is just a short walk from the park entrance.

I had thought there was a small entrance fee, but it appears that this is gone and the gates are wide open for anyone who wants to visit from 9:00am to 5:00pm.  Among the 30 or so people inside the Japanese Garden on a winter break afternoon was the BigKidSmallCity crew.

We wondered around the paths, looked at the waterfalls and sat on the benches.  There are several bridges but the kids quickly found a tiny bridge, in the middle of a tiny stone path, that they played on for an hour.

The garden paths are on a very small scale and perfect for little explorers.  I sat on the nearby bench, with a sleeping baby, while Joe and Brooke walked over the bridge, sat on the bridge, sang songs on the bridge and declared themselves king and queen of the bridge.  They wandered up and down the connecting path and had a thoroughly good time.

I was happy to learn that I was just too big for their bridge and it would be much too dangerous for me.  So, I sat in the shade and enjoyed the show.

This little garden is a very relaxing little spot in the middle of the city.  If you look up, you can see the medical center and the Hotel Zaza.  If you look down, you think you’re in a secluded Japanese Garden.

We suggest you go check it out, and try to find our favorite kid sized bridge!