Hermann Park Conservancy Membership – Includes Monthly Free Train Rides for Members Only & Members Only Express Line – Great Gift for Houston Families!

I know you’ve heard of having a zoo or museum membership, but did you know you could be a member of the Hermann Park Conservancy?

Have you ever waited and waited in that Kinder Station line or have you had take the kids the long way around the park so they did not insist on train tickets at $3 a pop?

If you get an annual membership, starting at just $50, you get access to the Member Express Line to board the Train at Kinder Station, complimentary unlimited train rides from 9-10am on Second Saturdays free train and pedal boat tickets to use during regular operating hours. I think the unlimited, free, members only, monthly train rides sounds awesome.  Now, when we walk out of the zoo and the kids beg for $12 in train tickets, I can remind them of the monthly rides.

Go HERE to learn more.  From the Hermann Park Conservancy website, here are the membership levels.  This would make a great gift!

$50 Bronze
Four (4) complimentary Hermann Park Train tickets
One (1) complimentary pedal boat ride (for up to four people)
10% off a private Hermann Park Train rental
$15 discount on the Engineer for a Day program

$100 Silver
Six (6) complimentary Hermann Park Train tickets
Two (2) complimentary pedal boat rides (for up to four people)
10% off a private Hermann Park Train rental
$15 discount on the Engineer for a Day program
Name listed in newsletter and annual report

$250 Gold
Ten (10) complimentary Hermann Park Train tickets
Three (3) complimentary pedal boat rides (for up to four people)
10% off a private Hermann Park Train rental
$15 discount on the Engineer for a Day program
Name listed in newsletter and annual report

$500 Platinum
Sixteen (16) complimentary Hermann Park Train tickets
Four (4) complimentary pedal boat rides (for up to four people)
10% off a private Hermann Park Train rental
$15 discount on the Engineer for a Day program
Name listed in newsletter and annual report

$2,500 Conductor’s Circle
Hermann Park Railroad Annual Pass good for unlimited rides for one + a guest
Hermann Park Pedal Boat Annual Pass good for unlimited rides for one + up to three guests
20% off a private Hermann Park Train rental
$30 discount on the Engineer for a Day program
Name listed in newsletter and annual report

Members at all levels receive…
Access to Member Express Line to board the Train at Kinder Station
Complimentary unlimited Train rides from 9-10am on Second Saturdays
10% off merchandise in the Conservancy Gift Shop
Subscription to Parkside newsletter
Invitations to special events
Window sticker
Membership ID card


Hermann Park

 

Map
Hours: 6am to 11pm. The Japanese Garden is open from 9am to 6pm (spring/summer hours).
Cost: Free (for the park)
Appropriate Age:  All ages
Our Review:
We love Hermann Park. It’s right in the middle of the museums and medical center and close to downtown. The park is free and there is a lot to keep us entertained. Families are everywhere, picnicing, feeding the ducks, playing on the playground, hosting birthday parties in the pavillions or just enjoying the green. There are also two splash areas where kids can run through the water. Check out the map  for all the places to see.

Playground

If you don’t have time to pack a lunch, or you need some air conditioning, the Houston Museum of Natural Science  is right across the street. The grand hall does not require a ticket and has a McDonald’s.   Note that the menu at McDonald’s  does not show this, but you can order just a hamburger for about $1.
Parking is free at the park, and usually easy, unless there is an event or it is a holiday. For those days, I suggest arriving early or riding the METRORail.  There are three stops near the park:
• Hermann Park/Rice University stop at Fannin and Sunset
• Memorial Hermann Hospital/Houston Zoo stop at Cambridge and Fannin
• Museum District stop between Ewing and Binz
There is also a for-pay parking garage is available at the Houston Museum of Natural Science. On weekends, visitors may park in the Memorial Hermann Medical Plaza Garage at the corner of Cambridge and Fannin across from the Park for $6 per day (subject to change).

What is your favorite thing to do at the park?


Hermann Park – Pedal Boats

Hermann Park Pedal Boats
Map, Pedal Boat Website
Hours: 11am – 5pm seven days a week
Cost: $9 for each 30-min boat ride, 4 seats per boat
Appropriate Age: Infants that can sit upright and older
Special Note: From the Hermann Park website…
All riders must wear life vests
At least one rider must be at least 18 years old with a government-issued photo ID
Four people max per boat
Infants count as a person and must be able to sit upright on their own
No pets allowed

Pedal Boat Lifevest

Our Review:
I had been looking at the pedal boats for years, but wasn’t sure my young family could stay on the boat for 30 minutes.  When I found out the cost was only $9 for everyone, I recruited my husband to come along and give it a shot.

My husband sat in front with Joe and did all the actual work. Although I was in charge of Brooke in the back and making sure no one fell in… so maybe I did the hard work! We all had life vests and we emptied our pockets, just in case we needed to make a water rescue.  (There was only one time I thought Brooke might throw herself overboard because she was mad she couldn’t pedal. 🙂 )

It turns out that ducks like animal cookies and ate up all the snacks that the kids threw in. It also turns out that the kids like to be covered in pond water because they insisted in going through the center fountain over and over.  I recommend bringing some snacks for the ducks and leaving your fancy purse at home.

Hermann Park Pedal Boats

All in all, no one fell in or had to dive in after a kid, so I’d say it was a good family outing.  Thirty minutes was just enough time for us in the hot Houston sun.