Hermann Park’s Biggest Secret… Bayou Parkland at Brays Bayou!

Bayou Parklands Bluebonnets
Address:  6532-6538 Almeda Rd, Houston, Texas 77021

You know about the trails, the train, the pedal boats, the gardens and the playground at Hermann Park, but did you know about Bayou Parkland? For the hundreds of times we’ve been to Hermann Park, we only just discovered this 80-acre part of the park… nestled along Brays Bayou!

Along the bayou are trails, wetlands, an urban forest… and a new swing set! Plus, in Spring, it’s full of bluebonnets!

Bayou Parkland Hermann Park Swings
This part of Hermann Park was once cut off from the rest of the park, but now you can access it from the pedestrian underpass below North and South MacGregor and over the Bill Coats Bridge. You can also drive and park in the free lot (south of South MacGregor on Almeda).

Bayou Parklands Hermann Park Picnic Tables
While the main part of Hermann Park is full of people… this “secret spot” is a lot more secluded. Almeda does run right along the edge, but with the bayou and the big mossy trees, it feels less like the busy city.

We went on a weekday afternoon and there were just a few other people.  There was enough foot traffic to feel safe, but with the limited eyes on this part of the park, be sure to do your own safety check when you arrive!

Bluebonnets at Brays Bayou from Bayou Parklands at Hermann Park with Bill Coats Bridge
The new swing set is just like the one near the Hermann Park train station.  There are a couple buckets and a couple belt swings.

The play area is pretty simple, but the real reason to go is for a picnic, a walk and in Spring… bluebonnet photos!

Go check out this “secret” spot at Hermann Park!

Bayou Parkland Hermann Park Swing Ride
 

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Hermann Park Marvin Taylor Trail – Visiting Houston’s Parks, One Week at a Time

Hermann Park Golf Course Trail Bridge
Address:  6100 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030

This week’s park is one for parents, behind a stroller.  It’s the Marvin Taylor Trail in Hermann Park!

This trail is on the same side of the street as the Centennial Garden and runs through the golf course.

Hermann Park Golf Course Trail
Unlike the sunny trail around the main part of Hermann Park (with the zoo, train, pedal boats and Japanese Garden), this trail is under the shade of giant trees.  It weaves through the golf course and over bridges.

Hermann Park Exercise Station 6
A new fitness station has been installed along the trail, very close to the parking lot attached to the Centennial Garden.  This isn’t a kid playground, but you can roll up your stroller and do a few sit ups and pull ups while your kids cheer you on.

Hermann Park Golf Course Trail Squirel
This trail is away from the street and pretty secluded… making it peaceful but not super safe. When we’ve gone, there have been several other runners and walkers… but I would recommend taking a friend and going during daylight hours.

Hermann Park Golf Course Ducks
After a run or walk, we head over to the zoo (and splashpad), McGovern Lake, train and pedal boats!

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Ducks, Ducks, Ducks (and Pigeons and Nutria) at Hermann Park!

Address: Hermann Park, 6100 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030

Our new favorite thing to do in Houston is super easy, super fun and super free…  For a change to the weekly park review, let me show you the ducks at Hermann Park‘s McGovern Lake (instead of writing about them)!  Take a look!


McGovern Centennial Gardens – Visiting Houston’s Parks, One Week at a Time!

Hermann Park Centennial Gardens Mound
Address: 6100 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030

Oh, oh, oh, this new park at Hermann Park is picture perfect. The McGovern Centennial Gardens is located right next to the Houston Museum of Natural Science and the Hermann Park Golf Course… right across from Miller Outdoor Theatre.

Miller Outdoor Theatre from Centennial Gardens
Enter on either end of the garden, at the museum parking lot or the new Hermann Park lot. (The new lot can now be accessed from Hermann Drive.)

Hermann Park Centennial Gardens Entrance
This 15 acre garden was renovated to celebrate Hermann Park’s 100 year birthday in 2014. There is a rose garden, family garden, 30 foot mound… with a sidewalk that circles up to the top, sculptures, gazebo, lounge chairs and restrooms.

Hermann Park Centennial Garden Parking Lot
And it is beautiful. I mean wedding-reception beautiful. (And no, I don’t know if that is an option… but I have 20 years to figure it out.)

Hermann Park Centennial Gardens Path
The park is open to the public and free. Stop by between 9:00 and 5:00 daily to wonder through. My kids recommend running around and around to the top of the tall hill. The coolest part is that a waterfall runs down from the top and you get to cross it several times.

Hermann Park Centennial Gardens Waterfall
Their second favorite thing was the Chinese gazebo where you can pretend to be Master Shifu from Kung Fu Panda (or whatever you decide to do in the fancy seating area).

Hermann Park Centennial Garden
Next time we visit we’ll bring a picnic and eat at one of the many tables or benches…. and check out the family garden…. and run to the top of the mound… and play more Kung Fu Panda… and…

See you there soon!


Hermann Park & the fun to be had here – Visiting Houston’s Parks, One Week at a Time!

fountain
6100 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030

We have reviewed Hermann Park many times before, including the Buddy Carruth Playground for All Children, but to celebrate the new website and the 100 year anniversary, we are reviewing it again as part of the Houston park series!

Hermann Park Smaller Playstructure
Hermann Park is right in the middle of the Museum District and it would be easy to spend an entire day here.  If you included the museums within walking distance of the park, it would be easy to spend an entire week here.

Reflecting Pool at Hermann Park
Parking is free at the park, but on days when there are events or if there is especially beautiful weather, it’s best to arrive first thing in the morning or to take METRORail.  There is a Hermann Park Station that drops you off near the reflecting pool.

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