We've been visiting a new Houston area park each week and some of our very favorite Houston parks are listed below!
Fourteen Favorite Houston Area Parks:
- Travis Spark Park
- Fire Truck Park
- River Oaks Park (aka Pumpkin Park)
- Tom Bass Park, Section 3, Challenge Course
- Fish Family Play Area at Buffalo Bayou Park
- Levy Park
- Hermann Park
- Discovery Green
- Houston Arboretum
- Jerry Matheson Park (Tomball)
- Katy Play Station (Katy)
- Mary Jo Peckham Park (Katy)
- Flagship Park (Galveston)
- Clear Lake Park (Clear Lake)
This park is in a nice Heights neighborhood and has a challenging play structure, rock wall, sandbox, fitness center, spinning center… and dinosaur bones! This Spark Park is open to the public after school hours and on weekends and holidays!
When Southside’s first fire truck was retired in 1970, it was kept in this park, making it the Fire Truck Park.
This truck and the other playground equipment came into disrepair after many years of use, so in 2012, a completely renovated Fire Truck Park was opened. And it is fantastic.
For kids under 5 years old, there is a new fire truck play structure. All around the new fire truck is unique equipment, for big kids, that you do not you see at every Houston park. The merry-go-round is made from a tire, there are little “flowers” where the kids sit and spin themselves and there is a very unusual rock wall for the biggest kids.
Southside has the Firetruck… but River Oaks has the Pumpkin Carriage!
You really need to see this public park, just off of Westheimer. There is a royal pumpkin carriage, big playground, small playground and some of the coolest ladders, monkey bars and more! The park also has a community center, wishing trees, trail, sand volleyball and many more things to do… all under giant oak trees.
This permanent and public outdoor playground is a NFL themed ninja warrior course with 11 obstacles… complete with the timer button at the end.
We go from Houston park to Houston park, making playgrounds into ninja courses… but Tom Bass Park actually has a ninja course!
This nature play area is along the banks of Buffalo Bayou.
It has a slide, climbing structures, water features and drums build in to the landscape, but this park has an amazing view of the downtown skyline, access to the Buffalo Bayou trails, has free parking, new restrooms at the Water Works building… and a newly uncovered historic cistern. It is as cool as it sounds.
This remodeled park is AMAZING. Tunnels, rock wall, spider web, reading carts and so much more.
This 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.
Not only is there a playground, but there is a splashpad, misting tree, putting green, shuffleboard, reading room and library, listening vessels, stages, model boats, kayaks, ice skating, restaurants and lots of art!
This naturescape has sand, logs, tunnels, a rope bridge, climbing reeds and more.
The nature play area is near the Nature Center and is a short walk down the trail from the parking lot.
This park is unlike most in Houston. Wooden structures, giant tires, big zip lines. Plus, it is right next to Juergens Park with even more to do!
“Train Park” is the state’s largest innovative playground for multiple-impaired and profoundly deaf children. The playground is designed to feature Katy’s name sake the MKT Rail line and includes ramps and swings for kids of all abilities.
Mary Jo Peckham Park is big and beautiful. It is the perfect place to play, picnic and fish.
The park has a community center, parking lot, restrooms, pavilion, unique playground, exercise station and even a mini golf course.
This park has the coolest space shuttle playground. You must see the pictures!
Just down the road from Space Center Houston is Clear Lake Park. This huge park is right on the water and has four big playgrounds (with amazing equipment), a splashpad, picnic pavilions, sports fields, a museum and more!
Find many more Houston parks... Go HERE to see the map of them all!