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Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens

Mercer Arboretum Botanical Gardens Swing
Address:  22306 Aldine Westfield Rd, Humble, TX 77338

My mom is a Master Gardener.  Not just a good gardener… but a certified, ask her anything, Master Gardener.  She’s an expert at gardening in Nebraska and Connecticut (where I grew up)… but when she came to Houston, she claimed to know nothing about the new climate.

So, nearly ten years ago she started to volunteer at the Mercer Arboretum and Botanic Gardens and got a crash course in gardening in Houston.  Flash forward, and her home gardens are just as amazing as they have always been.

I visited Mercer several times while she was working, but at the time I only had little babies.  Now I have 3 playground-players… and we were near Bush airport… so we stopped by Mercer to see what was happening!

Mercer Arboretum and Botanical Garden
Mercer is a big place, divided by (the busy) Aldine Westfield Road. On the east side is the botanic gardens and walking trail system.  The west side has two playgrounds, a picnic area, boardwalk, cypress swamp and miles of walking trails.

Mercer Arboretum Playground Tube
The playground is mostly shaded by trees (and surprisingly, we did not get eaten by mosquitoes).

There is a lot of equipment and it is really pretty cool.  The tube that goes up and around might be the most unique feature and our favorite part.

Mercer Arboretum Playground Steps
There is a lot of room to play and picnic.  Plus, there is a lot of parking and clean restrooms.

After playing spies in the tubes, we drove over to the gardens and enjoyed the trails and gardens.

Mercer Arboretum Playground Spinner
We did not go far down the walking trails, but we’ll go back when it’s cooler. Take a look at the pictures and stop by next time you are in north Houston!

Mercer Arboretum Playground Equipment
 

Mercer Arboretrum Playground Structure
 

Mercer Arboretum Trail
 

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