At 1,400 acres, Houston’s Memorial Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country (in contrast, NYC’s Central Park is only 843 acres). Located just north of River Oaks on the west side of town and bounded by Buffalo Bayou on its southern edge, come here and take a hike! Over 30 miles of trail wend their way through woods, and are the perfect place for jogging and cycling. The park also has a well-known golf course, and an outdoor pool at 5402 Arnot that anyone can swim in and is free Tuesdays through Sundays from 1 to 8PM. Perhaps the best part of the park is the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center at the parks’ western edge which has ongoing daily events like canoe trips and photography classes (check the website for details and information on how to sign up for events: www.houstonarboretum.org). The Houston Parks and Rec Department owns the park, but the nonprofit Conservancy has full-time staff dedicated to the park and they provide more information than Parks & Rec.
- Open Hours: Monday to Sunday from 06:00 AM to 11:00 PM
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