5 Great Places to Have a Picnic in Houston, TX (HOU)

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When the weather cooperates, we all love to get outside and explore the world around us. There is nothing more refreshing and soothing to the soul than a picnic in the sun, surrounded by the beauty of nature. Every city in the United States has incredible locations for picnicking. Below are 5 Great Places to Picnic in Houston.

Buffalo Bayou Park

Take a break outside and follow the winding trails along Buffalo Bayou. This waterway is the center feature of the park and, coupled with the dramatic views of downtown Houston in the distance, makes for an extremely photogenic park. Spread a blanket on the grass near Jackson Hill Bridge or Rosemont Pedestrian Bridge for views of both the bayou and the Houston Skyline.

Hermann Park

Hermann Park is a large, beloved park in Houston and is home to the Houston Zoo. The park can be rather busy as a result, but is extremely special and well-designed, so worth the risk of some larger crowds. I recommend stopping at McGovern Island in the middle of the park, taking a blanket and picnic basket to the top of Miller Hill, or claiming a bench under the Pergola Walk. Wherever you choose to stop for a picnic in Hermann Park will feel like a photogenic oasis from the city.

Menil Park

A small, urban park south of downtown Houston. Large oak trees make for excellent shade on a hot day, and are perfect for tree climbing adventures. The park is primarily made of a large, open grassy area, leaving space for outdoor lawn games while you picnic.

Memorial Park

One of the largest parks in Houston, Memorial Park is more than 1,500 acres of wooded trails and recreation facilities. Low wooden bridges take you over the lush, natural foliage of the park. For peaceful water views, visit the Eastern Glades where pavilions are available for picnicking and docks with benches take you out over the water. Memorial Park is also an excellent place to see local wildlife and go on long hikes. Whether you’re hiking and eating on the trail or looking for a relaxing picnic in nature, this park is perfect for you. It is also home to the Houston Arboretum.

Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

One of the most unique, untraditional parks in Houston. This park features a huge expanse of grassy space, with a 64-foot tall fountain as its dramatic focal point. This fountain circulates 11,000 gallons of water every minute and is a marvelous, relaxing sight to see while enjoying a picnic.

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