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

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.

Levy Park

A classic, beloved park in South Houston. If you’re looking to enjoy a picnic under the sun or take the kids out for a day of fun, then Levy Park is the place to go. You can sit on the lawn, on picnic tables in the shade, or benches near the playground. They even have board games at the park that you can borrow as well as other outdoor activities. This park makes the Top 5 list, because there is a seemingly endless number of things to enjoy while you picnic here. 

Eleanor Tinsley Park

Located on Buffalo Bayou, this park is made of rolling green hills that beg for picnic blankets to be spread out. If you’re picnicking with children, visit the Barbara Fish Daniel Nature Play Area and Picnic Pavilion. Or walk along the park paths until you come to the perfect open field with just the right amount of shade. Another special thing you are sure to find in Eleanor Tinsley Park is clear views of the Houston Skyline.

Market Square Park

Market Square Park has been a staple Houston city park since 1836. It is frequently referred to as the bustling center of Houston’s Historic District and hosts outdoor movies, markets, and is the place for Blanket Bingo. The park is bustling and picnicking here feels like tapping into the unique pulse of Houston itself. There are plenty of tables with umbrellas as well as walkways, gardens, and artwork. 

Terry Hershey Park

Charming wooden bridges can be found throughout the trails in this park that lives on 500 acres near the Buffalo Bayou. Wildflowers, towering trees, and lush foliage cover this entire park. Picnicking here is never the same because there is so much to explore. You can stop along the bayou, in an open field of flowers, or next to the playground. The park is just outside Houston and feels like a true escape from the city into nature. 

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.

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