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There’s nothing better than breathing fresh air and getting in touch with nature. State parks, botanical gardens, trails, lakes, and farms are exactly the place to do it – and this area is full of them.

Take a look at all the options within driving distance – you’ll be surprised at how close your next adventure is. We provide the driving directions, but the sunscreen’s on you!
Armand Bayou Nature Center
Armand Bayou Nature Center

(281) 474-2551

8500 Bay Area Blvd
Pasadena, TX 77507   Directions Website

Reconnect with nature today at Armand Bayou Nature Center, one of the largest urban wilderness preserves where you can learn, explore, respect, and help protect nature and its vital local ecosystems.

Armand Bayou offers 2500 acres of natural wetlands forest, prairie, and marsh habitats and is home to over 370 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. They also feature hiking trails, exhibits, bat hikes, birding, a historic farm, a bison viewing platform, and Nature Photography.

Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary
Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary

(713) 932-1639

440 Wilchester Blvd
Houston, TX 77079   Directions Website

Immerse yourself in nature as you stroll through Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, where you can enjoy a small sanctuary that offers walking trails, birding, educational programs, and a unique look into the history of their neighborhood.

Because they are a conservation property for wildlife and birds, Birders can especially enjoy 200 species of birds that have been sighted over the years and can see them feeding and resting before continuing their journey.

Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park
Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park

(713) 850-8841

2800 Post Oak Blvd
Houston, TX 77056   Directions Website

The Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park is one of Houston’s most beloved and iconic landmarks and community centerpieces for visitors of all ages to create endless memories with friends and family.

As one of the most visited attractions, you get to experience what it's like to stand in the waterfall’s mist and be enveloped by the gentle roar of the cascading water. You can also walk along the lush canopy of towering live oak trees while in the core of one of the largest business districts in the nation.

Geronimo Adventure Park
Geronimo Adventure Park

(830) 365-5867

6749 FM 2920
Spring, TX 77379   Directions Website

Go Fly, Go High, Go Long at Geronimo Park, where friends, families, teams, and groups can unplug from electronics, participate in thrilling outdoor activities, and enjoy each other's company in a natural environment.

Feel the thrill of ziplining as you glide through the treetops across five zip lines and three bridges. Work your way up and across a 42 ft platform as you choose between the exhilarating rush of a simulated free fall experience or a slow, controlled rappel descent. Trek through and take an optional detour through nine aerial challenges, grab a friend, and soar across the park side by side on the longest, fastest zipline at 555 feet.

Hermann Park Conservancy
Hermann Park Conservancy

(713) 524-5876

6102 Hermann Park Dr
Houston, TX 77030   Directions Website

Hermann Park Conservancy offers over 445 acres of tranquility and fun things to experience for everyone looking to enjoy the natural scenery.

Hermann Park features a 2-mile train track for the Hermann Park Railroad. If you prefer to use your legs, there is plenty of room for jogging and recreation trails, a golf course, a garden center, and nature trails.

Houston Arboretum and Nature Center
Houston Arboretum and Nature Center

(713) 681-8433

4501 Woodway Dr
Houston, TX 77024   Directions Website

Escape from the hustle and bustle of city life at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, where you can enjoy five miles of nature trails winding through native prairie, savanna, wetland, woodland, riparian habitats, and have ample opportunities for exciting wildlife sightings.

Explore The Nature Center building, which features a Nature Shop filled with items for nature lovers of all ages, an interactive Discovery Room, Educational Exhibits, hands-on activities, live ambassador animals, biofacts, and a weekly botany display.

Levy Park
Levy Park

(713) 522-7275

3801 Eastside St
Houston, TX 77098   Directions Website

Levy Park is a vibrant urban space located in the heart of the Upper Kirby District of Houston.

The park’s design features beautiful landscaping, activity areas, a dog park, a community garden, and a Children’s Park. The grounds are free, year-round passive and active programming in wellness, the arts, education, and recreation.

Whether you visit the park for a special event, program, picnic, play date, or enjoy the outdoors, Levy Park is your space to connect, experience, do, and play.

Market Square Park
Market Square Park

(713) 650-3022

301 Milam St
Houston, TX 77002   Directions Website

Join the hustle and bustle of The Market Square Park, the original heart of community activity in downtown Houston.

Combining live entertainment, tasty temptations, shady walkways, and dog runs to rival all dog runs, Market Square Park is reminiscent of another era where neighbors gather and enjoy the space they call home.

Memorial Park Conservancy
Memorial Park Conservancy

(713) 863-8403

7575 North Picnic Ln
Houston, TX 77007   Directions Website

Join the millions of Houstonians who visit Memorial Park Conservancy each year to enjoy the variety of activities available in the park.

Enjoy your time at the recreational amenities like jogging trails, tennis courts, playing fields, a fitness center, a swimming pool, and six miles of mountain and recreational bike trails along the bayous.

Smither Park
Smither Park

(713) 926-6368

2441 Munger St
Houston, TX 77023   Directions Website

Admire ​all the vibrant works of art that provide a unique opportunity to see artists in action and the evolution of an arts destination come to life at Smither Park, where the creative urban space developed with the help of an entire community.

​Smither Park is an outrageous, fanciful, functional playland featuring different, exciting, and interactive features. Their commitment to sustainability and recycling inspires decorative elements by exploring the reuse and repurposing of materials like broken ceramic, bottle caps, tiles, and sea shells.

Urban War Zone Paintball
Urban War Zone Paintball

(281) 892-1148

315 Telephone Rd
Houston, TX 77023   Directions Website

Gather your crew and meet at Urban War Zone Paintball, where you will meet your opponents and experience a unique, fun-filled, and exciting paintball ball challenge that friends and family can enjoy.

Urban War Zone is the only paintball park that allows unlimited private play, where you play with your friends and family for the entire day without sharing the field with anyone else. They also have experienced and trained individuals willing to go the extra mile to make sure you have a thrilling time paintballing.

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