Fannin and Montrose
Submitted by: Lisa Cuccia
One of this flagship park's main attractions, the Hermann Park Golf Course was the first public course in America to welcome all races.
This historic 445 acre urban green space is located in the heart of Houston and neighbors Rice University, the Texas Medical Center, Third Ward and the Museum District-- which makes it a destination for over 5.5 million visitors a year.
What Makes Hermann Park a Great Place?
Being within walking distance to the aformentioned neighbors creates great proximity to many highly populated areas in Houston. One perimeter of the Park will soon contain two Metro light-rail stops, thus connecting the Park to downtown Houston and Reliant Stadium. There is a main road that curves through the Park, creating easy access for disabled visitors. There are also numerous disabled parking spots. Bikes and foot traffic are welcome in most areas of the Park.
This historic park has many comforting features. The park furnishings (benches and picnic tables specifically) are specific to the park and truly comfortable! The paths are well-lit and there is an air of safety about the area. Most of the buildings are in great shape, due primarly to Friends of Hermann Park's restoration efforts. All projects include lush native plantings and new trees, thus creating a charming, attractive park.
Hermann Park contains numerous institutions that attract many visitors. A few include the Houston Zoological Gardens, Hermann Park Golf Course, Houston Museum of Natural Science, McGovern Lake, Japanse Gardens, Houston Garden Center, the Marvin Taylor Jogging Trail, Miller Outdoor Theater and the famous Hermann Park Miniature train.
There is a great deal of sociability in the Park, ranging from seeing shows at Miller Outdoor Theater to playing a round of golf with friends, to picnicking on a Sunday, to riding the pedal boats with your sweetheart. There is a great deal of pedestrian activity as well, especially in the morning and late afternoon when the Marvin Taylor Jogging Trail is in full swing.
History & Background
George Hermann gave the parkland to the City of Houston in 1914.
Friends of Hermann Park; 713-524-5876