Going for a brisk walk or run is a great way to see the city. Houston has dozens of parks that are perfect for the whole family, even your dogs! Along with being a great way to explore your neighborhood, being active in Houston parks can help you reach the American Heart Association’s recommended two hours of weekly physical activity. Cardio, even brisk walks, is great for your muscles, heart health, and more. So where should you head first? Let’s find out!
- Love Park
Love Park, located in the Heights, has a trail that is great for a short walk. Every first Saturday at 8:00 a.m., The Torres Center hosts Walk With a Doc at Love Park. We encourage the whole neighborhood to come! Join us for free this free event, with water and snacks and a chance to get to know your neighbors. We walk a short trail, and you can walk at your own pace and distance.
- White Oak Bayou Trail
This trail offers 15 miles of paved trails! It’s time to break out the bicycles and go for a ride. White Oak Bayou Trail connects several of the city’s neighborhoods and many of its parks. Visit their website for a complete list of what you can explore on the trail.
- Eleanor Tinsley Park
Eleanor Tinsley Park is a part of the greater Buffalo Bayou Park. This is a great space to snap photos of your family in front of Houston’s skyline, go for a walk, and have an afternoon picnic. The park also hosts many free events throughout the year, which you can find here.
- Menil Park
Menil Park is smaller than the others on this list, but it has plenty to offer. Situated between the non-denominational Rothko Chapel and the Menil Collection art museum, you can go for a stroll around the park then visit the art museum for free to see a large collection of ancient, surrealist, and modern art.
- Terry Hershey Park
Terry Hershey Park is among the many popular jogging spots in Houston. It has more than six miles of scenic, wooded trails. There are also regular and mountain bike trails, and the park is dog friendly.
We hope to see you at our next Walk With a Doc event! It’s time to get out there and get moving.