Hermann Park

Contact Info
 Address: 6001 Fannin
               Houston, TX 77030
 Phone: Permits Office: 832.394.8805
             Information: 832.395.7000
Venues of Interest:
 J Robinson, Jr. Community Center: 713.284.1997
 Hermann Park Conservancy: 713.524.5876
 Houston Zoo: 713.533.6500
 Miller Outdoor Theatre: 281.272.3386
Houston Service Helpline:
To request park repairs please call 311 or 713.837.0311 or submit your request online by clicking this link.


Hermann Park is located in one of the most picturesque areas of Houston. Nestled in between the Museum District, the Texas Medical Center and Rice University Hermann Park provides Houstonians with plenty of greenspace to enjoy Houston's temperate climate. Hermann Park is one of Houston's first parks and is one of the premiere parks in the department's inventory of parks.

In 1914 Board of Parks Commissioner, George H. Hermann, donated 285 acres of land for the creation of a park. A year later, in 1915, Houston Mayor Ben Campbell encouraged the city to add to the acreage by purchasing an additional 122 acres.

The entrance to the park is at the intersection of Main St. and Montrose Blvd. A statue of General Sam Houston points the way into the park and its many amenities.


The park has a number of entertainment options and venues for visitors, including the McGovern Centennial Gardens, Hermann Park Golf course, the Miller Outdoor Theatre, a jogging track, the Houston Zoo, the Museum of Natural Science with the Cockrell Butterfly Exhibit, the Buddy Carruth Playground For All Children, the Japanese Garden, McGovern Lake with its paddle boats, the ever popular Hermann Park Mini-Train and the Judson Robinson, Jr. Community Center.


After 50 years making memories for countless Houstonians, the Hermann Park train received an update. Phase I, completed in March of 2008, expanded the train route to 1.8 miles and introduced the new larger 24 gauge train, accessible to riders with wheel chairs and parents with strollers, to the public. The first public rides began March 8.

Phase II construction began on March 25, 2008, part of a $15 million renovation of Lake Plaza undertaken by the Hermann Park Conservancy in partnership with the Houston Parks and Recreation Department. Construction was completed in March 2009.

The Lake Plaza construction project almost doubled the size of the plaza and has brought improved access to the Houston Zoo while providing a new depot and satellite stations around the park for the Hermann Park Mini-Train. Additional improvements include a renovated pedal boat facility with a new boathouse, a new food pavilion featuring a shaded terrace for dining and conversation, a restroom facility, and a new bridge across the McGovern Lake.

Chance Morgan is the manufacturer of the new Hermann Park Train. The new train is a scale replica of the famous 19th century C. P. Huntington 4-2-4T steam locomotive. The original C. P. Huntington is currently on static display at the California State RailroadMuseum. For more pictures click here.


The area in Hermann Park long known as the Houston Garden Center has been transformed into the McGovern Centennial Gardens. The renovated grounds are still home to a rose garden and all the artwork familiar to visitors to the Garden Center. New amenities include an interactive family garden, an arid garden, a pine walk, and a spectacular 30-foot high garden mount, complete with a spiral trail to its summit. The Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion anchors the site.

The McGovern Centennial Gardens opened to the public on December 22, 2014. The Gardens were designed by Hoerr Schaudt, a Chicago landscape architecture firm working in collaboration with Houston’s White Oak Studio, with Dr William C. Welch of Texas A&M University consulting. The Cherie Flores Garden Pavilion was designed by architect Peter Bohlin of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson. Tellepsen is the contractor on the project.

The Buddy Carruth Playground for All Children offers fun for children of all abilities. Most equipment at the playground is handicap accessible, and the interactive water playground will keep kids cool in hot weather. The playground is near the METRORail Line on Fannin Street and the newly-expanded Hermann Park mini-train. Built in 1995 for $1.3 million, development of the playground was planned and financed through the Houston Parks Board.



The Japanese Garden is an island of serenity nestled in a pine grove near the Sam Houston Monument. Designed by world-renowned Japanese landscape architect, Ken Nakajima, the garden was built to symbolize the friendship between the United States and Japan, and to recognize Houston's thriving Japanese community. Mr. Nakajima based his design in Zen philosophy stating, "We must work with nature, to create a new space and a sense of beauty." The garden is built on 5 acres and combines a traditional Japanese Garden design with a touch of Texas.



The Miller Outdoor Theatre is an open-air theatre where you can watch a concert or play while picnicking in one of Houston's most popular parks. The theatre opened in 1969 and has played host to a variety of multi-cultural events. The theater was renovated in 2000 and holds a wide variety of family-friendly performances each year rain or shine, including Cinco de Mayo and Fourth of July festivities. You can also catch Shakespeare in the Park, the Houston Ballet and the Houston Grand Opera performances at Miller. For a complete listing of these events navigate to the Miller Outdoor Theater Calendar of Events.


The Houston Zoo transports park visitors to lands beyond Houston's city limits with its menagerie of animals that include lions, tigers and bears as well as reptiles, primates and elephants. Founded in 1922, this exciting recreational destination serves 1.4 million guests annually and is set in a lush 55-acre landscape right in the middle of Hermann Park. The Houston Zoo is home to more than 3,100 exotic animals representing more than 500 species. It is one of the largest collections in the nation and is considered one of the best-maintained zoos in the country.



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