Houston Parks and Recreation Department

Hermann Park


Phone Numbers:

- H.P.A.R.D. Permits Office:
- H.P.A.R.D. Information:
Houston Service Helpline:
6001 Fannin
Houston, TX 77030

311 or 713.837.0311
Venues of Interest:
J Robinson, Jr Community Center: 713.284.1997
Houston Garden Center: 713.284.1989
Hermann Park Conservancy: 713.524.5876
Houston Zoo: 713.533.6500
Miller Outdoor Theatre: 281.272.3386

Park History

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.

Hermann Park Graphic
Hermann Park Golf Course

Entertainment Venues and Park Facilities

The park has a number of entertainment options and venues for visitors including the 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.

Hermann Park Mini Train and Lake Plaza Construction

Hermann Park Train 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 Railroad Museum. For more pictures click here.

Houston Garden Center Renovations

Since it was created in 1941, the Houston Garden Center has been a favorite spot for park visitors to stroll beneath the trees and enjoy the sights and aromas of one of the South’s premiere rose gardens. To celebrate Hermann Park’s 100th anniversary in 2014, the gardens will be transformed. They will still feature an excellent rose garden, but the new Centennial Gardens will include several new amenities that will elevate the status of the old garden into a world class attraction for Houston. In preparation for this renovation, the Garden Center closed on August 1, 2013, and the artworks that have been part of the landscape will be removed for conservation and, in some cases, restoration. These include, but are not limited to, the International Sculpture Garden and the statues of Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and Confucius. When the Centennial Gardens open in October 2014, the artwork long admired by Houstonians will be part of the new garden environment.

For more information on the Centennial Gardens project, please visit www.hermannpark.org/centennial_gardens.php


Houston Garden Center 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.

Japanese GardenThe Japanese Garden 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.

Nearby Venues of Interest

Museum of Natural ScienceThere are a number of venues surrounding Hermann Park that add to its popularity... Including: The Houston Museum of Natural Science, founded in 1909, is one of the most visited museums in the country. Located inside of Hermann Park, adjacent to the Sam Houston Monument, the museum is a 5-venue complex. It houses the Challenger Center, the Wortham IMAX Theater, the Burke Baker Planetarium and the Cockrell Butterfly Exhibit. An additional 4 floors of natural science halls and exhibition space allow the museum to serve its mission to "Preserve and advance the general knowledge of natural science; to enhance in individuals the knowledge of and delight in natural science and related subjects; and to maintain and promote a museum of the first class."

Miller Outdoor Theatre Logo 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.




Houston Zoo LogoThe 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.

Hermann Park Maps

Hermann Park Map

Printable Map (.pdf)

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