Getting to Know Houston: Five Things at Hermann Park

Rachel Mosteller - Houston
July 19, 2011

Houstonians love Hermann Park. Centrally located, it is easily accessible from all parts of the city and the suburbs. The great thing about this park is that there are tons of things to do, including many with historic relevance to Houston's history.

The park's inception came in 1914 when George R. Hermann donated 285 acres of land for the creation of a park. Later on, 122 additional acres were purchased. Many generations of Houstonians have walked through this park. Why not bring your children, too, and become another part of history?

If you're planning a trip to the park, here are 5 spots that are distinctly Houston.

The Sam Houston Statue: You've seen Sam Houston up in Huntsville, but there's also a famous Sam in town. Next time you're in the area, get out of the car to see one of the city's most famous statues in person.

The Reflection Pool: So you can't go to DC any time soon, but Houston has its own reflection pool located in Hermann Park. The Mary Gibbs and Jesse H. Jones Reflection Pool has always been part of the park, but until recently, it was not much more than a big muddy hole. The new pool reflects both the obelisk on one end and Sam Houston on the other.

Mecom-Rockwell Fountain and Colonnade: Just like old Sam Houston, the fountain and colonnade are definitely sights that remind visitors of Houston and Hermann Park. For a spectacular experience, visit the fountain at night.

The Hermann Park Train: This train has entertained Houston children for over 50 years! It recently received an update which expanded the tracks and upgraded the trains to give access to wheelchairs and strollers.

The Paddle Boats: If you've ever walked to the main entrance of the Houston Zoo, you've seen the paddle boats on McGovern Lake. What we love about these boats is that they make you feel as if you've entered a magical wonderland.

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