Best Parks And Playgrounds For Toddlers In Houston 

2017 was an eventful year not only for us but also for the city of Houston. From natural disasters, hosting the Superbowl, and the Astros earning history, there are many things that have happened but it's some of the places we have been that we want to share with you today. There are many great parks for kids and want to share some of the best ones we have found thus far. As a dad, I want to share as much quality time with the kids and take them to places they have not been before. Exploring the city of Houston has been an awesome experience and there are many places we still have to explore. Go out for a picnic, an ice cream, some father-daughter time, or just for a good old playtime at the park. Feel free to share other parks that we may have missed down in the comment section! Alright, so here are the best parks and playgrounds for kids in the City of Houston!

3801 Eastside Houston, TX 77098

The greatest find of the year has to be a small but great hidden park called Levy Conservancy Park. This park is "a premium public green space in the heart of inner-city Houston" and is our favorite park to take the kids. There are plenty of parks out there that are waiting to be explored but as of now, this one will be hard to beat. You have plenty of open space to play ball games, a splash pad, soft rubber playground, and it's also open to community gatherings and activities.

1500 McKinney St Houston, TX 77010

This park is a cool destination in the city but also a great place to take the kids and family. There is plenty of space, places to eat, scheduled shows, movie nights, and an ice skating rink during the winter! The John P. McGovern playground is on site too and the kids love it! Keep in mind that the park is not fenced in and it can be a bit tough to keep track of your kids during busy times or when school trips are at the park. There are also different art installations that change every couple of weeks that bring new color to the park.

Hermann Park
6001 Fannin St. Houston, TX 77030

This park has a lot to offer, not only for kids, but also for outdoor activities, spotting wildlife, and taking a break before or after visiting the Houston Zoo. There is a large playground area that the kids had lots of fun on. I remember going here as a kid too. It was one of my favorite parks and still is. You can paddle boat, jog, picnic, or walk through the Japanese gardens which flower beautifully in the spring!

McGovern Centennial Gardens
1500 Hermann Dr. Hosuton TX 77004

Just across the street from Hermann Park, the McGovern Centennial Gardens are the latest extension of the Hermann Park Conservancy. There are no playgrounds here but there are open spaces to play, run or fly a kite. You can also walk up the spiraling sidewalk of the hill and look over the entire park. Can be somewhat tiring, especially during the summer months. It's not that high but the kids love to play with the fountain found at the top.

Brazos Bend State Park
21901 FM 762 Rd. Needville, TX 77461

This is not exactly in Houston, but at just 45 miles southwest of Downtown, Houston, this is a nature lover's paradise. I love nature and teaching our kids the importance of preservation, conservancy, and learning about the ecosystems around us. There are playgrounds here too and if you're into camping, there are campsites, screened shelters or cabins you can stay at. You can see free-roaming alligators, snakes, lots of turtles, whistling ducks, owls, bobcats, and many other animals that makeup part of this state park. This is my all-time favorite park and with miles upon miles of trails, there's lots of exploration to be had here. Make sure to bring plenty of bug repellant, there are many mosquitoes during the summer months. If you stay overnight, be sure to check out the George Observatory which is only open on Saturdays from 3-10PM.

Brazos Bend State Park

Brazos Bend State Park

What are some parks we should go explore?