Rice University The obvious choice would be Memorial Park, but there's something alternately peaceful and invigorating about doing a lap around Rice University. For starters, you've got that lovely canopy of trees providing shade along the dirt path. And peeking out through the foliage, you'll occasionally catch sight of downtown or the baby skyline at the Med Center, with its rad twin-syringe buildings. The area is especially pretty gleaming in the violet-orange sunset. With convenient parking, a smattering of collegiate lookers (some sweating off the Freshman 15), and about three miles of virtually stoplight-free thoroughfare, Rice is the place to shake off a day in the rat race.